University of Washington quad in Spring, March 2007. Attribution: Punctured Bicycle
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Seattle ( (listen) see-AT-əl) is a seaport city on the West Coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington. With a 2020 population of 737,015, it is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The Seattle metropolitan area's population is 4.02 million, making it the 15th-largest in the United States. Its growth rate of 21.1% between 2010 and 2020 makes it one of the nation's fastest-growing large cities.

Seattle is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington. It is the northernmost major city in the United States, located about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canadian border. A major gateway for trade with East Asia, Seattle is the fourth-largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2021.

Climate action[edit | edit source]

Seattle's Climate Action Plan and the Kyoto Protocol W

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Seattle's mild, temperate, marine climate allows year-round outdoor recreation, including walking, cycling, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, rock climbing, motor boating, sailing, team sports, and swimming. In town, many people walk around Green Lake, through the forests and along the bluffs and beaches of 535-acre (2.2 km2) Discovery Park (the largest park in the city) in Magnolia, along the shores of Myrtle Edwards Park on the Downtown waterfront, along the shoreline of Lake Washington at Seward Park, along Alki Beach in West Seattle, or along the Burke-Gilman Trail. Gas Works Park features the preserved superstructure of a coal gasification plant closed in 1956. Located across Lake Union from downtown, the park provides panoramic views of the Seattle skyline. Also popular are hikes and skiing in the nearby Cascade or Olympic Mountains and kayaking and sailing in the waters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Strait of Georgia. In 2005, Men's Fitness magazine named Seattle the fittest city in the United States.

Golden Gardens Park is a public park in Ballard, a neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The park includes wetlands, beaches, hiking trails, and picnic and playground areas. The park's bathhouse was designated a historic landmark by the City of Seattle in 2005.

Parks information from

Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]

Green Seattle Partnership - Washington Park Arboretum

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Cycling in Seattle[edit | edit source]

There are extensive multi-use car-free regional pathways linking the city and county to the surrounding areas, including the King County Regional Trails System, which has 175 miles (282 km) of trails throughout the county. Many of the trails were converted from former railways, including the popular Burke-Gilman Trail. The Seattle Department of Transportation aims to develop a 608.3-mile (979.0 km) network of bike lanes, including lanes on streets, protected bike lanes, and trails, within the city by 2034. A pilot program allowing private dockless bike sharing companies to operate within the city began in July 2017, making Seattle the first major city in North America to feature such a system. W

see also: Washington, Cycling activism

Other initiatives

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Alleycat Acres - Beacon Food Forest Permaculture Project - Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]'s Stop Phone Books page

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]

In the Seattle King County area, there were estimated to be 11,751 homeless people living on the streets or in shelters. On January 24, 2020, the count of unsheltered homeless individuals was 5,578. The number of individuals without homes in Emergency Shelters was 4,085 and the number of homeless individuals in Transitional housing was 2,088, for a total count of 11,751 unsheltered people.

The percentages of individuals experiencing homelessness by race was: White 48%, African American 25%, Asian 2%, Native American 15%, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 4%, Multi-racial 6%. In a survey conducted in 2019, 84% of homeless people in Seattle/King County lived in Seattle/King County prior to losing their housing, 11% lived in another county in Washington prior to losing their housing, and 5% lived out of state prior to losing their housing. Homelessness in Seattle is considered to be a crisis. It has been proposed that to address the crisis Seattle needs more permanent supportive housing.

A 2022 study found that differences in per capita homelessness rates across the country are not due to mental illness, drug addiction, or poverty, but to differences in the cost of housing, with West Coast cities like Seattle having homelessness rates five times that of areas with much lower housing costs like Arkansas, West Virginia, Detroit, and Chicago even though the latter locations have high burdens of opioid addiction and poverty.: 1

Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]

Salish Sea Trading Cooperative

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Community resources[edit | edit source]

NE Seattle Tool Library - West Seattle Tool Library - Third Place Commons

Maps[edit | edit source]

Cycling: Bicycle Maps

News and comment[edit | edit source]

  • How to capture satellite images in your backyard – and contribute to a snapshot of the climate crisis, The Conversation (Feb 23, 2022)
  • Solar Project Devised by Highline High School Students Wins District Approval, South Seattle Emerald (Feb 07, 2022)


How Seattle Is Dismantling a NIMBY Power Structure, Apr 3[1]


Can Retail Space be an Extension of the Public Realm? A Look at Seattle's Third Place Books, January 5[2]


These urban farmers want to feed the whole neighborhood — for free, March 13[3]


It's Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation's First Food Forest,[4] February 21


Seattle City Council unanimously votes to ban plastic carry out bags,[5] December 19

Seattle first in U.S. to mandate choice on yellow pages delivery,[6] May 5


Seattle City website declares – 2010 The Year of Urban Agriculture,[7] February 2

News sources[edit | edit source]

#EmeraldLove Story
Authors: Marcus Green, Oct 18, 2016

External links[edit | edit source]

  • Seattle W

References[edit | edit source]

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