Metro Seattle and the central Puget Sound region are facing a large wave of population growth—an estimated 1.7 million additional people will be moving to the region by 2040. Puget Sound Sage is working, along with many community allies to ensure that the focus moving forward is on building communities where all families thrive, including diverse communities now living around planned and existing transit stations.
The region is in the early stages of an extensive regional planning process, partially funded by a HUD Sustainable Communities Grant. The public investments may include a $15 billion light rail investment and billions more for transit-oriented development (TOD). A key component of our work is shaping TOD to ensure it results in affordable housing, living wage jobs, cultural and small business anchors, and accessible transit.
Puget Sound Sage has successfully built a multi-racial coalition to be an organized voice for community-controlled and responsible development. In the coming months the coalition will be building capacity and rolling out its “Principles for Equitable Development.” Sage’s work is garnering national attention, including a just-published article in Race, Poverty & the Environment, a national journal of social and environmental justice.