Monday, October 15, 2018

Anton Babadjanov

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Anton has been living in the Pacific Northwest since 2005 and in Seattle since 2011. While building technology products during the day, his passion for urban planning and transportation is no less and stems from a childhood of growing up in the urban core of a small European city. As a member of the Belltown Community Council he has worked to improve the transportation options and public realm in the neighborhood.
On Monday, the ridesharing company Uber unexpectedly voiced their public support for Regional Proposition 1, also known as Sound Transit 3. The measure would fund building 62 miles of new light rail lines and two bus rapid transit lines ultimately connecting more than 85% of jobs and 80% of...
A common criticism of the upcoming ST3 ballot measure is that light rail is too expensive and we'd be better off with bus rapid transit (BRT), especially in the suburbs. This article looks at the economics behind such statements to see if ST3 is worth it or not. First, we...
Not another day goes by without some transit detractor talking about how driverless vehicles will obviate the need for transit and big spending on capital projects. Such statements are based on an expected improvement in travel by personal car, but they fail to account for the vast improvement in...
Approximately 35% of the land area of Seattle constitutes public right-of-way. Today, most of this space is dedicated to general purpose lanes and parking and is utilized mostly by single occupancy vehicles. Yet, as the city becomes denser, we are finding this configuration to be inadequate in serving its...
Cities face a complex web of interconnected problems today — affordability, transportation, safety, livability and many others. Often these problems appear to be in competition for scarce resources, forcing us to make hard trade-offs. As Seattle has pushed density levels beyond anything previously achieved in any part of the state,...
In December, the city of Changsha, China started trial runs on a recently completed 11.5-mile urban low-speed maglev train line (<75 mph). How is that beneficial? It can climb 30% grades while regular adhesion light rail can only deal with around 8%, produces less noise and thus less neighborhood opposition,...
Potential new light rail lines for the upcoming Sound Transit 3 ballot measure were clarified further after a recent Sound Transit board workshop. From 4 options for the Ballard to Downtown line, only one provides a stop in Belltown, while the rest cover South Lake Union. This dichotomy need...
Like many desirable and economically strong coastal cities Seattle is experiencing rapidly rising rents. The Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) committee understands part of the problem is that current zoning unreasonably restricts supply and is therefore proposing a significant increase in development capacity through rezoning. While the move is...