SEEING THE CITY from the eyes of a walker is like putting on glasses with an updated prescription — colors are richer, more saturated; the outlines of neighborhoods that flash by in a car, bus or train are sharper and more distinct; landmarks morph from buildings to the incline of a familiar hill; you witness a beloved tree bursting with green in the spring and shedding its vivid foliage in the fall. Walking is ordinary. It is so ordinary, most of us do it without thinking: You put one foot in front of the other to get to the bus, to walk from your car to the office, to pick up something from the store. It requires only shoes — and, because we live in Seattle, some days a raincoat or umbrella. Walking can introduce you to neighbors. Walking can shed pounds. Walking can create time. How to walk more • Add 10 minutes of walking per day. • Walk to stores, libraries or coffee shops within 1 mile of your home. • Map your routes. If a route is 1 mile or less, … [Read more...] about If you want to get to know Seattle, walk through it
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SEATTLE -- Every Starbucks experience in my life has been roughly the same. I wait in a never-unreasonable line to order. I squint at soulless foodstuff. Some soft pop plays. I order. I wait a never-unreasonable amount of time for my beverage and snack. Usually, the nice-enough barista spells my name right. Whether I’m in Florida or California or Shanghai, I’m in the same coffee shop. People like consistency. That is the point of Starbucks. Right? Unlike most neighborhood coffee shops, in which the neighborhood is more important than the coffee, Starbucks exists independently. When customers cross the Starbucks threshold, they transport to a world where reliability is the only charm. It wasn’t always this way. Starbucks was once someone’s neighborhood coffee shop. Specifically, the neighborhood coffee shop of people who lived near Pike Place Market in Seattle almost half a century ago. The store, which opened in 1971 at 2000 Western Ave. — and then … [Read more...] about I went all the way to Seattle to discover the true meaning of Starbucks
Seattle and King County could make the homelessness services system run like a fined-tuned machine, but without dramatically increasing the region’s supply of affordable housing options, solving the region’s homelessness crisis is all but impossible. That is the central finding of a new, independent analysis of King County’s homelessness crisis by the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, which produced the report pro bono for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. The report estimates King County is short up to 14,000 units affordable for people experiencing homelessness. Because of the gap, and the rising numbers of people who are homeless, annual spending — public, private or both — needs to double to $410 million if the problem is to be solved, according to the report. About this project Project Homeless is a new Seattle Times initiative that examines and explains the region’s complex problem of homelessness with watchdog reporting and … [Read more...] about More affordable housing only way to solve Seattle’s homeless crisis, new report says
Today’s housing column focuses on a topic that sounds boring but is pivotal to understanding the local housing market: zoning. Specifically, how much of Seattle’s housing is traditional, suburban-style single-family homes, and how that has affected our growth and housing prices. In Seattle, 69 percent of residential plots of land are occupied by single-family houses, according to Attom Data Solutions, which has an extensive nationwide property database and ran the numbers for me. That’s about average when looking at the 50 biggest cities in the country. But compared to other peer cities with expensive housing, Seattle generally devotes a lot more of its housing to single-family homes: OK, why does this matter? Because zoning is the whole game when it comes to housing. Let’s take things back to basics for just a second. About 90 percent of developed land in cities is devoted to housing. There are two main types: Single-family housing: These are the detached … [Read more...] about Amid Seattle’s rapid growth, most new housing restricted to a few areas
Michael Armijo hasn’t had time to replant the tulips wilting in his planter box. He doesn’t like going outside anymore; all his extra time and money have gone into the surveillance cameras. Armijo knew about the gritty reputation of his neighborhood, three blocks off North Seattle’s Aurora Avenue, when he and his family moved there in 2011; but when his family planted those tulip boxes back then, he felt the neighborhood was on the upswing. The last year has been different. Several times a week, Armijo sees people trying to shoot up drugs in his yard, look in his windows, and steal the packages from his front door. His 9-year-old son sleeps on the ground level below him, in a room with a sliding-glass door, so Armijo installed surveillance cameras and motion detectors to watch his backyard and front door. Armijo doesn’t sleep as well as he used to. He wakes up almost every night when the motion detectors alert his phone. And he blames it on one thing: Last … [Read more...] about This tiny house village allows drugs. Should it have been put in a high drug-traffic area?