Saturday, November 23, 2019

Red but not totally into that Trump's America thing: Yakima County, Washington

The Divide in Yakima is the Divide in America.  (The New York Times, 11/19/2019)
Ms. GutiĆ©rrez went on to win a seat on the Yakima City Council and become among the first Latino politicians ever elected in the Central Washington community of nearly 94,000 where the number of Latinos has doubled in just one generation, now making up almost half of the total population. 
The changes in this farming valley, known as the nation’s fruit basket, mirror demographic trends in numerous U.S. cities where the population is becoming increasingly less white. Ms. GutiĆ©rrez represents a major shift not only because of her ethnicity, but because of her age — she was 26 when first elected. In Yakima, young adults are nearly twice as likely to be Latino as older adults.

Source:  Wikipedia (Yakima County, Yakima)

Yakima is the county seat of Yakima County.

% of population 25 and older with bachelor's degree:
  • 15.9% - Yakima County
  • 34.5% - Washington
  • 30.9% - U.S.
% of population 65 and older:
  • 13.7% - Yakima County
  • 15.4% - Yakima
  • 15.6% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 18.1% - Yakima County
  • 10.3% - Yakima
  • 15.6% - U.S.

Source:  Wikipedia
3rd party votes: 19.2% in 1992, 10.1% in 1996, 8.4% in 2016
(George Wallace received  8.2% of the vote in 1968)

Other "Red but not totally into this Trump's America thing" posts:
Colorado.  Jefferson County.  (3/9/2019)
Florida.  Duval County.  (3/14/2019)
Georgia.  Cherokee County.  (3/10/2019)
Georgia.  Fayette County.  (3/10/2019)
Georgia.  Forsyth County.  (3/10/2019)
Kansas.  Johnson County.  (3/9/2019)
Minnesota.  Carver County.  (3/9/2019)
North Carolina.  Union County.  (9/9/2019)
Ohio.  Delaware County  (3/8/2019)
Texas.  Collin County.  (9/21/2019)
Texas.  Denton County.  (9/22/2019)
Texas.  Williamson County.  (9/25/2019)
Wisconsin.  Ozaukee County.  (3/8/2019)

Related series:
Blue zone sees Trump as con man
Greetings from Trump's America
Not Trump's America

Climate change as a matter of fact: Some parcels are off-limits to development in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Reported in As Climate Risk Grows, Cities Test a Tough Strategy: Saying ‘No’ to Developers.  (The New York Times, 11/19/2019)

Previous climate change as a matter of fact posts:
Cape Town, South Africa.  (1/31/2018)
Kenya.  (7/23/2017)

Sea of Okhotsk.  (11/13/2019)
2022 World Cup games in Qatar moved from July to November.  (10/18/2019)
The thawing of Siberia's permafrost.  (10/5/2019)
Disappearing glaciers of the Himalayas.  (6/21/2019)
No groundwater for 100,000,000 people in India? That sounds like 'unlivable' to me. (6/21/2019)
Kazakhstan: The melting of Tuyuksu glacier.  (1/21/2019)
Record heat in Japan raises concerns over 2020 Olympics.  (7/23/2018)
Lebanon's cedar trees.  (7/19/2018)
Rising seas + draining underground aquifers = Jakarta disaster.  (12/22/2017)

Australia and the Pacific
Dying coral of the Great Barrier Reef.  (4/22/2018)
Easter Island.  (3/18/2018)
Green sea turtles of the Great Barrier Reef.  (1/11/2018)
Kiribati.  (7/6/2016)

Business and industry
It's the business of a ratings agency.  (7/28/2019)

White truffles production in Italy.  (11/17/2019)
Italy's olive groves.  (3/11/2019)
Rising seas threaten Scottish heritage.  (9/29/2018)
Norway, Finland, and Sweden.  (7/19/2018)
Portugal.  (6/19/2017)
The Netherlands.  (6/19/2017)

North America
Pecan orchards of New Mexico.  (9/29/2019)
Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Green infrastructure).  (9/17/2019)
Coming alive in the nighttime in Phoenix.  (8/21/2019)
It's an election issue for young Republicans. (8/21/2019)
2°C beyond the limit in New Jersey.  (8/14/2019)
In the newsrooms of Florida newspapers.  (7/10;2/019)
The Point in Newport, Rhode Island.  (7/10/2019)
Expect more fish die-offs in Wisconsin lakes. (7/9/2019)
Still on the front lines in Miami.  (6/26/2019)
Great Marsh, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  (6/4/2019)
Alaska:  Iditarod sled dog race.  (3/3/2019)
Greenland's rapidly melting ice.  (1/22/2019)
Insect apocalypse:  Monarch butterfly.  (12/10/2018)
Hot nights in the U.S.  (9/6/2018)
Hampton Roads, Virginia.  (8/19/2018)
Front-page news at Des Moines Register.  (8/12/2018)
Miami, again.  (6/14/2018)
May 2018 record heat in U.S. (6/9/2018)
Melting outdoor ice rinks in Canada.  (3/21/2018)
Gulf of Maine.  (3/8/2018)
Jean Lafitte, Louisiana.  (2/26/2018)
Lodi, Wisconsin.  (2/3/2018)
Maine shrimp season.  (12/27/2017)
California fires.  (12/8/2017)
Wisconsin.  (11/16/2017)
Hampton Roads, Virginia.  (11/4/2017)
Georgia peach orchards.  (9/18/2017)
Northeast U.S. pine forests.  (8/29/2017)
Tangier Island, Virginia.  (8/25/2017)
South of the Arctic Circle in Alaska. (8/25/2017)
New Orleans.  (8/12/2017)
Mexico City.  (2/19/2017)
Kansas.  (1/29/2017)
Moose of Maine.  (1/21/2017)
Florida Keys.  (1/14/2017)
California wine country.  (1/11/2017)
Kaktovik, Alaska.  (12/20/2016)
Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park.  (7/7/2016)

