Political Issues

Got questions about the ferry? This captain has answers

Washington state has the largest ferry system in North America with 22 vessels in Puget Sound and 25 million riders per year. It’s up to Captain John McMillen to make sure tourists and regulars alike make the journey safely back and forth from Coleman Dock to Bainbridge Island. He’ll be the first to tell you: […]

/ September 6, 2019


What will Seattle’s new waterfront look like?

Have you been down to the central waterfront recently? Amid the traffic, tourists, and bulldozers the viaduct is steadily disappearing. With all that action, it’s easy to miss the new elements that are taking shape at the waterfront. If you listen hard, you can almost hear the waves lapping at the Washington Street Beach, or […]

/ August 16, 2019


Money in Seattle: What should we do about inequality?

Whenever we talk about wealth in Seattle, the conversation shifts toward a big issue: income inequality.

/ February 14, 2019


Troy Heerwagen Wants to Help Fix Seattle’s Worst Intersections

Seattle has some pretty bad intersections. But we also have a pretty awesome guy who decided to do something about it.

/ February 12, 2019


Money in Seattle: How much do you need to live comfortably here?

There’s been lots of news coverage about income inequality in our city, but sometimes personal wealth still feels like it’s the elephant in the room. It can be uncomfortable to talk about how much we make and how much we spend — even when it’s in the bigger context of a discussion about how difficult […]

/ January 31, 2019


Bonnie Robinson Delivers Bus Service With a Smile

If you regularly make the commute from the Eastside, you might be lucky enough to know Bonnie Robinson, one of the friendliest bus drivers in King County. As a Metro operator, she knows we all have a tough time now and then; Bonnie just wants to make sure yours isn’t on the bus. But don’t […]

/ January 25, 2019


The S.L.U.T.: Not as naughty as it sounds

(📸: Seattle Municipal Archives) This post is part of a new series we’re calling Seattleisms, a handy glossary of words and phrases unique to our city that’ll help you #livelikeyoulivehere.  —— thuh-sluht, noun WHAT IS IT? A streetcar that takes riders from South Lake Union to downtown Seattle ABOUT THAT ACRONYM… At first, the streetcar […]

/ July 27, 2018


Why do people come to Seattle for homeless services?

Some think Seattle’s pretty welcoming towards people experiencing homelessness, but “the conditions people are living in are the opposite of friendly.”

/ July 20, 2018


Are people flocking to Seattle for our homeless services?

King County has the third largest homeless population in the our country, and is are entering our third year of a declared state of homeless emergency. So: Is there an influx of homeless folks from outside Seattle coming to the city for its services? To begin to answer this question, let’s look at the data.

/ July 19, 2018


Meet I-5, the freeway that tore Seattle in half

This post is part of a new series we’re calling Seattleisms, a handy glossary of words and phrases unique to our city that’ll help you #livelikeyoulivehere. 

/ July 17, 2018