Hirabayashi Place Demolition Underway

Thanks to our friends at the Summit Law Group we will share frequent photos of the construction site from a lofty perch!


UW Design Build Studio 2014 Creates Cookery

Students, faculty, friends and family joined staff yesterday in celebrating the opening InterIm CDA's Danny Woo Community Garden's Neighborhood Cookery.  Professor Steve Badanes, who has organized six student projects in the Garden, and Miriam Ghee, worked with Rachel Duthler and Tom Im and others, through the University of Washington's School of Architecture's Design Build Studio 2014 to create this new structure.  InterIm CDA is grateful to the City of Seattle's Department of Neighborhood's for major funding for this project.  Other contributions were received as well.  The staff look forward to using this new asset to teach classes involving growing, cooking and eating healthy food, particularly to children living in the International District.  Programs are also planned for youth and elders.


AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Members Remove Old Wall

InterIm CDA's Danny Woo Community Garden is the grateful recipient of the hard work of eight AmeriCorps volunteers.  These intrepid young people are making the garden safer by replacing a deteriorating railroad tie wall with a new retaining wall.  The garden was originally built by an earlier generation of civic-minded young people in 1975.  Uncle Bob Santos, who organized the original garden project continues to champion the garden and share stories with visitors.  Pictured here are Rick, Angela, and Heather.  Thank you!


Danny Woo Cookery Opening

Invitation: Danny Woo Community Garden Cookery Opening

Thursday, June 12th 4-8 pm.

Join us in celebrating the new Danny Woo Community Garden Neighborhood Cookery!

Tour of the garden: 4 pm.

Cookery Dedication Ceremony: 5:45 pm.

 Location: 620 S Main St. Seattle, WA 98104

This is project is funded by the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods.  Design and construction provided by the University of Washington’s Neighborhood Design Build Studio and Professor Steve Badanes.  The first phase of the project (architectural elements being installed now) will be followed by water/electrical work later this summer.



Community Reception

You are invited to a Community Reception to welcome Andréa Akita and Brad Miyake

 Please RSVP to or call 206.623.0100



Mindy Au Named to Immigrant and Refugee Commission

Mindy Au, InterIm CDA’s Asset Building Program Manager, was recently appointed by the Seattle City Council to serve on the City of Seattle's Immigrant and Refugee Commission for a two-year term.   Ms. Au is one of 15 members appointed by the Mayor and City Council to advise the city on ways to enhance and improve access to city services and resources for immigrants and refugees.  The Commission is also charged with strengthening opportunities for immigrants and refugees to participate in civic life and encouraging understanding between and among various immigrant and refugee communities in the city.  Ms. Au brings experience in working with immigrant and refugee communities not only in Seattle, but in places in the U.S. and internationally.


Garden Volunteer Help Needed - April 6

11 - 4 pm

Help remove diseased fruit trees from the Danny Woo Community Garden.  This project will help clear the way for construction of the outdoor cookery this summer.  The project, funded by the City of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods, will create an active cooking and learning place for young and old alike.  Contact Rachel Duthler to volunteer -

The work will require lifting and hauling wood.  A side benefit is the opportunity to take home some firewood!


WILD Youth at Lunar New Year

Students in the Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) program engaged visitors to their booth at the 2014 Lunar New Year Celebration in Hing Hay Park.  They instructed young and old alike in making paper lanterns, while explaining coming changes to the park in the heart of the Chinatown - International District.