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An obstacle keeping people of color out of national parks

For those concerned about why people of color stay away from our national parks in droves, here's a thought: It’s not just a history of…

McGinn: Seattle Times continues phony ‘war on cars’

Brier Dudley of the Seattle Times has just “had it up to here” with the “War on Cars.”  His frustrations came pouring out in a…

NIMBYs are wrong on housing, says math

When it comes to the merits of desecrating graveyards, you’d likely find champions among some housing density zealots. “Sure, it’s disrespectful to build micro-apartments on…

Crowded field comes into focus in 7th Congressional District debate

Six of the candidates for one of Seattle’s biggest congressional prizes in a generation tried to paint themselves as the best choices in a key…

Beneath downtown Seattle, Bertha faces biggest test

The Seattle Mariners and the tunnel boring machine Bertha are following similar arcs lately. After years of wallowing in failure, both have shown a bit…

Murray’s Jungle closure plan meets council resistance

When government representatives from Seattle and Olympia unveiled the plan to close the Duwamish Greenbelt — known informally as the Jungle — Mayor Ed Murray…

Green group turns attention to affordable housing

An organization best known for saving large natural areas in rural areas is taking on a new task: affordable housing in the city. Forterra, formerly…

Fighting Seattle’s ‘economic apartheid’

When Ubax Gardheere’s son was starting kindergarten, she made a tough choice. The single mother of three lived in SeaTac, worked in Seattle, and belonged…

Video: State GOP gathering shows Trump tensions

As Republicans gather in Pasco for their state convention, many of them have to decide whether to get on board the Trump train. Conventions attract…

Tiny house living: Coming soon to Seattle’s backyards

Councilmember Mike O’Brien unveiled legislation Thursday meant to spur Seattle homeowners into developing more backyard cottages and mother-in-law units, potentially significantly more. Although it’s difficult…

Addiction and homelessness: fixing the vicious cycle

Only one in three heroin users have stable housing. The other two are either homeless, on the verge of being homeless or in jail. So…

Anti-density forces rally to “save the U District”

Framed as an effort to “Save The U District” and  prevent the area’s housing and businesses from “all” being replaced with “steel and glass towers,” last…

Unpacking a packed 43rd LD debate

Last week, Gender Justice League executive director Danni Askini — a well-known and liked civil rights activist — dropped out of the crowded race for…

Closing the Jungle

The shoe has dropped for the area beneath I-5 and the East Duwamish Greenbelt, home to hundreds of people and unofficially known as the Jungle.…

Watch Samantha Bee destroy Seattle’s sports misogynists

Forget the SuperSonics, say hello to the new Seattle Seawards. Samantha Bee saluted the women of the Seattle City Council last night on her show…

Judge: Failed salmon restoration has cost billions

It's Groundhog Day. Again. Or maybe not. On May 3, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon trashed the federal government’s plan for managing dams on the…

Seattle needs another woman mayor

Where’s Bertha? No, not that Bertha, the original Bertha. Where is Seattle’s woman mayor? Seattle has elected exactly one female mayor in our history —…

Micro housing: Facing the cooking challenge

This story originally appeared on YES! Magazine If there is anything that pairs well with the soggy mood swings of early spring in the Pacific…

Amazon’s hotel for homeless comes to life

When Amazon donated an empty South Lake Union hotel for use as a homeless shelter, it was investing in a model that Mary’s Place, the service…

Climate change threatens coastal archaeological sites

It’s the kind of foggy day you’d expect at Redwood National Park on the Northern California coast. The headlands are shrouded in mist and the…

Report faults state on groundwater pollution

In a stinging look at the agricultural practices in Washington, a new report places responsibility for degraded water quality and steep declines in Puget Sound…

Light rail: How our past shapes the choices

Sound Transit staff have been running into a lot of public unhappiness recently. Roughly 240 people who showed up for an Everett meeting, for instance, mainly to express…

Fear of outsiders, racial tensions fueling Trump run, says WSU professor

The U.S. is currently in a new era of racial debate, in which xenophobia and fear of outsiders is having a clear moment. The rhetoric…