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The “Great Urban Debate”

It was interesting to watch. On June 18 at the Central Library, civic leaders Gordon Price of Vancouver and Peter Steinbrueck of Seattle debated the merits of the two cities’ built environments, each arguing as mandated for the other’s city. CR Douglas, possibly the smartest person … Continue reading

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The crash as Seattle’s perfect storm?

In this month’s Atlantic, Richard Florida talks about the America that will emerge from the rubble of the current recession. Too bad he hasn’t spent more time in the Rainy City, or we might have gotten our own cover, like … Continue reading

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Saving bus service actually helps the economy

By now, most of us have heard Metro’s grim warning of a $100 million funding decline next year, and a potential 20 percent cut in service. We’ve also heard that an increase in local taxing authority might be a solution to keep … Continue reading

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Is DPD doing a good job?

The Department of Planning and Development has an online customer service survey on its site. The survey, which lets you respond anonymously, asks about experience and interactions with the agency, and what you might like to see changed in the … Continue reading

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Does Portland’s architecture stink?

New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger was in the Rose City Nov. 20 for a lecture. But a Willamette Week editorial reports that Goldberger thinks some of Portland’s architecture stinks. Riding in a van through the city along with some … Continue reading

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Oakland: A parallel universe

Writers often dream up worlds that are very similar to our own but have fundamental differences that shine a light on what’s wrong with ours. Thomas More’s Utopia and Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels come to mind. But I had a chance … Continue reading

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Boise, Portland make APA 2008 Great Places

Seattle was absent from the American Planning Association’s 2008 Great Places in America list but Boise and Portland both made a showing. Last year, the Pike Place Market made the Great Neighborhoods list. Could be a protest, could just be … Continue reading

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Our house

About 65 percent of Seattle is zoned for single family housing. Is that too much or just right? In Chicago and DC, all of my friends lived in apartments or condos. In Portland, they all live in standalone houses, even … Continue reading

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Stalled projects mean eyesores for Seattle

As the financial credit crisis puts the crunch on local redevelopment projects, an additional unpleasant consequence is the increasing number of vacant lots and vacant buildings, especially in Downtown Seattle and nearby neighborhoods. Who knows how long these sites will … Continue reading

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Back to the future of South Lake Union

It seems like much of the city’s time is spent working on the future of South Lake Union. No comment. From trolleys and targeted up-zones to street redesigns and a new park (dedication shown at right) and trail, proposals for … Continue reading

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