Tag Archives: density

Where you live DOES matter

Earlier this year John Fox, leader of the Displacement Coalition, organized against House Bill 1490 titled “reducing greenhouse gas emissions through land use and transportation requirements.” Fox took issue with many parts of the bill, including the claim that it … Continue reading

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Seattle gets another chance to sell density

Stay classy, Seattle. Seattle hasn’t done a good enough job convincing its residents of the pluses of density, and the current slowdown will give the city a chance to try again, Denny Onslow of Harbor Properties said Friday at a CityClub … Continue reading

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More than sustainability

Sustainability means doing the minimum necessary to avoid ecological or societal trauma, whether for one location or ecosystem, or worldwide. In other words, it’s a half-measure. People like half-measures. Public discussions of sustainability tend to reflect giving people everything they already have, but … 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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Why refuse the 2030 challenge?

Several Seattle architects sitting on a ULI panel last week said their firms had decided not to take The 2030 challenge. But it’s not who you think, and their reasons might surprise you. "Enviro Tower" by Eco-Logikal Sandy Mendler, now … Continue reading

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Some love for midrises

A recent study determined that at least 220 midrises have been built in the 2,000-acre Greater Downtown area in the last 20 years, including those now underway. That’s in the CBD plus fringe districts like Lower Queen Anne, around Seattle … Continue reading

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Will Belltown soon become Belltown?

Since most of it was regraded a century ago, the area we now call Belltown has always been on the way to some fantastic destiny. The current vision has been clear since the 80s: Belltown should be a dense spinoff … Continue reading

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Can zoning save Seattle from going Stepford?

Former council staffer Roger Valdez wrote an interesting column on growth and change in today’s P-I. Growth is coming, Valdez says; lots of it. So how do we accommodate all these new people, their new houses and cars and needs, … Continue reading

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