Social Welfare

How Seattle Might Regulate Short-Term Vacation Rentals

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Short-term vacation rentals have become an increasingly prominent feature of the urban environment in Seattle. Just three years ago, there were only a couple hundred Airbnb...

Court of Appeals Deals Blow to County Youth Jail

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Tuesday was an eventful day for the future of the King County Children and Family Justice Center after the Washington State Court of Appeals...

Seattle Initiative 124: What It’s About

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In the fall, Seattle voters will see a workplace safety, security, and health initiative on their November ballot. The measure, known as Initiative 124-Seattle Protects...

Map of the Week: Access and Choice to Grocery Stores in Seattle

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Human settlements are built on the bedrock of food access. Without adequate sustenance, urban environments cannot flourish. People will travel long distances to ensure that they are...

Seattle City Council Notes: A Safer SR-520, Roosevelt Gets a Park, and Enhanced Tenant...

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At the top of the agenda on Monday, the City Council discussed a resolution (Resolution 31611) on the SR-520 highway rebuild from Montlake to...

Midweek Video: Why It’s So Hard To Get Unemployment Benefits

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https://youtu.be/ualUPur6iks The American unemployment system is not universal in its design. How did we get to where we are and why are some systems designed...

Midweek Video: How Humans Are Making Pandemics More Likely

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https://youtu.be/qp5CEcIyk94 Vox explains how human expansion into natural habitats is directly linked to the spread of new and deadly diseases in human populations.

City Council Mulls Franchise Agreement with Comcast

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The City of Seattle has entered into a proposed agreement with the Comcast affiliated entity called “Comcast Cable Communications Management LLC”. Comcast recently entered...