urban planning http://kplu.org en Who You Should Call If You Trip On A Tree Root In Seattle http://kplu.org/post/who-you-should-call-if-you-trip-tree-root-seattle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle is well-known as a city that loves its trees.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city even has <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/codesrules/changestocode/trees/whatwhy/default.htm" target="_blank">a plan to increase its tree canopy</a> to cover 30 percent of its open skies by the year 2037.</span></p><p>But the trees can sometimes get out of hand. Their powerful roots can be downright treacherous when they push through sidewalks.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 13946 at http://kplu.org Who You Should Call If You Trip On A Tree Root In Seattle A Leading Question: Peter Steinbruck and Smart Growth http://kplu.org/post/leading-question-peter-steinbruck-and-smart-growth <p></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;">Editor's note:&nbsp;KPLU&nbsp;has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Peter Steinbrueck served on the Seattle City Council for 10 years, from 1997 to 2007.</p><p>“They called me the activist council member. I’m also an architect, so I brought my background, experience, training as a problem solver and designer to public policy,” Steinbrueck said. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9472 at http://kplu.org A Leading Question: Peter Steinbruck and Smart Growth Seattle deal would trade iconic views to preserve farmland and forests http://kplu.org/post/seattle-deal-would-trade-iconic-views-preserve-farmland-and-forests <p>Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine have proposed <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/news/release/2012/July/23_partnerships.aspx">new development incentives</a> for Seattle&#39;s bustling South Lake Union neighborhood.</p><p>The program would <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/South_Lake_Union/Overview/default.asp">allow dramatically taller buildings </a>in exchange for extra funds from developers to preserve farmland and forests in rural King County.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 19:10:35 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5694 at http://kplu.org Seattle deal would trade iconic views to preserve farmland and forests Seattle's 'UpGarden' P-Patch takes community gardening to new heights http://kplu.org/post/seattles-upgarden-p-patch-takes-community-gardening-new-heights <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: 38px; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">It&rsquo;s a first-of-its-kind in Seattle and perhaps even the country. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:47:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5178 at http://kplu.org Seattle's 'UpGarden' P-Patch takes community gardening to new heights Measuring noise with people in mind: Soundscapes http://kplu.org/post/measuring-noise-people-mind-soundscapes <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-970013.mp3</p><p>There are probably places near where you live or work where it&rsquo;s pretty noisy. The definition of what&rsquo;s <em>too </em>loud is highly technical. Now, acoustical engineers have developed a new way of measuring noise that includes how it feels. Mon, 23 May 2011 15:01:14 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1641 at http://kplu.org Measuring noise with people in mind: Soundscapes New York architect presents design ideas for Seattle waterfront http://kplu.org/post/new-york-architect-presents-design-ideas-seattle-waterfront <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-969878.mp3</p><p>Hundreds of people packed into a waterfront auditorium last night (Thurs.) in Seattle. They came to see concepts of what the city might look like, once the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down. Fri, 20 May 2011 20:31:55 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1637 at http://kplu.org New York architect presents design ideas for Seattle waterfront Seattle waterfront redesign moves ahead with presentation of ideas http://kplu.org/post/seattle-waterfront-redesign-moves-ahead-presentation-ideas <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-969540.mp3</p><p>Soon, the public will have an opportunity to see some initial ideas for what Seattle&rsquo;s waterfront could look like after the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down. The city plans to redevelop 26 blocks along Elliott Bay between King Street and Broad Street.</p><p>Designers from James Corner Field Operations will <a href="http://waterfrontseattle.org/">present preliminary concepts and ask for input tonight</a> at Bell Harbor Conference Center on Pier 66.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 19 May 2011 14:30:00 +0000 Charla Bear 1628 at http://kplu.org Seattle waterfront redesign moves ahead with presentation of ideas Saying goodbye to decorative street lights? http://kplu.org/post/saying-goodbye-decorative-street-lights <p>Those quaint streetlights that grace some neighborhood business districts in Seattle may be history. <span style="">&nbsp;</span>Seattle City Light wants to limit the installation of decorative streetlights in the future.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This comes in the wake of the city&rsquo;s ongoing inspection of light poles, some of which have been emitting dangerous levels of electricity.</p><p class="MsoNormal"> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 20:37:17 +0000 Paula Wissel 478 at http://kplu.org Saying goodbye to decorative street lights? Lakewood releases Lewis-McChord growth coordination plans http://kplu.org/post/lakewood-releases-lewis-mcchord-growth-coordination-plans <p>When 17-thousand troops returned from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan this past fall, Joint Base Lewis McChord became the 3rd largest employer in the state.&nbsp;</p><p>That's according to the City of Lakewood, which <a href="http://www.jblm-growth.com/coordination-plan">has released </a><a href="http://www.jblm-growth.com/coordination-plan">a plan</a> to accommodate the rapid population growth in the communities around the base.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 05:02:43 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 411 at http://kplu.org Lakewood releases Lewis-McChord growth coordination plans