Washington

13 hours ago
Drawing on a slew of examples, Dan Bertolet argues that Washington's State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) has been co-opted in ways that run against its original purpose: protecting the environment.
Sightline Institute
15 hours ago
It's an idea that has already had some success in Philadelphia: give developers a tax abatement on projects that achieve some desired end, in this case fewer surface parking lots.
The Spokesman-Review
November 12, 2017, 9am PST
Seattle has released the long-awaited environmental impact statement for the Mandatory Housing Affordability program—a final step in the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda process launched by former Mayor Ed Murray.
Seattle Met
November 9, 2017, 2pm PST
Two funding sources for transit investments approved by Seattle voters in 2014 are paying dividends in 2017 in the form of improved, expanded service.
The Urbanist
November 6, 2017, 2pm PST
The federal government appears to be reneging on yet another promise to Native American tribes.
The Oregonian
November 3, 2017, 10am PDT
The Pacific Northwest's competing and sometimes conflicting stakeholders have created a master plan for the use—and also the preservation—of marine resources.
Sightline Institute
November 1, 2017, 10am PDT
Few cities have gone so far in considering drastic changes to single-family zoning as Seattle did in 2015. Still, the discussion about single-family zoning would have to go a lot further to turn into meaningful reform.
The Urbanist
October 30, 2017, 11am PDT
Two GOP bills and one bipartisan Senate bill hope to reduce the wildfire risk in the West. The "Wildfires Management Act of 2017" is sponsored by the two Republican senators of Idaho and three of the four Democratic senators of Washington and Oregon.
The Associated Press
October 29, 2017, 7am PDT
The city of Bellevue, Washington has adopted new zoning and land use standards as part of an ongoing Downtown Livability Initiative.
The Urbanist
October 27, 2017, 11am PDT
The 2017 "Bicycle Friendly State Ranking" list is here.
League of American Bicyclists
October 22, 2017, 11am PDT
In the course of spawning, salmon are uplifting sediment and changing the course of watersheds.
Laboratory Equipment
October 21, 2017, 9am PDT
Proposition 2, the Safer Spokane Initiative, would require railroads to reduce health and safety risks posed by certain types of oil and coal trains traveling through specified parts of the city or risk being fined.
The Spokesman-Review
October 21, 2017, 7am PDT
Transit malls and voter support have buoyed a system that continues to attract commuters and other riders.
CityLab
October 12, 2017, 11am PDT
Fishermen, former loggers, and conservationists are just some of the groups with a stake in whether a mining operation takes root in Washington state.
Northwest Public Radio
October 9, 2017, 11am PDT
After Washington legalized marijuana in 2012, an indoor cultivation industry has grown to a sizable presence in the state's environmental footprint.
Crosscut
October 3, 2017, 11am PDT
The vision for Aurora-Licton Springs includes more pedestrian-friendly housing developments—not the drive-in businesses, recycling and solid waste, vehicle sales, and mini-storage business that currently get permitted and built.
The Urbanist
September 29, 2017, 7am PDT
Seattle appears to be following the Vancouver, B.C. model by increasing population and residential density while investing in transit. If it works, traffic congestion will not deteriorate, and vehicle trips should drop.
Governing
September 26, 2017, 7am PDT
Can an expansion of Seattle's streetcar system somehow outperform its previous iterations, and all other public transit modes in the city?
The Seattle Times
September 21, 2017, 9am PDT
A popular program to allow street performers (aka, buskers) into station areas on the Seattle region's Sound Transit system has been expanded.
The Urbanist
September 20, 2017, 11am PDT
A Seattle company will give you $50,000 for a down payment if you'll continuously rent your extra room on Airbnb and give them most of the money.
The New York Times