Polar regions
Unprecedented ice melt in Greenland and the Arctic so far this June.  (6/15/2019)
Disappearing old ice in Arctic.  (6/4/2018)
North Pole.  (2/28/2018)
Beavers migrate to Arctic.  (12/24 /2017)
Shrinking sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.  (12/14/2017)
Emaciated polar bear.  (12/9/2017)

South America
Galapagos Islands.  (12/19/2018)
Peru.  (11/26/2017)
Brazil.  (6/8/2017)
Bolivia.  (7/11/2016)
Peru,  (5/21/2016)

U.S. Military
Military prepares for reality of climate change, rising seas.  (8/11/2018)
U.S. military bases around the world.  (1/8/2018)
U.S. Department of Defense.  (12/16/2017)
U.S. military bases.  (9/22/2017)

Shareholders demand companies address climate change.  (10/16/2019)
Business leaders acknowledge bottom line risks and costs of climate change.  (6/5/2019)
Ocean heat hits record high.  (3/30/2019)
Not just a wake-up call anymore.  (8/10/2018)

Peloton Residences UPDATE. November construction site visit

Photos and video by Retiring Guy

Aerial view from T. Wall

10/8/2019 update starts here

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8/29/2019 update starts here.

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7/15/2019 update starts here.

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Rendering:  City of Madison

6/1/2019 update starts here.

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Original 3/7/2019 post starts here.

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Development at South Park Street and Fish Hatchery Road gets Madison commission approval.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 8/27/2017)
The Madison Plan Commission voted unanimously for a project by T. Wall Enterprises to construct three buildings of 162 apartment units and about 12,000 square feet of retail space on 1.64 acres. 
Last month, the commission delayed a vote on the project, known as Peloton Residences, and asked T. Wall to work on areas of concern, such as sidewalk widths, building setbacks and shadows. 
The developer reconfigured its underground parking structure to push the building back from the Fish Hatchery Road side by three feet, changed its landscape design in a central courtyard area in response to limited light exposure and agreed to make all sidewalks around the property six feet wide, said Jon Hepner, a development manager at T. Wall.

Other South Park Street redevelopment:
Madiosn Area Technical College south campus.
1400 block
8Twenty Park.

Apartment building going up in 600 block of West Wilson: November construction site visit

Photos by Retiring Guy

10/6/2019 update starts here

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8/23/2019 update starts here.

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Rendering from 4/23/2019 Wisconsin State Journal article cited below

Second floor plan:  efficiencies, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments

7/25/2019 update, "In the face of redevelopment, vernacular architecture never stood a chance", starts here.

Razed since Retiring Guy last visit.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Original 6/11/2019 post, "It's the beginning of the end of vernacular architecture on the 600 block of West Wilson Street in Madison WI", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Plan Commission approves five-story apartment building on West Wilson.  (, 4/23/2019)
City staff recommended approval of the demolition and conditional use permits the project requires. The Bassett Street Neighborhood Steering Committee also wrote in support of the project. 
Verveer said he had “not heard any negative concerns from neighborhood stakeholders” about the project. 
But in February, the Landmarks Commission said the buildings to be demolished had historic value and said it would be an “extensive loss to vernacular housing.” The city’s file on the property at 616 W. Wilson indicated that the house was designed by architectural firm Claude and Starck, but city staff couldn’t find any additional supporting materials that this was the case.

The first sentence in Encyclopedia Britannica's entry on "vernacular architecture":

Vernacular architecture is defined as the ordinary buildings and spaces constructed, shaped, or inhabited by a particular group of people.

UPDATE: Exact Sciences headquarters second November construction site visit

Photo by Retiring Guy

Location shown on map

11/6/2019 update starts here.

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10/6/2019 update starts here

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7/7/2019 update starts here

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5/10/2019 update starts here.

From Whitney Way
Photos by Retiring Guy

From Research Park Boulevard

3/4/2019 update starts here.

Photo and video by Retiring Guy

2/22/2019 update, "Exact Sciences headquarters construction from a distance and a drive-by", starts here.

Photo and video by Retiring Guy

Original 9/18/2018 post, "Excavation underway for Exact Sciences headquarters", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Design unveiled for Exact Sciences headquarters at University Research Park.  (, 8/19/2018)
The five-story, 138,000- square-foot headquarters building, called Innovation One, will sit between two existing buildings occupied by Exact, with a two-story link connecting to the company’s research and development center, 501 Charmany Drive. The test kit chemical reagent manufacturing building, at 441 Charmany Drive, will remain a standalone structure. 

The new headquarters project will include preparing a site for a possible second tower, if needed, that would connect to an underground parking ramp with more than 300 stalls, University Research Park director Aaron Olver said.

Related post:
UPDATE. Exact Sciences construction progress as seen from 3 vantage points and in a video.  (8/8/2018)