Here’s What Happened at the Community Open House

Thanks so much to those who joined us at the first Lid I-5 Community Open House on Tuesday! It was wonderful to see so much support for the campaign and feel the energy around reconnecting our most populous and vibrant neighborhoods.

Alex Garland Photography

Couldn’t attend or want to share the presentation? Visit our library page to view or download.

Along with announcing the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) has increased their funding offer to $300,000 for the Lid Feasibility Study (versus our goal of $1.5 million), we announced a University District/Wallingford charrette on Saturday, September 16 – stay tuned for details! And just next week, we are also working with our coalition partners on a WSCC public benefits tour; click here for more information and to register.


We also hosted four local designers who have proposed inspiring lid concepts in downtown and the north end. They offered ideas for increasing economic opportunity, building affordable housing, leveraging investments in light rail, and funding big projects with a citywide impact.

If you want to get involved in such ambitious efforts, there’s an upcoming multi-month design collaborative we are planning for the fall. We will provide more information on how to volunteer in the future.

In the meantime there are many ways you can help advance the campaign! Like the Facebook page, share the website with your networks, and consider becoming a monthly donor to support Lid I-5’s all-volunteer efforts. An open house, for instance, costs $1,000 to $2,000 to produce; a monthly gift starting at only $10 or $20 will go a long way to helping us reach more of the community and host additional public events.

As always, thanks for your tremendous support for this community effort. Onwards!