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Travel north on Aurora Avenue, past Lake Union, and you will see the iconic patterns of the corridor. Low budget motels, used car lots, low rise buildings set back from the street, barb wire fences, and small scale warehouses. One more item you’ll see is busses full of passengers on...
Last week, David Allen, 29, was walking along Sand Point Way NE near 40th Ave NE when he was struck by one motorist and then another and left for dead. While there are differing accounts of what actually happened, what’s clear is the urgent need for safety...
by John Beutler
Unless you work in a factory, an autonomous vehicle (AV) is probably going to be the first physical robot you interact with, and the age of the AV is fast approaching. But are we ready for the day when we’re crossing the street and an actual AV is fast...
Throughout the development of the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) expansion, the WSCC has repeated in marketing materials and public meetings that the project would be funded by existing taxes and no new taxes would be needed. However, very quietly, the WSCC also lobbied the state legislature for an...
“Can you fix it?” the customer asked, his hand on the bars of an electric scooter. The middle-aged mechanic knelt in oil-stained overalls to examine the torn brake lines of the two small scooters. Each was composed of little more than a standing board, handlebars, and two tiny wheels. “Where...
The Port of Seattle, and its sister port in Tacoma, as part of the Northwest Seaport Alliance is a large-scale operation supporting about a third of Washington gross domestic product, employing tens of thousands of Washingtonians, and moving 3.7 million containers per year. The current 10-year strategic plan calls...
I want to tell you about 417 acres of land owned by the city of Seattle, about 1% of the Seattle that does not have a road on it. This land does not have any housing on it or city offices or facilities freely open to everyone. You have...
“Nobody stopped to hear him, though he played so sweet and high. They knew he had never been on their T.V., so they passed his music by.  I meant to go over and ask for a song, maybe put on a harmony. I heard his refrain as the signal changed,...