Livable City Year
Skyway-West Hill and North Highline are racially and ethnically diverse, low-income communities in urban unincorporated King County whose residents are under increasing risk of displacement due to dramatic growth and rising housing costs in the region. To help address these concerns, King County partnered with the University of Washington Livable City Year (LCY) program so that students could conduct research and provide recommendations for anti-displacement strategies that might keep residents in place and encourage equitable development. Livable City Year, in turn, partnered with Professor Lynne C. Manzo of the Department of Landscape Architecture and students in her Advanced Research Studio to conduct policy research in Spring 2020. This report reflects the work of the thirteen students (the LCY research team) who participated in the course over a span of eleven weeks. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this course was offered online rather than the standard face-to-face.