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Why Seattle will never be a walkable city

People who walk regularly around Seattle are torn between bafflement and dismay at what they traverse on foot. On any given day, they encounter buckled,…

Green voters seem confused this election

Washington environmentalists have their priorities completely backward as we approach Election Day. On one hand, most major green groups have either come out against, or…

Northwest grit at the Head of the Charles

Most of sports Boston was focused on Fenway Park this weekend, where the big excitement of the American League pennant had concluded before the weekend…

Digging It: As Bertha bores, tunnel geeks everywhere will be watching

I’ve had personal acquaintance with half a dozen or more tunnel boring machines (TBMs). Including a 25-foot diameter cutterhead TBM I lived with – or suffered…

Digging It: How to bore a tunnel, in pictures

The tunnel boring machine is anything but boring. Its guts, including the control cab, cutterhead, 56 thrust jacks, 24 engines and bundles of tubing that,…

Trans-poor-tation 4: A mighty toll order

Any transportation revenue and spending package should lay a firm foundation in policy, making plain the overall direction in which the program is headed. What will…

Trans-poor-tation 3: No high five for I-5

Whenever politicians make decisions about spending, shiny new projects always seem to trump the old, taking-care-of-business kind of work. This explains, in part at least,…

Trans-poor-tation 2: Let’s finish what we started

Finish what we’ve started. That’s the catchphrase being bandied about in Olympia as state legislators debate how to raise and spend new transportation dollars. The…

Trans-poor-tation: Olympia’s $8.4 billion fail

Editor's note: State lawmakers are currently debating a House proposal that could generate billions in new transportation spending over the next 12 years. This story…

Cracked concrete: A fix-it-first warning for Olympia

Crosscut will host "What Moves You: Transportation and Arts," a Civic Cocktail happy hour in partnership with CityClub and the Seattle Channel, Wednesday, April 3rd at 5:30…

The 5 biggest roadblocks to great WA transportation

Crosscut will host "What Moves You: Transportation and Arts," a Civic Cocktail happy hour in partnership with CityClub and the Seattle Channel, Wednesday, April 3rd at 5:30…

Eyman’s supermajority initiative: Tougher sale this time

Another election year, another go-round with Tim Eyman, the initiative king. I’m doing everything I can as a volunteer in opposition to this year’s Initiative…

Crosscut Tout: 2 serious students of transit will speak

For all the endless discussion of public transportation in an around Seattle, it’s all too rare that a forum presents serious students of transit practices…

Tolls: a long road still ahead to get best results

If traffic statistics are to traffic fans as sports statistics are to sports nuts, we who are addicted to the traffic pages should have no…

Best of 2011: The sorry state of Seattle’s streets

Editor's Note: In the run-up to the new year, Crosscut is sharing ten days of its best stories from 2011, each with a different theme. Today…
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