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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What is affordability?

Is Seattle affordable? Words like affordable, sustainable and livable are thrown around regularly in conversations about how Seattle should grow. But we want to know what these words actually mean, and how the city can acheive them. In today’s DJC, … Continue reading

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Tunneling our way to recovery

While reading about Obama’s plans to pull the economy out of a nose dive, I happened upon this quote from John Maynard Keynes: “If the Treasury were to fill old bottles with bank-notes, bury them at suitable depths in disused … Continue reading

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Architecture: 5 cents

Life in the current economy In case you missed it, Mike Lewis had a great piece in the P-I today about Seattle Architect John Morefield’s creative marketing technique. The 27-year-old architect, who said he’d been laid off twice this year, … Continue reading

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Seattle is getting WAY better

Is Seattle getting better? Well…yeah. In my own mind this is so clear that the question is always a surprise. The discussion is generally about pace of growth. It’s easy to understand slow-growthers’ points, like how cheap everything used to … Continue reading

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See Seattle by water, daily

Remember in Sleepless in Seattle, when Tom Hanks and his young son were shown riding in a little motor boat from their houseboat on Lake Union to Alki (I think), where they ran along the sand? I realize their journey … Continue reading

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