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In the wake of a historic rezone of the neighborhood to allow for a greater density of housing and employment near our future light rail station, the urban design guidelines that have governed the neighborhood for years are now out of date. As a result, the U District Partnership...
A response to William McDonough’s new language of carbon. “We’re made of star stuff.” Carl Sagan “We are stardust.” Joni Mitchell Carl and Joni got it right. So does William McDonough when he says that carbon is not the enemy (“Carbon is Not the Enemy,” in the journal Nature in November...
How the City could lead the US in piloting an innovative model for better housing. Imagine with me: what if Seattle had a model for building multi-family housing that was more affordable and greener than what we’re currently building?  Okay, you’ve already heard that part; but what if the City...
Here’s what I know about cycling, based on stuff Seattle people say: Without good cycling infrastructure, the only people who’ll venture out on a bike are spandex-encased No Fear types. Even they won’t cycle in the rain. Taichung is a city of 2.75 million (a little smaller than the Seattle...
More than half of Americans believe that if someone is employed in a steady, full-time job, they will earn enough income to afford a decent and safe place to live, according to the 2016 ReThink: Why Housing Matters Survey. However, the facts paint a very different picture. The average hourly...
Could E Pike Street between 12th Avenue and Broadway look like this pedestrian zone in Boston? The trend towards a more walk-able and pedestrian-friendly Seattle is obvious. The light rail expands and connects a rising number of neighborhoods to the city center. At the same time it provides a convenient way...
King County Executive Dow Constantine recently introduced legislation to the Metropolitan King County Council to approve the sale of Convention Place Station (CPS) to the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) to facilitate a planned $1.6 billion convention center expansion. The press release from King County touted how the sale...
One of the most exciting aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that we're slowly but surely moving toward a world where our major cities become "smart." Not unlike a smart home, this means that innumerable aspects of a city's functionality will become interconnected through sensors and other...