Kirkland Places

Mostly crossposts from writing I do in other places. But if you can’t stand to miss a single thing I write anywhere, it’s all gathered here.

We Have Traffic Because We Drive So Far

We are regularly reminded that traffic congestion is growing across the region. The median Seattle metro area worker commutes nine miles to work. What if we could live closer to … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Should Small Cities Grow Faster?

For over a year, regional planners have wrestled over growth plans with six small cities that are planning to ‘grow too fast’. Last month, the PSRC Executive Board tabled a … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Eastside Park & Rides to Close for Link Construction

Two park & rides on the Eastside will close in early 2017 for East Link construction. The South Bellevue P&R, with current capacity of 519 cars, is expected to close later in … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Trouble on Paradise Lake

Some years ago, I lived in a residential community east of Woodinville. It’s a typical late 1970s subdivision with houses on acre-lots surrounded by tall trees; the kind of place … Continue reading

December 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Kirkland in ST3, and Beyond

The ST3 program is widely viewed as disappointing for Kirkland. The city wasn’t quite passed over: I-405 BRT will serve Totem Lake and NE 85th St in 2024, and rail … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bellevue’s Transportation Levy

Bellevue has a progressive transportation levy on the ballot next month that will step up investments in neighborhood safety and connections. The levy augments baseline spending in Bellevue’s Capital Improvement Plan, … Continue reading

October 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Displacement is a Thing, Sometimes

Sightline had an interesting report recently about displacement of older (presumably more affordable) homes by new development. They looked at 19 apartment complexes built in Seattle (all of the 8+ unit developments the … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · Leave a comment