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.

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

I-405 Tolls Fund More Highway Capacity

While they remain controversial politically, the HOT lanes on I-405 between Bellevue and Lynnwood are increasingly popular with transit users and the drivers who use the lanes. Higher than forecast driver … Continue reading

August 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

New Riders in ST3

The completion of the Sound Transit 2 plan will more than double Sound Transit’s ridership from about 150 thousand today to 350 thousand, and ST3 will nearly double that again to … Continue reading

August 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Bellevue Chooses Development over View Corridors

Last month, Zach explained how a view of Mount Rainier from Bellevue City Hall had become a roadblock to rezoning of several redevelopable sites near the East Main Link station. Last … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

ST3 Must Include a Provisional Light Rail Extension into Kirkland

Rail to South Kirkland has changed the calculus around future transit in Kirkland. The environmental study is, strictly speaking, flexible with respect to both mode and alignment. But the starting … Continue reading

June 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

How Much to Invest in I-405 BRT

After Sound Transit released the draft system plan in March, some Eastside cities were unhappy it included a smaller investment in I-405 BRT than they had sought. Bellevue and Renton pushed for … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Our Improbable Growth Targets

Recent Census data showed another year of strong growth in Seattle and Bellevue. Everett and Tacoma grew more slowly. This raised a familiar question: why are regional plans so out of step with … Continue reading

May 31, 2016 · Leave a comment