Episode 07: Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda shows off her unique combination of policy chops and passion for urbanization, while shouting out her favorite bar spot in Seattle. Ian is then joined in the studio by Matt Hutchins of CAST Architecture, a pioneer in local density advocacy and a tireless agitator for more housing.

About Teresa Mosqueda

Teresa Mosqueda is a third-generation Mexican-American and Seattle City Council Member at large member representing District 8. She has a long history of social justice, beginning as a child making signs for rallies and protests, was a part of the WTO protests in 1999 and watched her parents and community organizers plan actions and events around the dining room table. Her first job was helping low income Latino seniors receive access to healthcare, housing and transportation at Sea Mar. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, and earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. She also worked for Childrens’s Alliance implementing Apple Health care coverage for kids, and most recently worked as the political and strategic campaign director for the Washington AFL-CIO, helping to draft and pass initiative 1433 which raised the minimum wage and guaranteed paid sick and save leave for workers in Washington.

You can learn more about Teresa Mosqueda on her website or the Seattle City Council page here

About Matt Hutchins

As one of the founders of CAST architecture, Matt has spent more than twenty years working to increase the vitality of the city and the environment. Through the thoughtful design of housing, vibrant urban spaces, advocacy for more open space and better density, and inclusive community design, Matt brings idealism and experience to each project. He advocates for abundant urban housing, affordability, sustainable building and open spaces. He serves on AIA Seattle’s Housing Task Force, the Housing Design Forum, and will join the SW Design Review Board in Spring 2018. He is a recognized expert in community design and accessory dwelling units. He is a former board member of Groundswell NW and is working to bring more mass transit and new public parks to his own neighborhood, West Seattle.

You can learn more about Matt Hutchens and CAST architecture on their page here.

Both Teresa and Matt are passionate about the Fort Lawton Redevelopment program; originally established as an Army installation in the late 1890’s on Magnolia Bluff in Seattle, the Fort Lawton project now represents a major opportunity to add housing at market and low-income rates.  The City conducted an extensive public process that resulted in a detailed plan to create a diverse, mixed-income community with housing for homeless individuals and families and market rate housing, while also preserving existing wildlife habitat and creating a new neighborhood park.The Proposed Redevelopment Plan will be submitted to the City Council for review and adoption. The City Council may seek additional public review once the plan is submitted.  Stay tuned to UpZones for more information.

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