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Aerial view of downtown Seattle, Washington at dusk.

Seattle Downtown Plan Expands Permitted Uses

The Downtown Activation Plan shifts from Euclidean to form-based zoning to encourage more commercial development.

April 21, 2024 - Governing

Two cyclists riding on a protected bike lane on a bridge in Seattle with traffic on their left.

Seattle Road Safety Advocates Say Transportation Levy Perpetuates Car-Centric Status Quo

Critics of a proposed $1.3 billion transportation levy say the package isn’t enough to keep up with inflation and rising costs and fails to support a shift away from car-oriented infrastructure.

April 15, 2024 - Publicola

Man sitting on wooden bench under tall streetlight at night.

Elevating the ‘Small Stuff’ in Urban Design

Chuck Wolfe recaps arguments in favor of increased attention to incidentals — from benches to bollards — in urban development practices.

April 4, 2024 - Resurgence: A Journey via Substack

Row of large multistory homes with multilevel porches on the front and a bike lane on the street in front of them.

Washington State Legislates Statewide Cohousing Development

The new law will prevent local governments from prohibiting the development of coliving multifamily development through zoning and other regulations.

April 4, 2024 - Spokesman-Review

Blue and white bus driving toward the camera with a white logo of a bird that says Swift on the front..

Snohomish County Opens Third BRT Line

The new 11-mile Swift Orange Line connects Edmonds, Washington, with the city of Everett and will soon link up with the Sound Transit Link network.

April 4, 2024 - King 5 News

Rendering of proposed East Link light rail station.

Seattle Area Developers Target Areas Around Light Rail Extension

The East Link line, which will connect Redmond and Bellevue to Seattle in 2025, is spurring transit-oriented development near future stations.

April 1, 2024 - The Seattle Times

View of Seattle skyline on clear sunny day with Space Needle on left and Mount Rainier in the background.

Deconstructing Office-to-Residential Conversions in Seattle

In a two-part inquiry in GeekWire, Chuck Wolfe looks at clearing the path to office-to-residential conversions and the complex path beyond.

March 25, 2024 - GeekWire

Aerial View of Chuckanut Drive and the Blanchard Bridge in the Skagit Valley.

Washington Tribes Receive Resilience Funding

The 28 grants support projects including relocation efforts as coastal communities face the growing impacts of climate change.

March 18, 2024 - The Seattle Times

Red hand lit up as "don't walk" pedestrian signal.

Washington State’s Unhoused Residents Receive Close to Half of Jaywalking Tickets

Homeless people make up 0.4 percent of the state’s population but receive over 40 percent of jaywalking tickets.

March 8, 2024 - The Seattle Times

Street view of 4th Avenue, a commercial street of shops and restaurants through the city center of downtown Seattle, Washington.

Study: Seattle Vision Zero Projects Not Bad for Business

An analysis of seven road safety project sites showed no negative economic impact on surrounding businesses.

February 29, 2024 - UW News

Close-up of blue and white tsunami warning sign on coast in Monterey, California on gloomy day.

Washington State Requests Federal Funding for Tsunami Preparedness

The state’s Department of Natural Resources says it needs continued funding to map coastal areas at risk for tsunami impacts and prepare mitigation and evacuation plans.

February 27, 2024 - King 5 News

White and blue double-decker bus in Seattle, Washington.

Seattle to Introduce Electric Buses With Wireless Charging

In-ground induction chargers will reduce the cost of the charging network.

February 21, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

An adult man, stopped on a Seattle, Washington street corner, preparing for a rainy morning bike commute.

Seattle Mobility Advocates Say City Should Triple Transportation Levy

A measure set to go before voters in November will fund road safety and mobility projects, but advocates say a much bigger investment is required to meet the city’s needs.

February 19, 2024 - The Urbanist

View of Chicago Old Town neighborhood with low-rise brick buildings in foreground and tall residential high-rises in background.

Which Cities and States Will Join the “Mansion Tax” Club Next?

Higher taxes on high-value property sales are being considered in Chicago, Connecticut, and Washington state as a way to address the housing crisis.

February 12, 2024 - Pew Stateline

Link Light Rail train travels on ground level tracks paralell to a street with electrical wires overhead.

Should Transit Riders Sit on Transit Agency Boards?

A proposal under consideration by Washington State lawmakers would give public transit riders a seat at the table and a voice in decisions that directly affect them.

February 5, 2024 - The Urbanist

Corner store in San Francisco

How to Participate in Post-Pandemic Urban Resilience

In a summary of a recent talk, Chuck Wolfe provides five tools to help reimagine post-pandemic urban spaces with a focus on livability and co-creation.

January 29, 2024 - Medium

View of Washington state capitol dome in Olympia, Washington at golden hour.

Washington State Transportation Budget Must Weigh Megaprojects, Maintenance

Major infrastructure projects face ballooning costs, putting basic maintenance and safety upgrade projects on the back burner.

January 18, 2024 - The Urbanist

Aerial view of single-family homes in Issaquah, Washington.

Washington House Passes Lot Splitting Bill

Residential properties can now be split, with certain restrictions, into multiple lots to spur more housing development.

January 16, 2024 - Governing

Aerial view of downtown Seattle, Washington.

Washington State Legislature Could Continue Housing Reforms in 2024

2023 saw some victories and some setbacks for housing advocates. Lawmakers plan to continue the fight in 2024.

January 4, 2024 - The Urbanist

View of multistory buildings under construction in downtown Seattle, Washington with Space Needle and Mount Rainier in background.

Seattle Passes Building Emissions Law

The law calls for buildings larger than 20,000 square feet to eliminate fossil fuels by 2050.

December 25, 2023 - Governing

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