Model Exhibit Opening Reception, 2014.  Photo: Caitie Clarke.

2014 Model Exhibit Opening Reception. Photo: Caitie Clarke.


The following Programs are part of the Community by Design: Main Streets in a Changing America Exhibit

Community Revitalization Efforts in Washington, a Panel Discussion
Presented by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
May 11, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Join local leaders in a panel discussion to learn more about the Main Streets of America Program and the local case studies featured in the Community by Design: Main Streets in a Changing America exhibit. Learn how communities with different assets can be successful in their presevation and revitalization efforts through the Main Streets Program and other models.

Developer & Business Owner Tour of International District
Presented by SCIDpda and the CIDBIA
May 18, 4:00-6:00 PM

Main Street America’s program focuses on helping communities engage in preservation based, community driven development. The Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) has been doing just that since 1975, leveraging relationships with local developers and property owners to help ensure that the Chinatown-International District neighborhood remains the vibrant heart of Seattle’s Asian American community. On this tour, SCIDpda and the CIDBIA will lead participants through the neighborhood to explore community focused developments both old and new, including International Village District Square, Hirabayashi Place, and the upcoming Asian Plaza redevelopment. Local developers, property owners, and small business owners will share their thoughts and experiences with attendees.

Seattle by Design: Observing and Envisioning a Better Seattle
Presented by Chuck Wolfe
June 1, 4:00-6:00 PM

The Main Streets America program helps to empower grassroots efforts to take on major placemaking efforts, building vibrant downtowns that reflect and serve local communities. As our urban spaces change ever more quickly, we find it easy to talk about the changes we do or do not want to see, but the urban landscape is largely experienced visually. Local author, urbanist and land use lawyer Chuck Wolfe believes that this realm of missing visual expression helps citizens, design professionals and elected officials alike get to the heart of what matters to them in changing neighborhoods. In his new book, “Seeing the Better City,” Wolfe details his urban diary technique, using close looking and photography from Seattle and international venues to see and understand their urban environment and how human experience intersects with the built world. Wolfe will present a brief talk, based on his book, followed by a walk through CfAD’s surrounding neighborhood demonstrating his urban diary techniques and inviting participants to begin their process to envisioning a better Seattle.

Attendance to the talk will be limited to 50, but we are limited the attendance to the walk to 25. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera – or phone! – on the walk.



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Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.667.9184


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