taestell + seattle   13

Downtown Seattle Added 45,000 Jobs and Hardly Any Car Commuters
"Downtown Seattle has added 45,000 jobs since 2010. During the same time, only 2,255 new drive-alone trips have been added to downtown streets, according to a new Commute Seattle survey. The other 95 percent of commute trips were absorbed by transit, walking, biking, telecommuting and shared car trips."
seattle  transit  transport  transportation 
august 2017 by taestell
Getting to U-District will get easier way sooner than expected
"Not only does Sound Transit expect its major light rail extension to be more than $100 million under budget, it also says the project will be finished by March — six months ahead of schedule."
seattle  light.rail  transit  transportation  infrastructure  transport  rail 
january 2016 by taestell
The Tunnel is Still Terrible, but Nothing Has Changed
"Back in 2009, I joined many others in thinking that the deep-bore tunnel project was a bad project at any price, and now that it is sure to take longer and more likely to cost taxpayers more than budgeted, that judgment looks better than ever. We believed Seattle could do just fine without another highway through downtown, particularly with alternative transit investments, and thought closing the viaduct would illustrate that for everyone. I continue to believe that."
seattle  infrastructure 
january 2015 by taestell
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
"It will cost an estimated $4.2 billion to replace the dilapidated Alaskan Way Viaduct on Seattle's waterfront, making this underground highway the most expensive megaproject in state history."
seattle  alaskan.way  bertha 
october 2014 by taestell
Seattle Wants to Change the Whole Conversation on Streetcars
"Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen had twice failed to convince voters to back a plan to turn large swathes his land in the warehouse-dominated South Lake Union area into a 61-acre urban park. [...] Vulcan began looking around for other neighborhoods to inspire the project and quickly saw a model in Portland's redeveloped Pearl District, another former warehouse district. The success of the Pearl District was often attributed to the opening of a new streetcar line in 2001 that served the area..."
transportation  rail.transportation  transit  seattle  streetcars 
september 2014 by taestell
WSDOT’s Woes
"Unlike Sound Transit, who seems to be getting better at building train lines, [the Washington State Department of Transportation] doesn’t seem to be capable of learning from its mistakes."
washington  seattle  infrastructure  highways  transportation 
august 2014 by taestell
Amazon's Bezos: Suburban HQ 'would have been the wrong decision'
“[Bezos] said the types of people Amazon employs and wants to attract in the future 'appreciate the energy and and dynamism of an urban environment,' which means the company is more likely to get the talent it wants with an urban campus.”
amazon  urbanism  cities  jeff.bezos  urban.development  seattle 
june 2014 by taestell
What Could $800 Million Do?
"That’s just how cost-ineffective this tunnel really is – most of this capacity can be met with an order of magnitude less money."
seattle  infrastructure  highways  roads  driving  transportation  bertha  alaskan.way 
february 2014 by taestell
Amazon Straight-Up Developing Whole Seattle Neighborhoods Now
"In fact, Amazon reportedly asked Seattle for none of the traditional tax breaks that corporations routinely get from cities as a condition of locating there. Instead, it wanted a fashionable neighborhood that would allow it to attract top-notch talent."
amazon  seattle  south.lake.union  urbanism  cities  corporations 
december 2013 by taestell
Newest streetcar to remake First Hill
Seattle is building the second phase of their streetcar system, and it will use batteries (not an overhead wire) for the downhill section of the trip.
seattle  transit  transportation  rail  streetcars  from instapaper
june 2013 by taestell
The Fight Against Small Apartments
Great article on NIMBY opposition to small apartments and "those people" moving in next door.
Seattle  urban.living  urban.planning  apartments  apodments  from instapaper
june 2013 by taestell
Paul Allen’s Vulcan Urges Seattle to Raise Building Heights
The neighborhood that's home to Seattle's first modern streetcar line is growing fast, and investor Paul Allen wants the ability to build taller buildings.
transit  transportation  Seattle  development  urbanism  streetcars 
february 2012 by taestell

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