Transit Oriented Development Tour

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm PDT
Othello Light Rail Station
Seattle, WA 98118

As Good as We Hoped or As Bad as We Feared?: Seattle’s Experience with Transit Oriented Development


“Transit Oriented Development” is a very-loaded term in these parts, which is not surprising given that it occupies the intersection of several perennial topics Seattleites love to discuss: transportation policy, real estate, and sustainability. To some it represents the next logical step in increasing density, reducing car dependence, and revitalizing downtrodden neighborhoods. To others summons fears of trampling neighborhood character, gentrification, or even increasing urban sprawl. On this tour attendees will ride the light rail, interact with municipal, developer, and community group representatives, and experience firsthand how Transit Oriented Development has affected the Rainier Valley area of Seattle.

This tour has been approved for the following continuing education credits:
AIBC - 2.5 Core LU
AIA - 4 LU | HSW



1:00pm - Meet in lobby of Westin Downtown Seattle walk to Westlake Tunnel Metro Station

1:30-2:00pm - Take southbound Light Rail, engage in discussion of transit oriented development onboard

2:00-3:00pm - Arrive at Othello Station, walk to nearby Station at Othello Park TOD project for brief tour and discussion

3:00-4:00pm - Walking tour of neighborhood led by Homesight representative to discuss impacts on housing and commercial space. Discussion with community group representatives regarding gentrification and neighborhood atmosphere.

4:00-5:00pm - Attendees can either stay and explore neighborhood or return to Westin via Light Rail


Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss pros/cons of Seattle’s Transit Oriented Development with city, developer, and community representatives

2. Observe impact of TOD on existing neighborhood

3. Experience Seattle mass transit in person

4. Visit a vibrant, rapidly changing neighborhood that is a little off the beaten path


Nora Liu, City of Seattle Neighborhood Planning and Community Development

Nora Liu is the Neighborhood Planning and Community Development Manager with Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development where her work has largely focused on Southeast Seattle, an area of significant cultural, economic and ethnic diversity (80% people of color and 40% foreign born).

She brings extensive community development experience to the City having spent twelve years at HomeSight, a non-profit community development organization in Southeast Seattle. Her work there included the development of over 250 homes affordable to first time buyers and the newly re-opened Wing Luke Asian Museum, a 58,000sf Smithsonian-affiliated museum, in addition to her work as a community advocate for the Southeast Seattle.

Kristin Pula, Director of Resource & Policy Development, HomeSight

HomeSight is a non-profit Community Development Corporation that focuses on helping low-income families become first-time homeowners. They offer first-time homebuyer education, financial counseling, purchase assistance, new home development, and 1st mortgage originations.

Rebecca Saldana, Program Director: Community Benefits and Development, Puget Sound Sage

Puget Sound Sage brings together labor, faith and community to build an economy based on shared prosperity. We ensure all families benefit from economic growth, all workers are free from discrimination in the workplace and all development meets the needs of our communities.

Rebecca brings over 12 years of community organizing and coalition building for economic and social change. From 2006-2011 she served as Congressman Jim McDermott's community liaison with the Labor, Housing, LGBTQ, Latino, and Environmental communities. Previously, she worked as an organizer with the SEIU Local 6, the United Farm Workers, and Oregon's farmworker union, PCUN. Rebecca was born and raised in Seattle and is a graduate of Seattle University.

Steve Rauf, CEO & President, Othello Partners

Othello Partners is committed to developing environmentally conscious and financially viable residential and commercial projects with a focus on urban in-fill redevelopment. The company, located in the Rainier Valley neighborhood of Seattle, has more than 780 units of residential and 40,000 square feet of retail space under development along light rail. These mixed-use communities will bring high-quality, affordably-priced apartment housing and engaging retail to the Othello neighborhood and greater Rainier Valley.


Price (includes transit costs and lunch): 

$65/person for ILFI / Cascadia members and Living Future 2013 delegates

$95/person for Non-members

There is limited space so book early! 

Please Note:  Registration for the Living Future unConference does NOT include registration for this activity. This is a shoulder event that takes place prior to the start of Living Future.