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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

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]


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]

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]