Monday, December 10, 2018

Will Green

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Will became inexplicably interested in city planning, design, and urbanism after growing up in mostly-suburban Ohio. After spending 5 years living in Seattle's Rainier Valley, he relocated to San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood along with his wife and cat.
Rainier Ave has long been recognized as a dangerous street, but little has ever been done to fix the issue. Residents have suggested various fixes multiple times since the 1970s, but were constantly rebuffed with concerns over budget or how such a move would affect the flow of cars down a principal arterial. That "cars...
Red light cameras have never been popular with people who drive. Since their introduction in to the US, many states have banned their use entirely. Various automobile associations and motoring groups have steadily campaigned for their removal by claiming that they do little for safety and only serve to line the...
The Seattle Streetcar, whose South Lake Union starter line opened in 2007, has its share of oddities. Though Seattle's streetcars are operated by Metro, they are funded and planned by the City of Seattle, which chose to set the adult fare at $2.50. That fare choice meant that ridership was actually discouraged during off-peak hours,...

Rainier Needs a Road Diet

(Image: Seattle Fire Department)It’s been a bad year for Rainier Avenue South. There are the usually numerous car crashes, sure, but that’s normal. The same goes for the pedestrian collisions--regrettable, but normal. An unfortunate but inevitable side effect of the automobile, and are generally accepted with little comment. But in...

UW’s New Link Station

The future is now--and it smells like plywood, sawdust, and ozone? Perhaps not: the University Link project doesn’t open until early 2016. Regardless, Sound Transit offered members of the press (and one lucky Seattle Subway volunteer) the opportunity to tour the new University of Washington station as construction wraps...
With membership kits beginning to arrive in mailboxes, and major improvements to Downtown Seattle's bicycle infrastructure now open, Pronto! Cycle Share's mid-October launch is tantalizingly close. Once the system opens, members and pass holders will be able to use one of 500 bikes across Downtown, Capitol Hill, Eastlake, and...
When Link opened in 2009, it was expected to be a catalyst for transit-oriented development (TOD) in the Rainier Valley: MLK Way is littered with the sort of auto-oriented, suburban-style development that defines placelessness, and is ripe for redevelopment. A unprecedented economic downturn delayed those aspirations somewhat, and for a...