Neighborhood Improvement Program and Business District Plans and Recommendations, 1975-1980

Overview of the Collection

Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Community Development
Neighborhood Improvement Program and Business District Plans and Recommendations
1975-1980 (inclusive)
0.4 cubic feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
Plans and resource tools related to neighborhood planning.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The documents in this series were created by the Department of Community Development’s Office of Neighborhood Planning and include the final published plans and recommendations for neighborhood improvements in targeted Seattle neighborhoods, as well as neighborhood business district plans. The documents include descriptions of the neighborhoods and districts, specific recommendations for improvement projects, and a neighborhood map. Most of the documents relate to the Neighborhood Improvement Program whose genesis was a 1968 voter approved $12 million Forward Thrust bond for street-related improvements in twenty critical neighborhoods. The neighborhoods were identified by a Seattle Development Program study in the 1960s that focused on preserving or improving desirability and livability of the neighborhoods. The neighborhood business district studies were funded with allocations for the City’s community development block grant funds. The physical and intellectual format of these plans is basically the same at the NIP final reports. The 24 plans and resource tools included in this series are folded documents designed to open as poster size planning maps. The plans are folded in a fashion to accommodate mailing. They are 83 cm x 55 cm unfolded and folded to 28 cm x 14 cm.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Department of Community Development (DCD) was established in 1969, assuming the responsibilities of the City Planning Commission staff and the Urban Renewal Program, previously a division of the Executive Department. Throughout its existence, DCD administered the City’s comprehensive planning and provided direction and support for the City’s physical and economic development through community planning. The Department was the City agency responsible for coordinating public and private efforts toward physical redevelopment and renewal in both residential and business districts. This work was based on the social, economic, and physical needs of the target community or district. A very large portion of the DCD budget was realized from federal funds. This reliance on federal grants significantly impacted DCD's operational focus as certain types of federal funding dried up and other funding programs emerged. The administration of the Seattle Model City Program was moved to DCD in 1970, but funding ended in 1974. All but one of the City's Urban Renewal projects were closed out in 1977. And at about the same time, the Community Development Block Grant program, a federal pass-through program, was established. Other federal funding programs included the Neighborhood Improvement Program, Targeted Neighborhood Assistance Program, Neighborhood Development Program, and Urban Development Action Grants. These changes in funding impacted the DCD's priorities and also led to several departmental reorganizations in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1972, the Department added economic development to its responsibilities in response to an economic decline in Seattle that had begun in the late 1960s. The focus was to provide information to businesses that were expanding or relocating in Seattle. At this point, DCD was managing planning and implementation of complex projects that had interdepartmental implications, such as development of the Central Waterfront, Freeway Park, Westlake Mall, Pike Place Market renewal, and the huge renewal projects in the Yesler/Atlantic, Northlake, and South Seattle neighborhoods. In 1974, a Mayor's task force report recommended separating policy planning from development planning and implementation. While policy work went to the newly created Office of Policy Planning, DCD's focus turned to development and operational planning with added renewal projects in the Denny Regrade and International District, among others. With the addition of Community Development Block Grant funding, as well as other federal programs, DCD grew considerably in the late 1970s. However, with the advent of President Ronald Reagan's administration, federal funding for Seattle was curtailed. In 1982, DCD's budget was cut by twenty percent and remained flat for the next three years. In 1986, following passage of the City's Housing Levy, the Department added a new function, administering the construction of new moderate to low income housing units. In addition, DCD was the lead agency working with the University of Washington in the late 1980s to promote Seattle, nationally and internationally, as a technology center. Mayor Norm Rice, whose first term began in 1990, reorganized the City's housing, human services, economic development, and planning functions. DCD was abolished in 1992. Its programs were relocated in several City agencies, including the newly organized Department of Neighborhoods, Department of Housing and Human Services, and Planning Department.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Adams Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1976
1 2 Atlantic Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1976
1 3 Brighton Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1976
1 4 Fremont Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1975
1 5 Harrison Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1976
1 6 Highland Park Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1975
1 7 Leschi Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1977
1 8 Madrona Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1975
1 9 Mann-Minor Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1975
1 10 Mt. Baker Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1977
1 11 North Beacon Hill Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1977
1 12 North Delridge Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1976
1 13 North Greenwood (West) Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1975
1 14 Riverview Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1977
1 15 South Delridge Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1977
1 16 Stevens Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1975
1 17 West Woodland Neighborhood Improvement Plan 1977
1 18 Broadway Capitol Hill Business District Study 1976
1 19 Columbia City Business District Plan 1978
1 20 15th Avenue Capitol Hill Business District Study 1977
1 21 Olive Way Capitol Hill Business District Study 1977
1 22 Beacon Boulevard Urban Design Study 1979
1 23 Haller Lake Community Plan 1980
1 24 A Sense of Community: Seven suggestions for making your home and neighborhood a better place to live 1975

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Subject Terms

  • Neighborhood planning--Washington (State)--Seattle