Councilmember Clark left office on April 14, 2015.
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Posts for 'Neighborhoods'

Hanging out with the planners

April 27th, 2009

Hello from the American Planning Association conference in Minneapolis! I’m here as a presenter with the Seattle Planning Commission, Puget Sound Regional Council and Port of Seattle to talk about Seattle-area efforts to save blue collar jobs. The panel discussion was this morning. I think it went well. No one walked out mid-way. Now I’m […]


Neighborhood interconnectedness

February 22nd, 2009

In talking on the the Sunday editorial page about the federal stimulus package and the Obama Administration’s willingness to focus on cities starved in the Bush era, Jim Vesely writes: “At the end of the day, cities are whole and not accumulations of individual neighborhoods.” This may be the toughest concept to drive home during […]


HB 1490 and Seattle neighborhoods

February 11th, 2009

One of the things I sometimes have trouble with is giving short answers. Another reason the Land Use Committee is great for me. There are no short answers when it comes to land use. People have been asking me if I support HB 1490 and I do my usual, “Well, I like many parts of […]


Thank you, William Yardley

December 31st, 2008

William Yardley writes for The New York Times and had a piece from Seattle in last Sunday’s edition that captured the striving ambivalence of Seattle’s growth boom. The article was about Edith Macefield, the recently deceased woman who held out against the forces of redevelopment in Ballard by refusing to sell when all around her […]


Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee lifts up and off the ground

December 3rd, 2008

The most important first step in updating Seattle’s Neighborhood Plans took place last night at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. It was the inaugural meeting of the Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee, the citizens group tasked with keeping the process true, transparent and on track. I was excited and told attendees I wished there was a […]


Jefferson Park transformation

November 24th, 2008

I received a link to a great (and very short) video from global bike trekker Willie Wier on Beacon Hill. The video shows the transformation of what were two desolate, fenced-off concrete bowls in Jefferson Park into the bedrock of acres and acres new park space. Beacon Hill had two reservoir bowls. One has been […]


What a week

September 26th, 2008

A much more experienced office-holder than myself advised me to narrow down the number of initiatives I work on and maybe let go more of the details of those initiatives. It sounds like advice. It’s awfully fun doing it the other way, though. Monday the Mayor and I helped unveil a new program called Bank […]


School lessons

August 22nd, 2008

I understand that the Seattle Public Schools have a tough job when it comes to expanding, renovating or building new schools. We live in fairly built-out city. There aren’t a lot of big lots waiting to have schools plunked down on them. Likewise, when it’s time to renovate or expand a school we have no […]


Night Out Against Crime

August 6th, 2008

This has been a tough year for random and not-so-random acts of violence in our city. Too many young Black men killed with a not-so-mysterious lack of cooperative witnesses. The Rainier Beach man who was punched and later died over an argument about traffic cones. The Philadelphia Cheese Steak shop owner at 23rd and Union. […]


Updated AIA impact analysis

July 27th, 2008

In March the Department of Neighborhoods, the Seattle Police Department, Seattle Fire Department and the City’s Office of Policy Management released a report card of sorts on the effects of the Alcohol Impact Areas. The AIA is a state-sanctioned overlay that covers Downtown, Pioneer Square, the ID, lower Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, the Central District, […]