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Community Idea Lab

Community Idea Lab

Debating tricky transpo questions at Community Idea Lab

We learned a lot from the presentations and discussions on Wednesday night at Crosscut's third Community Idea Lab (this one on transportation). Perhaps the biggest…

Quick recap from last night’s Community Idea Lab on transportation

How perfectly ironic that one of the first tweets about last night's Community Idea Lab was inspired by traffic on I-90. Tweeter Pat Dunn and…

How Puget Sound’s past shapes its transportation future

You think you’ve got a better idea for getting around town? If so, you’re part of a long tradition of Seattleites reinventing how to move…

Guest Opinion: For U.S. cities, a way out of transportation troubles

In 1999, I stepped into my first community meeting in a small, windowless church in Oakland, California. My fellow city staff and I were there…

Puget Sound’s transportation future: Some key considerations

The Puget Sound's transportation problems abound, but possible fixes remain unresolved. As planners and civic leaders sit down to develop long-term plans, the question of…

The Solowheel: Transportation solution or Segway sequel?

Ted McDonald glides up to Seattle’s Solowheel headquarters on his tiny electric “unicycle,” gracefully slows, steps off and picks up the 25 pound wheel with one…

Puget Sound drivers: What will make you get out of your car?

One of the proposed solutions to Seattle’s innumerable transportation problems: Spend money and lots of it. In early May, Mayor Ed Murray raised his (already…

First the Olympics, then Seattle Transportation: Meet Nicole Freedman

As Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle Department of Transportation Director, Scott Kubly, tout the $930 million Move Seattle transportation levy, their common refrain is,…

New York City: Inspiration for a quicker, smarter Seattle?

If Seattle is going to make dramatic innovations in transportation, the city may need to act fast. That was the big message when one of the…

How traffic troubles Seattle’s psyche

In my psychotherapy practice, I often hear about an implacable force encountered by people from all walks of life. The force puts obstacles in their…

Puget Sound’s 5 worst transportation problems

On a sunny afternoon in March, a salmon-filled tractor-trailer flipped over on the Alaskan Way Viaduct. With Highway 99 blocked, city streets and highways ground…

Crosscut’s next Community Idea Lab: Transportation

One balmy night last summer, my fiance and I found ourselves trapped in a wall of traffic, one among thousands of cars inching northward, sloth-like,…