This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

It sure is interesting, as Dominic Holden notes, that the City of Seattle just hired Ray Gastil to head the city’s Planning Commission Division*. Gastil was formerly the director of New York City’s Manhattan planning office, and just happens to specialize in reclaiming urban waterfronts.

On a totally unrelated note, signs have started going up along Highway 99 down by Starbucks HQ, noting that the viaduct construction will occur between 2009 and 2012.

*oops, sloppy pre-coffee blogging.

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