Updated 4:09 p.m.
On Saturday, Mayor Murray hosted the Seattle Neighborhood Summit at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall where hundreds of Seattle residents participated in community engagement sessions, talked with City department representatives, and learned from one another during peer networking sessions.
The Mayor saw this summit as a way to work on building a healthier relationship between City government and Seattle neighborhoods. “This Summit is meant to be the beginning of a conversation and resetting of tone,” he said. “The idea of community is working together. That’s what we have to remember as we move forward. That’s what we have to renew.”
The Mayor asked the crowd to, no matter what, stay engaged. He also encouraged everyone in the room to rethink the way they approach controversial, and sometimes frustrating, policy conversations. “You might think that microhousing is the worst idea in the world, but the important thing is that we respect each other, listen to each other, and try and solve our differences.”
The event included a presentation from Diane Douglas of CityClub on Seattle’s “Civic Health,” a look back at how the City’s relationship with neighborhoods was originally structured by former City Councilmember Jim Street, a public comment period about what attendees were looking for in the next Department of Transportation Director, and a technology demo of a new online civic engagement tool called Consider.It.