21 hours ago

Seattle Subway Drops New Expansion Map Hoping to Guide ST3 Alignments

...Tac Airport via South Park and Georgetown. Instead, the latest Gold Line iteration would serve 23rd and Madison and turn south mirroring the Route 48 bus through the Central Area, and terminate at...

    Seattle Subway Drops New Expansion Map Hoping to Guide ST3 Alignments " The Urbanist
    Seattle Subway released a new light rail system expansion map yesterday and hopes to use it to inspire Sound Transit and the general public to select Sound Transit 3 (ST3) alignments that allow for logical line extensions and follow a strategic long-term vision.
    https://www.theurbanist.org

44 hours ago

Sound Transit Unveils West Seattle and Ballard Alternatives

...very different objectives. For instance, the representative project alignment would take a weaving corridor along Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue while the First Hill alternative (pink alignment) would bring light rail to the lower slope...

The 5th/Roy/Consolidated alternative (navy blue alignment) would only provide one stop in South Lake Union, which would be consolidated to approximately the intersection of Westlake Ave N and Harrison St.

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...situate light rail further away from the heart of Uptown by putting a station on Roy St and 1st Ave N.

...marks for the Elliott/15th/16th/Fixed Bridge alternative (purple alignment), which would terminate at NW Market St and 15th Ave NW. The alignment essentially mimics the representative project alignment, except that the Interbay stop would be...

    Sound Transit Unveils West Seattle and Ballard Alternatives " The Urbanist
    On Tuesday night, Sound Transit presented its first crack at alternative corridor alignments for the West Seattle and Ballard light rail extensions.
    https://www.theurbanist.org

3 days ago

Denny Way Bus Lane Is Finally Happening this Summer

...portion is something that was considered for another project: the Westlake Ave transit lanes. At Denny and Westlake, SDOT and Metro originally proposed eliminating right turns from Westlake onto Denny to keep vehicles...

...In order to accommodate this, improvements would have had to have been made to the Westlake and Lenora intersection to provide drivers another way to get to I-5, otherwise everyone would be...

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...a brief period last year where, due to construction across the street, both sidewalks between Minor and Stewart were closed at the same time...

Elsewhere along the 8 route, SDOT is also installing bus bulbs at several stops in Capitol Hill, in coordination with an Neighborhood Street Fund grant that will be improving intersections along the entire John Street and Thomas Street corridor between Broadway and 23rd Ave.

    Denny Way Bus Lane Is Finally Happening this Summer " The Urbanist
    One of the most highly anticipated spot improvements for a King County Metro bus route has long been the idea of a Denny Way bus lane.
    https://www.theurbanist.org

4 days ago

New Housing, Mediocre Design Approved in Little Saigon

...Board. It will occupy a 51,402 sq. ft. site on the block bound by Jackson and King and 10th and 12th. The site is the former Acme poultry processing complex, from which...

...me is that the community has nothing to do with the architecture. The buildings at 12th and Jackson are generic, but when the first immigrants came they were affordable and met their needs...

    New Housing, Mediocre Design Approved in Little Saigon " The Urbanist
    On April 10th a building proposed in Little Saigon was approved by the Southeast Design Review Board. It will occupy a 51,402 sq. ft. site on the block bound by Jackson and King and 10th and 12th.
    https://www.theurbanist.org

Apr 11

Recharge The Battery Advocates Back With New Promenade Vision

...officials to include provisions for green stormwater infrastructure and funds for a designed park between Western and 1st Avenue that will retain features of the tunnel’s iconic south portal,” they say. “We are...

    Recharge The Battery Advocates Back With New Promenade Vision " The Urbanist
    In late March, the Seattle City Council voted to turn the Battery Street Tunnel into a modern-day urban landfill. Many local community groups and green organizations had coalesced to form Recharge the Battery, a campaign that would transform the soon-to-be disused SR-99 tunnel into a semi-subterranean park and green stormwater infrastructure facility.
    https://www.theurbanist.org

Apr 10

35th Ave SW Safety Project in West Seattle Will Not Be Expanded

...beginning, with initial plans for phase 2 proposed in 2016 that included rechannelizing some of 35th north of SW Morgan Street to match the southern segment already completed. That stretch includes SW Graham Street, where there...

    35th Ave SW Safety Project in West Seattle Will Not Be Expanded " The Urbanist
    in 2015, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) rechannelizeed a two-mile stretch of 35th Avenue SW in West Seattle from SW Roxbury near Seattle's city limits north to SW Willow Street.
    https://www.theurbanist.org

Apr 05

First Post-Rezone U District Highrise Proposal Gets Design Review Monday

Love it, hate it, or feel indifferent, you can give your feedback in person or electronically. The meeting will be on April 9th at 8pm at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Room 202. Comments can also be submitted directly to the planner, Crystal Torres at crystal.torres@seattle.gov.

    First Post-Rezone U District Highrise Proposal Gets Design Review Monday " The Urbanist
    In February of last year, the Seattle City Council passed a major upzone of the University District, which allowed highrises in parts of the neighborhood for the first time since the 1970s.
    https://www.theurbanist.org

Apr 05

Mayor Durkan Backs Congestion Pricing, Delays Basic Bike Network

...may not open until 2021 (or later) if work is resumed. Proposed transit pathway on 5th and 6th Avenue with current 4th Ave corridor. (One Center City) Implementation plan, as of March 2018. (One...

