Washington State Is Giving Away a Free Bridge

The 1930s span “would make the perfect present for someone who has always wanted their own bridge, but didn’t know quite where to start.”

Dave Pickoff/AP

Why Republican Candidates Gave Up on American Cities: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we’ve come across in the last seven days.

Mapbox/Joshua Rainey Photography/Shutterstock/Katie Martin/CityLab

Beer Fits Seattle Like a Well-Worn Flannel

The Northwest is America's capital of hoppy beer.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Predictable Schedules Are the New $15 Minimum Wage

Following San Francisco’s lead, Seattle and New York City have introduced initiatives to regularize workers’ hours.

Olson Kundig

Seattle Is Putting a 10-Ton Ice Cube Outside to Melt

Stop by to watch it disappear, or maybe chip some flakes off for your gin and tonic.

Washington DNR

The American West Is So Dry That a Fire Broke Out in a River

Somebody call the fireboat?


Seattle to Roll Out a 'Pac-Man'-Themed Pavement Maze

The city plans to salute everybody’s favorite chomping-yellow orb with a new street mural.


A New Life for Urban Alleys

Once blighted and overlooked, these small streets are transforming into community and sustainability hotspots.


Seattle Bus Stops Now Feature Rain-Activated Sea Creatures

The ephemeral artworks celebrate the city’s newly extended “C Line.”


Seattle's Man in an 80-Foot Tree Finally Climbs Down

After magnetizing the city with his pine cone-chucking, whittling antics, Seattle’s tree-climbing dude is back on terra firma.

Peter Dejong/AP Photo

Everyone's Pretty Jealous of Seattle's 'Bike Batman'

With bike thefts rampant and often unreported, a lone vigilante might be the savior robbed cyclists need.

NWS San Francisco/Monterery

Drought-Struck California Finally Looks Due for an Epic Soaking

El Niño could roar back to life in March, potentially dropping more than 100 inches of snow on the mountains.


Even in 1907, Seattle Couldn't Handle the Snow

“Horses ... had great trouble going from Second to First and several fell, breaking shafts and harness.”

Seattle Office of Emergency Management

Predict Your Risk in Seattle's Big Earthquake

The city released an online map tool for natural hazards.

Joe Wolf / Flickr

The 28 Transportation Fees Paid by Seattle Residents

From the gas tax to the state license service fee—in one chart.

Alta Planning

Seattle Is Improving Its Bike Trails With a Garage-Built 'Frankenbike'

The city and Alta Planning are using the high-tech cycle to assess safety issues like potholes and obstructions.

Dan Corson

Of Course Seattle's Newest Sculpture Resembles a Cloud

Fitting, given the city’s reputation for actual clouds and cloud-based computing.

Chelsea Nesvig

The Wet and Slightly Less Wet Microclimates of Seattle

It’s drier near the water, because the city’s weather makes no sense.