MAKING IT WORK
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SOUTH LAKE UNION REZONE APPROVED BY COUNCIL COMMITTEE
On Monday, April 22, the City Council celebrated Earth Day with a unanimous Committee of the Whole vote approving a far-reaching rezone of South Lake Union. This action completes eight years of work to implement the 2004 designation of South Lake Union as an “Urban Center” in the Seattle Comprehensive Plan. The land use changes will allow for more jobs and housing close to downtown, reducing sprawl and the environmental degradation that accompanies it. Read more.
PED BIKE BRIDGE OVER SR 520 AT OVERLAKE VILLAGE
At the Sound Transit Board meeting on Thursday, February 28, the Board approved a resolution creating The Overlake Village Bridge Project, along with two motions agreeing to jointly design the bridge in cooperation with the City of Redmond and approving a contract setting the design process in motion. The Board action endorses a proposed pedestrian/bicycle bridge connecting the Link station at the Overlake Village in Redmond across SR 520 to the Microsoft/Honeywell campuses on the north side of the freeway. This action moves the project through 4 phases of Sound Transit’s project cycle in one fell swoop, all the way from concept to final design. Read more.
GREENWOOD PHINNEY RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN REZONE APPROVED
On Monday, April 1, the City Council unanimously approved a rezone of the area west of Greenwood as recommended by the neighborhood plan stewardship group. The rezone applies Neighborhood Commercial (NC) zoning to the area between Greenwood and NW 3rd Avenue south of NW 87th Street and north of the alley between NW 84th and 85th Streets. It’s a relatively small rezone, with modest implications for housing and pedestrian access, and it has the support of neighborhood leaders. Read more.
MICROUNIT (AKA APODMENTS) UNIT COUNT PROBLEM RESOLVED
“Micro-unit” apartment buildings, sometimes known as “aPodments” (which is actually one developer’s trademarked term) consist of very small dwellings, similar in size to a hotel room, which usually have private bathrooms and perhaps a mini-refrigerator and microwave. Seven or eight of these small efficiencies are grouped around a full kitchen/dining area. While these units are very popular and provide affordable housing, there has been some resistance to them in some areas of the City, particularly Capitol Hill. DPD is working on legislation that will address some of these concerns and better integrate micro-unit buildings into the land use code. Read more.
GENETICALLY ENGINEERED SALMON OPPOSED BY CITY, MURRAY, CANTWELL, AND SWINOMISH INDIAN TRIBAL COMMUNITY
Earth Day, April 22, was a good day for a unanimous Mayor and Council to join Senators Cantwell and Murray and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in opposing a proposal before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would approve the commercial production of genetically engineered salmon that have had genes from other species inserted into their DNA to make them grow faster. Read more.
SUSTAINABILITY TRAILBLAZER AND HUNGER FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Recently I had the honor of receiving two awards from organizations that have long histories of thoughtful and careful work in their respective fields. In late March I was named as a “Sustainability Trailblazer” by the Seattle-based Sustainable Path Foundation. On April 5 I was given the “Hunger Fighter” award for 2013 by the Seattle Weekly, after being nominated by Food Lifeline, the organization dedicated to ending hunger that coordinates securing food for Food Banks and other hunger relief agencies. Read more.
“When people consider the impact of any single factor on their wellbeing- not only income- they are prone to exaggerate its importance. We refer to this tendency as the focusing illusion . . . Despite the weak relation between income and global life satisfaction or experienced happiness, many people are highly motivated to increase their income.”
Daniel Kahneman- Economist, Princeton University
“The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.”
John Maynard Keynes
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