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  • Blog Post: Should "Membership Stores" Be Permitted in Redmond's Manufacturing Park Zone?

    In coordination with Taylor Development, which among other things owns an undeveloped 60 acre parcel of land that is zoned Manufacturing Park (MP) along Union Hill road in Southeast Redmond ( see Redmond zoning map here and Live.com Map here ), City Staff has presented the Redmond Planning Commission...
  • Blog Post: Passing the Community Torch: In Search of a New Chief Executive in Redmond

    In the wake of a recent announcement by Redmond Mayor Rosemarie Ives that she will not seek another term of office, I was invited to and personally interviewed her two most viable successors: Councilman Jim Robinson and former councilwoman, Holly Plackett . I support both of these fine and experienced...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Enters Munincipal WiFi Market

    Woohoo.....But wait! What about Redmond? From FierceWireless : "Microsoft announced that it will partner with MetroFi to build a free wireless Internet service for Portland, Oregon. Microsoft will provide targeted content to the service's users through its new online platform adCenter--a rival platform...
  • Blog Post: Event: Overlake Neighborhood Planning Open House

    If you live or work in Overlake and you want to help define how it gets developed over the next 20 years, I encourage you to attend this event. Meeting place is right next door to the Microsoft Company Store on 148th Ave NE. I'll be there 'cause this is the kinda thing us planning commissioners...
  • Blog Post: Praise from Redmond

    This from my "I'm not screaming in the wilderness" file... Preface: I'm reading a Father to Daughter book that admonishes dads to teach our daughters to give *and accept* praise gracefully. Since my daughter is almost perfect in all ways, this sounds like a sound piece of advice. She will grow up in...
  • Blog Post: Thomas Jefferson: Buildmaster or Benevolent Dictator?

    While running along the back nine at Willows Run Golf Course this morning--merrily dodging Canadian Geese droppings--I stepped into a mudhole that momentarily consumed my foot and ankle. At that very moment I thought, Was the United States Constitution America's first, great open source project? ...
  • Blog Post: Raising an Environmental Stink, Inadvertently, in Redmond

    I'm filing this one in my "Law of Unintended Consequences" file. As a Planning Commissioner for the City of Redmond, I have often and intentionally said altruistic things like “we must be stewards of our environment" and “the city should lead by example with innovative environmental approaches...
  • Blog Post: Spokane Invests in Public Wireless (and why it matters to you)

    At MindCamp 1.0 , Doug Dobbins enthusiastically speculated that his hometown of Spokane, WA would boast a "free" citywide wireless network like Long Beach, Philadelphia (planned), San Fran (planned), and the Mall in Washington D.C. in the not so distant future. Yes! Doug is either very prescient or extremely...
  • Blog Post: "Free" Internet for the Masses

    Slides from a recent Seattle MindCamp session at which I co-presented my "Libraries Everywhere" concept with Jen Batten, of Speakeasy.net. Slide One (Title Page) Libraries Everywhere ---- Internet for the Masses Slide Two (Problem) Socio-economic disequilibrium, worldwide Rich getting...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Redmond Airport, Mr. Robillard

    I got a chance to hang out with a group of my favorite Microsoft customers today, the famed ASPInsiders . I had lunch and chatted with the likes of Paul Wilson , Omar Villareal , and Eli Robillard who are all in Redmond at the same time (!) for the ASPInsider's Summit. It took some effort to refrain...
  • Blog Post: Kimberly Allen to Run for Redmond City Council

    This just in: my fellow Planning Commissioner, Kim Allen has decided to run for Redmond City Council! I have been honored to know and work with Commissioner Allen for close to two years and I recommend her without hesitation. She is the first candidate to announce for the seat that will be vacated by...
  • Blog Post: Redmond First: Councilmember John Resha Blogs!

