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Bradley Meacham
Nairobi, Mogadishu, Mumbai, Hanoi, Mexico City & Washington. Ran for Seattle City Council in 2011.
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For businesses struggling to overcome the pandemic, maybe it's time to focus on core values. Consider REI Co-op, PCC Community Markets, and MEC — three iconic community-based Cascadia businesses whose survival may depend on returning to practices closer to their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2021 at Cascadia Report
Bradley Meacham has shared their blog Cascadia Report
Jul 23, 2021
Triple-digit temperatures along the Salish Sea this summer should make it clear that the climate crisis is real. Cascadia is a "green" region well known for generations of feel-good environmentalism. But now it needs policies to help solve the climate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2021 at Cascadia Report
Train projects across the U.S. have new life thanks to the priorities of "Amtrak Joe" and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. To benefit, Cascadia needs an aggressive plan to build better rail service instead of a massive new airport to replace... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2021 at Cascadia Report
If Cascadia is going to get serious about leading on the global climate crisis, it will need more forms of clean energy, in addition to benefitting from its lucky inheritance of hydropower. According to my former colleague Hal Bernton, there... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2021 at Cascadia Report
Cruises may soon resume between Alaska and Washington, boosting tourism in both states but cutting out British Columbia. Alaska cruises typically stop in B.C. because U.S. law prohibits foreign-flagged vessels – most of the industry – from transporting passengers directly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2021 at Cascadia Report
After yet another horrific mass shooting in the U.S., many in Cascadia are wondering if something similar could happen here. And how could we possibly let it happen here. Today 10 people were killed by a gunman with an AR-15... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2021 at Cascadia Report
Fear of COVID-19 closed the border to non-essential travel a full year ago. Now that more Cascadia residents are getting vaccinations, when will they be able to start crossing again? "The truth is: There is no plan," according to a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at Cascadia Report
Everyone I meet says this city used to be better. They lament the loss of “Bombay,” the former name of this city of 18 million. They criticize the real estate development, the pollution, the politics, the steady ethnic cleansing of Muslims and other minorities. In fact, I have yet to... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2020 at
Hanoi is well known for its blend of French influence and Vietnamese character. One reason is a little-known architect whose plan helped shape the modern city where I lived for a couple years from 2017 to 2019. Ernest Hébrard, who cut his teeth with designs in Greece and Morocco, created... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2020 at
Seattle's voters took a bold step in 2013 when they decided to begin electing seven of nine members of the city council by district rather than at-large across the entire city. The change meant that challengers with ideas and energy could win by connecting with voters rather than simply collecting... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at
A newspaper's front page shows the Mexican military marching in a Bastille Day parade next to a video still of one of the top cartel kingpins escaping from his maximum-security prison cell. The headline cites a top government official blaming deference to human rights - not high-level collusion - for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at
Longtime Seattle politicians are deciding to retire rather than face reelection under a new district-election system that requires them to talk to voters instead of just raise money. This is great news. City hall will get new talent and may ultimately be more responsive. There’s at least a chance for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at
When I first saw a copy of Fire and Ashes, Michael Ignatieff’s recent book about his experience trying to become Canada’s prime minister, it seemed too decadent to actually pick it up. It was the sort of book I’ve mostly avoided in the three-plus years since my run for city... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at
When it comes to bold transit, Quito is a city to watch. The capital of Ecuador is building a 15-station underground metro that will complement an existing system of bus rapid transit (BRT), transit lanes and cycletracks. This makes sense for the traffic-clogged city of 2.5 million, situated in a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at
I recently had a chance to visit Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece in southwestern Pennsylvania, and it was even more impressive in person that I had dreamed. More surprising, however, was the time I got to spend in nearby Pittsburgh. Ahead of the trip, friends laughed when I said I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at
As I've started preparing to move to Mexico City, I've been thinking more about the form of cities in the United States, how we got this way and how we might change. The other day I made the following points in a Spanish presentation about transportation in the U.S. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at
Until several months ago I thought of Washington, D.C. as a great urban success. With its booming, diverse economy, urban core and globalizing culture – all tied together by enviable transit – it has so much to offer. However every time I’m on the Beltway, experience the sprawl of Virginia... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at
Months into my campaign for Seattle city council, a neighborhood business owner invited me to meet voters (and potential donors) after the service at his synagogue. Doing my best schmoozing, I introduced myself hundreds of times. The synagogue had fantastic food, ranging from stuffed grape leaves to sweets -- certainly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at
I moved away from Seattle last month to join the U.S. Foreign Service but my hometown is still home. For everyone who has asked how I'm voting, here are a few thoughts. From my temporary perch in Washington, D.C. -- on my way to a tour in Mexico City --... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at
I was frustrated with politics in my hometown. Then I went to Bosnia. Best known among Americans for the genocidal wars of the 1990s, the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina today is a safe, fascinating place to visit with rich culture, great scenery and excellent food. Yet the divisions left... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at
Downtown Detroit is undergoing a renovation boom that's bringing new office space and housing to a long-suffering urban core. Despite the investment, however, the area seems almost hostile to people. At 4 p.m. on a recent Wednesday the main streets were almost devoid of pedestrians. While it's easy to be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at
I didn't make it to the funeral for former Gov. Booth Gardner this weekend but still I'm in awe of the man and the dedication to public service that he inspired. My smirk in this old photo belies deep respect. In the mid-80s I was a working-class kid from suburban... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2013 at
One of the best pieces of advice I've seen this year-end season is to read more broadly. As you may know, I couldn't agree more. If I'm asking people to read more, it follows that writers should up their game. More precise writing is high on my list of New... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at
I recently attended a fundraiser for a cause that almost everyone ignores: homelessness. That's where Operation Nightwatch comes in. The group provides basic services and housing for people who don't have shelter -- more than 2,500 people on an average night in Seattle. Read that again: that's TWO-THOUSAND FIVE-HUNDRED people.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2012 at