Friday, 19 April, 2019

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“Nobody stopped to hear him, though he played so sweet and high. They knew he had never been on their T.V., so they passed his music by.  I meant to go over and ask for a song, maybe put on a harmony. I heard his refrain as the signal changed,...
The idea of “home” came to the foreground when I moved to Seattle from the greater Detroit area where I was born and raised, wrestling to make Seattle my new home. I often refer to Michigan as “home home” and I am reflective on how I engage and identify...
On October 14th, former Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata wrote a blog post that may mislead enough people to stop an excellent local transit project that Seattle Subway has supported since its inception. Since publishing his post, “The Center City Connector Streetcar--A Solution Looking for A Problem,”...
Help make the Georgetown to South Park Trail a reality in 30 seconds: Tell City Council you want a trail between Georgetown and South Park! Seattle’s southern neighborhoods of Georgetown and South Park are a flat, short distance apart. In these adjacent neighborhoods, more than 8,500 people live, 30,000 work,...
Most recently I have taken on a new venture in which I am dedicating my career to helping cities plan for autonomous vehicles (AVs) and other disruptive transportation technologies (e.g., drones, electric vehicles, and hyperloop). My startup is called Smash the Box Planning, where we smash the box instead of thinking...
Before most new buildings in Seattle can be constructed, their plans must first go through a process known as “Design Review.” Design Review Boards (DRBs) consist of volunteers selected by the city. These boards review building proposals and recommend changes to make building designs more aesthetically pleasing and functionally...
In March of 2016, having recently been let go from the Cleveland Browns due in part to truancy and public drug use, Johnny Manziel applied to live in an apartment. The property manager who processed his application was at first delighted that she would have the opportunity to rent...
In an effort to continue providing great content, programming, advocacy,  and analysis, we’re running a fundraising drive this week at The Urbanist. We think what we do is pretty valuable, but you don't have to take our word for it. Below is a testimonial from Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Board...