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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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More strides needed on walkability

Seattle has taken important steps toward being a good pedestrian city. Our strategic plans say the right things, we have some excellent City staff as well as advocacy groups (Ped Board, Feet First), most streets have sidewalks at least in … Continue reading

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About those sidewalk closures…

Cities like New York, Washington D.C., Toronto, and Vancouver B.C prioritize keeping sidewalks open during construction, encouraging covered pedestrian walkways and pedestrian use of the same-side street when covered walkways won’t work. Better than crossing the street, twice They will … Continue reading

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Street life? What street life?

Seattle’s Third Avenue Sometimes Seattle makes me plain crazy. We profess all sorts of environmentally and socially enlightened values and then we often ignore the obvious. Take our public sidewalks. Active, lively, livable? Maybe sometimes. Often, not so much. We … 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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Sidewalk talk

Erica Barnett’s column in this week’s Stranger focuses on sidewalks. It is a great rundown of the politics of sidewalks, street improvements and today’s tension between developers and neighborhoods. But I would suggest that, like many issues, single-family politics drives … Continue reading

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Park(ing) Day makes impression

National Park(ing) Day was Friday, and it was quite an effective spectacle. A parking space at First and Spring became a lawn, one of hundreds set up and staffed by volunteers around Seattle and the US. The park was the … 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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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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To market, to market

There’s lots of good fodder for urban development nuts to digest in today’s news. A few selections, in case you missed them: In a piece for Crosscut, former city council member, architect (and offspring of Pike Place Market advocate Victor … Continue reading

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