Ray Dubicki

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Ray Dubicki is a stay-at-home dad and parent-on-call for taking care of general school and neighborhood tasks around Ballard. This lets him see how urbanism works (or doesn’t) during the hours most people are locked in their office. He is an attorney and urbanist by training, with soup-to-nuts planning experience from code enforcement to university development to writing zoning ordinances. He enjoys using PowerPoint, but only because it’s no longer a weekly obligation.
Councilmember Strauss looks towards long-term café streets. Councilmember Dan Strauss is enjoying Seattle’s outdoor dining cafe streets, even outside of his own district. “I love them. I was out at Rione XIII having dinner. It was really nice to have some semblance of normalcy while I was feeling safe in...
A bill to set up a public ownership authority at the Interbay Armory site is in the last stages of the legislative process. On Tuesday, the Washington Senate Ways and Means committee will hear House Bill 1173 at its 1:30pm session. The bill has already passed the House. From...
Washington Can't Wait Week of Action is March 15th-19th. It’s the third quarter of the Washington Legislative session. The body’s major (self-imposed) hurdle has been crossed, a March 9th deadline where bills must pass out of their house of origin. Now any legislation that is left alive is in the...
students do an outdoor activity at Lincoln High School
To be upfront, I am pissed at Seattle Public Schools. As a parent of school-age kids, I have been subjected to SPS’s anti-union propaganda regularly over the last few weeks. Between direct emails touting their reopening lines in the sand and robocalls badmouthing the teachers, SPS is going too...
Yonder Cider's street-side garage bar in Greenwood. (Yonder Cider)
After a year of pandemic lockdowns, it’s hard to think of anything that we can’t do in our homes. Work, baking, exercise, school, hedgehog ninja warrior courses. Homes that were just sleeping stations on our way back to work have become, surprisingly, places to actually live. But Seattle does have...
Through some clever permit digging, our friends over at GeekWire have found that the vacant New Seasons in Ballard is being refit as an Amazon Fresh grocery store. For those of us who follow the issues surrounding industrial Ballard and Interbay, the obvious question is how we allowed our...
Here’s the plan. We’re starting a wireless biometric crypto-AI blockchain company. Instead of a traditional headquarters, we’re going to buy up 50,000 acres of the desert and start our own city. It’ll look like Blade Runner perched on an Amalfi cliff face and run completely on self absorption and...
Paper is compostable. Bad opinions are not. Oh, for an easier assignment than to address the flubs and follies of Councilmember Alex Pedersen’s Seattle Times op-ed about the challenges facing Seattle’s next mayor. With a weak sauce open letter format followed by four strawman questions followed by a listicle, his...