Charles Bond

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Charles is an avid cyclist that uses his bike as his primary mode of transportation. He grew up in the Puget Sound, but is currently overseas living in Japan. He covers a range of topics like cycling, transit, and land use. His time in Tokyo really opened his eyes to what urbanism offers people and has a strong desire to see growth happen in Seattle.
Anyone walking past King Street in the last several weeks may have noticed an interesting transformation taking place. Tracks are being removed, cement molds are being built and trains are being moved to other tracks. To those curious about what is going on, here's a quick overview. As part of...
On Monday July 11th, a small meeting was held at Skyline on First Hill to discuss the current state of the Madison RapidRide+ project. As project design has now reached 30%, there were more details than before and the presenters were able to cover more about the design and...
An interesting new tool is now available on the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)'s website. It's a city map that displays construction-related street impacts happening around major development projects.  The map indicates not only that there's an impact to street use, but also grades the severity of impact to users. Find...
Seattle is a city of two streetcar lines separated only by a wall of towers. One corridor stretches from the north edge of Downtown to the burgeoning techno-hub of South Lake Union, and another slinks its way from Capitol Hill to Pioneer Square via the city's medical district in First Hill....
2016 is set to be an exciting year in Seattle with light rail expanding to Capitol Hill, the University of Washington, and Angle Lake (Seatac). In the shadow of these developments though, Northgate Link tunneling is progressing quickly with three of the tunnel segments already done, one more in progress,...
Last night, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) held an open house on the Roosevelt HTC project. It was revealed that the overall project aim has shifted from the earlier stages. SDOT neither plans a streetcar extension nor implementation of full bus rapid transit (BRT). Instead, the transportation agency is planning "targeted...
Shotengai are a type of shopping arcade found in Japan. Their varied layouts provide both a safe pedestrian experience and true mixed shopping capabilities throughout many parts of the country without requiring visitors to own any vehicle other than their own two feet. These photos are from a recent visit...
A new mixed-use project in the Northgate area may include a new “woonerf” as part of the site design. The imagery from the design documents evokes something approximating European- and Asian-style shopping arcades. Those kinds of spaces are premier pedestrian experiences that this region has been missing for quite some time. The...