Law

The Patchwork City: What Gaps and Overlaps in City Boundaries Tell Us about Values

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I. Those Left Out: Skyway and Bryn Mawr It is budget season. Throughout Washington, cities are creating budgets that reflect the dual impacts of pandemic...

State Supreme Court Strikes Down I-976 Restoring Car Tab Funding for Transit

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The Washington Supreme Court ruled this morning that Initiative 976 violated the state constitution--twice, in fact--and struck it down accordingly. As a result, transportation...

Seattle Police Crack Down on Black Lives Matter Protests and Continue to Resist Reform

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Cities across America are on edge right now. Many have seen clashes between police and protesters, resulting in injuries, arrests, and destruction. It was...
Wallingford's Shell gas station. (Photo by Matthew Metz)

Ban New Gas Stations and Require Cleanups to Tackle the Big Polluter on the...

In the midst of the lively local restaurants and coffee shops on N 45th Street in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood is a business bearing the...
RapidRide heads north on SR-99 just after the Aurora Bridge. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

State Supreme Court Intervenes in I-976 Case, Ruling Expected This Summer

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The Washington Supreme Court wants the constitutionality question for Initiative 976 settled for good and sooner rather than later. Yesterday the court issued a...

Seattle Now Has the Right to Levy a 1% Income Tax

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On April 3rd, Washington's Supreme Court denied a motion to hear Seattle's income tax case enshrining a lower court ruling that struck down a...
Share The Cities co-hosted a tenant bootcamp with Be:Seattle in Queen Anne on December 17. (Credit: Laura Loe)

Acronyms for Action: TOPA Could Help Tenants Buy Their Homes

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Seattle and Washington State want to maintain housing affordability and the other Washington (D.C.) laid the groundwork to do it via legislation providing tenants...

Wonkabout Washington: State Takings Law Remade

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Wonkabout Washington is back after a brief hiatus and we’re wrapping up the year with an exceptionally wonky topic that has broad impacts for...