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1 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Evolving Shoreline: Six Urbanism Themes for 2012 Considerations in Continuing to Envision the Livable City Charles R. Wolfe 1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2200 Seattle, WA 98101 206-274-5145 cwolfe@crwolfelaw.com Comprehensive Plan Speaker Series Shoreline, Washington, January 25, 2012

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3 Photo by Burton Holmes Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, 1917 The Inspiration

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7 Practice Backdrop, Big Picture

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9 Policy/Market Goals and a Question Compact, less auto-reliant, multimodal (transit, safely walkable, bikeable), live- work proximity, creative, honor environmental systems, vibrant street life, mixed use, affordable, carbon-neutral… Compact, less auto-reliant, multimodal (transit, safely walkable, bikeable), live- work proximity, creative, honor environmental systems, vibrant street life, mixed use, affordable, carbon-neutral… How many of you grew up on a cul-de- sac? How many of you grew up on a cul-de- sac?

10 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Background What's something that most people just don't understand about your area of expertise? “That lawyers are more than hired-gun advocates. In both client and community work, they can be creative strategists in eliminating barriers to sustainable development practices.” ”9 ½ Questions”, 10/3/11: http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/10/a-conversation-with- charles-r-wolfe-environmental-lawyer/246015/ http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/10/a-conversation-with- charles-r-wolfe-environmental-lawyer/246015/ http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/10/a-conversation-with- charles-r-wolfe-environmental-lawyer/246015/

11 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Lessons Learned History and Law: Power of Precedent History and Law: Power of Precedent Planning: Power of Market Intervention, and Power of Place Planning: Power of Market Intervention, and Power of Place Evolution of Professions and Education Evolution of Professions and Education

12 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Public v. Private Much discussion about the sustainable city requires an evolved perception of public v. private property as we attempt to reallocate where people live, work and travel. The street is key. ”Discovery of the Street”, 9/20/11: http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/09/city-life-revisiting-jb- jacksons-the-discovery-of-the-street/245284/ http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/09/city-life-revisiting-jb- jacksons-the-discovery-of-the-street/245284/

13 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Urbanism Is the best urbanism the urbanism we already have? Is the best urbanism the urbanism we already have? Consider “alley movie night” Consider “alley movie night” ”Urbanism Without Effort”, 9/14/11: http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/09/is-urbanism-without-effort- the-best-urbanism-of-all/244965/ http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/09/is-urbanism-without-effort- the-best-urbanism-of-all/244965/

14 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law The Virtue of Perspective Things are changing Things are changing Maybe not fast enough Maybe not fast enough Remember Battlestar Galactica: Remember Battlestar Galactica: “This has happened before, and it will happen again.” ”Lessons from Matera, the Sustainable City of Stone”, 9/7/11: http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/09/lessons-from-italys- matera-the-sustainable-city-of-stone/244622/ http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/09/lessons-from-italys- matera-the-sustainable-city-of-stone/244622/ “Reclaiming the Urban Memory”, 6/28/11: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-06-28-the-continued-relevance-of- reclaiming-the-urban-memory http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-06-28-the-continued-relevance-of- reclaiming-the-urban-memory

15 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Place-Making in Practice

16 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Be Tolerant Are cul-de-sac and SUV values your business? Are cul-de-sac and SUV values your business? There will always be cars There will always be cars Even in Frejus, 6/7/09: http://blog.seattlepi.com/chuckwolfe/2009/06/07/what-can-new-urbanism- learn-from-battlestar-galactica-french-edition/ http://blog.seattlepi.com/chuckwolfe/2009/06/07/what-can-new-urbanism- learn-from-battlestar-galactica-french-edition/

17 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Be Humble Beware of expert syndrome Beware of expert syndrome In a time of scarce resources community and NGO’s have an increasing role In a time of scarce resources community and NGO’s have an increasing role Some may do your job better Some may do your job better “Steve Jobs as Land Use Advocate”, 10/6/11: http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/10/steve-jobs-as-land- use-advocate/246255/ http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/10/steve-jobs-as-land- use-advocate/246255/

18 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Do Not Forget Remember the fundamentals, forest from the trees Remember the fundamentals, forest from the trees First principles First principles Tanzania learning: shelter and the wheel Tanzania learning: shelter and the wheel “How Temporary Spaces Can Define City Life”, 10/3/11: http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/10/how-temporary-and-simple- event-spaces-can-help-define-city-life/246010/ http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/10/how-temporary-and-simple- event-spaces-can-help-define-city-life/246010/ “Keeping Cities Simple: Shelter and the Wheel”, 4/6/11: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-r-wolfe/shelter-and-the-wheel- bac_b_844698.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-r-wolfe/shelter-and-the-wheel- bac_b_844698.html

