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How Seattle Balances Nature and the Built Infrastructure (Part 2)

May 12, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Layering Nature in Seattle

How Seattle has long been an innovator in layering built and natural infrastructure to fully complement each other. Over the past few decades, the city has taken advantage of all that rain so ever-present greenery seems to equal — if not dominate — the roads, bridges, and buildings.[read more]

How Seattle Balances Nature and the Built Infrastructure (Part 1)

May 11, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

The sensitive integration of nature in Seattle

“Seattle has been about human intervention in the natural landscape, setting heavy engineering in a bucolic setting,” said John Owen, partner with Makers architecture and urban design, during a tour organized by the American Planning Association (APA) for their conference in this northwest city.[read more]

Smoking Bans in Parks: Public Health in Public Places

April 17, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

The City of Seattle is currently floating the idea of banning smoking in public parks. This isn’t an unprecedented move, but it is an important one in advancing public health and making our public spaces a little more clean and pleasant. But some believe that this is policing the poor and targeting the homeless.[read more]

Street Art That Magically Appears When It Rains

April 12, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Innovative Public Art

Artist Peregrine Church has created Rainworks, a project that turns Seattle’s over abundance of rain into an opportunity to enliven street life. Church has created a fun template demonstrating how to use concrete pavement as a canvas for artworks, illustrations, and messages — but only when wet.[read more]

Breaking Trad: Newly-Weds Who Realize They Don't Have to Move to the Suburbs to Breed!

March 30, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Recently the Associated Press ran a story on parents seeking to maintain an urban lifestyle for their families. Primarily focused on a few of us families in Seattle the article talks about more families choosing to remain in the city, particularly Downtowns.[read more]

Seattle's Emerging EcoDistrict

March 30, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA
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Seattle District Planning

EcoDistrict planning and design can accelerate local efforts to improve sustainability. They offer a framework through which communities can plan initiatives that address climate change by providing clean energy, conserving wildlife habitat, and encouraging low-impact development and also social equity.[read more]

Seattle's New, Doomed Freeway

January 19, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Seattle Infrastructure Construction

A few years years ago, I was applauding Seattle for its decision to tear down the Alaska Way Viaduct, an elevated freeway that runs along the city’s waterfront. Unfortunately, Seattle made this decision on the condition that a two-mile highway tunnel beneath downtown would be built to replace it.[read more]

Seattle, the Incredible Shrinking City

October 22, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Seattle Shrinking?

Consider me a proponent of the micro-housing movement in Seattle. I support the anti-materialist aesthetic. Live where you want to live. Be willing to give up square footage to accomplish that goal. Unintentionally, this emergent residential pattern is commensal with the shifting economic geography of tech firms.[read more]

Food Sharing, Not File Sharing: Seattle Farmer Creates the Napster of Organic Farming

Food Sharing

Seattle-based farmer, chef and blogger Janelle Maiocco founded Farmstr in September 2013 as an online marketplace centered on sustainability. Through its web site, customers can purchase food and produce directly from sustainable farmers, ranchers and fishers.[read more]

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Gathering 'Wild' Food in the City: The Top 9 Species People Look For

May 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Berries and nuts - the foragers' choice.

People from all backgrounds are foraging for food more and more in cities. City managers should therefore be encouraging this by planting more edible and useful species in parks and roadsides. New research shows the most popular species gathered in three American cities.[read more]

Seattle Urban Farm Design Firm Helps City Dwellers Grow Food

Seattle and Urban Farms

Innovators Colin McCrate and Brad Halm met in college after years of working in agriculture and began their Seattle-based sustainable startup back in 2007. Offering customers carefully designed edible landscapes for their city dwellings, Seattle Urban Farm Company filled a growing service sector need.[read more]

Seattle Is Dying

April 18, 2014 by Jim Russell

Boeing long has been the economic anchor for the Puget Sound area in Washington State. Seattle’s employment base is much more diverse these days. But Boeing’s demand for STEM talent remains a centerpiece of workforce development.[read more]