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Critics of policies that increase urban density often point to negative impacts on tree canopy as reason to oppose zoning changes. Some opponents to Home in Tacoma, an affordable housing initiative, made the claim that introducing more housing types into single-family zoned areas would reduce the city's tree canopy....
A photo of two young children on a beach with more children visible in the distance.
As a coordinator for an outdoor preschool, Eya Lazaro helps families of color find greenspaces across the Puget Sound for their young children to safely learn, explore, and play in nature. But in South King County, finding parks that families live near or can access is challenging.  According to an open...
We’re pleased to announce a redesign of our website with the goal of shortening page loading times and improving the reader experience. Toward that end, we've decided to discontinue our comment section. For more on that decision read on. One prominent addition is our new "Features" feed, which is along...
The Capitol building in Olympia is marble colored and include pillars and a dome in the classic style.
The Washington State Legislature has recently kicked off its 2022 session. It's going to be a shorter session than last year since even-numbered years only have a 60-day session period. However, the legislative agenda promises to be full with both new bills and some bills that were introduced last...
A close up view of a highway in an arid landscape.
In a recent poll released by the Northwest Progressive Institute (NPI), fewer than 20% of respondents agreed that the Washington State Legislature should prioritize building new highways or widening existing ones in a new state transportation funding package. Instead by a three-to-one margin, poll participants preferred to fund other...
Alaska Airlines plane takes off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with Mt. Rainier in the background.
The winter holidays gifted Seattle thousands of cancelled flights, likely affecting over 100,000 travellers. Today, weeks later, people are feeling the impacts as airlines try to work through the backlog. I can relate. I’ve had my fair share of terrible flying experiences, including a trip just last November. These...
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When it comes to planning in the State of Washington, the Growth Management Act (GMA) is where we start. It determines where we can build housing, cities, transportation, and everything else. More importantly, it determines where we cannot (an interactive map of the Puget Sound Region's Urban Growth Boundary...
A photo of a Rapid Ride bus at stop with a bike parked in front of it.
The Seattle Department of Transportation and King County Metro recently reneged on the voter-approved promise of a Roosevelt RapidRide (J Line) by shortening the line to end in the University District. The reason they gave in October was the loss “of anticipated capital and operating funds due to the...