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Bellevue Issues Curb Management Plan

The plan reorients the city’s priorities from vehicle throughput and parking to transit, bike infrastructure, and other public amenities.

May 29, 2023 - The Urbanist

Transit Planning

Sooner Rather Than Later: Support Builds for Eastside-Only Light Rail in Seattle

The Eastside Link light rail route, now known as Line 2, is delayed. A Sound Transit board officials is suggesting that some of the route can open soon, while the rest of the route is prepped to open later.

November 10, 2022 - The Seattle Times


Leading Pedestrian Intervals an Effective, Low-Cost, Pedestrian Safety Solution

Bellevue, Washington is acting on the data and giving pedestrians head starts at busy intersections around in the city’s downtown.

April 28, 2022 - The Urbanist

Grand Connection

Poised for a New Era of Parks Planning in Bellevue, Washington

The last round of capital investment made possible by a 2008 parks levy offers a chance to look further into the future in Bellevue, Washington.

May 3, 2021 - The Urbanist

Woman Computer

Digital Leaders in the Time of Coronavirus

The 2020 edition of the Digital Cities Survey by the Center for Digital Government recognized cities of all sizes for deploying digital technology to empower pandemic responses.

November 16, 2020 - GOVTECH.COM

Transit Planning

East Link Light Rail Plans Provoke Controversy in Seattle Suburb

A proposal to link local and regional buses with the East Link light rail expansion in Mercer Island, already under construction, threatens to boil over into the courtroom.

September 1, 2020 - Mercer Island Reporter

Interstate Freeway System

Sound Transit's Stride BRT to Bring Additional Time Savings

An expansion of Interstate 405 in the Seattle region will include bus rapid transit stations that will allow vehicles to travel even faster along the new transit corridor.

February 4, 2020 - The Urbanist

Ohio River

Happy Hour: Open Containers Now Allowed in Bellevue, Kentucky Entertainment District

Bellevue, Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, is the latest city to follow in the footsteps on Las Vegas and New Orleans in allowing alcoholic beverages in the public realm.

November 29, 2019 - WCPO


Floating Train Bridge Arriving in Seattle

The never-before-used design is already being built.

August 12, 2019 - The Seattle Times

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Is Seattle Ready for the Next Big Earthquake?

Seattle and Bellevue are raising their standards for earthquake preparedness after a study of the Cascadia Fault showed the city was at greater risk than previously thought.

December 28, 2018 - The Seattle Times

First Protected Bike Lanes Coming Soon to Bellevue

Bellevue, Washington is adding its first protected bike lanes, and is planning a lot more bike infrastructure to come.

June 25, 2018 - The Urbanist


Livability Standards Have Arrived in the Pacific Northwest

The city of Bellevue, Washington has adopted new zoning and land use standards as part of an ongoing Downtown Livability Initiative.

October 29, 2017 - The Urbanist

Freeway Cap Park

Bellevue, Washington Could Put a 'Lid' on its Freeway

The idea is still very preliminary, but the city of Bellevue, Washington is circulating a plan that could create a freeway cap park spanning the I-405 freeway as a component of a new bike and pedestrian path.

August 24, 2017 - The Registry

Toll-Paying Motorists Crowding-Out Carpoolers in Seattle Area Express Toll Lanes

The new I-405 Express Toll Lanes between Bellevue and Lynnwood might be undercharging solo commuters at $10. Carpoolers, who drive for free, are increasingly hard to spot in the lanes, according to anecdotal reports.

December 28, 2015 - The Seattle Times

Microsoft, City of Bellevue Developing Tech to Predict—and Prevent—Bike Crashes

If it's successful, a public-private partnership between Microsoft and the city of Bellevue, Washington could produce Minority Report-style predicative capabilities to prevent bike crashes.

November 16, 2015 - GeekWire

Washington State's First Express Toll Lanes Open

Washington has Express Lanes on I-5 and I-90 and HOT Lanes on SR 167, but the 17 miles of lanes that opened Sunday on I-405 from Bellevue to Lynnwood will be the state's first Express Toll Lanes.

September 30, 2015 - Planetizen

Another Scary Example of Driving with Impunity

Seattle Bike Blogger Tom Fucoloro directed his ire at the Bellevue, Washington police treatment of a particularly horrendous pedal misapplication crash by a new driver that came within inches of hitting a nine-month old baby asleep in a crib.

May 24, 2015 - Seattle Bike Blog

High Tech Stores Provide New Leases on Life for High-End Malls

Big-name technology companies with retail stores, like Apple, Microsoft, and Tesla, have enabled many Class A malls to not just stay in business, but thrive. Record sales per square foot are flowing.

January 31, 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

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Mixed-Success Predicted for High-Rise, Mixed-Use Suburban Developments

With occupancy rates rising faster in urban than suburban locations, some suburbs are remaking themselves into mixed-use communities with hi-rise office and residential towers; Tysons Corner, Va. and Research Triangle Park, N.C. among them.

January 21, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal - U.S.

Washington Towns Reimagine Waterfronts

A number of cities in Washington are embarking on waterfront redevelopment projects. The projects range from the relatively small to the complete makeover.

June 11, 2011 - Crosscut

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