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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]

Should Seattle Be Worried About Affordability?

February 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Seattle and Affordability

Compared to some of its counterparts, Seattle is not terribly expensive. But as population quickly grows, decision makers will have to grapple with affordability. For example, recently elected Councilwoman Kshama Sawant made rent control a staple of her campaign.[read more]

Seattle's Metropolitan Improvement District is Bringing People Downtown

January 5, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Seattle Downtown Improvement

When people are sprawling further away from city centers to shop and eat, downtown businesses need to stay competitive. Seattle is using a Metropolitan Improvement District (often known as Business Improvement Districts) to make its downtown a better place for businesses, residents, and shoppers.[read more]

How Hidden Architectural History Shapes Seattle's Downtown

December 27, 2013 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Seattle Hidden Spaces

Louis Sullivan famously stated “Form follows function.” One of the main functions of a downtown building should be to be usable to the public. In Seattle, this is done through privately-owned public spaces and architectural nuances. Often the best public spaces are in hidden places.[read more]

Seattle Parks and the Downtown Seattle Association - A Smart Marriage: Part 3

November 26, 2013 by City Parks Blog

Seattle Parks and Downtown

I’ve talked about downtown associations before – and business improvement districts (BIDs) – and their increasing willingness to take on parks to help enliven and beautify downtowns. BIDs exist in almost every one of the top 50 largest cities in the United States.[read more]

Migration: When Jobs Follow People

November 12, 2013 by Jim Russell

Migrating Jobs and People

Seattle was in bad shape. Everybody was fleeing, as in "Will the last person leaving Seattle, please turn out the lights?" The Economist called Seattle a "city of despair." All that was happening in 1971. Dumb luck would change everything.[read more]

Public-Private Partnerships, Seattle-Style: Part 2

November 7, 2013 by City Parks Blog

Seattle Public-Private Partnerships

Almost every city in America has a public-private partnership around one or more of its parks. Everyone is doing it, and everyone is asking the same questions about the best way to develop and manage them. It is a tough topic to wrap your head around.[read more]

Commentary: The Urban Election, Seattle-Style

November 5, 2013 by Chuck Wolfe

© 2009-2013 myurbanist

It’s 11th hour politics in my hometown of Seattle. This year, incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn—who some call the most progressive mayor in America—has faced an election challenge focused more on provocative, pluralist style than the issues themselves.[read more]

Public-Private Partnerships, Seattle-Style: Part 1

October 28, 2013 by City Parks Blog

Seattle Partnerships

This month’s Parks and Recreation magazine features an article on the challenges of public private partnerships. Acknowledging the benefits of a helping hand from the private sector, the article also points out problems with equity issues and funding.[read more]

Seattle Discloses Energy Use of City-Owned Buildings

May 28, 2013 by Glenn Meyers

Seattle discloses energy use

The City of Seattle is providing the public a closer look at the energy use of City-owned buildings in a new report, “Seattle Municipal Buildings 2011 – 2012 Energy Use Performance Report.”[read more]

Placemaking: The Enduring Personality of Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

In a time where you can buy almost anything online, Seattle’s Pike Place Market reminds us that character and convenience are not synonymous. It is a place that connects the public to the city’s history.[read more]

Three Sustainable Cities on the Rise

August 16, 2012 by This Big City

There are plenty of ways to go green and promote sustainable living in your home and community. Beyond simply rolling out the recycle bin to the curb and making eco-chic clutches out of Capri Sun pouches. Here’s a quick trip around the globe, looking at three sustainable cities on the rise and what they’re doing to be friendly to the earth.[read more]