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Seattle's Fight Against Sprawl, 20 Years On

The city's urban villages strategy is working—in some parts more than others.
Seattle's Urban Villages strategy has been working, especially in the dense downtown area.
Seattle's Urban Villages strategy has been working, especially in the dense downtown area. Flickr/terasia

In 1992, then-Mayor Norm Rice announced a strategy to reduce urban sprawl in Seattle. The idea was to channel future growth into so-called "urban villages": walkable, affordable sections of the city that contained residential, commercial, and recreational structures. Now, 20 years after that plan's implementation in 1994, a new report says that it has been successful.

Well, mostly.