urban planning

Seattle 2035
3:19 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Building Seattle's Future Around Transit

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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.

Seattle 2035
11:43 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Applying The Urban Center Focus In The University District

University District in Seattle.
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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.

Seattle 2035
11:30 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Three Approaches To Seattle's Comprehensive Plan

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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.

Urban Planning
4:07 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Re-Engaging Neighborhoods For Seattle's Future

Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about the April 5 Neighborhood Summit and how the city could support thriving neighborhoods in the future.

Urban Planning
3:34 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Designing The Happy City

Charles Montgomery's book, "Happy City."

Steve Scher talks with author Charles Montgomery about his book, "Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design."

Industrial Zoning
10:18 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Development Planning For Sodo, Seattle's 'Gritty Backbone'

Sodo development is in the midst of tension between sports boosters and the maritime industry.
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The stadium district in Seattle is located at the northern end of a larger swath of the city that's officially known as the Duwamish Manufacturing and Industrial Center, but more commonly referred to as Sodo.

It’s the largest concentration of industrially zoned land in Seattle and home to Harbor Island, the largest container port facility in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners teams.

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Shifting Industry
7:24 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Driven South: Seattle's Car Dealerships Set Up Auto Row In Sodo

Construction is underway for Toyota of Seattle's new location in the Sodo neighborhood of Seattle.
Credit From Honda of Seattle's Facebook page.

The rise in Seattle’s downtown density makes for scarce real estate and higher prices. As a result, one industry is heading south to the Sodo neighborhood: car dealerships.

Sodo has space and easy highway access, but it isn’t perfect. The high traffic can be a plus, but with three professional sports teams in the area, game days can be intense.

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Civic Funding For Civic Projects
12:17 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

When Money Is Short, Should Cities Crowdfund?

Cities all over are short on cash. And some are turning to crowdfunding to get public projects off the ground. From a streetcar in Kansas City to a skate spot in Portland, Oregon, sites like Neighbor.ly and Citizinvestor are making it easy for residents to raise money to fund civic projects. Marcie Sillman talks with Rodrigo Davies, a researcher at MIT’s Center for Civic Media about civic crowdfunding and its complications.

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Urban Development
2:40 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Reinvigorating A Detroit Neighborhood, Block By Block

Woodward Avenue runs through Midtown, a Detroit neighborhood that is reviving in the midst of the larger city's decline. In the background is downtown Detroit.
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Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 9:31 am

The debt-laden city of Detroit has been an incubator for new strategies in urban revitalization, including a downtown People Mover, casinos, urban farms, artist colonies and large scale down-sizing.

In the wake of the city's bankruptcy, many in the community are thinking small.

Just outside of downtown Detroit is a neighborhood called Midtown. Like many hip, urban neighborhoods, it's got hipsters on fixed geared bikes, yoga studios, boutiques for dogs.

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Summer Sounds
1:51 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Sounds Of The Pike Place Market

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Seattle's Pike Place Market is over 105 years old. And it all started with a consumer revolt over the price of onions.

The market recently released plans for an expansion all the way to the waterfront. Advocates believe it could knit the city and the shore back together again. 

Today on KUOW Presents, between the news stories, you'll hear the sounds of the Pike Place Market.

Full list of stories on KUOW Presents,  July 2:

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Landmark Closures
12:26 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Has Seattle Lost Its Character?

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This past year, iconic store Easy Street Records on Queen Anne was replaced by a Chase Bank. And now the independent movie theatre, the Egyptian and independent coffee shop, Bauhaus are slated to close. KUOW’s Jeannie Yandel talks with University of Washington’s Urban Planning professor, Anne Moudon about what these closures mean for Seattle’s character.

Urban Development
9:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

The Creative Class: Dismissed?

The Theater District in downtown Tacoma.
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More than a decade ago, Richard Florida’s best-selling book, “The Rise of the Creative Class,” was a cultural phenomenon. Florida argued that young, educated, single folks would reinvent American cities. Today, Florida's critics say the wealth of the creative class hasn't trickled down to the working class. What’s the evidence? Some places, like Tacoma, used Richard Florida’s ideas as a blueprint for reinventing their downtown areas. What was the outcome? We’ll explore these ideas with journalist and geographer Joel Kotkin and Tacoma arts administrator Amy McBride.

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Public Transportation
11:21 am
Fri February 15, 2013

That Man On The Bus Is Saving You Money

Thanks, man, for saving us money!
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The Texas Transportation Institute released its annual urban mobility report, which measures the amount of time spent in traffic for commuters and the role of public transportation in reducing congestion in major cities.  Ross Reynolds talks with transportation and urban policy blogger and University of Washington research scientist, Shane Phillips, about his analysis of the data.