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Table of Contents:

1. Background
2. Design of Toilets
3. Composting
4. Construction -- Base & Vaults
5. Construction--Pad Fabrication
6. Construction--Superstructure
7. Finished!
8. Monitoring & Evaluation
9. EcoSan Resources


The Columbia City Revitalization Story

Summary:  In the early 1990s, Columbia City a richly diverse neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, had a problem.  The business district in the heart of the neighborhood was in a steady state of decline.  Small businesses were going bankrupt, store fronts were being boarded up and the chief commercial activities seemed to be drug deals and prostitution.

     Conventional efforts by city government and traditional non-profit organizations had failed to turn the tide.  Then in 1995, a small group of residents, calling themselves the Columbia City Revitalization Committee took upon themselves the task of bringing the business district back to life.  And they did.  Today, Columbia City is a revitalized neighborhood with a thriving business district.  Once viewed as “undesirable, Columbia City is now considered one of the “best” Seattle neighborhoods in which to live.


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