Monday, September 24, 2018

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Editor's note: Last week, Seattle Bike Blog interviewed Joe Mangan regarding his proposal to re-envision NE 65th St and surrounding streets near Roosevelt High School. This article provides a deeper look into his proposal to give the streets a true Vision Zero treatment. Between 2013 and 2016, sixty-eight people were hospitalized as...
The early 1800’s were terrible times to be a British peasant. Parliament had been steadily granting landlords’ requests for enclosure since the 1500s, fencing off common land used by peasants for communal subsistence gardening. The landlords got a great deal; the newly vacant land could be used to produce...
After a delicious lunch of tempura-fried egg on rice in the neighboring area of Koenji, I’ve headed over to Asagaya on a train to check out a shopping street I’ve heard about. Tokyo is full of these streets, or shotengai, and they’re all pretty similar: narrow arcades lined with...
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...
The recent Seattle Times article about conflicts on the Westlake promenade between people walking and people bicycling addressed some very real safety concerns, but missed the mark on what the problem is and who’s to blame. The conflicts between people on foot and on bicycle are definitely occurring on...
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,” the Seattle...
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,...
Now that long-time councilmember Tim Burgess has ascended to the Mayor’s seat, vacating his lame-duck council seat for a brief chance at the city’s highest office, Seattle not only has its third mayor this year, it also needs to replace Burgess on the Council. You’d be forgiven for tiring...