Politics Let’s See Action
posted by August 6 at 12:55 PMon
I was excited about the group that Mike McGinn started up earlier this year.
McGinn’s group—Seattle Great City Initiative—was out to reclaim Seattle’s neighborhood movement for those of us who live in Seattle’s neighborhoods and support density, and transit alternatives, and lifting unnecessary mandates like parking requirements on developers.
I was also excited that McGinn, a charismatic go-getter, wasn’t running for office, but instead was trying to organize at the grassroots level to create public demand for green urban planning so that office holders wouldn’t feel shy about voting for change.
When his group had its official kickoff in May (they’d actually already been in action for several months), McGinn hyped the city’s “Complete Streets” initiative as one of the group’s accomplishments. The “Complete Streets” initiative dictates that any new roads fixes in the city must be designed with pedestrians and bicyclists as part of the equation.
This is a perfect opportunity for McGinn to make good on his mission to tap Seattle’s progressive neighborhood base and put his idea of demand-side politics in play. It’s also a great political opportunity to make his (I thought promising) group relevant.
I’m sure McGinn will have some hot quotes regarding Nickels’s amnesia when it comes to the Bike Master Plan, but hot quotes aren’t enough.