Local Global Eats: Plate of Nations is March 25-April 10

This Friday the MLK Business Association kicks off Plate of Nations, its signature dine-around event, now in its sixth year.


From March 25 through April 10, you’re invited to explore international cuisine at 14 restaurants in Rainier Valley, one of the most culturally diverse communities in the country. Participating restaurants along Martin Luther King Jr. Way will offer $15 and $25 menus designed to be shared – come hungry and bring your family and friends.


Up for a Challenge?

Visit all 14 restaurants (or at least eight of them), collecting Plate of Nations passport stamps as you go, and enter to win these great prizes:

  • Grand Prize (12+ stamps): Private cooking class for four with Farah and Amina Ismail and family, owners of Bananas Grill. Learn and taste your way throughMediterranean and Northeast African Halal specialties.
  • First Prize (10+ stamps, 2 winners): Kindle Fire HD
  • Second Prize (8+ stamps, 5 winners): Hello Othello tote bags + bonus swag

Additional prizes, including gift cards from participating restaurants, will be announced throughout the event on the Plate of Nations Facebook page. Learn more about the Plate of Nations Passport and contests here.

Grand Prize: private cooking class for four with Bananas Grill owner Farah Ismail and family

Where to Go

Participating restaurants are within walking distance of the Mount Baker, Columbia City, and Othello light rail stations.

Here’s where to go and an idea of what you might eat:


About Plate of Nations

Plate of Nations was launched in 2011 by the MLK Business Association to create a festive showcase of the diverse menus and cultural traditions of Rainier Valley’s many independently owned eateries.

Last year, Plate of Nations drew diners from 37 Seattle neighborhoods, 25 Washington cities, and 5 states, selling thousands of specials and bringing tens of thousands of dollars in additional revenue into Rainier Valley.

Plate of Nations 2016 is sponsored by the MLK Business Association, City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, Vulcan, Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, HomeSight, The Stranger, Northwest Polite Society, and Penniless Projects.


Draft Transportation and Urban Design Recommendations for Ballard

DPD and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) have been working with neighborhood groups and non-profits to develop a coordinated Urban Design and Transportation Framework (UDTF) in anticipation of possible light rail to Ballard. The groups are organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth. The study, called Move Ballard, responds to the neighborhood’s growth and development and Sound Transit’s planning for a possible light rail extension to Ballard. The study will recommend near-term transportation improvements for the Ballard Hub Urban Village, evaluate potential high capacity transit stations (e.g. light rail, bus rapid transit), and evaluate possible Metro and Sound Transit investments in the area. The study will not look at alternatives for the Ballard Bridge and the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link.

Over the summer, SDOT heard the community’s priorities for future transportation improvements in Ballard, including preferences for a future high-capacity transit station. SDOT has evaluated and prioritized local improvements and transit station locations using information from community meetings, technical analyses, and adopted citywide modal plans.

The City and Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth are hosting an open house on November 18. Join us to learn about and comment on:

  • Draft prioritization of local transportation improvements
  • Evaluation of locations for a potential future high capacity transit station
  • Draft street design concepts
  • DPD’s summary of draft land use and urban design recommendations to guide new buildings


Meeting Details

November 18, 2015
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Leif Erikson Lodge, Large Hall (2nd floor)
2245 NW 57th St
Presentation at 6:00 pm.

Presentation materials will be available online at our Ballard Urban Design website following the open house. Review information online and contact the project planners to provide feedback:


For more information, contact:

Department of Planning and Development
Aditi Kambuj, Planner
(206) 615-1739

Seattle Department of Transportation
Chris Yake, Transportation Planner
(206) 727-8719

City to Discuss Ballard Transportation and Urban Design Improvements

Seeking feedback during May 7 open house

In response to ongoing development, the community’s desire to retain Ballard’s character, and Sound Transit’s planning for light rail to Ballard, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Department of Transportation (SDOT) are working with neighborhood groups and non-profits, organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth. This meeting is an opportunity to review recommendations for shaping growth in the Ballard Business District and to explore transportation issues.

The collaboration will develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF) and a multimodal transportation plan called Move Ballard that will articulate a shared vision to guide future development and transportation investment while ensuring Ballard’s people and places thrive. Through Move Ballard, we will engage community members to recommend innovative solutions for enhancing the transportation environment for all, regardless of how they travel to and through the area. The City and Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth are holding an open house on May 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Leif Erikson Lodge to:

  • Receive comments on the draft recommendations to better guide development
  • Identify and prioritize near-term improvements for all forms of transportation in the Ballard Hub Urban Village
  • Evaluate and prioritize potential future high capacity transit (e.g. light rail, streetcar) station locations while preserving and supporting industrial and commercial employment in Ballard.

Tell us what you think about the future of transportation and growth in Ballard. Here’s how you can provide your feedback:

  • Attend the Community Meeting
    May 7, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Large Hall (2nd floor), Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 NW 57th Street
    (Light snacks will be provided)

At the first meeting held a year ago, we heard that the community loves Ballard’s historic qualities and its tradition of industry. Many appreciate the growth of shops and restaurants in a beautiful, walkable neighborhood. However, they are also concerned that a number of recent high-density projects being built in the area do not contributing to Ballard’s character. There are also worries about affordability and that transportation improvements have not kept pace with growth.

The City then worked with the Ballard Partnership to define responses to the community input on the character of growth in Ballard’s core business areas. At the second public meeting last November, we received strong support for preliminary recommendations to shape new development, streetscapes and open space in downtown Ballard.

Review the background information here

Questions? Comments?

Department of Planning and Development Seattle Department of Transportation
David Goldberg,Planner
(206) 615-1447
Chris Yake, Transportation Planner
(206) 727-8719

Land Use Changes in Rainier Valley

New zoning and land use changes are now in place around the Mount Baker light rail station.   To create a more vital, walkable town center, much of the land around the station is now designated Seattle Mixed.  Seattle Mixed is a flexible zone that allows a broad range of uses.  Building height limits have been increased from 65 feet to 85 feet and 125 feet.

For more information contact:

Lyle Bicknell
(206) 684 0763