Monthly Archives: January 2009

On-street bike parking for Seattle

Bike to work and park there too The Seattle Department of Transportation plans to create on-street bike parking. They’re targeting one to two per neighborhood and plan to start installing the spots next week. The spots will take over one … Continue reading

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Seattle unseats Atlanta as most wired city

Link to Seattle WiFi maps Seattle is now the most wired city in America, according to Forbes. And they’re not talking about highest number of caffeine junkies per capita, either. The ranking is based on a calculation of the percentage … Continue reading

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Affordability and that pesky “American Dream”

The single biggest challenge to true growth management, and therefore the strongest driving force behind suburban sprawl, is in fact the average American household’s pursuit of the “American dream” – which ultimately becomes a very personalized definition of “affordable housing.” … Continue reading

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Musings on affordability

We often hear the “30% of income” statistic used to define housing affordability. This is clearly inadequate. No one statistic will recognize our wide variables in lifestyle and situation. A suitable housing cost can be very different, for example, if … Continue reading

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Seattle open houses get weirder

I’ve heard of local open houses plying visitors with wine, cookies or a year of free coffee to try to sweeten the deal, and of realtors strategically placing mannequins and other props to help sell townhouses. But an open house … Continue reading

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