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Livable City Year celebrates partnership with City of Bellevue

Published on June 13, 2019

An aerial view of Bellevue, Washington seen against the backdrop of Lake Washington.
An aerial view of Bellevue, Washington seen against the backdrop of Lake Washington. Image Credit: Jelson25 CC ASA 3.0

This year’s Livable City Year partnership with the City of Bellevue mobilized 285 students from a variety of schools and colleges, representing all three UW campuses, to work on 30 projects in the city. The students’ research, findings and recommendations were on display at a celebration at Bellevue City Hall on Monday, June 3.

The Bellevue City Council, residents and others in attendance saw posters summarizing the work and were able to discuss them with students and faculty who worked on the projects.

“This has been an outstanding partnership for the City of Bellevue,” Mayor John Chelminiak said. “The knowledge, research and energy the University of Washington participants brought to bear on our civic challenges is invaluable. Their recommendations reflect solid research and out-of-the-box thinking.”

Projects focused on livability and sustainability, such as a small business incubator, food truck permitting and neighborhood planning. Other projects included:

  • For trail-oriented development, a team from UW’s Community, Environment and Planning is recommending policies and code changes to facilitate placemaking next to trails.
  • UW Urban Design and Planning developed an urban design image gallery that permit applicants could consult for examples that meet city code requirements and stress livability for pedestrians.
  • UW Landscape Architecture offered impressive ideas for a redesign of the Wetland Sun Terraced Garden at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
  • A team from the UW Industrial and Systems Engineering program developed a model to make winter weather plow routes more efficient and cost-effective.


Continue reading at Livable City Year.

Originally posted on the Livable City Year website.
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