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Land use: Seattle’s oh-so-human hesitations about change

Now that Mayor Ed Murray has shifted Housing and Livability Agenda (HALA) priorities away from changes to single-family zones and back toward Seattle’s traditional focus…

Guest Opinion: Seattle should welcome new zoning ideas

In all my years as a Seattle native, I’m not sure I have seen as passionate a debate as the current discourse about the past…

Urban edges, and how to define the space beyond

I doubt that before today any urbanist writer has used an old, Latin term that lives on in southern Italy to explain the particular wonder of…

As Seattle changes, remember ghosts like the old Orpheum Theater

In Seattle, last week, I looked across the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Olive Way, into McGraw Square and towards the Westin Hotel, noting a Seattle urbanism trifecta…

Sitting: Why it matters to cities’ futures

At TEDCity2.0 in New York City this fall, urban redefinition, reinvention and reimagination ruled. Among the presentations:  that urbanist stand-by, the the most walkable cities in the world.…

Why journalism helps make cities better

As a Crosscut member, contributing writer and practicing land use lawyer, I’ve been thinking for several years about Crosscut’s role in making better cities.  While…

An urbanist abroad in the Palouse

My Facebook page usually caters to a distinctly urbanist clientele. But the most “liked” photos on the page last week were far from urban, with…

Urban Ruins: Does Seattle need a High Line?

At a luncheon this week for the Urban Land Institute's local sponsors, guest speaker — and Seattle restaurateur — Tom Douglas toyed with the idea…

Understanding cities through urban diaries

“Reading the City,” the late 2012 column from urbanist Allison Arieff, is stuck in my head. Arieff's year-end piece for The New York Times described…

Alley Movie Nights: Can you say urbanism without effort?

Cities today present a sense of excitement and renewal, and an undeniable focus on more sustainable ways of life. A new generation of urban stakeholders is…

The success of a city at night

If "cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night," as the English poet Rupert Brooke suggests, then how many of us should fear for our…

Lessons from Iceland: What the tiny country teaches us about building better places

For those following this series over the last few weeks, it should be no surprise that I believe in the value of visiting contrasting places…

Coyotes and the Nature of Cities

Successful integration of nature and the city is a hallmark of sustainability. Sometimes it occurs without effort or provocation, while other times it results from…

Picturing 10 urban qualities central to every city

In recent months, architect friends have explained how several post-Recesssion projects have focused their sustainability efforts on the end-user experience, rather than simply pursuing flagship…

Chuck’s World: Five rules for understanding people and place

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of inspirational pieces about people and urban places from author Chuck Wolfe (Urbanism Without Effort, Island…
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