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♦Speaker Series - Neighborhood Centers and Community Gathering Places - Ron Sher of Crossroads Mall spoke on addressing the importance of creating community gathering places on January 8, 2014. Ron is a community builder who has devoted considerable time and energy to creating these community gathering places, in Bellevue, Lake Forest Park, and Bremerton, among others. He discusse what role neighborhood centers and gathering places have in our communities, and how we can plan for healthy neighborhoods.
“If you have healthy communities where people come together and are respectful, those create the networks and they create the social capital and they create healthier, more responsible communities,” he says.
♦ Speaker Series - Economic Growth and Development - Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton and Wright Runstad Co. president Greg Johnson spoke to the Planning Commission on December 11. Talton's Seattle Times column about Bellevue's role in the regional and global economy.
♦ Speaker Series - Guest Speaker - Kemper Freeman shares his reflections on Bellevue's past, community building, and the future of Downtown Bellevue.
♦ Bellevue has been named the 12th-best place to live in the US by the Livability Index.
♦ Discover the Changing Face of Bellevue.
♦ Bellevue has been chosen one of only six cities in the US for a grant to participate in a learning collaborative for Livable Communities for all Ages.
♦ Sammamish High School students try urban planning. As part of the Comprehensive Plan update process, the city worked with Sammamish High School to support their planning project investigating models of urban planning and researching the Bellevue Comprehensive Plan. Ninth-grade student teams selected one of three neighborhood areas – Eastgate, Lake Hills or Newport Hills – to analyze and study. They evaluated maps of the areas, interviewed community members and ultimately developed their own recommendations. A select number of the student teams presented their work to the Planning Commission on April 24, 2013. City staff is looking forward to having these presentations influence the update of the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
Eastgate Park and Ride
The New East Bellevue Lake Hills Site Proposal
Newport Hills Land Proposal
Renovated Lake Hills Shopping Center
Lake Hills Shopping Center Renovation Proposal
♦ See how our community has grown over time.