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Seattle In The Spotlight: September 29 - October 5

Seattle in the Spotlight: September 29 – October 5

Seattle Plan: Ease Public Parking Crunch by Tapping Unused Spaces in Private Lots and Buildings

Seattle Times | Jessica Lee | October 5

“Seattle officials have proposed a broad plan that would tap unused parking spaces in private lots and buildings to respond to the growing demand for parking in the city’s densest neighborhoods. Under the legislation, building owners in certain commercial and residential areas could rent their extra parking stalls to anyone, from commuters catching a bus to shoppers seeking short-term parking to people looking for a place to keep their car overnight. The proposal by the city’s Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) outlines a bundle of potential changes to city code. Current zoning laws do not permit owners of residential parking to offer their stalls to the public and permit only some commercial sites to share lots with housing complexes, if both uses are in the same building.”

Seattle’s Best Architecture: Beyond the Space Needle

CNN | Brekke Fletcher | October 4

“Seattle is a city on the edge. So much of Seattle’s recent history is about pushing boundaries, from music to art to technology. When award-winning architect Tom Kundig first visited in 1962, it was for the Seattle World’s Fair. “That was a pretty special moment for Seattle. And even as a kid, you sort of recognize that this was a pretty fantastic place.””

Air France Launches Direct Flights from Seattle to Paris

KING 5 | Bernard Ellouk | October 4

“Beginning next year Air France will offer non-stop flights from Seattle to Paris. Up to five weekly flights will run from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Sea-Tac airport starting on March 25, 2018. Flights will leave from Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 1:30 p.m. and arrive in Seattle at 2:20 p.m. Flights direct to Paris will leave Sea-Tac at 4:30 p.m. and arrive at Paris-Charles de Gaulle by 11:10 a.m. the following day.”

Seattle Approves Taller Buildings in Uptown, Doubling Heights in Some Areas

Seattle Times | Daniel Beekman | October 3

“The Seattle City Council on Monday voted to allow taller buildings and impose new affordable-housing requirements on developers in Uptown, also known as Lower Queen Anne. The neighborhood is the latest in a series to be upzoned this year after the University District, downtown and South Lake Union, some Central District intersections and the Chinatown International District…The legislation will increase the maximum building heights to various degrees in different parts of the neighborhood…The taller buildings will trigger the city’s new Mandatory Housing Affordability program, which will require developers in the area to include rent-restricted apartments in their project or pay fees.”

Seattle Still Among Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities

Seattle PI | Daniel DeMay | October 2

“Seattle was almost the fastest-growing big city in the U.S. in 2017, eclipsed only by three slightly smaller cities that are up and comers by any measure. That’s according to a new report from WalletHub that analyzed population, income, jobs, poverty rates, gross domestic product and more in over 515 U.S. cities to compare the growth of small, medium and large cities. Topping the list overall was Frisco, Texas, a Dallas suburb that also topped the list of mid-sized cities. Number two in the overall ranking was Kent, Washington, with the highest population growth overall (as a percentage) of all 515 cities.”


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