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'Sustainable' stairways, Italy vs. suburban Seattle

Crosscut writer and land-use attorney Chuck Wolfe captures the contrast through his camera lens.




Italian stairways in Conversano, Vernazza, and between Atrani and Ravello meet their distant cousin, the “greened up” suburban escalator, at Bellevue Square. What will they say to one another? Which is Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” and why?

Charles R. (Chuck) Wolfe, is an attorney in Seattle, where he focuses on land use, environmental law and permitting. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, where he teaches land use law at the graduate level. He serves on the Board of Directors of Futurewise and Seattle Great City, the Management Committee of the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Northwest District Council and has held leadership positions for the American Planning Association and the Washington State Bar Association. Chuck is an avid traveler, photographer and writer, and contributes regularly on urban development topics for The Atlantic, The Atlantic Cities, Grist, The Huffington Post, seattlepi.com and others. His book, Urbanism Without Effort (Island Press, 2013), was released in May. He blogs regularly at myurbanist.


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