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simple signs

The Hong Kong subway system does many things right. One of them is signage. At every station, there is a neighborhood map that shows all the exits on the street grid, with a letter name for each exit: A, B, … Continue reading

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Another retail strategy

Hong Kong is full of tiny pedestrian lanes, maybe 10-15 feet wide. Half of the space or more is taken up with street vendor stalls, leaving 3-4 feet for pedestrians to walk. On a busy Sunday afternoon, this makes for … Continue reading

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success:damage ratio

Peter Drucker famously said: “You make what you measure”. As a result, good metrics focus on the outcomes that a group or society values. But still, sometimes things go awry. Unintended consequences can result from diligently pursuing a too=limited set … Continue reading

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Global Cities

Big companies have global reach and make global decisions. There’s nothing new or unusal about that. But Ian Kwan of PSB Security is an entrepreneur who makes global decisions too. When he started his facial recognition software company PSB Security … Continue reading

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Don’t try this with DRB

I can tell you this about the public process: we’d never have pulled off this egg in Kirkland.

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Selling Shells

I had heard that in many Asian countries there was no tenant improvement allowance in commercial buildings. Leases are relatively short (often 3 years) but tenants tend to stay if the landlord keeps rents reasonable, since the tenants effectively own … Continue reading

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Views vs. Streetscapes

There is much ado in Seattle these days about the┬áSouth Lake Union Rezone. Even though the city doesn’t officially protect private views the political pressure on City Council to preserve views of Lake Union and the Space Needle is huge. … Continue reading

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