Getting to no on growth. To get to yes.

In recent months, we have been inundated by scary newspaper stories, snarky columnists, lively KUOW interviews and hand-wringing public lectures about how the city is…

Bring back the townhouse: Can Millennials and Boomers change the region’s housing mix?

Part 2 in our series on changes in Seattle's built environment explores the value of townhouses, or attached single-family housing, and why we need to…

The new Seattle, where everything looks the same

This is the first in a 2-part series on changes in Seattle's built environment. You can read Part 2 here. Tucked into a side street…

The downtown bicycle revival circus

I'm about to confess to a guilty pleasure. For a number of years I lived in the northwest sector of Seattle. To get to my…

Weyerhaeuser’s new house

Several weeks ago I wrote an article about the significance of Weyerhaeuser moving out of and selling its iconic, 40-year-old home in Federal Way. So…

The death of the suburban corporate campus

Last week, political and economic shock waves rippled through two Puget Sound cities when Weyerhaeuser, the multi-national giant, announced that it was moving its corporate…

The Pioneer Square renaissance is through with fits & starts

In the thirty-five years that I’ve lived in Seattle, much of it working and living in or near Pioneer Square, I cannot recall so much…

Local architect receiving award at White House

Local architect honored at White House event Seattle architect Johnpaul Jones will be shaking hands with President Obama on Monday. During a formal, black-tie ceremony,…

A hole in Seattle’s downtown development

In the last six months, a considerable amount of ink has been spilled over the plight of Bertha, our famously busted tunnel borer. Due to…

Is this really the fastest growing city in America?

A couple of weeks ago, front page headlines in The Seattle Times declared Seattle the fastest growing large city in the U.S. Now, in some…

Bell Street Park: A noble bust

Disclosure number 1: I know most of the people who were involved in the design of Bell Street Park. I have greatly admired their work…

The waxing and waning of Seattle’s waterfront plan

Last Wednesday, James Corner Field Operations rolled out the latest thinking for Seattle’s urban waterfront. Occasionally, there were flashes of brilliance. At other times, just…

Why Stadium Place is the best new development in Seattle

First off, I’m here to say that the best new high rise buildings in Seattle are at Stadium Place along King Street and Occidental Avenue.…

For Lease: Tunnel. One of a kind. Never used.

Okay, Bertha is busted; and not in a good way. If it turns out she can’t be fixed, what are we going to do with…

Stealthbucks: The non-Starbucks Starbucks

Does anyone remember when Seattle was the espresso cart capital of the world? Back in the ‘90s, you couldn't walk a few blocks without encountering…