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Seattle Arts Commission/Office of Arts & Culture

The Seattle Arts Commission was formed in 1971. The commission evolved out of the Municipal Arts Commission, founded in 1955 with the aim of integrating artistic experiences into Seattleites' daily li...

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Seattle Housing Authority -- Part 1

The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) was established in 1939 during the waning days of the Great Depression. It was inspired by New Deal legislation and brought to life largely through the tireless eff...

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Seattle Housing Authority: Interview with Al Levine

This is an interview with Al Levine, former deputy executive director of the Seattle Housing Authority, on lessons learned from the redevelopment of the authority's Holly Park project into the NewHoll...

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Seattle Housing Authority: Interview with Charles Royer

In this interview, former Seattle mayor Charles Royer (b. 1939) discusses the housing crisis that faced older residents of Seattle in the early 1980s, and how the City of Seattle and the Seattle Housi...

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Seattle Housing Authority: Interview with Doris Koo

In this interview Doris Koo, who oversaw Phase 1 redevelopment of the Holly Park project in South Seattle for the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), describes how changes in federal funding for public h...

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Seattle Housing Authority: Interview with Kristin O'Donnell

In this interview, conducted by Dominic Black, Kristin O'Donnell, a Yesler Terrace resident -- and enthusiastic community activist -- since the early 1970s, recalls some of her Yesler Terrace neighbor...

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Seattle Housing Authority: Interview with Norm Rice

In this interview, former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice (b. 1943) describes how one person's comments at a hearing on low-income housing helped him find his "true north" in relation to housing the homeless ...

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Seattle Neighborhoods: Ballard -- Thumbnail History

The Seattle neighborhood of Ballard is a "city within a city" with a decidedly Scandinavian accent. Located in the northwest part of the city, it is a maritime center. Salmon and Shilshole bays on Pug...

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Seattle Neighborhoods: Downtown Seattle -- Thumbnail History

Downtown Seattle is not just another neighborhood. After centuries of settlement by Indians, the first Europeans to call Seattle home established farms and a steam-powered sawmill in the area of Pione...

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Seattle Neighborhoods: Pioneer Square -- Thumbnail History

First settled in 1852, Pioneer Square encompasses the birthplace of modern Seattle and its first downtown. Most of the Square's buildings were erected within a decade of the disastrous Great Fire of J...

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Seattle Slew (1974-2002)

Seattle Slew was an ungainly, undervalued colt who grew up to be one of the most successful horses in the long history of Thoroughbred racing and breeding. He was born in Kentucky, where he was bought...

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Seattle's 1 Percent for Art Program

In 1973, Seattle passed a 1 Percent for Art ordinance, which sets aside 1 percent of capital-improvement-project funds for the commission, purchase, and installation of artworks in a variety of settin...

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