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  1. cjb

    Immeuble de Seattle

    Un immeuble à Seattle, dites-moi ce que vous en pensez mais la ressemblance en est presque troublante!!!
  2. More Growth Please The "Yes in My Backyard" Movement Builds in Seattle by Heidi Groover "Meditate on this," San Francisco activist Sonja Trauss tells a crowd in a conference room overlooking Lake Union. "What's the difference between being able to afford something that's not available... and not being able to afford something that is available?" The room sits in polite quiet. "Nothing," Trauss says emphatically. "There's no difference. These are both ways that [housing] shortage manifests." Trauss is preaching to the choir: a room of mostly white, mostly male Seattle developers working on plates of steak and green beans. You don't have to tell this group twice about the rules of supply and demand. But in another way, Trauss is screaming into the void. All across Seattle, small fights are playing out over whether new buildings—new housing—should be built. These are fights about the scale and height of new buildings, neighborhood character, and whether Seattle is losing its "soul." They are tedious and they are hurting housing affordability in this city. But for the most part, the only people paying attention to these fights are the people who want to stop the growth. People like the developers in this room, who believe Seattle needs more growth to meet its massive influx of new residents, rarely show up to advocate for new housing unless it's their own project in question. The rest of the city's residents—who, if recent city council election results are any indication, favor new density over parochial NIMBYism—don't often show up, either. Trauss, 34, is trying to change that in San Francisco and encouraging urbanists in Seattle to do the same. Trauss founded the San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation, a blunt, tech-funded, grassroots organization that advocates for more housing in and around San Francisco and was recently profiled in the New York Times as an indication of that city's "cries to build, baby, build." The group is one of many across the country organizing under the banner of YIMBY ("yes in my backyard"). Next month, YIMBYs will convene in Boulder, Colorado, for a conference with discussion topics like "forging healthy alliances between housing advocates and housing developers" and "responding to anti-housing ballot measures." "You guys actually have some non-industry pro-growth people," Trauss tells the Seattle developers. "Seattle has a lot of urbanists. It's just a matter of Laura actually starting a mailing list, and pretty soon you'll have your own pro-development citizen group." In the crowd sits Laura Bernstein, a 40-year-old renter in the University District who recently quit grad school to spend this year studying urbanism on her own and figuring out how to expand the YIMBY movement in Seattle. Before becoming a middle-school teacher, Bernstein studied opera and plant biology. Now she spends her days having coffee with other urbanists, going to community meetings, and running the Twitter account @YIMBYsea. At this time last year, Bernstein wouldn't be showing up in a story about YIMBYs. Then, she was working for a city council candidate who embodies the "not in my backyard" movement—Tony Provine. (By the end of his campaign, Provine was sending out mailers depicting bulldozers threatening to tear down single-family zones across the city. He lost in the primary with just 14 percent of the vote in his district.) Bernstein says when she started working for Provine, she thought he could serve as a bridge between pro-density urbanists and neighborhood advocates afraid of change. With enough reasoning, she thought, anybody could be convinced to welcome growth in their neighborhood. "All of that idealism went right out the window the minute I started knocking on doors and talking to voters," Bernstein tells me over Skype while she's in Vancouver to see an interactive art exhibit about growth there. Knocking on doors is when Bernstein says she began "hearing how cynical of downtown, cynical of politicians, and so put upon [homeowners were], like 'They're doing this to us.'" By "this," the neighbors mean growth. It's a common refrain in Seattle's density debate that developers or city officials are inflicting growth onto neighborhoods. In fact, of course, new people will move to Seattle whether we build for them or not. The only thing we have control over—unless we decide to build a wall—is whether we're prepared for those new residents. But Bernstein is holding on to some of her idealism. She doesn't like to use the term "NIMBY" and is deliberate about trying to meet with people she disagrees with. That sounds cheesy, but it makes her a rarity among the city's hardcore urbanists. On social media, Seattle urbanists can be a condescending, dick-swinging crowd, dismissing the lived experiences of displaced and struggling renters because they're busy shouting about the faultless wisdom of the free market. ("NIMBYs are literally the worst," one tweeted as I was writing this story. "Economic terrorists.") The city's well-meaning pro-tenants movement, meanwhile, peddles tired caricatures of greedy developers and focuses almost exclusively on rent control as the solution to Seattle's housing crisis. It's an exhausting split that accomplishes little, except alienating everyone in the middle. A group like SFBARF, led by renters and fighting for growth, could bridge