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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Clair Enlow

Clair Enlow is a freelance journalist writing about architecture, planning and history. She’s a Loeb Fellow and an honorary member of AIASeattle.

A Seattle Forester Sizes Up The Culture Wars on Australian Fires

Fires and fire conditions are the new normal, and not just in Australia. So is controversy about causes and prevention of the fires.

I-5 Seattle Mess: Don’t Just Lid It

“The execution of I-5 was a mistake. The challenge before us is to maintain the vital connection I-5 provides, but also heal the damage [on Seattle] its construction inflicted.”

Will Affordable, Small, Auxiliary Housing Ever Make It Into Seattle’s Single-Family Neighborhoods?

Thanks to neighborhood resistance, the city added crippling requirements to the law that made it impractical and maddeningly complex for existing owners to finance and build these auxiliary units.

The New Burke: Modernism With A Capital “M”

Going to the new Burke is like sneaking into the back of a factory in full swing—except this one has glass walls, lots of animal bones and fur and color.

A Tribute to Gordon Walker, Pied Piper of Northwest Architecture

Walker got caught up in the mystique of the legendary Northwest style, also called “stick modern” because of expressed wood structures. He came to Seattle and moved easily among the architects who were putting the city on the map in the 1960s.

Cities are heat islands, but there’s an urban fix

In his important new book, The Urban Fix: Resilient Cities in the War Against Climate Change, Heat Islands and Overpopulation (Routledge, 2019),Douglas...

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Rules, Rules, Rules: The Senate On Trial (Not Just Trump)

Winning their general elections could be severely jeopardized if the public perceives the trial as phony or not taken seriously by the Republicans.

You’re Served: Standing Up To Sheriff Jimmy Clark In The 1964 Deep South

Dispatched to Selma with a summons and complaint, I was instructed to con my way into Clark’s office and serve him with the papers.

Review: “Evgenyi Onegin” – Pain! Passion! Poetry! (hold the irony . . .)

I suddenly realized how lucky we are to have it at all. If the poet who created the story and the composer who set it to music 40 years later had ever actually met, they would probably have disliked each other enough to make collaboration impossible.

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.

All Jumbled Up: The Shifting Politics Of Trade In The China And NAFTA 2.0 Deals

While both Trump and Democrats have been politicizing the trade issue, the President not bashing China and Democrats voting in favor of his USMCA are encouraging. I sense a growing realization that trade wars are not good for the economy.