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Thanks to all of the candidates, judges and attendees at last week’s Council Candidate Cookoff. Here Bobby Forch, Brad Meacham, Sally Clark and Tim Burgess show off their zero-waste prizes as the winners.

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From the Huffington Post comes another reason to have Dutch-transportation-policy envy:

Dutch train passengers running late to their appointments have a quicker option for getting across Overvecht Station – and that option isn’t a new flight of stairs or an elevator.

Design firm HIK Ontwerpers recently installed a slide in the newly renovated station on the Utrecht-Kampen railway to add a little fun to the everyday lives of commuters. Officially called a “transfer accelerator,” the slide was installed in this underutilized area as part of HIK Ontwerpers ongoing urban installations series.

Past installations in Utrecht include illuminated poetry light plates, an outdoor public kitchen and a cheeky little car filled with astroturf called “Rent-a-park.”

via Dutch Railway Station Installs Slide For Busy Passengers VIDEO.

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Join Councilmembers and their challengers for the second (bi)-annual City Council Candidate Cookoff from 5:30 – 7pm at the Terry Thomas Building, hosted by Weber|Thompson. This fun evening will feature a number of this year’s City Council candidates providing you with some of their finest “one-bite” foods while discussing urban policy in a relaxing setting. Beer and wine provided. $25 suggested donation.

RSVP online. Space is limited to 100 guests.

Wine provided by Soul Wine; beer from Georgetown Brewing.

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The Downtown Seattle Association’s blog “Let’s Talk Downtown” has the DSA’s official stance on Food Trucks.  The DSA supports the city proposal, with some caveats.  What do you think?

Ensure appropriate resources to effectively enforce the permit conditions. Currently, SDOT lacks sufficient resources to effectively enforce existing restrictions on street vending. Illegal merchandise vending takes place Downtown, particularly along the waterfront and under the Viaduct… Current enforcement by SDOT is limited. Before moving forward, the Council should have a clear understanding of the necessary resources required to provide sufficient day-time and night-time enforcement.

Incentivize and encourage the clustering of vending around plazas, parks and other public areas that could benefit from positive activation. Our members prefer vending be focused in parks and plazas given that many parka and pedestrian plazas currently lack activity (McGraw Square) or occasionally attract negative activity.  Clustering of vending could also help ease management of the program and provide greater variety to customers.

Explicitly preclude the use of established on-street loading zones for curb-side vending. Loading zones Downtown are used throughout the day to service adjacent businesses and should be maintained for these purposes.

Charge current parking rates to those vending from an on-street parking space (non-loading zones).

Require a greater sidewalk clearance to be maintained in areas where pedestrian volumes are high (i.e. the Stadium District). The current ordinance gives discretion to SDOT to make these determinations. We believe the ordinance should explicitly require greater sidewalk clearance in specific areas of Downtown where pedestrian traffic is high.

Require a setback greater than 50 feet from established food service businesses if vending from the sidewalk or a curb space. Established food service businesses have made significant investments in leases, tenant improvements and other costs associated with operating a “brick and mortar” location. These investments should be acknowledged and respected as the City looks to expand opportunities for vending in the public right-of-way.

Clarify the setback distance for mobile food vendors relative to certain food service establishments that maintain their own building. If a food service establishment occupies a stand-alone building (i.e. a grocery store), require a vending setback from their property line instead of from the building entrance. The current ordinance would permit vending immediately adjacent to grocery store property lines.

For more, see Legislation to Allow Food Trucks Could Be Boon for Seattle Streets | Downtown Seattle Association.

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