Can the Ave Survive?

Panel Discussion on Small Business Displacement Concerns

Date: October 15 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Join small business leaders, Councilmember Lisa Herbold, and former Councilmember, now Port Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck to discuss the challenges facing small businesses in Seattle and what we can do to prevent their displacement. 


You’re invited on Monday, October 15th at 7pm at University Methodist Church (Fireplace Room) at 1415 NE 43rd Street (enter at north).




Peter Steinbrueck

Former City Councilmember, current Port Commissioner, head of Steinbrueck Urban Strategies will present the results of his survey of small business needs in the U District - a model to assess small business needs in their community that highlights challenges for all neighborhood business districts now facing runaway growth.

Peter Steinbrueck

Lisa Herbold

City Councilmember heading the committee on economic development and committed to addressing small business needs will review viable strategies under consideration to prevent displacement of small businesses in our city's neighborhoods.


Rick McLaughlin

Owner of Big Time Brewery and leader of the U District Small Business Association will talk about challenges they've faced but also their successful organizing efforts that postponed the planned rezone of the Ave.


Gayle Nowicki

Owner of Gargoyles Statuary on the Ave, also leader of the U District Small Business Association and member of the City's Small Business Advisory Committee will share her thoughts on how to confront the problem.


Cliff Cawthon, Moderator

Cliff teaches Political Science at Bellevue Community College, is a journalist and frequent contributor to local publications like the South Seattle Emerald and Outside City Hall focusing on displacement issues, and a leader on race and justice issues, and now President of the Tenants Union.


The Problem: The City's Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) calls for upzoning nearly all of Seattle's neighborhood business districts, promising to drive up property values, rents and leases, and in many cases, cause the demolition of older affordable buildings and storefronts.


Runaway growth already has impacted our neighborhood business districts and the planned upzones now threaten to greatly accelerate displacement of many more independently-run and often minority-owned shops and stores across our city.  


The U District Small Businesses, two years ago, put together an organizing effort that caused the City Council to postpone any HALA zoning changes along the historic ‘Ave’ until solutions could be identified to prevent small business displacement, and is a model for other neighborhood business districts. Councilmember Herbold is leading efforts now to find solutions to help not only the Ave but all small business districts in Seattle.


Join us to learn more about the problem and hear about solutions from our distinguished panel with ample time for audience participation.


The event is sponsored by Seattle Displacement Coalition's news site, Outside City Hall, and KODX-LP (96.9 Seattle), as part of their series of discussions on ‘Who Rules Seattle’.  The event will be broadcast on KODX and video-taped for later distribution. For more information, contact us or go to their website.


1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle, WA 98105


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