19 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Be Civil Amid Conflicting Interests Can advocacy seek consensus? Can advocacy seek consensus? Role of planner, role of lawyer Role of planner, role of lawyer Alternatives to law Alternatives to law Consider the fact patterns of the future and how best to handle Consider the fact patterns of the future and how best to handle Limits on single family housing Limits on single family housing Mixed uses Mixed uses New public spaces New public spaces Restrictions on automobile Restrictions on automobile

20 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Shoreline is Well Underway

21 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Noted, livable “first tier suburb” Noted, livable “first tier suburb” Citizens value place, services, schools, parks Citizens value place, services, schools, parks Aurora “complete street” Aurora “complete street” Town Center and City Hall Town Center and City Hall Integrated transit Integrated transit Spirit of reinvention Spirit of reinvention The Evolving Baseline

22 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Comprehensive Plan: More visioning and perspective on the “city” Comprehensive Plan: More visioning and perspective on the “city” Not here to prescribe, because.... Not here to prescribe, because.... The All-Important Context

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24 Who Decides? You Do.

25 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Preface to the Urbanist Themes “Experts may help assemble data, specialists may organize it, professionals may offer theories to explain it. But none of these can substitute for each person’s own leap into the dark, jumping in to draw his or her own conclusions.” - Grady Clay, 1973 “Defining a Meaningful Space”, 1/16/12: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2012/01/defining-meaningful- space/960/

26 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law The Big Picture II

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28 The Premise Summary of articles as they reappeared in Planetizen in 2011, after original appearance in: Summary of articles as they reappeared in Planetizen in 2011, after original appearance in: myurbanist myurbanist The Atlantic The Atlantic The Atlantic Cities The Atlantic Cities The Huffington Post The Huffington Post Grist Grist Sustainable Cities Collective Sustainable Cities Collective Crosscut Crosscut Indicative of key themes Indicative of key themes http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2012/01/six-urbanist-themes-2012/842/

29 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law More Roles for Social Media Evolving communication technology has forever changed how we analyze and discuss the city Evolving communication technology has forever changed how we analyze and discuss the city Social media demands straightforward and sometimes trite efficiency Social media demands straightforward and sometimes trite efficiency Yet it provides for mainstream discussion of topics which were once the arcane domain of the legal, design and public policy professions Yet it provides for mainstream discussion of topics which were once the arcane domain of the legal, design and public policy professions “Even more so” is a safe bet for 2012 “Even more so” is a safe bet for 2012 “Communicating Urbanism’--Make No Little Plans, Updated’”, 3/6/11: http://www.myurbanist.com/archives/5832

30 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law The Romantic

31 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Renewed Attention to the Romantic City If we walk between the towns of the Cinque Terre in Italy, then why not capture this “essence of urbanism” at home? If we walk between the towns of the Cinque Terre in Italy, then why not capture this “essence of urbanism” at home? Can an architect and a lawyer from politically diverse countries (and who have never met) together envision a collaborative professional approach which captures universal ways to read the evolution of urban places? Can an architect and a lawyer from politically diverse countries (and who have never met) together envision a collaborative professional approach which captures universal ways to read the evolution of urban places?

32 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Renewed Attention to the Romantic City Compelling, illustrated ideas will always have a place in the urbanist agenda, including next year Compelling, illustrated ideas will always have a place in the urbanist agenda, including next year “Rethinking the Essence of Urbanism”, 3/3/11: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-r-wolfe/rethinking-the-essence- of_b_830898.html?ir=World http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-r-wolfe/rethinking-the-essence- of_b_830898.html?ir=World “Reading the Evolution of Places”, 4/24/11: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/chuck-wolfe/24197/reading-evolution- places http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/chuck-wolfe/24197/reading-evolution- places

33 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law The Counterintuitive

34 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Counterintuitive Solutions: Infrastructure, Economic Development Even “the humble pothole” is eligible for rethinking and reshuffling in the city of 2012. (c.f. guerrilla urbanism) Even “the humble pothole” is eligible for rethinking and reshuffling in the city of 2012. (c.f. guerrilla urbanism) Never-ending possibilities for innovation abound, e.g. a zip line between hill towns, taking romantic setting to a new perception of possibilities of place. Never-ending possibilities for innovation abound, e.g. a zip line between hill towns, taking romantic setting to a new perception of possibilities of place. With governmental shortfalls still in the picture, creativity, analysis of privatization and related discussions will continue With governmental shortfalls still in the picture, creativity, analysis of privatization and related discussions will continue “In Praise of the Humble Pothole”, 12/14/11: http://grist.org/urbanism/2011-12-13-in-praise-of-the-humble-pothole/ “Reinventing Cities With Zip Lines”, 12/12/11:http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and- lifestyle/2011/12/reinventing-cities-zip-lines/703 / http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and- lifestyle/2011/12/reinventing-cities-zip-lines/703 /http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and- lifestyle/2011/12/reinventing-cities-zip-lines/703 /

