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
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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
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Design Is A Sign of Intention

A wise professor of urban planning was quoted as saying that his observation over many years of practice was that "Design is a sign of intention...and we would agree.

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Design Is A Sign of Intention
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Lack of Daylight has Huge Adverse Impact on Health and Productivity.

The lack of natural light is known to cause all sorts of health issues, including reduced alertness, ability to concentrate, sleep issues, mental anxiety, depression, and even death from cancer or suicide.... This can be mitigated by setting back the primary west-facing building façade farther from the alley to allow daylight to penetrate the lower floor levels.

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Lack of Daylight has Huge Adverse Impact on Health and Productivity.
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Downtown Development [5th & Virginia] Could Hit Roadblock from State Archaeologists

The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is now recommending the city do an assessment in advance of construction, to figure out if there are historical remains on the site....

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Downtown Development [5th & Virginia] Could Hit Roadblock from State Archaeologists
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Seattle Out of Touch with Reality on Alleys!

When you hear a City Senior Planner compare the alley on potentially the densest residential block in Seattle to a medieval European alley, you know he's lost touch with reality....

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Seattle Out of Touch with Reality on Alleys!