Posts for 'Development and Sustainability'

The carnival sideshow of light rail stations

May 1st, 2012

This afternoon the Council’s Committee on Economic Resiliency and Regional Relations will receive a report we commissioned on increasing job density without radically altering allowed land uses around the SODO light rail station. For those of you not familiar with the area or if you’ve been daydreaming whenever LINK stops at this under-used station, the […]

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Sustainability on Seattle’s College Campuses

April 17th, 2012

I once wrote an editorial for the UW Daily that somehow connected a squirrel carcass that I cycled by every day on my way back and forth from campus to the need for greater recycling. Institutional and devoted recycling was still a new-ish thing. Critics said there’d be added costs and the confusion of how […]

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Land use in service of economic recovery

November 3rd, 2011

In my last blog, I talked about some of the goals I had in mind when I re-upped for two more years as chair of the Committee on the Built Environment, a term that is coming to an end this December. I wanted to look back on some of those goals and reflect on how […]

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Last Friday’s field trip to Portland

August 2nd, 2011

Seattle and Portland pundits engage in regular sparring over which city is “better.” This always seems weird to me because it’s like comparing fir trees to oaks. Our cities have different histories, do different things. One’s not better than the other.  Now I’m going to contradict what I just said. Portland plans better than we […]

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The Apple Store of pot dispensaries

October 26th, 2010

That’s what one article called the San Francisco Patient and Resource Center, a medical marijuana dispensary that opened for business in the South of Market area. California legalized medicinal use of marijuana back in 1996 and in this November’s election many California cities are asking voters how to regulate and tax medical marijuana. In 1998 Washington […]

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Greener alleys for all

March 12th, 2010

Last week I had the great opportunity to announce winners of the Green Alleys Competition, part of Nord Alley Party VI in Pioneer Square.  Todd Vogel, an urban spaces advocate and Allied Arts stalwart, has combined forces with others dedicated to great urban spaces for the previous alley parties behind his building in Pioneer Square. […]

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