Posts for 'Transportation'

Council vote today means you can soon catch a legal ride with UberX, Lyft or Sidecar

March 17th, 2014

Below are the notes I used in today’s Full Council vote on Seattle’s first rules expanding access to taxi ownership and defining operating rules for transportation network companies (TNCs) and their affiliated drivers. The Council, after debating several amendments, voted unanimously to put in place a framework for legal TNC operations in Seattle. My experience […]

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In the Northeastern University Blog – Rideshare Rundown

February 21st, 2014

I wrote an article for Northeast University’s blog” ReConnect” talking about what’s happening in the world of taxi, for-hire, UberX, Lyft, Sidecar, and limousine regulations.  Here’s the link – let me know what you think. http://www.northeastern.edu/seattleblog/rideshare-rundown/  

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Good morning from the Paris Airshow.

June 19th, 2013

Good morning from the Paris Airshow. The Trade Development Alliance/Seattle Chamber delegation spent the day here today checking out the displays and visiting vendors who do or should do business in Washington. Takeaways so far: Washington has a great pavilion, but we’re not alone here. Some 20 states are here looking to land business and […]

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Mid-point check-in

July 6th, 2012

Somehow we got into July and I’m not sure how that happened. At the top of this year the Council went through our annual agenda priorities exercise which yielded this 2012 Action Agenda and I thought, “Great. We finished this relatively quickly at the start of the year. Now we have the year ahead of […]

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Seeking Safety in Rainier Valley

December 20th, 2011

Sunday night I participated in a safety walk with four officers from SPD and about 40 Othello-area neighbors. We walked and talked through the streets surrounding the Othello Light Rail station – the area where Danny Vega, a beloved member of the city’s Filipino and gay communities, was beaten leading to his death. There’s a […]

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“Placemaking:” Sidewalk cafes and mobile vending

November 29th, 2011

In the last few weeks I’ve written about how, when I re-upped as the committee chair for COBE in 2010, I made it a goal to focus on land use as service, as a means to an end. I talked about the ways I wanted land use to serve the greater good of our city, […]

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Archeologists unpave the way before SR 99, find lots of bottles

September 27th, 2011

Lately archeologists working for WSDOT have been excavating West of First Ave. between S. Holgate and S. King streets. That part of the city has seen so many people, from the Duwamish peoples who have been there for thousands of years, to the hucksters and merchants and “seamstresses” who thrived on business from gold-rushers on […]

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It had to be THAT building

January 11th, 2011

Washington State Department of Transportation announced yesterday that they will propose demolishing the Western Building in Pioneer Square due concerns the building is already too structurally weak to withstand any settlement or vibrations from tunnel boring. Out of the 300-some buildings reviewed along the potential tunnel routes, it had to be the one with the […]

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An unscientific parking poll

October 6th, 2010

For fun (don’t laugh) I posted a question on Facebook regarding the parking options facing City Council in the 2011-2012 proposed city budget.  Now, the world of my “friends” on Facebook is skewed to be a self-selected lot of green-ish civic-minded types — by no means a full, statistically accurate cross section of Jet City […]

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You’d be crazy to not be concerned

May 25th, 2010

As a former journalist and someone who thinks about “speaking points” and “framing,” the latest flare of argument about the deep bore tunnel replacing elevated Highway 99 has been particularly interesting.  As he lobbed his debate challenge at Council President Conlin and has followed up with statements and releases, Mayor McGinn is very careful to […]

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