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May 21, 2020, 10am PDT
A proposal for the development of a mass timber high-rise in First Hill is under community review in Seattle. The project, which adjusted plans to add an additional 6 floors, proposes the tallest mass timber building in Seattle.
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
May 20, 2020, 12pm PDT
The history of Seattle's opposition to car infrastructure is being commemorated while it's being made.
Crosscut
May 10, 2020, 11am PDT
The temporary measures of the coronavirus pandemic are being made permanent fixtures on 20 miles of streets in Seattle.
The Seattle Times
May 8, 2020, 8am PDT
Seatback signage and reduced capacity will allow King County Metro to begin resuming bus service. In the wake of staff illness and depleted funding, the road to Metro's recovery could be quite long.
The Urbanist
April 19, 2020, 11am PDT
Disability rights advocates and people who rely on public transit put pressure on Mayor Jenny Durkan to develop a plan for pedestrian access to coronavirus testing centers in Seattle.
The Seattle Times
April 16, 2020, 9am PDT
The "Red Line" didn't fly with people living in neighborhoods historically redlined by discriminatory real estate and land use practices.
The Urbanist
April 13, 2020, 9am PDT
Disaster gentrification is a widely documented phenomenon, like in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The coronavirus and the resulting economic downturn could have similar consequences.
Crosscut
April 9, 2020, 6am PDT
Project for Public Spaces' Market Cities Initiative seeks to understand and addresses challenges faced by the public marketplaces to improve market infrastructure and promote healthy food systems in local communities.
Project For Public Spaces
April 8, 2020, 10am PDT
Many elements of the plan for the Ballard-Interbay were never implemented, and its relevance as a planning document is over.
The Urbanist
April 8, 2020, 8am PDT
Emergency legislation has cleared the way for a virtual design review process to keep the wheels of the development industry moving in one of the nation's fastest growing cities.
The Urbanist
April 7, 2020, 12pm PDT
The original epicenter of coronavirus outbreak was also the first region in the nation to implement social distancing measures, serving as a national model of behaviors that lessen the spread of the deadly virus.
The New York Times
March 20, 2020, 8am PDT
King County, home to Seattle, will wait to ask voters to approve a 0.2% sales tax for funding transit until a time both when transit use is higher, and people aren’t facing waves of sudden unemployment.
The Urbanist
March 18, 2020, 6am PDT
Bike counts and bike share rides are increasing in two of the country's largest cities as commuters look for transportation modes that allow for physical distancing.
The New York Times
March 8, 2020, 9am PDT
The Seattle area is ground zero for the coronavirus in the U.S., where 10 of the 11 deaths as of March 5 have occurred. King County's decision to purchase a motel in Kent for use as a quarantine facility is being met with protests by city officials.
The Seattle Times
March 4, 2020, 9am PST
A week after the Orange County city of Costa Mesa filed a restraining order against the federal government and the state of California over the use of a state-owned facility as an isolation site for coronavirus patients, the feds dropped the plan.
Daily Pilot (Los Angeles Times)
February 26, 2020, 8am PST
Before YIMBY was a household word and before Minneapolis ended single-family zoning, Seattle's Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) broke the planning status quo.
Sightline Institute
February 21, 2020, 8am PST
Transit commutes have borne the brunt of ongoing deconstruction work around Alaskan Viaduct in Downtown Seattle. Allowing two-way bus-only lanes on Columbia Street is supposed to improve the situation.
The Urbanist
February 4, 2020, 10am PST
An expansion of Interstate 405 in the Seattle region will include bus rapid transit stations that will allow vehicles to travel even faster along the new transit corridor.
The Urbanist
February 3, 2020, 9am PST
The Washington State Legislature is proposing a type of tax that the city of Seattle tried, and failed, to implement a few years go.
KUOW
January 22, 2020, 9am PST
A recently published white paper written by the Seattle Planning Commission calls on the city to follow in the footsteps of the city of Minneapolis and the state of Oregon.
The Urbanist