The Raging Future of American Wildfires

The risk of major blazes could increase 600 percent by mid-century, say scientists.


Almost Half of Americans Are at Risk From Earthquakes

That’s double a U.S. Geological Survey estimate made in 2006.

Ted S. Warren/AP

All of Seattle's Development Projects in One Map

An interactive tool just released by the city is a step toward transparency as building continues to boom.

AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Why You Don't Really Care About the Next 'Big One'

Terrible natural disasters will come someday, but most people have a hard time worrying about stuff that isn’t imminent.

Mathieu Thouvenin / Flickr

Indy (Gently) Nudges Developers Away From Parking, Toward Transit

The Indy Rezone plan gives breaks to buildings that provide bike, car-share, or bus access.


Seattle Plants Street Trees in a Substance Made of Car Tires

It’s reportedly easier to maintain than soil and mulch.


The Weather Service Warns Seattle of a Potential Historic Fire

Conditions are “quite similar” to those during the Great Seattle Fire of 1889.

Victoria Weather Vancouver Island

A Huge Smoke Wave Makes the Pacific Northwest Smell Like 'Burnt Toast'

Watch it swoop over the horizon with this time-lapse footage.

Courtesy of Friends of Waterfront Seattle

How Seattle Is Reclaiming Its Waterfront From an Elevated Urban Highway

The Alaskan Way Viaduct is coming down, and a vast new park system is coming up.

Seattle DOT / Flickr

Seattle to Law-Abiding Drivers: Here's a Gift Card

As part of its Vision Zero plan, the city is rewarding everyday acts of safety.

SDOT / SvR Design / Olson Kundig Architects

Seattle's Future Alleys Look Like Paradise

The city looks to the dank gaps between buildings for “vibrant new spaces.”


Can Seattle Go Any Greener?

The city looks to become a hub for smart building technology.

Phil Roeder / Flickr

The High Cost of Residential Parking

Every time a new building includes space for cars, it passes those costs on to tenants.

Oran Viriyincy / Flickr

Seattle to Buildings: Give Tenants Transit Passes, Not Parking Spots

The city’s new proposal represents a smart step toward reduced car reliance.

NASA Goddard

The Deadly Geography of Landslides

Rain-driven landslides have killed at least 20,000 since 2007—here's where.

Oran Viriyincy / Flickr

How Washington State Convinced Big Companies to Dramatically Reduce Drive-Alone Commutes

The state's Commute Trip Reduction program is a model for the nation.


This Seattle Street Art Only Appears When It's Raining

The invisible sidewalk ink puts a positive spin on the gloomy weather.

Fietsberaad / Flickr

6 Places Where Cars, Bikes, and Pedestrians All Share the Road As Equals

The woonerf, or "shared street," has made its way into U.S. cities.

Brian Brettschneider

Where's the 'Dreariest' Place in America?

Gloomy cities with tons of rain and clouds include Seattle, Portland, and Buffalo.