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Community Idea Lab: Building a 21st Century Transportation System

REGISTER HERE! Join Crosscut at its 3rd Community Idea Lab where you'll explore visions for regional transportation solutions here in the Northwest, the values 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…

Crosscut receives 11 awards from Society of Professional Journalists

Crosscut was honored with 11 awards in this year's Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition, including four first place finishes and a special recognition…

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,…

Can coders fix the Seattle area’s traffic problems?

Buildings can be razed and replaced. Single-family homes can become multi-story apartment complexes. As Seattle adapts to its status as the fastest growing city in…

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,…

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…

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…

Meet the company making math addictive

"You don’t feel like 'I'm finished' but 'I want to learn more,'" says Zoran Popovic, the Director of the University of Washington Center for Game…

5 most influential teachers in Seattle history

Who is your hero from Seattle’s educational history? For thousands of Seattle students, it’s probably the teacher who helped light a fire of inspiration, or…

How far will the state Supreme Court go on McCleary?

As the Washington Legislature gets back to work, the big question is what, if anything, it will do to appease the state Supreme Court, which ruled in…

South Seattle lawmakers want to split Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools would split into two separate districts under a bill filed Friday by Reps. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Eric Pettigrew, both south Seattle…

The Smartypants Guide to February’s Civic Cocktail: WSU, higher education and the state budget

Facing billions of dollars in needs for education and other programs, how is the state Legislature supposed to write a budget this year? And, with…

Language tutoring, sports grants, lego robots & other volunteer school programs you should know about

What happens to students when families and teachers need extra help and resources are tight? As part of our Community Idea Lab, focusing this winter…

How can we make K-12 education more student-focused, personalized and community-rooted? We’re giving you an extension!

How can we make K-12 education more student-focused, personalized and community-rooted? Exciting news, nerds. We’ve heard from you that you want more time to submit…

Some lucky Northwest schools have a case of the blues

Of all the time Annette Taborn has spent conducting the Northwest Blues in Schools program, there is one particular afternoon that stands out in her…