High times: Seattle business license fees could rise for marijuana businesses to pay for high inspection and enforcement costs associated with regulating the industry.
To save or not to save: The West Coast Printing building on Rainier Avenue could get historic landmark status.
At a crossroads: Seattle Bike Blog decries the recent Waterfront Seattle design proposal over the amount of space given over to car storage.
Many strategies needed: According to CityLab, “a new report on the affordable housing crisis warns that there’s no one single strategy that has yet proven effective in stemming the displacement of lower-income families.”
Private and semi-private space: Urban kchoze takes a look at the North American experience with porches and front yards.
Trick or treat: What makes for a good trick-or-treating neighborhood?
Philly’s High Line: Philadelphia is getting its own kind of High Line elevated rail-to-trail corridor.
Swank high-rise: A new 14-story mixed-use hotel and condo is planned for Chinatown-International District.
Public lands at stake: The next Public Lands Commissioner will rule one-fourth of Washington.
Non-equivalence: What’s wrong with comparing Seattle to Houston?
Infilling U Village: University Village, the trendy Northeast Seattle lifestyle shopping center, is planning to infill its property with more structured parking and retail space.
Use it or pay up: Washington, D.C. is raising taxes for blighted and vacant properties.
Still tanking speculation: Vancouver, B.C.’s 15% tax on foreign homebuyers continues to drive down housing prices in the city.
Housing affordability: Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns writes a series on housing affordability after a trip to Portland.
New owner ready: Capitol Hill’s historic Odd Fellows Building is up for sale.
Rent burdened: Nearly half of Seattle renters are paying more than 30% of their income on housing, which typically is the point at which a household is considered rent burdened.
Seismic retrofit: An iconic masonry apartment building on 17th Ave and John St is getting seismic upgrades.
Keeping local roots: Does small, local retail matter?
Turn them off: The case against neighbors with leaf blowers.
French placemaking: Three examples of well designed streets in France.
Rising tide of the bike: Bicycling rates have been skyrocketing in Copenhagen while driving rates decline.