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SEATTLE

A Holistic View
Parks help drive Michael McGinn's urban vision.
PERHAPS IT'S THE UNIQUE GEO-POLITICALSOCIOLOGICAL-ECONOMIC SOUP that makes
this city of 621,000 so progressive. From smart
growth to the arts, Seattle has always been comfortable in being out there ahead of much of the
country. So, it was with some surprise that Seattleites got an even more progressive mayor when Michael McGinn took office in 2009.
They should not have been surprised, considering his deep and abiding roots in community
improvement.
Growing up on Long Island in New York in the 1960s
and '70s, McGinn got early exposure to municipal life.
His mother was a school teacher and his
father worked for the local school district as director of facilities and afterhours programming. " My dad told
me a story that really stuck with
me-one day he had some
parents come in
and say 'You have programs
for all sorts of different groups,
but you don't have anything
for developmentally disabled
kids,' " McGinn says.

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