History

In Wallingford, Vision and Memory, Luck and Loss

The “Visions of Wallingford” project poses a question: “How does a neighborhood learn?” It’s one that strikes me as both fascinating and important.  It’s important because...

Midweek Video: Can Quality Transit Heal Car-Oriented Suburban Wounds?

Los Angeles was a city built on good transit bones, but somewhere along the way went off the rails with cars and suburbanization. Ray...

How Old Is Seattle?

The short answer is 153, but the long answer is that we are too young to act this old. Seattle was founded in 1851...

Reopen Tacoma’s Broadway to People

Transforming Broadway into a plaza would create a world-class pedestrian space in the heart of Downtown Tacoma. Urban explorers, or really any attentive pedestrians,...

Seattle’s Newest Inductees for the Hall of Fame (For Infuriating Maps)

Seattle has a history of infuriating maps. For its relatively young age as an official municipality, the place has produced amazing blood-boiling cartography. Some maps...

Midweek Video: How The Craftsman Was Popularized in America

Vox looks at the story of the Craftsman home and how it became a staple across America in the 20th Century.
A black and white photo with overlaid sketch of some trees and a walking path.

The Seattle Times Found Many Ways to Profit From Exclusion and Redlining

A short walk through the long history of discriminatory housing ads It’s interesting to sift through historic print newspaper advertisements and get a glimpse of...

Sunday Video: How The Auto Industry Carjacked The American Dream

https://youtu.be/oOttvpjJvAo Climate Town charts the history of how the car industry rapidly reset what the American Dream would be. The oppressive takeover has wrought a...