History

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.
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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...

Midweek Video: The Surprising Way Small Towns Are Disappearing

https://youtu.be/8YVBBkBcdrg Dave Amos discusses small towns in America and the surprising way many are disappearing.
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Northgate Link Light Rail Expansion: How We Arrived

The history of Link light rail was writ large on the Northgate Link's opening day. The entry point for my first ride to Northgate Station...

Midweek Video: Highways Almost Destroyed Amsterdam via Plan Jokinen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI5pbDFDZyI In the 1960s, Amsterdam briefly was sold on a highway urban renewal project designed by an American planner David Jokinen. It would have destroyed...

Sunday Video: Why Did Cities Build Downtown Malls?

https://youtu.be/PFG90WI8wI4 Dave Amos explores the history and life of downtown malls in North America. He points out their pitfalls and what alternatives may be better...