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The city of Seattle has finally been compelled to maintain pedestrian infrastructure in keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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July 13, 2017, 11am PDT
The Campaign For Responsible UW is hoping to push for additional changes to a finalized version of a master plan for the University of Washington's Seattle campus before the city can approve it.
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July 5, 2017, 8am PDT
Seattle's Design Review Program, in place since 1994, could see substantive changes in the near future.
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July 4, 2017, 1pm PDT
Sidewalk-adjacent eating spaces generally separate diners from pedestrians. By using markers instead of fences, some Seattle eateries are opening their dining areas to the street.
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June 11, 2017, 1pm PDT
Seattle is planning to add height and density in "urban villages" around the city—part of the growth and affordability goals targeted by previous planning efforts by the city.
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June 9, 2017, 10am PDT
The city of Everett is expecting a 60 percent jump in population by 2035, most of which will be focused in its city center. All of those people will also need an efficient and useful citywide transit system.
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May 1, 2017, 2pm PDT
Draft ordinance regulating urban design in Seattle's Uptown would mean big changes for the neighborhood’s affordable housing requirements.
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April 30, 2017, 11am PDT
An audit has found discrepancies in the amount of funds collected as part of Seattle's Incentive Zoning program due to weaknesses in enforcement and accounting practices.
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March 19, 2017, 11am PDT
The city of Seattle is hard at work planning a significant expansion to RapidRide bus service.
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February 20, 2017, 9am PST
The Port of Seattle’s Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) will set an vision for 20 years of growth at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
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February 16, 2017, 2pm PST
Look on Seattle's King County with envy, fans of late-night transit service.
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February 3, 2017, 1pm PST
Washington state's 1990 Growth Management Act (GMA) is facing a renewed round of attacks from Republican legislators in the state. A post on The Urbanist says the latest bills designed to weaken the GMA go further than other recent examples.
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January 14, 2017, 11am PST
A participant in some of Seattle's most consequential planning processes puts out a call for a more inclusive use of language.
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January 7, 2017, 1pm PST
The city of Seattle is moving through the planning and design stages on two important bike infrastructure projects located at the south end of Downtown.
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January 1, 2017, 1pm PST
Seattle's incentive zoning program is paying dividends and funding projects. Look for 110 affordable units to be built in the Capitol Hill neighborhood by 2019.
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December 30, 2016, 9am PST
The city of 108,000 is preparing for major growth in the next 20 years.
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December 24, 2016, 9am PST
With the plan update process for Seattle's Pedestrian Master Plan underway, one writer wonders why the plan is setting firmer goals for increased mode share.
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November 25, 2016, 7am PST
A post examining common responses to the question of why the cost of housing continues to rise requires a frank discussion about the nature of Seattle's "housing shortage."
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November 22, 2016, 7am PST
Ryan Packer argues that Seattle could do more to improve its retail districts by updating its building codes to encourage dense, welcoming shopping districts.
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November 15, 2016, 1pm PST
After completing an eight-year study of traffic collisions, the Seattle Department of Transportation realized that one way to immediately improve traffic safety would be to improve signalization an key intersections.
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