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Pike Place Market gets a front porch for the future

The last piece of Pike Place Market is starting to fall into place. The new development, the MarketFront, will eventually connect to the waterfront, touching down…

A welcome break from Seattle’s architectural horror show

Pioneer Square has seen an influx of new people this fall, as 800 Weyerhaeuser employees move into the company's sparkling new headquarters. Almost immediately, the impact was…

Amazon’s spheres are out of a dystopian nightmare

Every time I pass by the Amazon spheres at Seventh and Lenora, my mind wants to go to Buckminster Fuller. Instead, it goes to Bruce…

Robert Hardgrave is both a visual artist and a City Superhero

Our biweekly City Superheroes column highlights the powerful figures walking among us — with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s pairing: painter…

Coming soon: A badass feminist coloring book

What exactly is a feminist coloring book? And why has Ijeoma Oluo, a 34-year-old black Seattleite known for her social justice writing and activist Twitter campaigns, created one? [caption…

Heart of Little Saigon prepares for a makeover

A visitor crossing 12th Avenue at Jackson Street can be forgiven for dismissing the crossroads as an eyesore, an urban jumble of strip-mall architecture, dilapidated infrastructure,…

The new Seattle, where everything looks the same

This is the first in a 2-part series on changes in Seattle's built environment. You can read Part 2 here. Tucked into a side street…

As Seattle changes, remember ghosts like the old Orpheum Theater

In Seattle, last week, I looked across the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Olive Way, into McGraw Square and towards the Westin Hotel, noting a Seattle urbanism trifecta…

Seattle’s facadism fetish makes fools of history & progress

Is Seattle history becoming skin-deep? You could be excused for thinking so. Efforts to preserve local “character” while accommodating massive development have seen a revival…

Vancouver sending heritage homes to the wood chipper

The Vancouver Sun calls spring the “demolition season” in Vancouver, BC. Growth and development in the city are booming, driven in part by demand from…

How neighbors are replacing blight with thriving local businesses

Editor's Note: This article was produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, as part of its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and partners with…

Book City: Developer Liz Dunn’s reading for excellent cities

Liz Dunn is the woman behind many successful real estate rehab projects on Capitol Hill, including Melrose Market and the Piston & Ring building. She’s…

The West Seattle jewelry artist too bold for his own hometown

Three years ago, Seth Damm fell in love with 200 yards of raw cotton rope. The softness and beauty of the glowing-white material instantly enticed…