Vancouver’s Uptown Village is, quite literally, on the rise.Peppered among the historic single-family homes in the Hough and Arnada neighborhoods, five multi-story apartment complexes will soon augment Vancouver’s skyline. Two — a complex at 1510 C St., with 18 total units, and a complex at 513 E. 16th St. with 48 total units — are already open. Another 233 apartments and live-work units, apartments that include a business front, will open in the coming months.And with the construction and pending population growth in Vancouver’s downtown come the usual struggle of a growing city: With more people comes more activity, and that means more traffic and cars parked on the street.“I am all for growth, the betterment of the community, the city,” said Richard McShan, Arnada’s representative on the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance. “But you don’t better a community by pulling from your neighborhoods.”The city of Vancouver requires developers to calculate the number of trips the building is expected to generate, said Ryan Lapossa, streets and transportation manager for the city. That means people going to and from work, mail delivery to the building, garbage pickup and a slew of other visits that may happen at the complex.Apartments trend lower, averaging 6.6 trips per day compared with 10 for single family homes, because garbage collection, deliveries and other services need only visit the complex once rather than visiting each individual home. And the city assumes downtown apartments generate less traffic because people are more likely to walk or bike to shopping or work, or use public transportation.
A view of the Loussac Library, where the Anchorage Assembly meets.The field for five seats on the Anchorage Assembly is now final. Candidates had until Friday to file with the clerk’s office to get their names on the April 5th ballot.The seats are spread across every part of the municipality except the Downtown district, which doesn’t come open until 2017. With almost half of the Assembly’s 11 seats hanging in the balance, the election has the potential to reshape the political direction of the body.Though the candidates run the political gamut from liberal to conservative, 10 of the 12 are white men.Only one candidate running is a woman, incumbent Amy Demboski of the Chugiak-Eagle River district. Her challenger is political newcomer Nicholas Begich III, nephew to former senator Mark Begich.Forest Dunbar–the 2014 Democratic challenger to Don Young’s House seat–is running for the East Anchorage spot currently held by Paul Honeman, who has decided not to pursue a third term. Dunbar’s opponent, Terre Gales, retired from the Air Force and now works for the city’s Public Works Department.There are also races in West and South Anchorage for seats held by outgoing Assembly members Ernie Hall and Jennifer Johnston, respectively. And incumbent Dick Traini is defending his Midtown district seat against candidate Ron Alleva.