Downtown Seattle http://www.kplu.org en Design Firm Offers Ideas To Make Downtown Seattle More Inviting, Visually Interesting http://www.kplu.org/post/design-firm-offers-ideas-make-downtown-seattle-more-inviting-visually-interesting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle's downtown looks "spectacularly disjointed." That's the assessment of landscape architect Shannon </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nichol</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> after walking every block in a 65-acre area around the city's Pike and Pine streets, from just east of Interstate 5 down to the waterfront.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Nichol's design firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol&nbsp;was hired by Downtown Seattle Association to come up with ways to <a href="http://pike-pine.org/" target="_blank">spark a renaissance along the Pike/Pine corridor</a>&nbsp;and make downtown more inviting and visually interesting. The group of downtown boosters wants to extend the vibrancy of Pike Place Market and the waterfront all the way up to Capitol Hill.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:03:23 +0000 Ashley Gross 13591 at http://www.kplu.org Design Firm Offers Ideas To Make Downtown Seattle More Inviting, Visually Interesting Behind 'Political Grandstanding,' Shared Views on Street Safety http://www.kplu.org/post/behind-political-grandstanding-shared-views-street-safety <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The race for mayor of Seattle has put public safety downtown front and center, and at first it&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">might seem&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to be following a familiar storyline: a polarized fight between the get-tough camp and the services-oriented approach.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"There are hotspots, and we’ve been very, very slow to act,” said challenger Ed Murray, advocating the hiring of 100 new police officers.&nbsp;</span></p><p>"You know, that's political grandstanding," said Mayor Mike McGinn, arguing we "can't arrest our way out of the problem."</p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:00:02 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 10556 at http://www.kplu.org Behind 'Political Grandstanding,' Shared Views on Street Safety Stabbing Death Prompts Call for Tax to Fund Mental Health http://www.kplu.org/post/stabbing-death-prompts-call-tax-fund-mental-health <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last weekend’s random killing of Shoreline Community College English Professor Troy Wolff in Pioneer Square has prompted Seattle Mayor Mike </span>McGinn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to call for more money to be spent on mental health resources, including a possible tax dedicated to mental health.</span></p><p>Donnell Jackson has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the stabbing of Wolff and Kristin Ito, who survived the attack.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:22:34 +0000 Paula Wissel 10058 at http://www.kplu.org Stabbing Death Prompts Call for Tax to Fund Mental Health A Leading Question: Peter Steinbruck and Smart Growth http://www.kplu.org/post/leading-question-peter-steinbruck-and-smart-growth <p></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;">Editor's note:&nbsp;KPLU&nbsp;has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Peter Steinbrueck served on the Seattle City Council for 10 years, from 1997 to 2007.</p><p>“They called me the activist council member. I’m also an architect, so I brought my background, experience, training as a problem solver and designer to public policy,” Steinbrueck said. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9472 at http://www.kplu.org A Leading Question: Peter Steinbruck and Smart Growth Seattle Launches Pay-by-Phone Parking Service http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-launches-pay-phone-parking-service <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="248" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VR_ao4AbKi4" width="440"></iframe></p><p>Paying for parking in Seattle is about to get easier.</p><p>The city of Seattle is partnering with PayByPhone&nbsp;to allow drivers to pay for street parking on their phones, rather than through pay stations. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Likewise, Seattle Police Department Parking Enforcement officers can check their phones for a real-time update on license plates of drivers who have p</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">aid by phone.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 23:57:14 +0000 Hayat Norimine 9380 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's mentally ill on streets helped by 'roaming counselor' http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-mentally-ill-streets-helped-roaming-counselor <p></p><p>If you’ve been to downtown Seattle, you’ve probably seen people talking to themselves on street corners, or shouting at strangers. Now there’s a fresh face trying to help those in psychiatric crisis.</p><p>He’s a <a href="http://downtownseattle.com/News/NewsFull.php?nx=296">roaming mental health counselor</a>, hired by the Union Gospel Mission and downtown’s business-funded Metropolitan Improvement District.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 22:03:20 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6986 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's mentally ill on streets helped by 'roaming counselor' Downtown apartment construction signals a recovery http://www.kplu.org/post/downtown-apartment-construction-signals-recovery <p>The number of apartments being built in downtown Seattle has jumped almost 10-fold compared with two years ago, suggesting the city&rsquo;s downtown core is in the midst of a rebound.