Seattle

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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 ’90’s 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.

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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.

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Stealing Moments at Seattle's Hidden Beaches

“It was my secret, a private spot, which, like so many others like it, was public land.”

Watch Seattle's Massive Tunnel Borer Finally Emerge From the Ground

This glorious, cinematic drone footage commemorates four long years of digging.

When Your City Is Gone

A new book invites Seattle residents to conjure the haunts that have vanished.

Is This America's Most Adorable Parklet?

A Seattle donut shop turned a real 1940s sailboat into public space.

At a press conference Wednesday, Seattle Mayor Mike Murray announces a lawsuit against the Trump administration's crackdown on sanctuary cities.

Seattle Is Suing Trump Over Sanctuary Cities

The lawsuit will claim that city officials aren’t breaking any laws by refusing to aid in federal law enforcement crackdowns.

Take a 360-Degree Dive With Seattle's Massive Tunnel Borer

Tag along as Bertha nears the end of its painstaking, four-year journey.

Seattle Makes a Pac-Man Pop-Up Park

Retro arcade fans can while away the hours outdoors evading ghosts and gobbling pellets.

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Seattle Considers Giving Renters a Formal Voice at City Hall

A new commission would advise officials on issues affecting renters and seek ways to enact stronger protections.