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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bellevue's orderly development draws good press

Photo by David Johanson Vasquez In the January issue of Urban Land, Bellevue earns kudos for its orderly transformation from sleepy suburb to surging metropolis.

"Once strictly a bedroom community for Seattle, Bellevue, Washington has emerged as one of the most dynamic mid-sized cities in the United States," writes Douglas Gantenbein in an article entitled, "Putting Together Bellevue." Urban Land is the monthly magazine published by the Urban Land Institute, an international research organization focused on land use and real estate development.

Matt Terry, longtime Planning & Community Development director, and his department are credited with mapping out a sharp course correction for Bellevue in the early 1980s to which much of the downtown growth since then can be attributed.

"Now, the Bellevue skyline is visible for miles and is punctuated by a dozen high rises comprising 20-plus stories, with more of the same under construction," the article notes.

"Putting Together Bellevue"

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