some of that divide. Trauss is wholly pro-development—all types of it—but she also supports increased protections to keep renters from being "economically evicted" (when landlords dramatically raise rents to push out low-income tenants) and temporary rent control while supply catches up with demand. Some local density advocates are skeptical of the YIMBY movement. "Look at the math," Ben Schiendelman, a Seattle tech worker and outspoken pro-density provocateur, says of Trauss's efforts in San Francisco. "They don't win fights, and when they do, it's like for a handful of units in a building. In the time it takes to win those fights, you lose thousands of people out of the city." Schiendelman, 34, believes the only answer in Seattle and San Francisco alike is to get rid of zoning altogether. (Trauss's group is trying to sue the suburbs for restricting growth; Schiendelman supports that and says he's working on a similar lawsuit against Seattle.) Killing zoning would allow all sorts of building all over the city, he argues, creating a denser, more transit-rich city where poor and rich people live alongside each other. He has little patience for community organizing like Bernstein and others are doing. "People are becoming NIMBYs at a faster rate than you could talk them out of it," Schiendelman says. "The rate at which you could possibly organize [pro-growth] people is slower than the rate at which the city becomes less affordable." But a look at the public reaction to modest moves toward more density in Seattle shows what an unwinnable fight getting rid of zoning altogether could be. Last year, Mayor Ed Murray's housing affordability committee—known as HALA—recommended upzones to make certain parts of the city denser, reductions of expensive parking quotas, and new requirements that developers include affordable units in new apartment buildings or pay fees to help pay for new affordable housing. The neighborhood backlash was immediate, particularly against the recommendation to allow duplexes, triplexes, and backyard cottages in some of the city's single-family zones—which make up 65 percent of land (including parks) in Seattle. Meanwhile, others opposed HALA for different reasons. Developer lobbyist Roger Valdez argued the affordability requirements would make housing more expensive. Jon Grant, the former head of the Tenants Union of Washington State and a member of the HALA committee, criticized the recommendations for not including rent control and not charging enough fees on developers. In the middle, a coalition of developers and housing advocates have joined to form a group called "Seattle for Everyone," which encourages lawmakers and the public to support the HALA recommendations. In response to neighborhood backlash, Murray, joined by Council Members Tim Burgess and Mike O'Brien (who claims to be the council's environmental leader), backed away from the HALA recommendations. It will be up to activists like Bernstein to force that discussion back onto the table. With calls to abandon all zoning set as the extreme, allowing backyard cottages and duplexes becomes the moderate position in this debate. Bernstein says she's focused on what happens after HALA is done. The YIMBY movement "is here," she says. "I think we're a super YIMBY city." Back at the developer dinner, Trauss urges builders to show up at meetings and comment in favor of each other's projects and to do an industry survey of their salaries to try to make the point that they're not all getting rich. In San Francisco, she's looking ahead to May 10, when she's asking YIMBYs to all show up and vote in an election on the same day to show that they're a real constituency. "At the end of the day, some people just hate growth and there's nothing you can do," she tells the room. "You're never going to convince that person, so that's fine. Don't waste your energy. You just have to say, 'See you at the ballot box.'" recommended Sent from my SM-T330NU using Tapatalk
  3. Aller voir la petite vidéo, un beau concept à découvrir Lundi 11 août 2014 | Mise en ligne à 16h19 | Voici le vélo de ville du futur… en vente dès l’an prochain Décidément, le développement d’un concept de vélo urbain demeure une passionnante mission sans fin. Et quand des designers et des fabricants de vélo s’y mettent sérieusement, ça donne des résultats intéressants. Sous l’élan de gros joueurs commerciaux comme Levi’s (les jeans!) et Fuji (les vélos), le concours The Bike Design Project a mis en compétition cinq équipes de talent, de cinq villes américaines où le vélo est bien présent, avec comme défi de produire l’ultime bécane utilitaire urbaine. À Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco et Seattle, une firme de design et un fabricant de vélos avaient donc à unir leur vision pour plaire aux cyclistes… et au public. Le vélo DENNY de Teague et Sizemore Bicycle. Photo Le vélo DENNY de Teague et Sizemore Bicycle. Photo En effet, c’est le résultat d’un vote sur le Web — qui a attiré 136 000 internautes — qui a permis récemment de déterminer le vainqueur, soit le vélo DENNY de Teague et de Sizemore Bicycle (vidéo ci-dessus). Pour l’équipe gagnante basée à Seattle, l’honneur est grand alors que sa monture sera commercialisée en 2015 par Fuji. Car c’était là l’un des enjeux de la compétition: arriver à innover et à créer le vélo de ville du futur, mais le faire de manière réaliste pour une mise en production rapide. Pour le moins que l’on puisse dire, le DENNY se démarque avec son cadre unique, son guidon qui se transforme en cadenas, et son système d’éclairage et de signalisation intégré. Côté mécanique, le vélo est propulsé par courroie et il possède une assistance électrique rechargeable intégrée au moyeu avant. Mais prenez le temps d’aller voir également les quatre autres créations. Elles valent toutes le détour et démontrent le sérieux de la compétition. Et tant qu’à y être, je vais me montrer un peu chauvin et ajouter un vélo urbain hors compétition à admirer… Si vous l’aviez ratée sur le blogue plein air précédemment, La Machine d’Érick Desforges, étudiant finissant en Design Industriel, et Christian Brault, gérant-acheteur du département vélo à la boutique Le Yéti, à Montréal, aurait certainement bien parue au Bike Design Project. N’est-ce pas?
