Saturday, October 20, 2018

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Folks from the group “Save 35th Ave NE” gathered last Monday evening along 35th Avenue NE to protest bike lanes being added to the street. The project, despite being politically contentious, is an example of what Seattle needs to be doing more of--building cost-effective bike lanes as part of repaving...
Last week, David Allen, 29, was walking along Sand Point Way NE near 40th Ave NE when he was struck by one motorist and then another and left for dead. While there are differing accounts of what actually happened, what’s clear is the urgent need for safety improvements along...
Editor's note: This article has been updated since publication, with a correction made to the chart showing distribution of driver speeds along Rainier Ave after the road diet and accompanying text clarifying the language around the error in the chart. We had said "almost a quarter of southbound drivers...
As I write this, city officials are conducting a sweep of The Field of Dreams, a homeless encampment next to an I-90 overpass in SoDo. When I visited the camp on Sunday, residents were gathering to draft a last-ditch appeal to delay the sweep. Yesterday, four City Council members...
Last night, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) hosted a meeting to describe potential safety improvements to Sand Point Way NE. The Urbanist has already covered some of the proposal, but here's additional information from the meeting. The SDOT meeting was well attended by over 40 people. This safety project...
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is spending millions of dollars to repave 25th Ave NE in 2017, but isn't planning to make any significant safety improvements despite numerous problems along the street. In addition to that, University Village is currently proposing to build additional parking garages to create 572...
A few weeks ago, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) held an open house to discuss improvements on the section of Banner Way NE between NE 80th St and Roosevelt Way NE. The meeting was framed as a discussion to consider various safety improvement along the corridor, similar to the successful NE 75th...
A few weeks ago, former Seattle Councilmember Tom Rasmussen wrote an opinion piece for The Seattle Times, which theorized that loosening Seattle's backyard cottage rules might allow developers to exploit loopholes to build multi-family housing in areas zoned for single-family homes. Instead of focusing on what developers might do, we...