Happening upon those urban spaces that serve children and adults equally well is like the Holy Grail of parenting. This doesn’t mean bouncy houses with WiFi, or cafes where your toddler can play in a pit of toys. Those fill a need, but you wouldn’t darken their doors alone. Think instead about the urban places that allow you, as a full-fledged adult, to do things you might normally want or need to do, with a happy child in tow. Jennifer Langston shares some of her favorite “Holy Grail” spots and asks readers to submit their own. Read more.
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In case you missed the news on Monday, the Oregon Department of State Lands denied a crucial permit for Ambre Energy’s plans to build a coal export terminal along the Columbia River capable of shipping 8.8 million tons per year.
It’s hard to overstate the significance of this ruling. It’s the first major regulatory decision on any coal terminal permit in the Northwest states. It was an unambiguous victory for opponents of coal export terminals, particularly the tribes that have … read more »
I’ll be participating in two panel talks on coal and oil trains, one this Friday and one next week. Both promise to be interesting.
This Friday, come ask your toughest questions at a free, public panel discussion on coal and oil trains. I’ll be joining Ross Macfarlane of Climate Solutions, Sean Ardussi of Puget Sound Regional Council, Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, BNSF Consultant Terry Finn, and Joe Ritzman of SSA Marine to talk about everything from public safety concerns … read more »
In July 2013, board members of the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, better known as Sound Transit, unanimously approved a pilot program to test several efficiency-boosting strategies for a woefully oversubscribed parking system. The pilot scheme was budgeted at $495,000 and set for a 2014 roll out, with three key measures:
- Parking permits;
- Real-time information on parking availability;
- Rideshare collaboration.
Heads up to a great event happening next Saturday, August 23: the 9th Annual Duwamish River Fest! It’s a completely free afternoon of food, art, boat and kayak rides, kids’ activities, live music, and more. I’ll be there and volunteering (still a few more spots to fill!), so come out with the fam for some local river fun.
Wow, this is powerful. After the controversial shooting of black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last weekend, this hashtag … read more »