Thursday, March 1, 2018


This is a thrilling time to live close to downtown Seattle and just as thrilling a time to study design posts on the TED website. I was taught to view design as the art of arts, a new way of looking at systems as well as individual artifacts.

It's been my privilege to observe and participate in the renaissance of the American city that was in the worst shape of all in the early Seventies. Consistently, the simplest housekeeping behaviors have had the greatest impact on quality of life on this street that I have studied and maintained since 1972. Controlling litter, dog waste, and parking while calling in noise ordinance violations keep the peace. 

It's foolish to speculate about what comes next, but the simple civic virtues that pulled Seattle through the Boeing Depression of 1970 are not likely to become irrelevant-30-

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