Overview of SR-520 in Seattle, courtesy of WSDOT.
Overview of SR-520 in Seattle, courtesy of WSDOT.

A symbiotic relationship: A look at how food trucks and taprooms go hand-in-hand.

Lipstick on a pig: The Washington State Department of Transportation have released their final designs for SR-520 through Seattle; the plan is still universally awful for pedestrians, transit, and bicyclists. You still have an opportunity to comment.

Back to school: Maybe a Downtown Seattle school isn’t dead, Seattle Public Schools supports the federal building location.

Councilmembers call it quits: Last week, Nick Licata and Tom Rasmussen said that they won’t run for reelection.

Soaring high: You’d have to look under rocks to find people who don’t want more light rail; great news for Sound Transit 3!

A building is saved: The Landmarks Board has protected the former home of REI and The Stranger.

A big slide: Slide The City is coming to Seattle for summer 2015. Yes, a huge, 1000-foot slide! Get your tickets early, and cheap.

Labor hate: South Carolina’s governor attacks a labor union movement amongst Boeing employees in the state.

Bike racism: Apparently “biking while black” is a real thing that cops look out for.

Global employment change: Definitely the map of the week, a quick look at the global employment market.

Know the difference: How to tell whether a train line is a street car or light rail.

Micro housing goodness: In Seoul, they know how to make small spaces work well.

Getting to the airport: A comprehensive rundown of when to take transit or cab to the airport.

Residency required: Maybe it’s time to consider residency requirements for cops if only so they reflect the values of the communities that they serve.

Service change: The Seattle Police Department is dropping Eastlake and picking up First Hill for the East Precinct.

Chill out: Yes, the suburbs aren’t dying, but that’s because they’re not all the same (think Bellevue and Redmond–dense, diverse, multi-modal, and growing).

Charleston struggles: The city is having a tough time with new development fitting in with the older, historic ones.

Funded mandates: State legislators hope to pass a constitutional restriction on initiatives so that they can’t contain unfunded mandates.

Ruston annexation: A developer in Ruston, the small town adjacent to Tacoma, wants the City of Tacoma to annex their land because Ruston officials won’t play ball.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. One sentence (the second to the last paragraph) from that article about the old REI building caught my attention:

    As a compromise that would also ensure the building remains fully
    intact, Haas had previously suggested the board support a zoning
    variance to allow Legacy to build a tower in the parking lot behind the
    building.

    Why do they need a zoning variance to build a tower on a parking lot? Is this because they want to build something really high, or is there some other reason (FAR rules)?

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