35 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law The New

36 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law New Types of Regulation and Urban Places Seattle: Roundtable recommend land use regulatory reform focused on market flexibility and job creation, both needed foci for 2012. (Seattle City Council to consider the associated ordinances shortly) Seattle: Roundtable recommend land use regulatory reform focused on market flexibility and job creation, both needed foci for 2012. (Seattle City Council to consider the associated ordinances shortly) With Borders’ bookstores nationwide, should cities assure “no net loss” for “third places”? With Borders’ bookstores nationwide, should cities assure “no net loss” for “third places”? Consider the potential of the “pop-up” ice cream laundromat--a “fusion business”--increasingly a symbol of the evolving shareable-space city Consider the potential of the “pop-up” ice cream laundromat--a “fusion business”--increasingly a symbol of the evolving shareable-space city

37 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law New Types of Regulation and Urban Places Consider the Urban Land Institute’s cutting edge “What’s Next?” report Consider the Urban Land Institute’s cutting edge “What’s Next?” report Cities will reshape and evolve over the next decade, Cities will reshape and evolve over the next decade, Converging, multiple socioeconomic forces Converging, multiple socioeconomic forces ”Writing Code for More Sustainable Neighborhoods”, 7/18/11: http://crosscut.com/2011/07/18/seattle-city-hall/21103/Writing-code-for-more-sustainable- neighborhoods/ http://crosscut.com/2011/07/18/seattle-city-hall/21103/Writing-code-for-more-sustainable- neighborhoods/ “Assuring Sustainable Third Places in the City”, 7/24/11:http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/chuck- wolfe/27526/assuring-sustainable-third-places-city http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/chuck- wolfe/27526/assuring-sustainable-third-places-cityhttp://sustainablecitiescollective.com/chuck- wolfe/27526/assuring-sustainable-third-places-city “Fusion Businesses and the Cities of Tomorrow”, 7/17/11: r http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/chuck-wolfe/27252/fusion-businesses-and-cities-tomorrow “Resetting Urban Land Use: What’s Next?, 11/18/11: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2011/11/resetting-urban-land-use/524/

38 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Without Effort

39 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Ongoing Importance of Urbanism Without Effort There will be no shortage of continuing discussion of placemaking in 2012 There will be no shortage of continuing discussion of placemaking in 2012 Yet “alley movie night” showed that sometimes, we already have what we seek, and urbanism without effort is the best urbanism of all Yet “alley movie night” showed that sometimes, we already have what we seek, and urbanism without effort is the best urbanism of all ”Urbanism Without Effort”, 9/14/11: http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/09/is-urbanism-without-effort-the-best- urbanism-of-all/244965/ http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/09/is-urbanism-without-effort-the-best- urbanism-of-all/244965/

40 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Additional Ways to Conceive of Urban Opportunity A dialogue that may never end A dialogue that may never end 2011 was a year of protest in public places, which reinvigorated what will be a continued interest in urban gathering places, such as classic squares and city centers 2011 was a year of protest in public places, which reinvigorated what will be a continued interest in urban gathering places, such as classic squares and city centers Other ways to conceive of the city also show potential Other ways to conceive of the city also show potential

41 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law The Night

42 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Additional Ways to Conceive of Urban Opportunity As examples: As examples: Historic role of street corners around the world Historic role of street corners around the world Is city vitality best measured—by five qualities—at night Is city vitality best measured—by five qualities—at night And a lingering, important consideration And a lingering, important consideration Not everyone lives in cities, nor is urban life a foregone conclusion Not everyone lives in cities, nor is urban life a foregone conclusion Consider Lumana, a Seattle-based micro-lending and economic development organization focused on Ghana’s countryside Consider Lumana, a Seattle-based micro-lending and economic development organization focused on Ghana’s countryside Should we be more focused on rural than urban areas in the developing world? Should we be more focused on rural than urban areas in the developing world?

43 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Additional Ways to Conceive of Urban Opportunity “Corners as the Baseline for Urbanism’, 6/12/11: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-r-wolfe/corners-as-baseline-for- u_b_875489.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-r-wolfe/corners-as-baseline-for- u_b_875489.html “Exploring Success of the Nighttime City”, 9/26/11: http://www.myurbanist.com/archives/7301 “Should the Creative Class Be More Rural in the Developing World?’, 10/27/11: http://www.myurbanist.com/archives/7683

44 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Be Careful What You Wish For

45 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law You Think You’ve Got Problems?

46 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Resources

47 For an Urban Point of View www.urbanpointofview.com

48 Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law Express, Explore, Bridge and Reinterpret www.myurbanist.com http://www.theatlantic.com/charles-r-wolfe http://www.theatlanticcities.com/charles-r-wolfe http://www.grist.org/people/Charles+R.+Wolfe http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-r-wolfe http://crosscut.com/account/ChuckWolfe/ http://blog.seattlepi.com/chuckwolfe/


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