Seattle

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What Happens When a Local Restaurant Gets Famous?

For a little Vietnamese pho shop in Seattle, home to a three-liter noodle bowl, popularity was a boon and a headache.

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What It's Really Like to Live in a 'Dorm for Adults'

I live in a “hacker house,” but I’m not a tech bro. Here’s why it’s not so crazy to share a home with 17 roommates.

SoundTransit

The Cartoon Animals Teaching Etiquette to Seattle Straphangers

SoundTransit’s campaign uses disarming creatures to help riders in the famously passive-aggressive city learn how to coexist.

SDOT

Seattle Puts Side Guards on Trucks to Protect Cyclists

The panels are meant to stop the fatal, crushing trauma associated with getting run over.

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Why Seattle and Tacoma, Maritime Rivals, Merged Their Ports

Faced with the negotiating power of global shipping giants, the ports 32 miles apart decided to join together—and train up the workforce they’ll both need.

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The 5 Kinds of Cities We'll See in the Populist Era

Will your city go into triage mode, double down on progressive policies, or flex its financial muscle in 2017?

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A Growing Seattle Goes All In on Transit

Voters agreed to fund expansions and improvements for local bus and light rail systems. A short film shows how that choice is shaping the city’s future.

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Putting Seattle's Progressive Bona Fides to the Test

Housing, homelessness, and police reform continue to dog the Emerald City.

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The Best Cities for Part-Time Workers

Seattle and San Francisco point to a way to protect employees against erratic schedules and unpredictable wages.

WSDOT

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.”

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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.

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Beer Fits Seattle Like a Well-Worn Flannel

The Northwest is America's capital of hoppy beer.

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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?

SDOT

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.

mirastories

A New Life for Urban Alleys

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

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Seattle Bus Stops Now Feature Rain-Activated Sea Creatures

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