About Seattle ARCH

Seattle ARCH (Activists Remembered, Celebrated, and Honored) is an ad hoc group dedicated to preserving the history of Seattle’s Freeway Revolt and honoring its participants.  Legions of citizens across the city worked to save neighborhoods, parks and waterfront from decimation by freeways, exemplifying the power of ordinary citizens to change public policy and shape the environment in which they live.

The mission of Seattle ARCH is to preserve this inspiring history and make it accessible to current and future generations. Our efforts span outreach, historical research, fundraising, media relations, public speaking and more. Recent initiatives include:

  • Advocating for a permanent monument incorporating a section of the defunct R.H. Thomson Expressway to honor the citizens who helped defeat it
  • Producing Seattle’s Freeway Revolt: A Directory of Historical Resources, which provides a wealth of information for those seeking to learn more about this history.  The project was funded by a grant from 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund and is available in the Seattle Public Library’s special collections online
  • collaborating with award-winning filmmaker Minda Martin to produce a documentary on the freeway revolt, released in summer 2018

Seattle ARCH is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike, the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.

Proposed RH Thomson Interchange at Evergreen Point Bridge, as published in The Argus, June 2, 1961