The largest private owner of timberland in Washington and Oregon is now charging access fees ranging from $75 to $550 depending on the permit area. The $30 fees for National Forest and state parks passes look cheap by comparison.
Jun 18, 2014 KUOW
Big Alma is one of two boring machines used to tunnel under the streets of San Francisco to construct the new Central Subway to Chinatown. Big Bertha, Seattle's infamous tunnel borer, has been stalled since December. Big Alma emerged on June 11.
Jun 16, 2014 The San Francisco Examiner
The city of Seattle is considering a proposition to upzone the area around the Mount Baker light-rail station in South Seattle, which opened in 2009. Locals are split on the issue.
Jun 13, 2014 Seattle Times
Seattle Department of Transportation launches "Play Streets" program to encourage some fun in the streets.
Jun 8, 2014 Streets Blog
A state-by-state breakdown of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon reduction rule reveals that some states will have to go far beyond the 30 percent goals for the country overall.
Jun 5, 2014 Governing
That's how USA Today reporter John Bacon concluded his video on the Seattle City Council's historic vote to increase the city minimum wage to $15/hour in 3-7 years depending on the business. The outcome was never in doubt due to prior deliberations.
Jun 4, 2014 USA Today
The computing power required to mine bitcoins has drawn companies to Washington for the state's cheap, hydroelectric generated power.
May 25, 2014 Gizmodo
It's hard to avoid tales about the country's urban boom; then the U.S. Census goes and releases data that totally backs it up.
May 23, 2014 Governing
After the Seattle City Council voted to approve new small lot zoning regulations this week, the decision was hailed as a victory for neighborhood interests. The city had placed a moratorium on small lot development in September 2012.
May 21, 2014 Seattle Times
Emily Badger crunches the data on the argument by Jane Jacobs regarding the importance of old buildings to the economic health and quality of life of cities—an opinion described by Badger as "received wisdom among planners and urban theorists."
May 15, 2014 The Washington Post - Wonkblog