Posts for 'Development and Sustainability'

Growth and Displacement Vulnerability Risk Index

May 6th, 2015

What will it say about us as a City if, in doing so, we select the alternative that has the greatest displacement impacts on low income and people of color?


Live-Work Units in Commercial Areas

April 27th, 2015

A 2011 survey of live-work units my office performed revealed that few units had the required business license.


UP #362 – We can do something about Global Warming

February 2nd, 2015

As the chair of the Council’s Budget Committee I also chair the Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) Board.  At the request of the which is fighting global climate change, SCERS asked our investment consultant NEPC (of Boston) to give its recommendation on how the city might divest from fossil fuel stocks, commonly referred […]


Motion to Consider Limited Fossil Fuel Divestment Passes

November 21st, 2014

The intent is to do only what’s responsible to the pension-system and t0 those invested in it, using the most cost-efficient timing.


Capitol Hill Arts District

November 10th, 2014

Capitol Hill becomes Seattle’s first official arts district. And, it’s about time!


Artists and Vacant Buildings?

October 22nd, 2014

Vacant Seattle Buildings Explode with Art & Music Before Demolition!


Incentives for Historic Theaters

September 29th, 2014

Frank Russell, Amazon and Weyerhaeuser decided to locate downtown so employees are close to where the action is.


Arts Districts for Seattle

August 11th, 2014

Might your neighborhood qualify as an arts district?


Revising Seattle’s Green Building Standard

July 2nd, 2014

Should the City scrap its green building regulations in favor of Europe’s Exemplary Buildings or Passivhaus programs?


Council Passes Resolutions about Investing in Fossil Fuels and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

June 30th, 2014

Today the Council voted on two resolutions that I had the privilege of sponsoring.  Below are short summaries on both. I. Resolution 31525 Resolution 31525 strengthens the City’s commitment to greenhouse gas reductions by formalizing the City’s policy begun under the previous administration to not invest the City’s cash pool in corporations and other entities […]