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Saturday, February 3 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Mayors of Cascadia

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The Pacific Northwest used to be bound by it’s shared natural resources, but now our region’s fabric is better defined by its growing cities where populations are booming, the cost of living rising, and technological and cultural innovation is thriving. Cities like Seattle, Vancouver, BC, and Portland are no longer obscure provincial capitals but are known internationally for urban dynamism driven by prosperity and social conscience. It is not enough that Cascadian cities be good, they must seek to be equitable and experimental. In a time of political division and sociological upheaval, they are challenged to live up to common ideals as green and humane sanctuaries.

Is that possible? What can make it so? What is the state of Cascadia and our cities in the face of climate change, affordability, immigration and border challenges, homelessness and the pressures of rapid and persistent growth and change? What is the future of our urban dreams? Crosscut columnist Knute Berger will talk with Cascadia’s leaders, people on the front lines or regional transformation, about these and other topics.

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Knute Berger (Moderator)

Knute Berger is Crosscut’s Mossback. Born and raised in Seattle, he writes with his own Pacific Northwest perspective. He also writes the monthly Gray Matters column for Seattle magazine where he is Editor-at-Large, and is an occasional commentator on KUOW-FM's“Week in Review.” He is the author of two books... Read More →
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Jenny Durkan

Jenny Durkan is the Mayor of Seattle
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Gregor Robertson

Gregor Robertson is the Mayor of Vancouver.
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Ted Wheeler

Ted Wheeler is the Mayor of Portland.