Seattle’s “Frequent Transit Service” Phrase Has Become A Petty Technicality

Bryan Kirschner City Notes Leave a Comment

Seattle, WA — In January, city council passed an ordinance affirming Seattle “as a Welcoming City that promotes policies and programs to foster inclusion for all,” including “our immigrant and refugee neighbors.” But right now, council tolerates an interpretation of city law that keeps thousands of at-risk renters from affording the city.

And it could be fixed with only a few words.

The Land Use Should Come Before The Transit

Ethan Finlan City Notes Leave a Comment

Transit decisions are often used as a tool to inform land use. The extensions of transit into outlying areas, for example, are largely advocated for as a means to mitigate sprawl, by providing a fixed route service to an urban center. Yet in many cases…

Loving Architecture, Hating Growth

Charles Blain City Notes Leave a Comment

As cities grow, and buildings get taller, innovative architectural styles begin to pop up. New York City, with its wide array of skyscrapers spanning multiple design eras, is certainly no exception. But some residents, who otherwise love these qualities about New York, want to prohibit developers from continuing to push the city aesthetically forward, and are lobbying for rezoning of areas to cap the height of new construction. For example, in April, Sutton Place residents pushed a proposal, and gained the support of the community board, to limit heights at 260 feet. The Municipal Art Society, which has long been a proud opponent of the “accidental skyline” near Central Park that attracts visitors from worldwide, supports these limits as well. The irony is that these groups who embrace the unique qualities, architectural distinctions and downright quirkiness of New York now want uniformity and growth regulations. This, of course, will impact future New Yorkers who won’t get to see what the city could become, rather than those currently enjoying the beauty of the Big Apple.

Traffic Won’t Disappear Just By Forcing It To The ‘Burbs

Michael Lewyn City Notes Leave a Comment

One common anti-housing argument runs something like this: “Doesn’t new housing increase traffic? The roads/sidewalks/subways are jammed. Therefore, my neighborhood can’t accommodate more residents.” This argument fails for two reasons.  First, it is a “beggar thy neighbor” argument: it could justify excluding anyone anywhere.  If new people will crowd Los Angeles’ roads, they’ll also crowd those of suburbs or smaller cities. …