  4. Infographic: Every Person In The U.S. And Canada, On One Crazy, Zoomable Map FORGET LAKES, RIVERS, STATES, AND CAPITALS--THIS MAP JUST SHOWS PEOPLE. ALL OF 'EM. Most maps are curious combinations of the natural and the man-made, charts that show us the rivers, lakes, and mountains that have developed across millenia as well as the lines we humans have established, in much more recent history, to divide them all up. But this map by Brandon Martin-Anderson, a graduate student at MIT’s Changing Places lab, shows one thing and one thing only: people, as counted in the most recent U.S. and Canadian censuses. Martin-Anderson’s map (which is really worth a look in its full, zoomable glory) is dizzyingly dense, with some three hundred million data points, but it’s also exceedingly straightforward. One dot per person--nothing else. The designer says he got the idea when he was looking at a series of race and ethnicity dot density maps created by designer Eric Fischer. Curious about what his own neighborhood would look like in greater detail, he started plotting census data. "I started with the University District neighborhood in Seattle," he says, "but then I was curious about Seattle. Then I was curious about western Washington, then Washington, then the whole West Coast, then the U.S." At first glance, the picture it shows is understandable enough. Major cities are dense pockets of black, with more uninhabited white space cropping up as you move from east to west. But it’s remarkable just how pronounced that drop-off is moving from states like Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri to the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Kansas, and the states beyond. As Martin-Anderson points out, that abrupt drop-off lines up neatly with the average precipitation experienced by those areas. "I love this a lot," he says, "because it illustrates the extent to which humans in large numbers act like something so simple and biological--like a field of grass growing under the reach of a sprinkler." Other observations from the mapmaker? For one thing, the map shows just how sparse northern Canada really is; 64% of the country’s population actually resides south of Seattle. It also illustrates some unique regional trends. The band of black along the Eastern Seaboard isn’t much of a surprise, but the metropolitan axis running from Atlanta to Raleigh-Durham is surprisingly dense. For Martin-Anderson, the process of making the map was also enlightening. Sifting through the census data, he found that the highest density blocks were prisons, dorms, barracks, homeless shelters, and luxury apartments. "It’s an extremely heterogeneous collection of outliers," he says. "People are prone to making politically charged statements about the goodness or badness of population density, but it’s very difficult to make any true and wide-reaching statements about areas with extremely high population density." But the project raises other questions still, mainly about the types of maps we make and use as a society. If the concept behind the dot-a-person map is so straightforward, and the results so insightful, why don’t we see them more often? The answer, says Martin-Anderson, can be traced to the fact that we’ve only recently become familiar with an easy-to-use tool for making sense of insanely dense, multi-scale maps: pinch-to-zoom. "I think designers are scared of overwhelming their users," he says, explaining the dearth of similar efforts until now. "Glancing around my computer’s screen right now I see maybe 3,000 characters of text or clickable regions--3,000 elements. The population map throws about 340 million objects at you at once, and I think most people’s intuition is that that’s just far too many things to display at once." But as we’ve all become masters of our maps apps, designers may need to change that assumption. "It’s super amazing how comfortable the average person is with zooming in and out of an image illustrating data with scale-free structure," the designer says. "I think it’s due to the tremendous amount of work that Apple and Google have done acclimating people to zooming. The majority of traffic to the map so far has been on devices where people are navigating through pinch-zoom. Point being: In the past, unfamiliarity and difficulty in zooming made scale-free graphics difficult, so designers either simplified them or ignored them. Now that people are used to zooming, we don’t have to make decisions for our users about where they should spend their attention. We can just give them everything at once." To test that theory for yourself, grab your iPad and check out the zoomable version of the map on Martin-Anderson’s site. Via :
  5. La banque de Seattle Washington Mutual serait en négociations avancées avec JPMorgan Chase pour son éventuel rachat. Pour en lire plus...