    Please join me in welcoming Redmond City Councilmember, John Resha [ subscribe ] to the blogosphere and MSN Spaces. John is the first of his kind in Redmond: a blogger/councilmember. John Resha is a fist-term Redmond councilmember with a wealth of public policy experience, especially in the area of transportation...
  • Blog Post: Free MSN Wireless Internet Hotspot at Marymoor

    If you are a Redmond soccer mom who is annoyed that your fellow soccer moms and kids are cracking their laptops during games to check their email or browse the Web, I did not do this. If you are a committed geek, like Josh or Gretchen Ledgard , whose idea of fun is walking your laptop with your lapdogs...
  • Blog Post: Social Computing Symposium 2005: Reflections

    In the aftermath of the two day, MSR-sponsored Social Computing Symposium at the Marriott in Redmond, I am tongue-tied and twisted up into a tight ball of creative energy. If I am never again honored to attend an event so densely packed with people whose ideas and collective energy excite my intellect...
  • Blog Post: Generating Ad Revenue in the Age of Syndication: Corante.com and Munincipal Wi-Fi at the Crossroads

    The World Wide Web is a library. Internet-ready devices continue to plummet in price. Access to the Internet is expensive, worldwide. I believe that we have an awesome and compelling opportunity and civic duty to ensure that this library is--like the many great public libraries in the United States thanks...
  • Blog Post: City Planning for Pedestrian Safety

    [ MSNBC ] "As the two boys attempted to cross 15th Avenue [in Seattle], Messenger was hit in the head by the side mirror of a passing car [and went into a coma]. Just weeks before, Seattle officials had removed the crosswalk sign that had hung over 15th Avenue for years. They also eliminated crosswalks...
  • Blog Post: Hermiston's Li'l Hotspot

    [Richard Hundhausen] " Read this in Mobile PC magazine, then did my own research. Turns out that Hermiston County, Oregon, recently installed 75 towers to transmit signals over a 600-square-mile area . This is even more amazing, if you've ever driving by or through there. I guess the horse and coyote...
  • Blog Post: San Francisco One-Ups Redmond

    The citywide Wi-Fi meme catapulted to another level yesterday when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom boldly announced that, "We will not stop until every San Franciscan has access to free wireless Internet service," he said in his annual state of the city address. "These technologies will connect our...
  • Blog Post: High Speed Wireless Internet in Redmond

    Tonight, the Redmond City Council voted unanimously to approve my proposal to support the provision of ubiquitous, high speed, wireless Internet connectivity citywide...with minor modifications. Like any good politician (I am neither good nor politician but occasionally experience moments of transcendental...
  • Blog Post: Spectrum Is a Public Good

    Clay Shirky , who I met at Microsoft Research's social computing symposium earlier this year, has posted an engrossing essay on the issue of spectrum allocation in the United States and ongoing discussions at the Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) about whether and how to open more spectrum up...
  • Blog Post: Citywide WiFi: Grand Haven, MI Did It First

    I just took a look at my Referrers list (thanks, Scott ) and noticed that a number of visitors have arrived at my site recently by googling the words "citywide" and "wifi" . I love Google referrals. URL-embedded keywords rock! Of course, a9.com casts a very long shadow that reaches all the way to googlandia...
  • Blog Post: Redmond to Consider Providing Citywide Wi-Fi

    Tonight, the Redmond Planning Commission discussed proposed updates to the Utilities Element , or chapter, of our 20-year Comprehensive Plan. Theoretically, we get around to reviewing each chapter once every five years. The Comp Plan is a state-mandated vision statement--a high-level spec of sorts--that...
  • Blog Post: Wi-Fi (and C-Span) for the Masses

    Today, eWeek reported that the City of Philadephia, Pennsylvania is considering " an ambitious plan " to enable highspeed Internet access via Wi-Fi in all135 square miles of the city. As a planning commissioner for the City of Redmond , I tip my hat to the progressive, forward-thinking, and enlightened...
  • Blog Post: Pea Patch Policy Proposal

    I ran into Redmond's mayor , Rosemarie Ives, and her husband at the annual Derby Days event earlier this month. She and her husband had just returned from a trip to Boston where they took a “wonderful walk through the Fenway gardens.“ They couldn't say enough good things about the public...
  • Blog Post: Chicago's Green Meme

    Someday, most large rooftops in urban areas in the United States will be green, not black. David Mellis points to an excellent article in Metropolis Magazine about Chicago's green roofs . My European readers are probably already familiar with the green roof meme. [ David Writes ] “ So that...
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