Wednesday, 19 June, 2019

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.
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...
As previously covered, the Lake2Bay Public Realm Study is investigating ways to create a quality pedestrian connection between the new waterfront, downtown, Seattle Center and Lake Union. After multiple public outreach efforts the Lake2Bay Coalition commissioned architecture firm Walker Macy to create a concept plan with specific proposals for...
As Seattle's economy continues to grow rapidly and as congestion continues to increase, the upcoming ballot measure Sound Transit 3 (ST3) enables us to provide the infrastructure most necessary to support this growth. It's a crucial shot in the arm for a region that has been long starved of...
The Lake2Bay Coalition is working on multiple projects for improving the public realm within Belltown, SLU and Denny Triangle. One of the projects is focused on creating a better pedestrian connection from Elliot Bay to Lake Union.   Work has been ongoing and later today landscape architecture firm Walker Macy will reveal the first design concepts: When: Thursday,...
Nearly one month ago, the Lake2Bay Coalition hosted a public realm exploration walk to collect people's opinion on the public spaces around Belltown and the Denny Triangle. It looks like people's favorite spots were Olympic Sculpture Park, Bell Street, and the Denny and Westlake park across Whole Foods: Today, the...
When the population of a city doubles, its economic productivity goes up 130 percent. As noted in a paper by the MIT Media Lab, what makes the sum greater than the parts is people's increased chance of face-to-face interaction. It makes sense as it lets people learn from each...
When Bell Street Park opened in 2014, it was one of Seattle's first explorations into designing streets as "shared space". Modeled after Dutch "woonerfs" (which literally translates to "living street"), it was meant to turn Bell Street into public open space while still maintaining vehicle access. In a traditional woonerf, pedestrians...