  6. Bye bye les Sonics Seattle Supersonics Les fans des Sonics sont déçus (Reuters) Après 40 ans d’existence, les Sonics de Seattle disparaissent. Kevin Durant et ses partenaires déménagent à Oklahoma City dès cet été. par Guillaume Loisy, le 03-07-2008 Business is business La Key Arena va sonner bien creux cet hiver. Le parquet de la mythique salle de Seattle, construite en 1962 pour l’exposition universelle, vibrera toujours au son du ballon et des «sneakers» du Storm de Seattle (l’équipe WNBA) jusqu’à l’automne, mais les Sonics ne prendront pas le relais. Tel en ont décidé les propriétaires de la franchise et la ville de Seattle mercredi. «Business is business», vous diront les protagonistes de l’affaire. Les pontes des Sonics avec un sourire au coin de la bouche et des dollars dans les yeux, le maire de la ville avec un air de dépit. Car c’est bien pour une question de gros sous que les fans de Seattle sont aujourd’hui orphelins de leur équipe. Cette dernière ne rapportait plus assez d’argent pour Clay Bennett, le patron du Oklahoma City-based Professional Basketball Club, propriétaire des Sonics. Jackpot pour Oklahoma City Depuis sa prise de pouvoir en 2006, le dessein de Bennett était clair : construire à Seattle une nouvelle salle plus moderne selon le modèle d’un Staples Center (Los Angeles) ou d’un AT&T Center (San Antonio), ou déménager la franchise à Oklahoma City. Face à l’incapacité de la ville à financer en partie le projet d’un nouveau building, les propriétaires ont opté pour la seconde option. Contraints de jouer au Ford Center d’Oklahoma City après le passage de l’ouragan Katrina à la Nouvelle Orléans il y a trois ans, les Hornets y avaient rencontré un franc-succès et le bruit de la cash-machine avait alors résonné plus d’une fois dans la tête de Bennett, régulièrement présent lors de ces rencontres. Inutile de dire que prolonger l’aventure Sonics à Seattle n’était pas vraiment sa priorité… De beaux souvenirs Le boss de la franchise devra tout de même verser 45 millions de dollars de dédommagements à la ville qui conserve les droits du nom et des couleurs de l’équipe. Un atout selon David Stern, le commissionnaire de la Ligue, pour qui Seattle reste «une ville de premier plan pour accueillir une autre équipe de NBA.» Pas de quoi rassurer les fans des Sonics qui attendront sans doute longtemps avant de vibrer à nouveau. Kevin Durant et Mickaël Gelebale, eux, doivent rapidement se trouver une maison sur les bords de la mythique Route 66. De ces 40 ans de basket dans Rain City resteront tout de même de beaux souvenirs. Le titre de 1979 face à Washington, le All Star Game 1974 ou encore la formidable saison 1995-96 et la défaite de Shawn Kemp et Gary Payton face aux Bulls de Michael Jordan en finale. C’est sûr, on repensera avec beaucoup plus de nostalgie aux Seattle Supersonics qu’aux Vancouver Grizzlies ou aux Charlotte Hornets, autres victimes de la business rule NBA il y a quelques années.
  7. Lors de ses 18 années passées à sa tête, l'ex-dirigeant a transformé la petite caisse d'épargne de Seattle en l'un des plus gros établissements du pays. Pour en lire plus...