Remaking Seattle

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In a year of immense upheaval, three major crises — the COVID-19 pandemic, a racial reckoning and catastrophic wildfires — rise above the rest as transformative events that rocked our region. The impacts will echo in our city long beyond their inception, perhaps for generations. But with crisis comes opportunity. Planners, politicians, activists and ordinary citizens are already seizing the chance to reimagine how Seattle and Washington could become greener, healthier, more resilient and equitable places to live. In this series, Crosscut reporters explore how our streets, neighborhoods, buildings and backyards are adapting — and how the very psyche and culture of the city might, too.