The Urbanist

November 9, 2017, 2pm PST
Two funding sources for transit investments approved by Seattle voters in 2014 are paying dividends in 2017 in the form of improved, expanded service.
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November 1, 2017, 10am PDT
Few cities have gone so far in considering drastic changes to single-family zoning as Seattle did in 2015. Still, the discussion about single-family zoning would have to go a lot further to turn into meaningful reform.
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October 29, 2017, 7am PDT
The city of Bellevue, Washington has adopted new zoning and land use standards as part of an ongoing Downtown Livability Initiative.
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October 3, 2017, 11am PDT
The vision for Aurora-Licton Springs includes more pedestrian-friendly housing developments—not the drive-in businesses, recycling and solid waste, vehicle sales, and mini-storage business that currently get permitted and built.
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September 21, 2017, 9am PDT
A popular program to allow street performers (aka, buskers) into station areas on the Seattle region's Sound Transit system has been expanded.
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August 13, 2017, 7am PDT
The city of Edmonds, located to the north of Seattle, is putting the finishing touches on a plan that would increase heights in an urban district along State Route 99.
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July 26, 2017, 9am PDT
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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