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Tag: Development and Sustainability

Caps on rideshares, taxis, and for hires? There’s a better way.

In case you didn’t catch it in The Stranger, this is my argument for why we should lift caps on rideshares. Thanks for taking part in the conversation. — Sally A year’s worth of meetings about the future of transportation reached a crescendo this past Friday morning in Seattle City Council chambers. In a room […]

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Seattle Tops Denver, Again, via Arts Partner Roster

MyLife.com declares Seattle #2 and Denver #5 in their list of the nation’s 10 Best Cities to be an Artist. One reason we beat Denver (again!) is Seattle’s “Creative Advantage” arts education partnership.

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Cultural Access Bill

“Cultural Access” bills have been introduced in the state legislature, House Bill 2212 and Senate Bill 6151, allowing counties to provide dedicated funding to non-profit arts, heritage and science organizations.

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Come to a Seattle Workforce Housing Forum Next Week

We don’t want to continue to price people out of Seattle with long commutes to work, contributing to pollution and suburban sprawl.

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SPUN: January 14th Committee Wrap-up

The Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods (SPUN, like spoon) Committee held its first meeting on Tuesday, January 14th. Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Councilmember Kshama Sawant and I were at the table for two Directors’ reports, from the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), and two presentations, a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Program Update and the Urban […]

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Cultural Development Certification

What is a Cultural Development Certification? It would be a first-of-its-kind certification for building development, similar to the LEED certification program.

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Raising the Minimum Wage in Seattle

Yesterday I participated in Mayor-elect Ed Murray’s press conference announcing his Income Inequality Advisory Committee. The Mayor-elect appointed me, along with Councilmember-elect Sawant and Councilmember Harrell to serve on the 23-member committee, charged “with delivering an actionable set of recommendations for increasing the minimum wage within Seattle.” The committee includes members from business, labor, and […]

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Cultural Space Symposium

Apply by January 22, 2014 to the Cultural Development Certification RFP issued by the City’s arts office, calling for a certification program analogous to existing certifications for LEED.

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In September the Council approved emergency legislation that requires new development to meet minimum density standards in our Urban Villages. As I wrote in a previous blog post, the legislation was prompted by the proposal by CVS Pharmacies to construct three new suburban-style drugstores in Uptown, Wallingford, and West Seattle that would be freestanding, single […]

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On Monday, September 30, the Council approved legislation that could lead to new housing on a vacant block next to Occidental Park in Pioneer Square — and bring the first “Portland Loo” to Seattle. The legislation, prepared at the request of the Pioneer Square community, modifies an earlier land use action that allowed the developer […]

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