Hallie Golden

Hallie Golden is a freelance journalist based in Seattle. Her work has appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, and the Associated Press.

Urban 'Breathing Rooms' May Help Smoky Cities Survive Wildfire Season

Five public buildings will get filtration systems to keep the air inside clean on days when smoke affects the city, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced last week.

People in canoes on the water

A Native American Tribe Gets Rent as Reparations in Seattle

The Duwamish Tribe says the United States never made good on an 1855 treaty covering land that is now Seattle. So, some people are voluntarily paying them rent.

A goblin figure in a tree trunk talks to visitors at a forest theme park.

This French Theme Park Doesn't Sugarcoat Its Environmental Message

DefiPlanet, a nature-themed family attraction in France, has a surprisingly blunt message for visitors: “The earth will soon be dead and torn.”

How to Inspire Girls to Become Carpenters and Electricians

Male-dominated trades like construction, plumbing, and welding can offer job security and decent pay. A camp aims to show girls these careers are for them, too.

Four young men in front of a house.

Bills in California and Washington Address Homeless College Students

More low-income students, some homeless, now enroll in college than middle-income ones. New legislation in California and Washington state aims to help them.

Vashon Island residents work in their Emergency Operations Center to discuss how to respond should a major earthquake take place.

Preparing for ‘The Big One’ in an Isolated Island Town

Vashon Island is just a few miles from Seattle. But if a major earthquake hits, the community expects to feel a world away.

A Seattle Link light rail station that opened in 2016 at the University of Washington.

Alongside New Light Rail Stations, Seattle Plans Affordable Housing

Affordable apartments near reliable public transportation aren’t always easy to find. As Seattle expands its Link light rail, the city has codified a solution.

An artist's rendering of a proposed "human composting" facility, with skylights, plants, and benches.

Could ‘Human Composting’ Mean a Better, Greener Death?

As Washington State considers legalizing human composting, advocate Katrina Spade explains the process as a needed alternative to standard burial and cremation.

Beds in the West Wing homeless shelter at the King County Jail in Seattle, Washington.

When a Jail Becomes a Homeless Shelter

King County, Washington’s plan stoked concerns about the link between homelessness and incarceration. Local leaders say they have a moral obligation to do what they can.

The marquee at The Showbox in downtown Seattle.

Seattle Wants to Save a Beloved Music Venue. But Is It Too Late?

The Showbox has become a flashpoint in the fight to preserve a changing city.

A close-up of the arms and suckers of a giant Pacific octopus in an aquarium tank.

What an ‘Octopus Census’ Near Seattle Found

Once a year, the Seattle Aquarium enlists local divers to search for giant Pacific octopuses in the Puget Sound.

A judge in her robe sits at a desk facing two women whose backs are to the camera.

Judged in the Court of Public Support

Participants and graduation, instead of defendants and parole. Since April, Redmond, Washington’s, new community court has focused on assistance rather than punishment.

In a Growing Crisis, Seattle Uses City Hall as a Homeless Shelter

Each night, 80 beds are laid out in the lobby of city hall. It’s meant as a temporary solution—but long-term fixes are proving elusive.

Mobile Home Owners Find a Lifeline Against Displacement

When a landlord sells a mobile home park, it can upend an entire community. Through co-ops, residents are finding a way to stay where they live and control their rent costs.

Seattle's Scarecrow Video is pictured.

In the Netflix Era, a Video Store Becomes a Cultural Asset

When streaming upended the industry, Seattle’s Scarecrow Video reimagined itself as a community hub and keeper of an archive that can’t be matched online.