Kirkland Places

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

Seattle Booms On

Seattle’s growth is still accelerating. Census estimates released yesterday show almost 21 thousand new residents in Seattle in the year ended July 2016. With 704 thousand residents, Seattle is once … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Overheated MVET Debate

Last night, the Washington House of Representatives approved HB 2201. The bill effectively resets the valuation schedule for the 0.8% ST3 portion of the MVET to the lower of the … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Who Should use the Park & Ride?

Every morning, dozens of riders board shuttle buses one block from Eastgate Park-and-Ride. All but a handful are coming from the parking garage, after storing their cars there for the day. … Continue reading

April 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

2016: Did Growth Outpace our Willingness to Build Homes?

Census data released last week showed yet another acceleration of regional population growth. King County maintained a high growth rate, added another 35,700 residents in the year ended July 1, … Continue reading

March 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Link Connections on SR-520: Take the Survey

King County Metro and Sound Transit have begun an outreach process to transit riders in the SR 520 corridor. Transit users and community members are invited to take a survey, running … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

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