Public Health

Seattle’s Salt Addiction

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Treating roads with salt has many negative environmental impacts. Why are SDOT and the City of Seattle so proud of how much salt is...

Advocates Urge City to Open More Streets to Pedestrians and Cyclists During the COVID-19...

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Last week Rainier Valley Greenways and Safe Streets (RVGSS) submitted a letter to the Seattle City Council and Mayor Jenny Durkan requesting that the...

Transit Cuts Are On The Way for Every Corner of Seattle

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Yesterday King County Metro announced broad service cuts affecting nearly every route starting on Monday March 23, while Sound Transit is also reducing service...
A vertical farm proposed in Seoul seeks to bring fresh organic food closer to consumers. (Courtesy of Zoubeir Azouz Architecture)

An Urbanist Case for Vertical Farming

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Today, common agricultural practices come with significant environmental costs. The sector depletes fresh water supplies, occupies large swathes of land, and emits major greenhouse...

West Seattle Bridge Closes for Emergency Repair Work as Governor Issues Stay at Home...

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The West Seattle Bridge is closed until further notice. Mayor Jenny Durkan said the bridge "cannot safely support vehicular traffic at this time" at...
West Woodland. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

Safe At Home: The Battle to Control the COVID Narrative

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One of my favorite webcomics was the short-lived Minus. Beautifully painted, surreal, often touching, there is no place for it on the Internet. It...

Seattle Council Extends Eviction Moratorium Through December

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Being evicted for nonpayment of rent won't really be a thing for Seattle tenants in 2020--at least if tenants assert the rights they won...

Can Seattle Increase Bathroom Access for Homeless People During the COVID Outbreak?

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It is never easy to live unsheltered. Research shows that the stresses imposed by homelessness prematurely age the body by 10 to 20 years beyond individuals’ chronological...