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Yes, Seattle has a parking problem. There’s way too much of it.

There are half a million on-street parking spaces in Seattle, and almost all of them are completely free to use. That’s 60 million square feet of city land, or 1,378 acres. And that’s not counting all the parking lots, parking … Continue reading

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An early look at two options for a Westlake bikeway + Parking studies show project could be a win-win

After conducting exhaustive parking studies and some preliminary feasibility work, planners have come up with two rough concepts for the Westlake bikeway. The plans are general concepts that planners brought before the Westlake Design Advisory Committee earlier this week to … Continue reading

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Council signals plans to reject parking tax, but allow some meter hikes

Of the mayor’s proposed revenue source increases that affect car drivers, the City Council seems set to raise on-street parking rates, though perhaps not on Sundays, and institute a $20 vehicle license fee. The parking rate hike is expected to … Continue reading

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Proposed parking increases get cold reception from council

I wrote the following story for Real Change this week. You should buy a copy from your neighborhood vendor if you haven’t already. The mayor’s proposed budget contains a lot of cuts. The budget’s flip side is fee increases, which … Continue reading

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It’s unfortunate you all got used to your free parking

Because that should not have happened. It sucks when you get used to a perk, and then it starts to go away. But all that free and cheap parking was just that: a perk. Because the city was paying for … Continue reading

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Open house in Georgetown tonight to present Ellis/Albro changes

View Larger Map SDOT is holding an open house this evening to show their plans to “complete” a stretch in Georgetown that (nearly) connects Marginal Way and Airport Way. The open house, held from 5-7 at the Old Georgetown City … Continue reading

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Times editorial board, this is no time to be stuck in the past

The Seattle Times published an editorial yesterday complaining about the Mayor McGinn’s recent proposal to increase the commercial parking tax and vehicle registration fees to pay for necessary street repairs, like filling potholes. This is a typical car-centric knee-jerk reaction … Continue reading

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Funding SDOT: Tax parking and car licensing

Like every other department in the city, SDOT is facing serious budget shortfalls. Amid a re-stoked tunnel debate (if you haven’t read Dominic Holden’s piece last week about what could go wrong with the tunnel, do so), SDOT is struggling … Continue reading

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Roosevelt parking removal NOT an issue

Almost nobody uses the parking on Roosevelt between 75th and 85th. I went on a ride up Roosevelt to check out the parking situation, and was actually surprised to find a mere 7 cars parked in the 10-block stretch of … Continue reading

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Residents worried about parking removal on Roosevelt

Some residents near the proposed parking removal on Roosevelt were upset by the plans and voiced their concerns at an open house last night, Maple Leaf Life reports. Many of those who spoke up said they don’t even live on Roosevelt, but … Continue reading

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Changes proposed for Roosevelt, open house Monday

View Larger Map SDOT’s proposed changes for Roosevelt between NE 75th and NE 115th will add a dedicated bike lane for uphill stretches (sharrows for the rest) and a crosswalk. The plans also include the removal of parking on the … Continue reading

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