Monthly Archives: June 2008

More sidewalk cafes for Seattle

I love Paris in the springtime. I love Paris in the fall. I love Paris, oh why oh why do I love Paris? Because of all the sidewalk cafes they have there! Spring has come to Seattle, finally (though it’s … Continue reading

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From power plant to luxury community

A master plan for London’s Battersea Power Station reads like a utopian post-industrialist fantasy and a developer’s dream: a power plant reborn as dense community center by 2020. It’s a non-local story of adaptive reuse that should result in an … Continue reading

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Subsidies for middle class housing?

How hard is it for a Seattle couple to find a one-bedroom apartment for $1,446? A Seattle City Council committee gave the nod this week to a bill that provides a tax break to developers for buildings with 20 percent … Continue reading

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It’s not a landmark, but developer won’t demolish it

The Southwest Design Review Board will check in tonight on a strangely familiar West Seattle development. As built in 1927 The project is at 3811 California Ave. W. The developer initially proposed tearing down the Charleston Court building to build … Continue reading

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Reaching critical mass on Interbay

Three years ago, the Interbay Neighborhood Association asked the city to give their hood an upzone. With businesses testing the water in the traditionally industrial area, and an uber close-in location right on a bus line, they argued it was … Continue reading

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The greenies v. the preservationists

Crosscut’s Knute Berger wrote an interesting column today about the animosity between historic preservationists and green building proponents. Too often, he says, green building techniques and density goals are used as justification for tearing down Seattle’s usable buildings and squandering … Continue reading

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Pestilence! Townhouses!

The townhouse situation in this city has gotten so bad that a Seattle City Council committee is holding a special meeting Saturday on the matter. The Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee will hold a special meeting … Continue reading

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Changing landscapes, one strip mall at a time

Every architect dreams of redesigning the strip malls that pepper America’s landscape, says Mike Jobes of the Miller/Hull Partnership. The mass homogeneity of the medium means vast applicability of design, and far more impact than could ever come from a … Continue reading

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