A Model for Inclusive Sustainability

High Point

Seattle, WA

Promoting Diversity

The community-based plan grew from extensive engagement in six languages, transforming dilapidated public housing into an inclusive, sustainable neighborhood. A spectrum of home types promotes economic, generational, and social interaction. Design guidelines for streets, public/private space modulation, and site planning helped increase density without compromising the human-scaled, community feel.

Residents Breathe Easy

From planning through construction and operations, resident wellbeing remained top priority. Careful redevelopment phasing minimized the impact of displacement. First in the country, “Breathe Easy” Homes were designed to minimize asthma triggers – resulting in 67% fewer emergency room visits.

Spawning Innovation

Streets reknit the neighborhood with views to Mt. Rainier. The district-scaled natural stormwater system, Seattle’s first, minimizes impact on salmon-bearing Longfellow Creek. Residents and the environment benefit from resource-efficient homes, walkable streets, accessible parks, and preserved mature trees. This national model has set the bar for healthy homes, green stormwater infrastructure, and sustainable affordable housing.

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