</p><p>The first condo building to start construction in five years also recently broke ground in the city&#39;s Denny Triangle neighborhood. That&#39;s another sign that the market may be beginning to revive, after the real estate crash brought condo construction to a halt.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:23:31 +0000 Ashley Gross 5395 at http://www.kplu.org Downtown apartment construction signals a recovery Helping the poor when Metro 'free ride zone' disappears http://www.kplu.org/post/helping-poor-when-metro-free-ride-zone-disappears <p>For nearly 40 years, riding the bus in downtown Seattle has been free. Now, with Metro Transit set to end the free ride zone in September as a cost saving measure, officials are wrestling with how best to serve people who won&rsquo;t be able to afford the new fares of $2.25 to $2.50.</p><p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 19:00:16 +0000 Paula Wissel 4714 at http://www.kplu.org Building project aims to revitalize Pioneer Square and Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/building-project-aims-revitalize-pioneer-square-and-seattle <p>Construction of a shiny, new high rise is underway in Seattle&rsquo;s oldest neighborhood. Residents, elected officials and the developer ushered in the Pioneer Square project they say will bring big changes to the entire city.</p><p>While one new building on the outskirts of downtown doesn&rsquo;t seem like cause for a big to-do, King County&rsquo;s executive, a couple of councilmembers and a former mayor all came out to the ground breaking.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 01:51:43 +0000 Charla Bear 2746 at http://www.kplu.org Building project aims to revitalize Pioneer Square and Seattle Another major retailer leaving Pioneer Square: Masins http://www.kplu.org/post/another-major-retailer-leaving-pioneer-square-masins <p>Another landmark retailer is leaving Seattle&rsquo;s Pioneer Square.&nbsp;</p><p>Masins Fine Furnishing and Interior Design has put its building up for lease and started looking for another Seattle location where its customers won&rsquo;t get so many parking tickets.</p><p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 15:58:04 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2519 at http://www.kplu.org Research 'factory' added to downtown Seattle's science hub http://www.kplu.org/post/research-factory-added-downtown-seattles-science-hub <p>You may associate downtown Seattle with its shopping, hotels and offices, but the city&#39;s core also has a growing medical research community. From global-health focused non-profits to the University of Washington, it seems scientists all want to be near downtown.</p><p>The latest addition is a combination cancer research lab and bio-factory. Seattle Children&rsquo;s Research Institute plans to open the new lab and &quot;factory&quot; in the Denny Triangle next month.</p><p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 18:36:32 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2081 at http://www.kplu.org Research 'factory' added to downtown Seattle's science hub More leaving cars behind when going to work in Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/more-leaving-cars-behind-when-going-work-seattle <p>More people who work in downtown Seattle are riding mass transit than driving to the office. That&rsquo;s according to a survey just released by Commute Seattle, a non-profit that tries to reduce the number of people who drive alone.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 01:05:17 +0000 Charla Bear 1944 at http://www.kplu.org More leaving cars behind when going to work in Seattle Race to build apartments could be good for renters and construction workers http://www.kplu.org/post/race-build-apartments-could-be-good-renters-and-construction-workers <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-964399.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-964399.mp3</a></p><p>Some industries are slowly creating jobs again, but construction isn&rsquo;t really one of them. The state <a href="http://www.workforceexplorer.com/article.asp?ARTICLEID=11073&amp;PAGEID=148&amp;SUBID=">lost about 2,400 construction jobs</a> just last month, according to state employment economists. But in Seattle, hope could be on the horizon.</p><p>The clanking and pounding sounds of construction are starting to return to the city. Some builders who work on high-rise projects have been able to dust off their nail guns, thanks to a <a href="http://kplu.org/post/seattle-rental-vacancies-about-low-they-can-go">growing demand for apartments</a>.</p><p> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 23:20:54 +0000 Charla Bear 1244 at http://www.kplu.org Race to build apartments could be good for renters and construction workers Holiday spending up this year http://www.kplu.org/post/holiday-spending-year <p>Here’s some holiday cheer: Consumer spending is up since last year. The increase is a small one, at about 2%. The National Retail Federation expects that number to rise to 3% by the end of the season. Why the increase?</p><p> Sat, 25 Dec 2010 14:30:19 +0000 Rachel Solomon 440 at http://www.kplu.org Holiday spending up this year Tacoma's loss, Seattle's gain: Russell Move Complete http://www.kplu.org/post/tacomas-loss-seattles-gain-russell-move-complete <p><span class="article-content"><span>What was once the WaMu Tower is now the Russell Investment Center. The financial services company that was downtown Tacoma&#39;s largest employer has now formally opened its new headquarters in downtown Seattle.<br /> <br /> Seattle&#39;s civic leaders turned out in full force to welcome the company famous for its stock market indexes. 900 well-paid employees now occupy five floors of the skyscraper at 2nd and Union, next door to the Seattle Art Museum.<br /> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 20:56:15 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 97 at http://www.kplu.org Tacoma's loss, Seattle's gain: Russell Move Complete