Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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Public land is owned by all of us. City government acts as its steward, ensuring it is managed in the public interest, to benefit the residents of Seattle. When a City department determines property in its care is no longer needed, the City’s duty is to determine...
The 1968 and 1970 Forward Thrust campaign was a slate of 13 ballot initiatives, put before voters in Seattle and King County to correct the harmful excesses of the area’s post-WWII, car-centric, consumer-focused rise. The heart of the Forward Thrust capital improvement projects—twelve funded by bond debt,...
Things don’t always work as planned.  That certainly must be the feeling at the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) after the rollout of high-tech adaptive traffic signals along Mercer Street. Often called “the Mercer Mess,” Mercer Street is a major east-west route that bisects two dynamic downtown Seattle neighborhoods: Uptown,...
You’ve driven down Aurora, but have you ever walked it? Chances are, you haven’t. And nobody would blame you. The street is not designed for you to give it a stroll. The sidewalks are narrow and are often interrupted by utility poles. Over a mile of Aurora is without...
‘Streetcar’ seems to be a dirty word in Seattle. In January, I proposed my own redesign of NE 65th St to the city, which received overwhelming support from Seattle’s bike and car communities alike--the Seattle Bike Blog went so far as to declare my design better than the city’s. However,...
I really, really love bike share. They aren’t always where I need them but they are so convenient when they are. They save me from worrying about locking my bike up. From worrying about putting my bike on a bus bike rack (often full, always annoying). From having to...
Renton is one of our metro area’s fastest growing big cities. According to the Puget Sound Regional Council, only Seattle, Bellevue, and Federal Way grew faster in 2017. The city’s population has more than doubled since the 2000 census--propelled in part by annexation--and city government has been struggling to adapt. Given the...
Natalie Bicknell
One year after the passage of Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) rezones in the Chinatown-International District (CID) neighborhood, the community is contemplating its difficult present and striving to preserve hope for its future. As the crisis of housing affordability continues to escalate across Seattle, displacement is no longer a concern reserved...