Sunday, 23 February, 2020

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Ryan DiRaimo is a resident of the Aurora Licton-Springs Urban Village and board member of the neighborhood group ALUV. He works at an architecture firm downtown and was a selected participant of the HALA focus group. He advocates for density, pedestrian safety and world class mass transit.

The Streetcar Symphony

Nothing stops the chorus of a city’s urban dance than a parking garage or surface lot. In the booming age of Seattle’s downtown core, with cranes becoming mainstay images of our skyline, it’s amazing that any parking lot still exists in this city. For some major sites...
Bus lanes and dropping a general purpose lane in each direction would turn Aurora Avenue into a much safer and more walkable street. (Image by Ryan DiRaimo)
When a pedestrian is struck and killed in your neighborhood you are at a loss for words. When it has happened five times in a calendar year, you are in a crisis. Safety for pedestrians along Aurora Avenue is out of control. Seattle residents want to...
Cities grow organically, by trial and error, sometimes with calculated assumptions made by planning experts. The Urban Village Strategy of the mid-1990s is one of those success stories providing added housing and increased diversity. Seattle is in the process of a new calculated assumption, requiring all development provide...
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...
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...