Sometimes, when having conversations with fellow environmentalists, I find a disconnect in our understanding of urbanization. In the past, cities were regarded as dirty, unhealthy, the source of most of our emissions, and much early environmentalism was focused on rural, self-reliant, self-contained living.
If you’re not doing anything on Sunday afternoon, you could help make Seattle a safer place for cyclist and pedestrians, help improve access to lake union and participate in a nice bicycle ride all at the same time.
The Cascade Bicycle Club is holding a policy ride on Sunday, January 26th to show support for improvements to the bicycle and pedestrian facilities on Westlake. In case you missed the background on this project, the city has fully funded and plans to implement improved facilities along Westlake for cyclists and pedestrians. Even though it would not prevent the project on Westlake, a few people are attempting to delay the city’s bicycle master plan over fear that the Westlake project will result in fewer parking spaces. You can read more about this over at the Seattle Bike Blog here and here.
Sunday, January 26, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Meet at the Fremont PCC Market
Ride ends at RE:PUBLIC, a restaurant & bar
Find out more or RSVP here.
In many cities the term NIMBY (not in my back yard) is often lobbed at those opposing changes in their neighborhood. The term is often perceived as an insult but this wasn’t always the case.
The fourth proposed regulation on micro-housing concerns minimum square footage of communal areas.
We completed our preliminary research on two-bedroom housing in Seattle. We’ll be publishing a comprehensive report on all unit types in the near future. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at what we found.
My name is Owen Pickford and I’m the founder of Housing for Seattle. I’m here because I’m concerned about the cost of housing in Seattle. Put simply, there is insufficient focus on how Seattle’s zoning policies affect housing costs.
If you missed the community meeting at Lowell Elementary chances are you saw fewer angry people yelling at city administrators than me.
As mentioned in a previous post, opponents of micro-housing have a legitimate concern that new developments may change the character of their neighborhood. Not all their complaints are fair though.