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Seattle Bike Blog • July 17, 2015

By Tom Fucoloro

"Alon Bassok tells [Seattle Neighborhood Greenways] that he wants to see the 20-year Bicycle Master Plan completed in the next ten years (woohoo!) and that he wants to "see the missing link completed now. "

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Seattle Channel • July 14, 2015

"As a resident of West Seattle, a transportation and urban planner, and a former manager of several small businesses, I know Seattle's rapid growth does not have to price out the people who have lived here a long time."

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KUOW 94.9 • July 9, 2015

by Jason Pagano

"We are going to need to require that lots of those new housing units be affordable to people making the minimum wage. And we're going to need to make sure that everyone is really well served by transit."

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The Northwest Urbanist • July 8, 2015

By Scott Bonjukian

What to do about increasing rents is a matter of great debate among local politicians, urbanists, and advocates. A number of measures are already in place or are on the table: City Council candidate Alon Bassok is calling for inclusionary zoning, which would require residential developers to include affordable housing units in new buildings.

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Associated Press • July 3, 2015

By Gene Johnson

"We as a city have to figure out how to accommodate and rise to the occasion of something like Amazon rather than saying it's their fault," Bassok said.

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The Urbanist • June 22, 2015

By Marco Zangari

"Seattle is going to have to increase housing supply and to grow in height, “to lift the lid.” He offers, as a solution, inclusionary zoning–or as he would like to call it, “inclusionary up-zoning”, because such a policy would increase heights around the city to accommodate growth. Specifically, for every five units created he would like to see one unit set aside for affordable housing at the level of the minimum wage."

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The Seattle Times • June 19, 2015

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"As City Council candidate Alon Bassok has pointed out, mandatory inclusionary up-zoning would legally and quickly extend height limitation son new developments. In return for room to build upward, developers would need to include at least one out of every fie new units at a price that is affordable to someone making the $15 minimum wage."

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King 5 News • June 8, 2015

By Jesse Knutson

"It's a small trolley system that connects to a larger train system that connects to the bus rapid transit system," said Bassok, who has a background in urban planning.

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Capitol Hill Blog • June 7, 2015

By Bryan Cohen

Many have already pointed out that the $10 million a mile price tag seems like an awfully lowball estimate. The First Hill Streetcar, for example, was budgeted to cost $67 million a mile. Roderick and Bassok say costs in the neighborhood rail system could be significantly cut by foregoing extra street/sidewalk work, fancy stations, and land grading.

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The C is for Crank • June 4, 2015

By Erica Barnett

Alon Bassok, another candidate in the 9th, has proposed a similar scheme, but his would be universal (one in five units affordable to people making minimum wage, currently $11 an hour) and would increase heights by 50 percent, so that “A four-story building becomes six.

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Grist • June 4, 2015

By Katie Herzog

“Fifteen dollars might sound like a lot to people — unless you’re the one making it, in which case you know that’s about $32,000 a year, working full-time,” says Alon Bassok. “On $32,000 a year, what you can afford is a payment of $866 a month,” Bassok says. “The simple reality is, in Seattle right now, there is no place you can rent for $866 a month.”

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Publicola • June 1, 2015

By Josh Feit

Bassok is turning to a standard policy known as inclusionary zoning (where developers are mandated to include some affordable housing in their projects). Bassok is calling his idea “inclusionary up-zoning,” though because in tandem with the affordable housing mandate—making one in five new units affordable—he’s proposing lifting height restrictions in urban centers and villages.

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The Urbanist • June 1, 2015

By Ben Crowther

Roderick and Bassok ought to be commended for their ambition. They’ve given the City a vision upon which to build a world-class transportation system. They rightfully focus on bringing traffic-separated, high-capacity transit as soon as possible.

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Seattle Weekly • June 1, 2015

By Daniel Person

Last week, at-large city council candidates John Roderick and Alon Bassok released a plan they said would add about 100 miles of streetcar rail lines to Seattle in the coming years. The advantage of their plan, they say, is it gets Seattle moving on dedicated rail lines way earlier than Sound Transit could.

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Seattle Transit Blog • May 30, 2015

By Erica Barnett

The streetcars would not cross the ship canal, saving enough money in bridge and tunnel construction to bring the price down, in Roderick and Bassok’s estimation, to $1 billion for 75 to 100 miles of streetcar rail. After the system is built, ongoing maintenance would be funded by an employee hours tax, known derisively as a head tax.

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The Northwest Urbanist • May 29, 2015

By Scott Bonjukian

Bicyclists may also oppose streetcars because of the potential for road bike wheels to get caught in tracks. This is easily avoided by ensuring bike lanes are provided parallel to streetcar tracks or, as Roderick and Bassok call for, giving streetcars exclusive lanes. At intersections Seattle already paints bikes lanes across streetcar tracks at right angles.

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KOMO 1000 News / FM 97.7 • May 29, 2015

On-Air interview with John Carlson and Alon Bassok to discuss the municipal rail proposal jointly released with John Roderick.

The Stranger • May 28, 2015

By Heidi Groover

Yesterday Roderick, who's running for citywide council position 8, and another candidate, Alon Bassok, who's running for citywide position 9, announced a joint pitch for a "neighborhood municipal rail system." The plan proposes 100 miles of rail over the next 10 years, funded by property taxes of about $200 a year for the average Seattle homeowner.

