Seattle

Grocery Stores Near Seattle Are Getting Vertical Farms

QFC, a Kroger chain, has added mini-farms to two of its supermarkets and will roll out 13 more in stores around Washington and Oregon.

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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.

Amazon Is Building a Homeless Shelter in Seattle

Will the center for unsheltered families that Amazon is building in a corporate property help counter criticism that the company fuels the city’s homelessness?

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A Space-Strapped City Gets an Unusual Opportunity: A Brand-New Neighborhood

Faced with an unusual chance to build a brand-new neighborhood on a tract of state-owned land, Seattle leaders don’t intend to just sell it off to the highest bidder.

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.

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.

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.

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.