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Transit Trouble is Brewing in Tacoma

Planned transit bypasses downtown and threatens investments across the city. It is not too late for a reset. By virtually all metrics, a 15-minute...

Sound Transit’s Board Needs To Act on Rider Experience Now

The Sound Transit board is asleep at the wheel. Riders can see it clearly when they venture onto Link. Walk into any station and...

What New Seattle City Council Districts Mean for 2023 Elections

The Seattle Redistricting Commission approved its final map for Seattle City Council districts on Tuesday, making no further changes from the map we covered...

Seattle Greenways Offers Their Own 90-Day Review of SDOT’s Vision Zero Safe Streets Campaign

When Greg Spotts took over as the new director of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), he ordered a 90-day review of the city's...

Climate Pledge Arena, Season 2: Better Food, Frostier Drinks, Lots of Goals

To be honest, it’s a little difficult to decide whether this is a food review, a hockey game report, or a look at the...
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Seattle Public Utilities Is Exacting Impermissible Capital Improvement Fees

Project requirements suggest a pattern of double charging, which nearly sunk a 160-unit affordable housing project in Beacon Hill. Navigating the Seattle permitting system is...

Seattle Has Worst Air Quality in World as Mayor Harrell Attends C40 Climate Summit

Mayor Bruce Harrell was in Buenos Aires yesterday attending the C40 Climate Summit. Back at home, Seattle's air quality was rated "very unhealthy" and...
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A Reflection on the “Forbidden Houses” of Bothell

Four years ago I moved from a single-family home in Seattle to a condominium in dense downtown Kirkland. It was an adjustment. I loved...