...likely come too late to change SDOT’s mind about key protected bike lanes like Fourth Avenue and Pine Street. Many North American cities from Calgary to Chicago to New York City have rapidly rolled...

    Mayor Durkan Backs Congestion Pricing, Delays Basic Bike Network " The Urbanist
    Yesterday Mayor Jenny Durkan came out in support of congestion pricing in Downtown Seattle and delayed implementation of key Basic Bike Network elements until 2021. The mayor's announcement comes on the heels of her pausing the Center City Connector streetcar project Friday.
    https://www.theurbanist.org

Apr 04

Rainier Avenue’s Second Phase of Improvements Lacks Vision for the Corridor

...volumes much higher than northbound, this will have a dramatic effect on traffic everywhere on Rainier south of Mount Baker. Expected traffic volumes after Accessible Mount Baker mean that King County Metro does not anticipate...

    Rainier Avenue's Second Phase of Improvements Lacks Vision for the Corridor " The Urbanist
    As King County Metro, in coordination with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), begins its outreach on a planned RapidRide line to replace the current 7 on Rainier Avenue, SDOT also quietly announced that it is moving quickly with the second phase of safety improvements along Rainier Avenue, though Hillman City and Rainier Beach.
    https://www.theurbanist.org

Apr 02

SDOT Estimates Cost of Delaying Streetcar Project at More Than $10 Million

The title image is a rendering of the 3rd and Stewart station credited to the Seattle Department of Transportation.

    SDOT Estimates Cost of Delaying Streetcar Project at More Than $10 Million " The Urbanist
    In case you missed the Friday afternoon news dump, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced she is halting work on the Center City Connector streetcar because of mounting costs, but delay would have a high cost in its own right.
    https://www.theurbanist.org

Apr 02

Wallingford RPZ Proposal Moves Forward With Two New Zones

Wallingford currently has two RPZs; one primarily east of Stone Way N stretching from lower Wallingford to just north of N 45th St (Zone 22) and another centered on Bagley Ave N and N 45th St (Zone 5). Functionally, these two RPZs work differently:

...permit holders are exempt from the time limits. Blockfaces located on the commercial corridors of N 45th St and Stone Way N as well as some side streets have general time limits as opposed to the RPZ...

    Wallingford RPZ Proposal Moves Forward With Two New Zones " The Urbanist
    In Wallingford, several restricted parking zones (RPZs) are already in force. For the better part of a year, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has been evaluating possible changes to how the RPZs will function in the future.
    https://www.theurbanist.org

Mar 27

Ankrom Moisan Designs 28-Story Tower for Denny Park Site

...Community Center following the 6:30pm design review of a nine-story office tower at 330 Yale Ave N. It will be the 820 John St project‘s second design revew; the first early...

...of a nine-story office tower at 330 Yale Ave N. It will be the 820 John St project‘s second design revew; the first early guidance guidance meeting happened in April 2017...

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...construction with a 12-story office just to the north. A seven-story office at 308 9th Ave N just received its permit in January and a 25-story residential tower and a 26...

A Closer Look at Plans to Add Safety Improvements in Green Lake & Wallingford https://t.co/19txS9DMF1about 11 hours ago

    Ankrom Moisan Designs 28-Story Tower for Denny Park Site " The Urbanist
    A 28-story tower planned for site adjacent to Denny Park would bring 268 apartments to South Lake Union, and the project could clear a hurdle on Wednesday. The West Design Review Board will give feedback-and potentially a design recommendation smoothing the way for a Master Use Permit-to Ankrom Moisan Architects at the 8pm meeting.
    https://www.theurbanist.org

Mar 26

Top Urbanist Action: Attend an MHA Open House

Twin Towers Aim To Break The Mold On 1200 Stewart St

    Top Urbanist Action: Attend an MHA Open House " The Urbanist
    Attend District 3 + 7 MHA Open Houses: The city has been hosting open houses to discuss zoning changes that would implement Mandatory Housing Affordability.
    https://www.theurbanist.org

Mar 26

Rainier RapidRide: Metro Seeks a Streamlined Route 7

...to run the route from Downtown Seattle on Third Avenue to Rainier Beach Station via Jackson Street and Rainier Avenue. The Rainier RapidRide Line will be the fifth RapidRide line in Seattle. 10 Rapid Ride...

...over the next few weeks, including opportunities to talk to transportation planners at King Donut (9232 Rainier Ave S) on March 28th from 3pm to 5pm, Viet Wah Asian Supermarket

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(1032 S Jackson St) on April 2nd from 12pm to 2pm, and Rainier Farmer’s Market (2119 Rainier Ave S) on April 6th from 1pm to 3pm.

(1032 S Jackson St) on April 2nd from 12pm to 2pm, and Rainier Farmer’s Market (2119 Rainier Ave S) on April 6th from 1pm to 3pm.

A Closer Look at Plans to Add Safety Improvements in Green Lake & Wallingford https://t.co/19txS9DMF1about 10 hours ago

    Rainier RapidRide: Metro Seeks a Streamlined Route 7 " The Urbanist
    The Rainier RapidRide Line is coming to the Rainier Valley in 2021 and will provide very frequent 24-hour service and improve the quality of bus operations, bus stops, and bus design.
    https://www.theurbanist.org

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