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In this Feb. 10, 2015, photo, Seattle's Space Needle and several construction cranes are shown from the operating cab of a 238-foot high construction crane working on a new building in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood.
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The construction cranes could eventually be raised up a little higher in downtown Seattle. That's if Seattle lawmakers allow for taller building heights downtown and in South Lake Union.

The City Council started the process to rezone those neighborhoods in a meeting Tuesday.

Under a new city plan, apartment buildings could be as high as the UW Tower (tallest building pictured). They are currently capped at 65 feet.
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Seattle lawmakers are getting closer to implementing their solution to the city’s housing problems. They call the plan HALA, or the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda.

As part of HALA, lawmakers will rezone most of Seattle to make a more a taller, denser city. The City Council will rezone the University District first and has already drafted new zoning rules for the neighborhood.

File photo of Interstate 5 passing through downtown Seattle.
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Bill Radke speaks with senior editor at The Urbanist, Doug Trumm, about his idea to rip out I-5 from downtown Seattle.

In an recent article, Trumm argued that I-5 should be removed from I-90 to 520 and the land used for parks, affordable housing and business development. 

Former Mayor Mike McGinn, a biker booster, shakes hands with a campaign volunteer.
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If you have biked the Burke-Gilman Trail and suddenly found yourself lost on Ballard streets, you've experienced the ‘missing link’ on the trail.

Amy Radil

Curious neighbors gathered near Roosevelt High School on Friday to hear about the strong measures city officials say they will take against the owner of many blighted properties in the neighborhood.

“It’s unfortunate that you’ve had to suffer through this for a long time,” Mayor Ed Murray told the crowd.

Marcie Sillman talks with urban planner and former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck about Seattle's Urban Village Strategy for guiding growth. Steinbrueck authored a report on how the strategy has worked over the past 20 years.

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Dave LeClergue is a Seattle city planner, but he may as well hold the title "citizen wrangler." LeClergue is the man who has the job of shepherding in a new development plan for Seattle's University District.

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Marcie Sillman talks to Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institute, about the infrastructure behind having an "innovation district," and the benefits one can provide.

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Roger Valdez of the pro-growth group Smart Growth Seattle about how the last comprehensive plan helped create growth in South Lake Union and what the next comprehensive plan for 2035 should be doing.

Perhaps no Seattle neighborhood has changed more than South Lake Union. What was once low rise and low income is now shiny high rises and Amazon. They spoke at Stackhouse, an apartment complex developed from an old laundry building.

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Marcie Sillman speaks with Mike Powe, senior research manager at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, about the group's new research report "Older, Smaller, Better: Measuring How the Character of Buildings and Blocks Influences Urban Vitality."

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Steve Scher talks with Seattle homeowner Erin Miller and Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien about proposed regulations for building additional new homes on small existing lots.

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Sharon Lee, executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute, at Ernestine Anderson Place, an apartment house for homeless people in Seattle's Central District.

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Josh Brower, member of the Seattle Planning Commission, about how the transit focus might affect his neighborhood in Beacon Hill.

The transit focus is one of the three planning alternatives being considered for Seattle 2035.

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Margaret O'Mara, history professor at the University of Washington, about how Seattle's urban center focus might affect the University District. The urban center focus is one of three planning alternatives being considered for Seattle 2035 as the city prepares for population growth over the next 20 years.

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Tom Hauger, manager of Comprehensive and Regional Planning at the City of Seattle's Department of Planning and Development. Hauger talks about the three planning alternatives being considered for Seattle 2035.

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