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Infrastructure for a new Japan

Asaskusa Tourist Information Center in Tokyo, Japan, which was designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates and completed in 2012. Photo by Takeshi YAMAGISHI The Mitsubishi Corporation is presenting a free symposium on “Sustaining Japan: Past, Present Future — Infrastructure for … 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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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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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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UO architecture team wins national awards

This water collection and filtration system can be attached to parking garages. Image courtesy of Cody Tucker Three University of Oregon architecture undergraduates won four team awards in the Royal Society of Arts U.S. awards, with one of the three … 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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Transit, alleys and density

The King County “Proposition 1” transportation measure is Tuesday. Calling this a crucial “yes” is a huge understatement. Since it’s also a special election that may have low turnout, every vote (your vote) is magnified. Why is it crucial? For … Continue reading

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Ahem, that planter is not a litter box

As I walk around American cities like Chicago, New York and Washington DC, I see lots of low metal fences around streetside planters. Robust vegetation grows inside, protected from people and dogs. Invariably the plants are in dramatically better condition … Continue reading

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The inconvenient truth about workforce housing

Dan Bertolet, a planner and a blogger at CityTank.org, posted his thoughts on an upcoming forum: On Thursday, February 13th the Seattle City Council will host a Seattle Workforce Housing Forum. The City Council promises that the forum will “tackle … Continue reading

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Biggest boom ever?

With Downtown Seattle’s history of construction booms, being able to stand in one place and see 15 or 20 tower cranes isn’t unusual. So being the biggest boom ever would take some doing. But we might be there today. How … Continue reading

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