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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…

Field Notes from Olympia: What if lawmakers were more like the people they serve?

Observing the state legislature, I am struck by how different most lawmakers are from the constituents they represent. Washington’s senators and representatives are largely white,…

The oil trains and the cities: How safe?

They gathered at dusk at the King Street Station with the words “No Exploding Oil Trains” projected on the station’s clock tower. Some held signs…

Would a new pipeline ease state’s oil train worries?

As the debates over transporting oil by rail increase, Sen. Mike Baumgartner wants the state to study a potential east-west oil pipeline. Baumgartner, R-Spokane, introduced…

Smartypants guide to Civic Cocktail: Ed Murray

Our Civic Cocktail gathering next Wednesday will feature a special guest, Mayor Ed Murray, to talk about his plans for 2015. But expect him to be…

Meet Crosscut’s Community Idea Lab winner

Abi Gibson is a high school senior. The oldest of three sisters, she's a vocal jazz nut and, like a lot of other high schoolers,…

Unanswered questions about oil trains

Two questions popped up Tuesday at a Washington House committee hearing on an oil train safety bill. No one could answer them. The first came…

Some transportation votes close in Senate

Parts of a long-delayed Washington Senate transportation package will likely show up on the chamber's floor in a few days. The question is how many…

Coyotes everywhere: Vashon Island’s experience

A coyote slipped into the darkened field, just as everyone had expected. People at last summer's three-day Vashon Island sheepdog trials had found two sheep…

Later school start times could have big impact

As a push for later high school start times intensifies in Seattle, a trio of Seattle doctors shared evidence Monday night that later school start times…

Obama’s executive order to beef up defense of our cyber domain

There’s new language for a new kind of arms race. President Barack Obama punctuated his speech at a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection by signing an executive…

For universal Pre-K, the devil is in the details

[caption id="attachment_84001" align="alignright" width="225"] Marcy Whitebook, Director and Senior Researcher at the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at University of California,…

Community Idea Lab: The Final Five

How can we make K-12 classrooms more student-focused, individualized and community-rooted? That's the question we asked all of you this winter through our Community Idea…

City Council takes first step toward a comprehensive privacy plan

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a set of principles Monday to guide how city departments collect, hold and use private information. The principles, envisioned as…

Field Notes from Olympia: Legislating virtual worlds

On February 6th I watched the House Finance Committee consider two bills that would reshape the state tax code governing digital transactions and the delivery…