Gregory Scruggs

Gregory Scruggs writes about cities and culture. He lives in Seattle.

When the Cruise Ships Stop Coming

As coronavirus puts the cruise industry on hold, some popular ports are rethinking their relationship with the tourists and economic benefits the big ships bring.

photo: a high-speed train in Switzerland

The Case for Portland-to-Vancouver High-Speed Rail

At the Cascadia Rail Summit outside Seattle, a fledgling scheme to bring high-speed rail from Portland to Vancouver found an enthusiastic reception.

What the ‘Battle of Seattle’ Means 20 Years Later

The 1999 WTO protests shut down Seattle and brought new attention to the effects of global trade. The event looms large in the activist imagination today.

How Seattle’s 1919 General Strike Ignited America’s Labor Movement

The strike was a spectacular show of force for the city’s workers, and inspired a tradition of local labor organizing that lives on 100 years later.

A photo of Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct

As an Elevated Highway Closes, Seattle Braces for Traffic Hell

By closing the Alaskan Way Viaduct, Seattle ushers in a period of short-term commuter pain for long-term waterfront redevelopment gain.

The Nerd That Ate Seattle

Paul Allen was the city’s preeminent philanthropist and real estate developer up until his death earlier this week. His legacy reveals something broader about the twinned nature of Seattle and its native software son.

Seattle Unanimously Passes an 'Amazon Tax' to Fund Affordable Housing

The compromise bill to fund affordable housing and homelessness programs is a thermometer for how cities regulate rapid economic growth.

What UNESCO Means to U.S. Cities

As the U.S. prepares to withdraw from the U.N.’s cultural organization, cities with world heritage status wonder what’s in store for them.

Visitors to (The) Living Room Project.

A (Short-Lived) Living Room for the Homeless

As a housing crisis afflicts Seattle, a pop-up parklet brought something rare to the city’s most vulnerable residents: a welcoming public space.

The People Power Behind Mexico City’s New Constitution

Mexico City’s new constitution, Carta Magna, first emerged from a petition.

3 Questions for Cities One Year After the Paris Agreement

Uncertainty prevails for the global climate accord after a year of progress and setbacks.

As a Volcano Awakens, Quito and Its Suburbs Get Ready

Local leaders are employing both scrappy and high-tech methods to shield their communities.

Why the Tel Aviv Library Made Room for Tech Startups

They turned a library into The Library, a high-tech incubator space.

Turning Mud Huts Into Apartment Towers in Nairobi’s Biggest Slum

An upgrading program in Kibera has taken more than a decade, but is helping to change Africa's conversation about how to handle informal urban neighborhoods.

Healing Trinidad and Tobago's Capital With Steelpan Music

The government is upping its support for music programs in an effort to fight Port of Spain’s drug problem.

How Nairobi Built a Thriving Tech Community

Kenya's capital is home to a startup scene that makes a mission of improving lives of the urban poor.