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, of which I am a presiding member, with a…

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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 candidates in their mayoral campaigns, respect…

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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 to Google’s AdSense. adCenter allows advertisers to target users based on browsing habits…

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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…

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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 the presence of much and great praise,…

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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? Imagine what buildmaster Jefferson could have achieved with integrated version control and work item tracking…

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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”. I had no idea how big a stink my suggestions would cause…

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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 well-informed. This morning, he sent me this: [Complete Story via The…

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"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 richer, poor poorer Information and access controlled by the elite, perpetuates inequlity Slide Three (Librarians are Hot)They’re also the…

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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…

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