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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Back To The Future: What’s The Holdup On A Lake Washington Passenger Ferry?

Service would run from Renton's Southport to MOHAI on South Lake Union -- a one-hour trip on a fast ferry running hourly, competitive with the already congested routes to South Lake Union but with spectacular views, time and space to work.

Architect Rem Koolhaas, Restlessly Voyaging into the Future

It's interesting to note that Seattle, not particularly known for its architecture, showcases four famous and influential architects. The Dutchman Koolhaas, a former journalist and compelling writer, has forged a new kind of boldly engineered third-wave, ironic modernism.

Idea: Making Paris A “15-Minute-City”

This focus on mixing as many uses as possible within the same space challenges much of the planning orthodoxy of the past century or so, which has studiously attempted to separate residential areas from retail, entertainment, manufacturing, and office districts.

Light Rail? Lite Impact!

Light rail ridership in most cities has barely budged since 1990, while heavy rail shows significant gains. Bottom line: "Most light-rail systems fell short on attracting significant new crowds of riders or shifting commuters away from their cars.

Universities Are Expanding To Far-Flung Cities. Should Seattle Be One Of Them?

Should Seattle emulate Boston as an academic and research Mecca? Two developments are pertinent.

Has Downtown Seattle Become a War Zone?

Add to the crime problem the coming years of "The Seattle Squeeze," caused by massive construction activity, and you have a Downtown Seattle under political strain.

Urban Asset: What To Do With Underused Churches

Purchasing a church is not easy, as the congregation is normally split between the sell-and-move faction and the nostalgic-stay-put group. It took the congregation of the Christian Science Church about 10 years to make a decision -- the kind of debate and delay that often chases off developers. But what lovely assets these old sanctuaries are!

Everyone Wanted To Be Silicon Valley – Now Silicon Valley Is Everywhere

There are startup clusters all over now, the result of technological, social, and economic shifts that have given tech a much more footloose geography and allowed industry networks to cross borders and oceans with ease.

Advice to Democrats: Vive Les Cafes!

France is working on a rural agenda, and Democrats in America could borrow some of the ideas for reviving cafes and hang-out places.

Studies Raise More Concerns About E-Scooter Safety, on Eve of Seattle Rollout

So the picture is now becoming very clear: e-scooters are as dangerous as motor vehicles, if not significantly more dangerous, and are far less regulated.