Category Archives: Planning

Microhousing: good or bad?

How Small Are They? Microhousing: good or bad? Did you know Seattle is the pioneer in microhousing – that is apartments with an average size of 150 square feet?  An article in Politico says this is because of our real estate … Continue reading

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Will Council Raise Rents for Everyone?

It’s a repeated movie scene: soccer player dribbles down the field, overcoming all opposition and ignoring the shouting onlookers….and scores in the wrong goal. City Council members say they want Seattle to be affordable, but the Land Use Committee is … Continue reading

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IZ and Inclusion: Time to Find Better Ideas

Alcyone Apartments in South Lake Union. Photo by author. Recently the Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program (CHHIP) decided they are no longer endorsing incentive and inclusionary policy to create affordable housing. Is it possible that even non-profit housing agencies are seeing … Continue reading

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Can growth reduce traffic?

Via6, photo by Tim Rice Often we look at development and wonder what will happen to traffic. This comes up a lot regarding greater Downtown Seattle, particularly the fast-growing northern portions. Actually, the truth might be pretty good. The reasons … Continue reading

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BIG unveils plans for Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Image courtesy of BIG BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates have unveiled their design for Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park, a public space and pavilion in form of a massive wood-clad triangular viewing platform for events … Continue reading

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“Vanity Height” added to more skyscrapers

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has looked at the increasing trend towards extreme spires and other extensions of supertall (300-meter-plus) buildings that do not enclose usable space, and created a new term to describe this – Vanity … Continue reading

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King Street Station Can Transform the City

Seattle has invested a great deal in King Street Station and the surrounding area, why not go a little further and make it a world-class transit hub? Out of the three designated hubs in downtown Seattle, King Street is arguably … Continue reading

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Two steps back on affordability?

If Seattle aligns on anything, it’s affordable housing. We pass our levies by wide margins, and seem to agree that our city should be available for all income levels, whether for empathy, worker availability, or other reasons. We might also … Continue reading

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Make Way for Parklets

There is a new position at SDOT in the Street Use and Urban Forestry Division; Public Space Manager; and with this new role there is hope brewing for more permanent parklets coming to a Seattle neighborhood near you. San Francisco … Continue reading

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The sidewalk observed: a disappointing West Seattle street corner

Others do a great job covering the major issues and signature projects of our region. I’d like to turn your attention, usually downward, to the less examined details of our cityscape. Let’s call it “The Sidewalk Observed.” Dodgy street corner … Continue reading

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