Monthly Archives: July 2008

Ride Transit, Save $8,400

You might have read that Seattle transit users save an average of $8,400 annually compared to drivers. That’s according to a recent study that assumed transit users have one less car. $8,400 is quite a figure! Is it true? Who … Continue reading

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You’re not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway

Seattle’s Mithun has been picked to lead master planning for a 2.6 million square foot redevelopment of five blocks of Austin’s downtown. It’s the largest downtown redevelopment effort in the history of the Lone Star State’s capitol. Mithun’s view on … Continue reading

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Update on: Who spiked our drink?

Green Lake, still harmless Update!: The P-I is now reporting that the spikes in Green Lake are indeed an innocent occurrence, apparently left over from a Eurasian milfoil eradication effort in the 1980s. From July 25 SeattleScape: Seattle Parks just … Continue reading

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It’s a Wonderful Store

When it opened four years ago, the Phinney Market was like a dream come true. The neighborhood grocery / deli was operated by local owners with a vision of serving fresh food in a “third place” atmosphere. In addition to … Continue reading

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Everybody Under the Sun?

It was Memorial Day weekend, a few years ago. A warm day but not hot. Great time to visit the Space Needle observation deck. Of course the Center was packed with Folklifers that day. Looking at this mass of people … Continue reading

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Stalled projects mean eyesores for Seattle

As the financial credit crisis puts the crunch on local redevelopment projects, an additional unpleasant consequence is the increasing number of vacant lots and vacant buildings, especially in Downtown Seattle and nearby neighborhoods. Who knows how long these sites will … Continue reading

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Welcome to the new SeattleScape!

Seattle World’s Fair drawing by Earle Duff Thanks to all of you who have loyally read and commented on the SeattleScape blog for the past five months. We’ve had a lot of fun, so we’re stepping it up. Six new … Continue reading

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Who spiked our drink?

Green Lake, in happer times Seattle Parks just said in a press release that it is now hiring professional divers to sweep all of its nine beaches and two small craft centers. The move comes after 41 additional spikes were … Continue reading

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You scratch my back. . .

Transfers of Development Rights are not new. In 1916, New York City planners zoned the city and included a provision letting owners sell their building rights to neighboring lots. In the 1960s, they changed the law so lots didn’t have … Continue reading

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To market, to market

There’s lots of good fodder for urban development nuts to digest in today’s news. A few selections, in case you missed them: In a piece for Crosscut, former city council member, architect (and offspring of Pike Place Market advocate Victor … Continue reading

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