Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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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...
A few weeks ago, a group opposed to adding bike lanes to a North Seattle arterial tweeted out, “Single mothers don’t commute to work on bikes. Privileged #techbros do…” Of course, they got pummeled by hundreds of single moms (and dads) who do indeed bike to work every day....
Travel north on Aurora Avenue, past Lake Union, and you will see the iconic patterns of the corridor. Low budget motels, used car lots, low rise buildings set back from the street, barb wire fences, and small scale warehouses. One more item you’ll see is busses full of passengers on...