I have had the unique privilege of working with the wonderful people in Seattle since August 1, 1984, when I moved to Seattle after graduate school to take a job with the Seattle Engineering Department. I moved to Seattle, in part, because I wanted to live in a community that placed a high value on civic life, social justice and a willingness to take risks and try new things. I have not been disappointed, having met and worked with many amazing people. Some highlights:
- Participated in a group that preserved rail corridors when they were no longer needed for rail purposes; resulted in one of the first comprehensive urban trails systems.
- Worked with local transportation officials and neighborhood groups to develop the concept of Complete Streets and Road Diets; resulted in multiple streets being reconfigured to accommodate all modes, providing more transportation choices.
- Led a team that created one of the first comprehensive programs for installing ADA compliant ramps; resulted in Seattle winning awards for its leadership.
- Member of a group that developed public housing for homeless vets; resulted in more than a dozen vets finding permanent housing.
- Worked with others to help pass two levies; resulted in millions of dollars be spent on preserving open space and constructing miles of trails.
- Currently working with the City of Seattle to design and construct a comprehensive network of cycle tracks in the downtown area.
Peter Lagerwey is the Regional Office Director for Toole Design Group in the Northwest.