What we do
3 Square Blocks provides communications, planning and design expertise to improve quality of life in the Pacific Northwest. We help governments, agencies and special purpose districts envision and create memorable, livable places that attract investment, employment and residents. Our lean team has decades of experience working in the Puget Sound and is committed to delivering projects with lasting benefits.
We help clients…
Navigate the planning process
3 Square Blocks engages communities to create plans that guide long-term decision making. We guide communities to understand, prioritize and implement public services and capital investments that achieve local vision and goals.
Welcome diverse stakeholders to the table
Our outreach experts welcome diverse and often divided groups to the planning process. By meeting people where they live and work and encouraging input and project ownership from underrepresented groups, we garner crucial feedback to shape long-term strategy.
Find common ground
We use collaboration and conflict resolution strategies to keep conversations moving. Our staff works closely with diverse stakeholders, planners, technical consultants, public officials and residents to gather and relay shared values and community needs. We leverage common ground to achieve shared decisions that support social equity, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, and sustainability.
Engage and inform to promote transparent decisions
Our communications experts encourage thoughtful discourse and decision making with accessible (and often multilingual) presentations, exhibits, web content, meeting materials, and engagement activities. We ensure broader awareness through coverage in local newspapers, Listservs, social media, and blogs.
Translate stakeholder input into workable designs
Consultants, elected officials, and residents often have different priorities and use different vocabularies. Our team works with partners to solicit input, close communication gaps, and balance stakeholder input with other project requirements to craft designs that work.
Write readable plans
Our writers and graphic designers increase reader accessibility and focus attention on priority issues by boil plans down to create concise, visually engaging documents with sufficient detail to guide decisions and actions.
Create places of character
We help communities envision and build memorable, accessible, and livable places that balance new and existing urban forms to attract additional investment, employment, institutions, and residents.
Some of our services
Workshops and charrettes
Interactive public events
Social justice outreach
Capital facilities plans
Land use strategies
SEPA environmental review
Health impact assessments