People bike on the low bridge with the cracked high bridge looming overhead. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

SDOT Lays Out Six Options for West Seattle Bridge, Cost-Benefit Analysis Process in October

In a recent blog post, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has outlined the framework it will use to evaluate options to replace or...

Seattle Tops 761,100 Residents, Four-County Region Grows to 4,264,200

New population numbers for 2020 from the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) show that Seattle has surpassed 761,100 residents while the four-county...

Smart Grids: Technology for a Green Urban Energy Future

The buzzwords “smart grid” have been floating around in environmentalist circles, national security circles, and it’s even made an appearance in urbanist media. Hype...

Urban Microgrids: The Potential for Urban Energy Generation and Efficiency

In 2018, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the Miller Community Center would soon be home to a $3.3 million solar microgrid. This project...

Eliminate the Mortgage Interest Deduction: Part Two

America's most regressive social policy has entrenched the racial wealth gap. It's time for it to go. This article is the second half...
Sydney, Australia during Vivid Lights festival. (Photo by Hugh Han on Unsplash)

Smart Cities Require Better Digital Privacy Planning

We’ve moved beyond the initial excitement about the sizzle of smart cities. The basic idea—much heralded but limited so far in practical application—is to...
Emirates plane taxiing at Sea-Tac International Airport.

Puget Sound Aviation Forecast Suggests Second Sea-Tac-Sized Airport Needed by 2050

On Thursday, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) released the first part of a multi-year aviation study for the four-county region. The study's early...

2019 Population Estimates Have Seattle Pushing 750,000 with Steady Growth

Seattle, King County, and Washington State growth rates all stabilized for the last year of this long decade. The Office of Financial Management's (OFM) April...