Category Archives: Seattle lifestyle

Report focuses on changing retail landscape

Photo courtesy of CallisonRTKL Design firm CallisonRTKL released a report on the Mall of the Future, a consolidation of ideas, trends and concepts that it said are set to change the retail landscape and the shopping center experience in the … Continue reading

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Seattle might keep going

The duration and intensity of the Downtown Seattle development boom is getting a little surprising, beyond even my optimistic guesses from a few years ago. This isn’t just another Seattle-type boom. But here’s the kicker: things seem poised to keep … Continue reading

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My Micro NY is made of prefab modular

Brookyn firm nArchitects has designed New York’s first micro-apartment complex. The project, called My Micro NY, is made of prefabricated modular units that will be stacked into place this spring and go on the market this summer. The 55 units … Continue reading

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Turn those substation sites into parks

This former substation site at 3904 N.E. 65th St. was sold last year for development. Photos by Cass Turnbull. Posted by Cass Turnbull ‘It’s not right’.’That’s what I thought when I heard Seattle City Light was going to sell 35 … Continue reading

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Volunteers to host holiday dinner for Nickelsville encampment

Volunteers of the Low Income Housing Institute will host a holiday dinner at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Dec. 23) for residents of Nickelsville, a tent city encampment in Seattle for homeless people. The volunteers will also distribute donated winter clothing, blankets … Continue reading

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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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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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Should you mix affordable and upscale housing?

Outdoor seating and landscaped areas would surround the ground floor of the R.C. Hedreen Co. project. Image courtesyof LMN Architects Should “affordable” housing be mixed with high-income housing within the same building? That’s the subject of a short video by … Continue reading

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New bilingual signs in Chinatown-International District

Bilingual street name signs will be installed this summer at more than 30 intersections in Seattle’s Chinatown and Japantown neighborhood through a partnership of the city and the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area. Mayor Mike McGinn said in a press … 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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