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A conversation with Seattle
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    The majority voiced support for Mayor Mike McGinn’s proposal to rezone parts of South Lake Union to allow for towers up to 400 feet tall or about 40 stories. At that height, buildings could obstruct some views of Puget Sound, the Space Needle, and Lake Union from Capitol Hill.

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    Even with thousands of new apartments on the way, concludes Everett Rummage, "with the city’s economy recovering, and unemployment continuing to fall, there’s no reason to expect the rent to remain anything but Too Damn High." That's the opposite sloganeering spin of Seattle Bubble, where the headline is "The Rent Won’t Be Too Damn High For Long."

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    Nearly a year ago, I encountered an asshole with a puppy in his Safeway cart. Since writing about that experience last February, the story continues to inspire opinionated comments, in spurts here and there (TWSS). The most recent comment, from just a couple days ago, certainly had enough time and forethought invested as to warrant a larger audience and hopefully move this conversation forward.

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    McGinn said that people want more parks and safer walking places, and it looks like SDOT is listening—at least a little. All puns aside,  Seattle welcomes its first parklet on Wednesday. What is a parklet? It’s a mini 24-hour public park that takes up the place of otherwise usable parking spaces. The pilot program is … Continue reading Seattle’s Smallest Park Arrives Wednesday on Capitol Hill. In a parking spot.

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    Richard Sparks would be proud of the choir he formed and nurtured. Since 2007, Choral Arts has continued to bloom under the direction of Robert Bode, winning several prestigious prizes over the past three years. Saturday night it displayed its excellence in a program of works of chants and songs in praise of the Virgin … Continue reading Choral Arts’ praise of Mary

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    Tony: I think people are probably experiencing festival overload this summer: We’ve seen scores of festivals over the last two months, and this weekend alone sees CHBP vying with Timber Fest for summer music dollars. Hell, we haven’t even gotten to Doe Bay Fest in two weeks, and the Labor Day Bumbershoot onslaught. What do … Continue reading Capitol Hill Block Party 2014: A SunBreak Roundtable

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    That's given Robertson reason to write this line, which I think would leave most entrepreneurs slightly agog with a potent blend of envy and amazement: "Unfortunately due to our tiny size and all the positive press, we've been selling out early every day, so we may not be open when you get here." Would-be patrons are advised to follow @crumbleandflake on Twitter to learn when the shelves are bare.