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The Hilltop extension of Tacoma's T Line streetcar will not be opening in the first quarter of 2023 as planned due to construction defects, Sound Transit revealed today. The exact length of the delay is not known and the exact nature of the "quality issues" was not revealed, but Sound Transit CEO Julie Timm said the agency still expects to open the project some time in 2023. The project had...

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Our friends at Futurewise will be our guests at our monthly speaker series on Tuesday, December 13th from 6:30 to 7:30pm via Zoom....
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City Hall Park Plans Curtailed by New Seattle Budget

The budget that Mayor Bruce Harrell signed on Tuesday slimmed down two proposals that received a feted rollout at the beginning of...

Cascadia’s Chinatown Problem

According to news reports, it is difficult to walk into Chinatown without seeing urban blight and homelessness. The city’s pre-eminent ethnic neighborhood...

Alex Pedersen’s Odd Resistance to Food Trucks, Bike Lanes, and Other...

While the vast majority of Seattleites identify as progressive when polled, the City of Seattle's approach to many of its biggest problems...
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Seattle Public Utilities’ Drifting Code Interpretation Drives Up Housing Costs

SPU's justification for water main extensions relies on misunderstanding of Seattle Municipal Code. Permitting systems exist to ensure consistent and predictable outcomes, a...

City Light Cancels Planned EV Charging Lot in Belltown

Seattle City Light has announced that plans will not move forward to build a new surface parking lot for electric vehicle (EV)...

Adopted Regional Transportation Plan Isn’t Aligned With 2030 Climate Goals

Just a few months after adopting a long range transportation plan intended to guide investments through 2050, staff at the Puget Sound...

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Welcome to December 2022 Edition Now that the carnage of Budget Season has passed, we can move to more pressing concerns. Comprehensive plan meetings! Also,...

Events Roundup: Matt Hutchins Urbanist Talk Plus Comp Plan Meetings

On Monday, two big events are happening. At 6:30pm, The Urbanist is hosting activist architect Matt Hutchins at the November edition of our monthly...

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