Posts for April, 2011

More on Neighborhood Greenways

April 26th, 2011

These past weeks I have written several articles  about Neighborhood Greenways which will provide off-arterial ways for bicyclists and pedestrians to get around, add to the tree canopy where needed in designated neighborhoods, and slow neighborhood traffic where desired.  Responses have been positive.  I have spoken with serious bicycle riders who we refer to as […]


Seattle Center Lease Agreement: The benefits of public process.

April 25th, 2011

I took office in January 2010 and was thrilled to learn I would chair the Parks and Recreation and Seattle Center Committee.  Little did I know, at this time, that I was about to inherit a potential deal that was in the works between Seattle Center and the Space Needle. In early March of 2010, […]


ThinkTank prompts thoughts on education reform

April 21st, 2011

I’ve been chosen to participate in ThinkTank, a debate function on the Publicola website. Opposing editorials are posted each week on a topic selected by the editors, and then it’s off to the races as my fellow ‘Tankers and I contribute our own perspectives to the conversation. Week three poses the question: Are Teachers Unions […]


Of turkey sandwiches, personal responsibility, and emergency preparedness

April 20th, 2011

Thomas Goldstein (of Washington Bus fame) and I had lunch together Tuesday, and although it may sound like a  snore-inducing discussion, we talked about Seattle’s emergency preparedness opportunities. We met at Bakeman’s on Cherry Street, where a typical disaster only involves dribbling cranberry sauce off a turkey sandwich  down my front. I am sure you […]


Hubbard Homestead Park opens Saturday in Northgate

April 19th, 2011

I’m excited for the official opening of Hubbard Homestead Park, which takes place this Saturday from 10am to noon. The project converted an existing 3.73 acre parking lot into a new urban park – it used to be the site of the former “Blue Streak” King County Northgate Park and Ride Facility, located at the […]


Spring Clean events tomorrow in Pioneer Square and Lake Union

April 15th, 2011

I had a great time participating in last year’s Spring Clean of Pioneer Square and I’ll be there again tomorrow. There’s opportunities for participation. Just check the information provided below by Seattle Public Utilities. Spring Clean—held each year in April and May—is Seattle’s premier clean up event. Spring Clean provides opportunities for citizens to clean […]


Should Seattle go it alone on light rail?

April 13th, 2011

I was invited earlier this year to participate in ThinkTank, a new feature on Publicola where dueling editorials on a pressing topic are published once a week and a cast of twenty-five get to add their perspectives to the debate. This week’s topic features Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Councilmember Julia Patterson weighing on […]


Museum of Flight’s efforts to secure shuttle are to be commended

April 12th, 2011

I love flying, and even though I’ve never gotten beyond piloting a Cessna 206, every time I get into the plane I am thrilled. I can almost taste what it’s like to “boldly go,” as they said on Star Trek, and pass into the inky blackness of space. I really wish I could go with […]


Neighborhood Greenways: Questions, Possible Answers, and Food for Thought – The FAQ’s.

April 11th, 2011

Following my ride last weekend with a number of bike advocates, Cathy Tuttle from Spokespeople invited me to provide further information about my vision for Neighborhood Greenways. The answers that follow are mine and only meant to provide information and inspire discussion. I welcome your input and further refinement, as these ideas could become the […]


Pedaling toward proposed Bicycle Greenways

April 11th, 2011

I spent last Saturday pedaling neighborhood streets with two dozen bicyclists in Northeast Seattle. Our goal was to identify a few residential streets that could become part of our first Neighborhood Greenway, much like what we saw in Portland last month. Many of these riders brought their kids, who rode in trailers, wagons, and some […]


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