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Capitol Hill Blog • May 28, 2015

By Bryan Cohen

Roderick has teamed up with citywide Position 9 candidate Alon Bassok in a kind of transit-oriented ticket to propose a citywide rail system to complement Sound Transit’s regional approach.

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The Seattle Times • May 27, 2015

By Daniel Beekman

Two Seattle City Council candidates are proposing that the city pay for its own light-rail system. John Roderick and Alon Bassok say the Seattle-only system would connect the city’s neighborhoods to each other and complement the regional light-rail system that Sound Transit began building more than a decade ago.

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This article was also published by the American Planning Association and Mass Transit.

Publicola • May 27, 2015

By Josh Feit

City council candidates John Roderick, running in the District Eight at-large spot against city council incumbent Tim Burgess, and Alon Bassok, running in the District Nine at-large open seat, released a Seattle-centric mass transit plan this morning, proposing 75 to 100 miles of grade-separated rail connecting Seattle’s neighborhoods, starting with Ballard and West Seattle lines.

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West Seattle Blog • May 15, 2015

By Tracy Record

The video of ta candidate forum in Georgetown on May 14th, hosted by the 11th, 34th, and 37th Legislative District Democrats. “Bassok, a Delridge resident, who says he’s running because he’s sick and tired of seeing friends leaving because they can’t afford to live here.”

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The Bellingham Herald • February 8, 2015

By Dave Gallaugher

If those new projects actually get built, it should ease pressure on supply, said Alon Bassok, research scientist at the Runstad Center. Along with being home to Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College and Bellingham Technical College, the community is dealing with a low affordability index for first-time homebuyers. “That could be creating some pressure (on apartment availability),” Bassok said.

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer • February 5, 2015

By Aubrey Cohen

"We just really are a fast growing city without enough inventory on the market," said Alon Bassok, a research scientist at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington. "Limited inventory, in this case, means to me that we're going to see prices go up even further."

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Skagit Valley Herald • February 3, 2015

By Mark Stayton

Bassok said some evidence of a lack of affordable housing for sale is extremely limited availability of rental properties. Where 5 percent availability is considered normal, Skagit County has just .3 percent rental availability, Bassok said. This could be a problem if new rentals aren’t added and home prices continue to rise, he said.

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Loan Limits • February 1, 2015

By Brandon Cornett

According to Alon Bassok, a researcher from the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle is a “fast-growing area with not enough houses and condominiums on the market. We can expect to see housing prices go up.”

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KUOW • January 20, 2015

By Joshua McNichols

Bassok says the Spring District is missing the chance to do something exceptional. The development won’t include anything that working families like that could afford. Instead, the developer will pay into a fund to develop affordable housing outside the Spring District. "So you’re propagating essentially this area of poor people and an area of rich people," Bassok says." As opposed to what would make it more convenient would be to have everybody living in one place and not having to make that commute."

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Cascade Bicycle Club • January 16, 2015

By Andrea Clinkscales

Sea-Tac Environmental Specialist Steven Rybolt and a team of students led by Urban Design and Planning professor, Alon Bassok, set goals , objectives and actions to transform Sea-Tac with world-class bicycle facilities and amenities over the next 10 years.

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Seattle Neighborhood Greenways • December 11, 2014

Alon Bassok is a recipient of a Greenways Safe Routes to School Mapping Team award from the Seattle Neighborhood Greenway in 2014.

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KING 5 • October 30, 2013

For Bae and fellow researcher Alon Bassok, that growth represents a missing link between the health profession and city planners. "These are bigger land use regulation issues", Bassok said. "Talk to people who have an impact on this and you ll find that they re not aware of it."

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Ravenna Bryant Blog • March 11, 2013

By Inga Manskopf

A group of Professor Bassok’s students recently completed a project for improving the pedestrian and bicycling environment along the NE 40th Street corridor in the University District.

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University of Washington • April 24, 2012

By Inga Manskopf

Alon Bassok, who s faculty of the program speaks in a video describing the Master of Sustainable Transportation offered by the UW’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The challenge in thinking about sustainable transportation is that it's a wonderful concept but implementing it becomes very difficult. What happens if we implement toll lanes for cars? That gets us some management and perhaps less people on the road, that gives us some revenue to fix the roads, but at the same time, we might be asking for an undue burden on some individuals in terms of paying those tolls.

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Seattle Neighborhood Greenways • 2011

Student Award Winner: University of Washington-City of Seattle Bicycle Planning Best Practices & Count Methodology—Alon Bassok, UW Affiliate Assistant Professor and Senior Planner with the Puget Sound Regional Council, with participation of seven students in a graduate urban design studio, along with the Puget Sound Regional Council’s bicycle planning efforts.

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West Seattle Blog • June 26, 2008

Branden Born and Alon Bassok from the University of Washington, who will be there for the next few Thursday nights to chat with anyone and everyone about how the Delridge and White Center areas could be even more livable, framed in the issues central to the King County Food and Fitness Initiative.

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The Stranger Slog • January 12, 2006

By Josh Feit

Alon Bassok, an egghead academic (a transportation planning PhD candidate at UW) just stole the show! Crisp and concise. The council should let this unknown advance to the interview round.

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