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What’s Wrong With Current Approaches to Urban Sustainability

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Most cities approach sustainability in the wrong way. During a recent review of sustainability projects, I identified more than 220 district-scale projects in 115 cities across North America, ranging from less than half an acre to 1,150 acres. These projects provided a glimpse of the growing importance of sustainability to municipal business issues. An increasing number of cities use sustainability ... Read More »

Breed- Bullying: It’s the Pits

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What does Seattle think of America’s Most Misunderstood Breed of Dog? Seattle is truly a city that has gone to the dogs.  Seattle is home to 45 dog-friendly hotels, 150 dog-friendly restaurants and Kenmore Air even allows canine passengers to sit next to their owners. Seattle-based companies such as Amazon and Jones Soda allow their employees to bring their dogs ... Read More »

Building Connections, Maintaining Networks

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One of the reasons Northeastern asked me to serve as the founding Dean and CEO of its Seattle Graduate Campus was because I am fairly well “connected” or “networked” in the Seattle community.  In my earlier roles as the Chair of many civic organizations (Seattle Chamber, Seattle/King County Economic Development Council, Director of Washington Aerospace Partnership) and one of the leaders ... Read More »

Kibbutz Time

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I lived on a kibbutz for a while when I was in my early 20s, when I was on a very extended backpacking trip. I had reconnected with an Israeli guy I’d met a few months before when we crossed paths in Greece, where he was on vacation. Never in my life a lark, I was at work every day ... Read More »

Rideshare Rundown

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Under different circumstances saying “I got a ride home with a pink mustache” would provoke great concern from friends. In Seattle’s it’s becoming normal, though that doesn’t mean the ride is legal – yet. I chair the Seattle City Council’s Taxi, Limousine and For Hire Regulations Committee. Over the past year my colleagues and I have wrestled with the inheritance ... Read More »

Celebration, Seattle Style

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Seattle is in the midst of celebrating its first ever Super bowl Victory – it is magical. The journey Seattle has been on to get to this point has been absolutely incredible. The Seahawks never doubted themselves, no matter what anyone else said – they knew they were special, they knew they had what it takes to be world champions! ... Read More »