Seattle

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

A plane takes off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Airport Communities Make a Plea for Quieter Skies

As Congress debates the FAA’s future, neighborhoods in the flight path say they need relief from all the noise.

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Even Hey Arnold's Neighborhood Is Gentrifying Now

Series creator Craig Bartlett explains how he built the cartoon city that every ‘90s kid dreamed of living in.

From the Ruins of a Retail Meltdown, Post-Industrial Playgrounds Emerge

While its shuttered department stores cause headaches around the U.S., Sears’s massive 1920s warehouses represent a triumph of post-industrial urbanism.

Are Safe-Injection Sites a Solution for Addicts Who Just Can't Quit?

Seattle is poised to become the first U.S. city to allow nurse-supervised heroin use. But the pushback has been relentless.

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The Safe Way to Build a Smart City

Any city with data initiatives faces the same questions: How much information should the government release, and in what form? Seattle’s proactive but cautious approach could provide the answer.

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.

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Lab Report: How Seattle Reacted to Amazon's 'HQ2'

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Washington Is Scribbling Superb Traffic Maps With Microsoft Paint

The state transportation department is “full of real, genuine people,” says its spokeswoman, who just happen to be “not that great at art.”

A New 'Front Porch' for Seattle's Waterfront

For decades, a parking lot sat between two of downtown’s biggest amenities. Now it’s a vibrant public space that’s reinvigorating the historic Pike Place Market.

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Travel Like You Live Here: Seattle

Writer Hanna Brooks Olsen guides CityLab through the Emerald City.

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Lab Report: Upending the Fight for $15

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

An award-winning visualization uses satellite imagery to reveal the changing lPacific Northwest landscape since the 1990s.

Watch the Pacific Northwest Change Before Your Eyes

An award-winning visualization uses satellite imagery to reveal the ravages of development, fire, insects, and clear-cut logging.

The World's First Floating Light Rail

Seattle built some of the longest highway bridges that float on water. Soon, one of them will carry a train system, too.