Reader Questions

Why can’t Seattle just build more affordable housing on the extra land it owns?

We’re in the middle of a housing crisis. What’s keeping us from building on our surplus land? The oversimplified answer: Building housing is hard.

/ January 22, 2019


How did the Central District become Seattle’s historically black neighborhood?

The answer involves a restaurant, generous neighbors, racism, and some seriously awful housing policies, like redlining.

/ January 15, 2019


Cast your vote: Which of your questions about homelessness should we answer first?

You sent in more than 200 honest questions about homelessness in Seattle. Which of these three should we tackle first? Cast your vote and help us decide.

/ July 10, 2018


What are you most curious about around homelessness in Seattle? We are taking your questions

Can we fix homelessness in Seattle? Hell yes we can. But first, we need to better understand what’s going on. That’s where you come in.

/ July 5, 2018


Can you pay for another Seattle bus passenger’s fare? It’s complicated

In May, reader Lesa Sullivan was on a RapidRide bus when something caught her eye: a fare enforcement officer talking to a woman about an expired transfer ticket. Although Lesa offered to pay for the woman’s ticket with her ORCA card or cash, the officer refused to let her. What happened?

/ June 6, 2018