Category Archives: transportation

Greater Downtown Keeps Going

Photo Credit Graphite Design Group Long ago it was clear that this greater Downtown Seattle boom was unlike any before. Six years after the first groundbreakings, the frenzy seems poised to keep going for a long while. Big companies and … Continue reading

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The other civic disorder

Crossing Second Avenue at Stewart with 10 seconds left, with left turners coming from directly behind. Photo by Matt Hays Finally, some movement on civic disorder and public safety in Downtown Seattle! No, not the improved Westlake Park and Third … 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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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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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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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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The sidewalk observed: building a better street corner

Successful street corner at 36th Ave SW and SW Snoqualmie St in West Seattle. Photo by Nate Cormier. Last time I promised to contrast that miserable corner of 35th Ave SW and SW Avalon Way in West Seattle with something … 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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LA OKs key financing for downtown streetcar

Voters in downtown Los Angeles have approved key financing for a $125-million streetcar project, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. The streetcar would run mainly along Broadway, and Hill and Figueroa streets, three of downtown’s main arteries, … Continue reading

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