Monthly Archives: April 2008

A teacher and his development dreams

In Seattle, we have a lot of serious development players. We’ve got our own big guys and we’ve got the big guys who come here from all over. We’ve got billions of dollars that trade hands every month and cranes … Continue reading

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Green design on a dime in Seattle??

A house designed by two small Seattle firms will serve as a prototype for affordable green living in the Gulf Coast. And it might have a lesson or two for the Puget Sound. Owen Richards Architects and HyBrid Architects found … Continue reading

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Safeco Field, we hardly knew ye

When I heard the news about octogenarian Seattle company Safeco being bought by Boston’s Liberty Mutual Group, I immediately thought of baseball. Hit it here I’ve already spent some serious time in Safeco Field biting my nails over pitching changes … Continue reading

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Last day to comment on APA’s climate change guide

What role should climate change have in planning policy? Did I do that? More importantly, do you have a little time today or tomorrow to answer that question? The American Planning Association‘s assembly is considering a new policy guide on … Continue reading

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Phinney Ridge 92-year-old reflects on a lifetime of Seattle design

Gray’s Seattle Architecture writer and editor Relta Gray was born in Mount Vernon and moved to Seattle in 1934 to attend UW. She remembers taking the ferry from Madison Park to Kirkland for her first reporting job, and said the … Continue reading

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Peter Steinbreuck, Kevin Daniels among 10 honored for historic preservation efforts

The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation just announced 10 winners of this year’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation. Daniels The awards, given by State Historic Preservation Officer Allyson Brooks, recognize people, organizations and projects of … Continue reading

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Initial OK on capping I-5, nixing new Belltown parking and cutting car travel

A plan to construct lids over Interstate-5 to connect long lost friends First Hill and Downtown. Another that prohibits new surface parking in Belltown. And a third that sets goals for reducing vehicle miles traveled. These three are among more … Continue reading

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Should the Puget Sound secede?

Nickels wants a revolution Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels kicked off a City Club forum today with what he said would be a “provocative” idea. The Puget Sound region should “declare its independence” and form a more powerful regional government with … Continue reading

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Work without air conditioning?

Let the sun shine in (Photo by Weber Thompson) Seattleites love our summertime connection to the outdoors. Many of us switch to a Schwinn commute, walk to stores and restaurants and leave our windows wide open to let the breeze … Continue reading

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The Arctic Hotel is getting close

Renovation of the historic Arctic Building is nearing completion. The Artic’s signature Walruses (Quick, before you click the link above, name the architect. Hint: He also designed the old King County Courthouse.) The Arctic Club Hotel will celebrate its grand … Continue reading

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