Land Use & Development

Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park Grapples with History of Expulsion

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In the shadow of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and the midst of a dramatic rise in anti-Asian violence, I stumbled...
Backyard cottage with woman in patio and sunset.

Snohomish County Liberalizes Backyard Cottage and Basement Apartment Rules

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Snohomish County's long-awaited reform of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) has finally come to pass. Yesterday, the Snohomish County Council voted unanimously to pass a...

Northgate’s Construction Spree Is Just Starting

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In the past two decades, development in and around Northgate has, for the most part, been a bit sleepy. Every few years a new...

Sunday Video: The Dark Legacy of This Iconic Baseball Stadium

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https://youtu.be/DxJuuWUzQzI In Los Angeles, the history behind Dodger Stadium is marred by forced displacement of Latinos in several neighborhoods. The initial displacement was for government-funded...
School crossing guards are a low paid, but essential position. Seattle Public Schools has struggled to recruit and train school crossing guards in recent years. (Credit: Nicholas Pilch)

Council Takes Initial Steps to Fix Childcare in Seattle

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Of all the unexpected systems that the pandemic has laid bare, the crisis has shown childcare to be uniquely scattered and broken. By closing...

New Round of Studies Underscore Benefits of Building More Housing

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Recently, a flurry of studies about the effects of new housing supply has emerged that rebuffs skeptics who argue against building more housing. In...

The Great Seattle Housing Swap

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Imagine if you could partner with a developer to build a multiplex or rowhouse on your property, and, in exchange for the land, you...

Seattle Keeps Growing Despite the ‘Dying’ Pronouncements

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Conservatives keep saying Seattle is dying, but repetition hasn't made it true. Despite the gloom and doomsday pronouncements, Seattle is very much alive and...