Monthly Archives: May 2008

Gehry project tightens its belt

You’re not the only one being asked to recraft that building just a teensy bit smaller. Architectural Record reported this week that the Atlantic Yards, a controversial $4.3 billion, 8 million-square foot Brooklyn development designed by Frank Gehry, is scaling … Continue reading

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Race and gentrification in Bridgeport

It’s not every day you see The New York Times delve into gentrification in Portland. Today’s NYT story focuses on the conversation that black and white Portlanders are having as more and more young whites move into North and Northeast … Continue reading

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Back to the future of South Lake Union

It seems like much of the city’s time is spent working on the future of South Lake Union. No comment. From trolleys and targeted up-zones to street redesigns and a new park (dedication shown at right) and trail, proposals for … Continue reading

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An unusual landmark

No, this has nothing to do with that boarded up building with the unique swooping roofline that you won’t see much longer at the corner of 15th Avenue Northwest and Northwest Market Street. Landmarking a living thing? Still reading? The … Continue reading

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Design Ballard’s new bike rack

SDOT and Sustainable Ballard are looking for good designs for new bike racks to adorn the streets of Ballard. The design should be tailored to one of these spots: along Ballard Avenue near the Farmer’s Market, next to the Ballard … Continue reading

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Backtracking on Ballard Denny’s decision?

Key Seattle landmark staff are advising the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board against preserving the former Denny’s on the corner of 15th Avenue Northwest and Northwest Market Street. The recently boarded-up landmark The board voted in February that the building’s prominence … Continue reading

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Is Seattle overdoing it with density plans?

Seattle is already zoned to allow three times the density expected over the next 14 years, according to a report released last week by Livable Seattle. The report culls numbers from the 2007 King County Buildable Lands Report. It makes … Continue reading

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Keeping Seattle weird/affordable

The Seattle Times had an interesting story today about artsy Seattleites being priced out of the city core and into edge neighborhoods like South Park. It describes a progression taken from Belltown and Capitol Hill, once the meccas of alternative … Continue reading

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Rypkema says Seattle is losing its “grittiness”

Donovan Rypkema, the historic preservation and economic development expert, was here this week from Washington, D.C. for a lecture sponsored by Historic Seattle. I went to his lecture Thursday and spoke to him Friday morning. He had been out with … Continue reading

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The politics of siting Seattle’s jail

City officials will soon have to break the news to some Seattle businesses and organizations that they will be neighbor to a city jail in 2012. The ultimate NIMBY It’s not a fun job, but some would say that’s why … Continue reading

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