Public Health

A large contingent of police barricaded 4th Avenue with their bicycles, blocking a route out of Westlake Park. (Photo by Robert Cruikshank)

On Fifth Day of Protest, Mayor Durkan Pledges Changes but Won’t Surrender Her Tear...

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"I'm not going to stand up and make a promise," Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said to a crowd of people protesting police violence demanding...

Will the Pandemic Mark a Turning Point for Safer Streets in Seattle?

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Across the world cities are taking bold measures to make it safer to walk and bike for transportation during the COVID-19 epidemic and beyond....
Time Square is a good place to avoid pandemic or no. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

Don’t Blame Density for Pandemics

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If you're a newspaper columnist or governor of New York, a pandemic is a great time to trot out medieval myths, repackage them like...

Co-Living: How Will Seattle’s Development Boom Respond to a Growing Desire for Shared Spaces?

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From mega developments like the Collective in London, to more boutique spaces like Euclid Manor in Oakland, co-living is increasing its influence on housing...
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...

Protected Bike Lanes Guard Cyclists from Pollution

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As a relatively new cyclist and resident of South Seattle, the recent The Urbanist piece about the downgrading of protected bike lanes frustrated me. The...

Seattle Is Relaxing Requirements to Encourage More Outdoor Cafes and Retail on City Streets

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On Friday morning, heading into the first full weekend of summer and 53 days since Governor Jay Inslee announced a phased reopening for Washington,...

Doing Journalism in Pandemic Mode

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These obviously aren't normal times. The economy is teetering, election systems are straining, and hospitals are preparing for a deluge of cases. Many parts...