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Out with the viaduct … in with I-605?

Replacing the viaduct with the surface-and-transit option could stall traffic downtown and encourage highway construction elsewhere. The current mayoral race has placed the viaduct-replacement issue squarely back into the public limelight after most of us thought the issue had been … Continue reading

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Weigh in on light rail neighborhood plans

DPD is in the midst of a series of public meetings on neighborhood plan updates in the works for neighborhoods that will soon have link light rail stations. A meeting will be held on North Rainier Valley ( the Mt. … Continue reading

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Next bus: 5 minutes

Way back in 2002, I lived in an apartment in East Portland just off Burnside Street. At first, I thought the proximity to Burnside would be kind of a bummer (the nearby Sandy Hut notwithstanding). But after I few days, … 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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Musings on affordability

We often hear the “30% of income” statistic used to define housing affordability. This is clearly inadequate. No one statistic will recognize our wide variables in lifestyle and situation. A suitable housing cost can be very different, for example, if … 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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They’re driving me crazy

When drivers’ manners and safety are discussed, it’s generally about their impacts on each other. But ask anyone who walks – the whims of drivers have huge effects on pedestrians. I admit to some bias as a constant pedestrian and … Continue reading

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Ride Transit, Save $8,400

You might have read that Seattle transit users save an average of $8,400 annually compared to drivers. That’s according to a recent study that assumed transit users have one less car. $8,400 is quite a figure! Is it true? Who … Continue reading

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