Please amend CB119398 and bring reality to City policy.

City Council is scheduled to vote on CB119398 this coming Monday, January 14, at 2 PM. Exempting downtown towers from transportation mitigations required for smaller developments outside the city core is the biggest adverse impact and mystery in CB119398. While we understand and applaud the goal of bringing alternative transportation options to the SOV into greater usage, Transportation Performance [i.e. travel time] should be our primary measure of success or failure, not just a fuzzy feel good SOV reduction standard.

Please amend CB119398 and bring reality to City policy.

Public losing right to challenge urban tower transportation impacts; Write now asking Council to vote NO on CB119398

CB119398 may be well intentioned, but it is dangerously incomplete. While smaller projects outside the urban core will need to mitigate their traffic impacts, new downtown towers are exempt. The bill eliminates Director’s Rule 2009-5 that says if a tower’s projected vehicle trips exceed street capacity at key intersections, it is required to address its adverse impacts.

Public losing right to challenge urban tower transportation impacts; Write now asking Council to vote NO on CB119398

Downtown: The Front Porch of Seattle

A cluttered front porch leaves a bad first impression, no matter what is behind it. The same with a city. We have so many great things in downtown Seattle, but on the way to them you’ll see trash, homeless tents, people passed out on sidewalks, drug deals & injections, traffic gridlock…and on and on. You don’t get a second chance at a first impression, so fix it now!

Downtown: The Front Porch of Seattle

Stop the insanity now!

A recently released UW/SDOT study (click here for full report) confirms the inadequacies of Seattle's 100 year old downtown alleys. Why does the City continue to allow irreversible disastrous decisions with generational adverse impacts in Downtown Seattle? There can only be one answer.…The city sees a way out of their budget problems, and the developers are more than willing to accommodate them.

Stop the insanity now!
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Alley and Loading Berth Design Code Must Be Changed…It Simply Doesn’t Work!

Escala was built to code but its berths won’t hold most common trucks. That’s why it’s imperative that we get action to improve Design Review procedures on loading design and alley circulation — and code revisions on loading requirements and alley width.

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Alley and Loading Berth Design Code Must Be Changed…It Simply Doesn’t Work!

CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE MEETING ALERT

Make your voice heard to the committees overseeing Seattle’s transportation and land use policies

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 2 p.m. Sustainability and Transportation &

Wednesday December 5, 2018 9:30 a.m. Planning, Land Use and Zoning

Meetings held in City Council Chambers at 600 4th Ave. Seattle, WA 98104

CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE MEETING ALERT

DOCK MANAGEMENT PLAN…that dog won’t hunt!

The Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) commonly uses the term Dock Management Plan as a “cure-all” for inadequate loading and waste facilities in proposed downtown high-rise projects, but the City of Seattle has no practical experience with their operation ,due either to the newness or incompleteness of the projects involved.

DOCK MANAGEMENT PLAN…that dog won’t hunt!

Too Big To Fail: Part 1 of 4; First Light at 2000 - 3rd Avenue


First Light Condominium at 2000-3rd Ave. boasts a rooftop pool and some of the best sunset views in the Pacific Northwest. Its problems come on the ground, where it is not a functional design.  As home to an anticipated 1,600 condo dwellers and office workers, this small village is requesting fewer and smaller loading berths than required by code. Most trucks won't be able to access the berths because the project's narrow alley is lined with dumpsters from neighboring older buildings, home to some of Seattle's most popular restaurants. And ingress and egress from its parking garage will be challenging, if not impossible.

Too Big To Fail: Part 1 of 4; First Light at 2000 - 3rd Avenue

More gridlock ahead: Seattle’s 100-year-old alleys were not built for mega-towers.

Density done right could alleviate traffic congestion, but no one is considering the cumulative impact of spiked demand for access and service in alleys from a new round of mega-towers in downtown Seattle.

More gridlock ahead: Seattle’s 100-year-old alleys were not built for mega-towers.

5th & Virginia project delayed after Hearing Examiner rules on Escala Appeal

A ruling by City of Seattle Hearing Examiner Ryan Vancil to remand the 5th & Virginia project on daylight and health and require additional work on their dock management plan will further delay the start of construction.

5th & Virginia project delayed after Hearing Examiner rules on Escala Appeal
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The Difference between Collaboration and Greed

The difference between collaboration and greed is literally the difference between day and night for the residents of adjacent towers...The intent here in the cover photo seems to be to work with the neighbors to insure natural light and livability for residents of both buildings.

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The Difference between Collaboration and Greed
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Tall and Skinny Can be a Win-Win-Win for Downtown Seattle

Seattle has a unique opportunity to make a huge positive impact on the LIVABILITY of our city right now.... 

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Tall and Skinny Can be a Win-Win-Win for Downtown Seattle

Dr. Seuss Was Right!

 

The Lorax is the story of Thneedville, the city where greed for the exotic Thneed truffle raw material at the top of the trees caused all the trees to be cut down, and Thneedville became just a “plastic” city....

Dr. Seuss Was Right!
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Developer Abuses the Environment Impact Statement [EIS] Process

The analysis provided in the Addendum is incomplete and does not fulfill the requirements of a project EIS....Throughout, the Addendum describes impacts as “unavoidable,” which is simply untrue...there was little to no sincere attempt in this Addendum to propose or pursue impact mitigation.

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Developer Abuses the Environment Impact Statement [EIS] Process