Category Archives: Public Participation

We Are Olympia and So Are You

The most intriguing city of the Northwest for me is not Seattle, Portland and/or the trendier, more bohemian haunts of either or even of Tacoma. It’s not Olympia either. My vote goes to Astoria, Oregon. Weird, huh? Remember, intriguing does … Continue reading

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How Do We Analyze a City?

The theme running though the recent set of thoughts I’ve posted here is how do we reconcile the contradiction embodied individual and social behaviors that shape our city’s look and feel.  We cannot see an entire city at once from … Continue reading

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The Dollar in Olympia’s Circulation*

*Or how the personification of Demand shapes our Community I’ve written about our local economy previously. The recent theme here has been our subconscious behavior’s responsibility for the shape and feel of our city. In pursuing this argument, we briefly … Continue reading

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Does New Urbanism Work in Olympia?

Here is an article that discusses the patterns of growth in a typical city. We could safely compare these patterns to what we see happening in Olympia and draw similar conclusions. These developments result from our behavior, intentional or otherwise … Continue reading

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Above and Inside Olympia

The city made up of various buildings, organized by streets, and populated by the people. While we can interact with the city in its various spaces: the corners, plazas, squares, and other places people go, we cannot interact with the … Continue reading

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The Story of Olympia’s Development

Can the development of a city be reduced to a coherent narrative? What would drive that story? Who are the characters? These questions interest me because it’s necessary to put ourselves into that story at some point if we want … Continue reading

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Keeping an Eye on the Olympia City Council

The City of Olympia has offered some additional tools by which we can keep track of public meetings. One of my final meetings on the planning commission was a presentation of the new Granicus system for archiving, locating, indexing, using, … Continue reading

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Thus Spoke Olympia’s Ambivalence

I have been critical of Olympia’s urban development (or lack thereof ) on this blog. The reason is during my tenure on the planning commission—which by the way will apparently be reduced to nine members going forward—I concluded that people … Continue reading

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Olympia Planning Commission Meetings Broadcast Online!

Audio anyway. You’ll notice that the format is eerily similar to that of the city council meetings. Soon enough–I imagine–one will be able to listen to the meetings and jump around to those sections of it that one cares to … Continue reading

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Downtown Olympia’s Urban Living Options

I’m always curious about the amenities some of these older apartment buildings downtown offer. Craigslist has one right now. (I’m not affiliated with this apartment building or its owner in any way.) $920 a month for a 2 bedroom, while … Continue reading

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