Monthly Archives: October 2008

More strides needed on walkability

Seattle has taken important steps toward being a good pedestrian city. Our strategic plans say the right things, we have some excellent City staff as well as advocacy groups (Ped Board, Feet First), most streets have sidewalks at least in … Continue reading

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About those sidewalk closures…

Cities like New York, Washington D.C., Toronto, and Vancouver B.C prioritize keeping sidewalks open during construction, encouraging covered pedestrian walkways and pedestrian use of the same-side street when covered walkways won’t work. Better than crossing the street, twice They will … Continue reading

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Street life? What street life?

Seattle’s Third Avenue Sometimes Seattle makes me plain crazy. We profess all sorts of environmentally and socially enlightened values and then we often ignore the obvious. Take our public sidewalks. Active, lively, livable? Maybe sometimes. Often, not so much. We … Continue reading

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Is pink the new black?

In recent years, the rich deep colors of autumn leaves and “Halloween orange” have added a pastel partner – PINK! With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the typical color spectrum seems to have a sea of pink washing on … Continue reading

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Could Interbay become Seattle’s Pearl District?

My travels this week led me to Portland’s Pearl District. I couldn’t help but think about places in Seattle that could benefit from broad changes like those that created the Pearl. We don’t have Tax Increment Financing, but we do … Continue reading

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NBBJ architect designs a better double-decker for London

Chandegra’s Routemaster, from the Standard The UK’s Evening Standard had a story today on an NBBJ architect’s vision for “the 21st century Routemaster,” that iconic red double-decker bus you’ve probably seen on postcards, in Austin Powers movies, and maybe even … Continue reading

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Letting townhouses be homes

The Northwest Chapter of the Congress of Residential Architects (CORA) has been presenting proposed revisions to Seattle’s multifamily code to neighborhood councils. I just attended their presentation at the Sunset Hill Community Association sponsored by the Crown Hill Business Association. … Continue reading

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AIA 2008 Honor Awards entries online!

COOP 15 Architecture’s Kaneko Pool House Check out the competition. AIA Seattle 2008 Honor Awards entries are now available online. Unbuilt entries include Eastgate Elementary School, the 99 K house and a project that takes its inspiration from a lightning … Continue reading

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Seattle architects’ 15 minutes of fame

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Incentive zoning: Right solution, wrong problem?

The City Council appears to be moving deliberately and methodically toward approving an incentive zoning proposal. The morning after the public hearing I wrote about earlier, the Planning, Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee held a three-hour meeting including a another … Continue reading

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