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Colin Poff

Farewell to The Grid, from Colin Poff in Seattle, Washington

by Colin Poff

After six enjoyable months of writing for The Grid, this is my final post. Writing about what you are interested in, however formal it is, will always be beneficial. By putting together these blogs, I have been able to... Read article

Sycamore Park: An Example of Innovation in Redmond, Washington

by Colin Poff

New housing developments in the suburbs are not usually a beacon of innovation. But as cities strive to increase housing choice, encourage better design and strengthen their community, that often means a change to the ty... Read article

The Fight Over Parking Minimums in Seattle

by Colin Poff

Most people love free parking, so it's no surprise why there is a controversy when urban planners want to build less. In Seattle, former mayor Mike McGinn lost his campaign for reelection, with his parking policies as a ... Read article

What the Seahawk’s Super Bowl Victory Did for Historic Preservation in Seattle

by Colin Poff

It is not our reputation here in Seattle to get too wild. But after the Seahawks dominated in our first Super Bowl this year, we had to take the streets. While I watched from below, dozens climbed and rallied on top of t... Read article

Seattle's Issaquah Highlands Redefines the Term "Village"

by Colin Poff

About twenty miles East of Seattle, a suburban area called the Issaquah Highlands, is now referring to itself as a “village.” Hillside residents are excited by the transformation. It infuses new retail, parks, and homes ... Read article

Should Seattle Be Worried About Affordability?

by Colin Poff

Compared to some of its counterparts, Seattle is not terribly expensive. But as population quickly grows, decision makers will have to grapple with affordability. Recently elected Councilwoman Kshama Sawant made rent con... Read article

Seattle on Track for New Transit Options

by Colin Poff

Seattle consistently ranks in the top ten worst cities for traffic. Mitigating this issue is a top priority, and plans are underway. Plans for light rail extensions are ambitious, but that is what is needed to make it ef... Read article

Rethinking Placemaking: Book Review of “Urbanism Without Effort”

by Colin Poff

Ideas about cities are always changing, but the fundamentals of urban living stand the test of time. Urbanism Without Effort, written by Seattle native Chuck Wolfe, suggests that we consider the basics when faced with th... Read article

Seattle’s Metropolitan Improvement District is Bringing People Downtown

by Colin Poff

When people are sprawling further away from city centers to shop and eat, downtown businesses need to stay competitive. Seattle is using a Metropolitan Improvement District (often known as Business Improvement Districts)... Read article

How Hidden Architectural History Shapes Seattle's Downtown

by Colin Poff

Louis Sullivan famously stated “Form follows function.” One of the main functions of a downtown building should be to be usable to the public. In Seattle, this is done through privately-owned public spaces and architectu... Read article

Planning Mixed-Income Communities: 5 Ways Yesler Terrace Does it Better

by Colin Poff

Can the barriers between people at different income levels be broken by simply having them live near each other? Seattle is attempting to answer this question through planned mixed-income communities. Yesler Terrace is ... Read article

Pike Place Market Was Almost A Hockey Arena

by Colin Poff

Pike Place Market is one of Seattle’s most iconic landmarks, and is most favorable for tourist activity. While today no one doubts its importance and historic value, in the past planners had proposed to replace the marke... Read article

Zoning Changes Will Take Seattle to New Heights

by Colin Poff

All great cities are judged by their skyline - including Seattle. Postcards of Seattle will not look the same after newly approved zoning changes take effect all across the South Lake Union Neighborhood as building's rea... Read article

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