Seattle

Saving Seattle's Neighborhood Authenticity Through Better Buildings

A short documentary examines how to prevent South Lake Union from becoming another blah maze of featureless buildings.

2012 Ballot Initiatives: Local Winners and Losers

A cities-focused look at the outcome of key state and local ballot initiatives.

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3 Gubernatorial Toss-Ups With High Urban Stakes

A Cities guide to the very close state-level elections.

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Romney's Murky Urban Agenda

As Massachusetts governor, Romney was a believer in smart growth, climate change and mass transit. But the same man may not enter the White House, if he wins.

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Meet the Independent Video Stores Making It in the Age of Netflix

There aren't many left, but the ones that have hung on are winning by specializing and moving into the events business.

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Does Your City Need a Transit Riders Union?

Unions may be dying off in the workplace. But could they make a difference on the bus?

Marlin Peterson

Colossal Arachnids Menace the Space Needle

Artist Marlin Peterson improved the Seattle Center with frighteningly realistic (and large) daddy longlegs.

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Is It Harmful to Release Gang Maps?

Probably not, but as a recent case in Chicago shows, it might not be too helpful either.

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That Parking Spot In Front of Your House Doesn't Belong to You

And honestly, the city could make much better use of the space.

The Seattle Band Map Keeps Getting More Complicated

A crazy chart of the interconnectedness of Seattle musical acts since the 1960s is still being updated.

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Yes, This Ad Is Offensive. But Free Speech Rides Public Transit, Too

Sometimes embracing free speech means sharing the subway with an ad that churns your stomach.

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The Future of Air Travel Is, Fittingly, a Bit Delayed

A Congressional hearing finds progress on the NextGen system lagging but generally on track.

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The Case for Keeping Seattle's Streets Messy

Let's stop talking about how to "fix the grid" and recognize what we have.

The Tragic Geography of Disconnected Youth

One in seven young Americans are neither working nor going to school.

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Throwing It All Away: NYC Subway Trashes More Trash Cans

Transit officials say a pilot program has helped reduce garbage inside stations, but results elsewhere have been mixed.

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America's Best Places for a Raise

Where you live can determine how much more you'll be making next year.

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A Small-Space Design Bible

Author Kyle Schuneman talks interior design on the tiniest of budgets in his latest, The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces.

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Is a VMT Tax a Good Idea?

San Francisco is the latest city to consider a vehicle-miles traveled fee system.

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Where Your Sofa Is High-Demand Real Estate

New York City and San Francisco are the most "requested" destinations on CouchSurfing.org.