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Duwamish Valley Neighborhood Preservation Coalition (DVNPC)

Seattle, Washington

Historic Tree near the Waterfront – Photo: DVNPC

Formed in 1992 as a nonprofit organization, the Duwamish Valley Neighborhood Preservation Coalition (DVNPC) promotes affordable home buying opportunities primarily from the existing housing stock in the Duwamish River communities of South Park, Georgetown, and Tukwila. Some of the oldest housing in Seattle is in these neighborhoods and the organization is working to preserve these unique properties and green spaces.

“The neighborhood of South Park is important within Seattle as a blue-collar, working class neighborhood—with strong ties to the Pike Place Public Market and Boeing’s development during World War II—that continues to thrive amidst increased industrialization and development pressures. The neighborhood reflects a diverse array of architectural styles, demonstrating its slow but persistent growth.”

DVNPC has nominated South Park for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Written by Michele Gielis

Learn More:

City Council Forum Addresses Displacement and Exclusionary Zoning, South Seattle Emerald, by Andrew Engelson, July 23, 2021

Mayoral Candidates Neighborhood Forum sponsorship, July 14, 2021

City of Seattle Announces $55.8 Million in New Affordable Housing Projects, Including Partnerships with Black Church Housing Nonprofits, South Seattle Emerald, August 12, 2020

Seattle Coalition Appeals Zoning Changes, Seattle Weekly, November 28, 2017

Homeowner Group Coalition Sues to Block MHA Rezone, The Urbanist, by Doug Trumm, November 28, 2017

Michele Gielis

Michele Gielis

Michele has spent the last decade helping nonprofits raise their voice for change. She looks to make action meaningful by connecting people to the technology and messages that bring resonance and resilience. Michele is proud to support the Anthropocene Alliance working to get communities to #HigherGround


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