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Three people biking and two pedestrians wait for a long line of cars queuing on Mercer Street in South Lake Union.

Three Lawmakers Say Their Constituents Should Get a Free Pass on Blocking Seattle Crosswalks...

Some motorists think they should be above the law Automatic traffic cameras are being installed in eight Seattle locations and three state legislators are "crying...
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Washington Redistricting Commission Fails to Approve Maps In Time, Still Wants Court to Accept...

Late Monday night, the Washington State Redistricting Commission failed to approve new maps for Congressional and legislative districts before the constitutional deadline, while holding...
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Lack of Clarity in Seattle City Code Harms Renters

Parallel to Governor Inslee’s housing stability bridge program and Mayor Durkan’s extension of Seattle’s eviction moratorium, the Seattle City Council passed a series of...
Mayor Durkan stands on a sidewalk on a leafy residential block.

Durkan Text Scandal Whistleblowers Sue City for Retaliation

Whistleblowers in the scandal around Mayor Jenny Durkan's missing texts and mishandling of public records requests have filed suit against the City of Seattle...
A sign says 4,128 square feet of retail are available.

Seattle to Boost Downtown with Additional Street-Level Uses

On Monday, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance to energize Downtown Seattle and South Lake Union (SLU) with new street-level uses. This...
Police gathered in large numbers to ensure houseless were swept and cleared in rapid fashion with no interruption from encampment residents or their allies. (Photo by Enrico Doan)

Consent Decree Judge Contemplates Police Reform under a New City Attorney

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge James Robart summoned City Attorney Pete Holmes and Court Monitor Anthony Oftelie to his courtroom to get an update...

Council Roundup: Setting Up Defenses Against Mayoral Steamrolling

Recently, the Seattle City Council has passed a handful of bills around revenue tracking, the environment, affordable housing, and parking rates. Many of these...
A triplex in Magnolia. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

Conventional Conforming: The Quiet Hurdle to Increasing Density

How Federal Subsidy of Loan Interest Rates Block Missing Middle Housing Earlier in the pandemic, I was searching around Zillow. Looking at houses was a...