As Seattle continues to grow and change, this question confronts us all. For the residents of Yesler Terrace, the rapid changes in their neighborhood make this question even more immediate. Yesler Terrace, a 30-acre site in the Central District, was developed by the Seattle Housing Authority in the 1940s as the nation’s first racially-integrated public housing development. In 2013, SHA began redeveloping Yesler Terrace in order to capitalize on its central location, access to public transportation, and beautiful views. All 561 original units are being replaced, and over 1,000 affordable housing units are being added, as well as new green spaces and a new streetcar line.
For this session of Design Your [Neighbor]hood, SAM has teamed up with Seattle Housing Authority and the Associated Recreation Council at Yesler Community Center. Over the next five weeks, teens will collaboratively conceptualize, create, and install a photo mural telling their stories about home, the neighborhood, their community, and change. The photomural will be on display at Yesler Terrace before moving to other sites around the city, giving residents of other neighborhoods the opportunity to learn more about the Yesler community and the amazing teens who call it home.