Microsoft’s Big Pledge to Help Build Affordable Housing in the Seattle Area

The move by the company is “potentially groundbreaking” and an acknowledgment that “government alone cannot really solve” the housing crisis.

Metros Should Focus on Attracting and Upskilling Workers in ‘Opportunity Industries’

There’s a difference between a good job, a promising job and other jobs, particularly for people without bachelor’s degrees, according to a recent Brookings report.

Crowdsourcing King Tides to Better Understand Rising Sea Levels

In Washington state and Virginia, the public can help planners and researchers monitor the inundation of low-lying coastal areas.

Measuring Results of Early Childhood Spending

Finding more resources to help struggling populations “needs to be reframed as an economic imperative, even a national security issue.”

Federal Funds Set to Flow to New Light-Rail Line in Seattle Area

The full funding grant agreement will “get this critical project underway soon,” according to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

Creating a Warm Welcome in an Otherwise Sterile Lobby Area

Here’s a good idea public facilities managers can use to take the virtual chill out of the air.

Soda Makers, Grocers Dump Millions Into Anti-Tax Ballot Initiatives

Washington and Oregon voters will decide on measures that would prohibit certain taxes on sugary drinks and grocery businesses.

A New Look at Seattle's Minimum Wage Hike

A new update by researchers re-examines Seattle's increase to a $15 minimum wage over a three-year period.

Snapshots of America’s Homelessness Crisis in 4 Cities

From Seattle to Akron to Los Angeles and Minneapolis, here’s how local leaders and others are trying to provide shelter—or deny shelter—to those who desperately need stable housing.

DOJ Slowly Releasing 2017 Public Safety Funds to ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Even though some localities are just now receiving their Byrne JAG grants, the battle for 2018 awards is well underway.

Testing Out Faster and Flexible Ways to Deploy Homeless Shelters and Services

Modular housing pilot projects in King County, Washington aim to create flexible and replicable prototypes of how to expand the number of beds and provide 24/7 case management.

Tracking the Blanket of Unhealthy Air in the Pacific Northwest

While real-time data can’t clear the air of wildfire smoke, it can help people and agencies make smarter decisions.

At Crossroads for Dockless Bikeshare, Seattle Chooses to Go Big

Although Ofo is pulling its yellow bikes from the streets, leaders in the Emerald City have authorized an expansion of the popular privately operated dockless bikes.

Amazon’s New Transit Investment in Seattle

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A Call To Ban Duck Boats After Branson Tragedy

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Returning Federal Funds Could Leave a Bitter Aftertaste

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Seattle’s Trackless Electric Backbone

When transportation planners drool over the Emerald City’s transit successes, they shouldn’t overlook the decades of investments in this legacy asset.

July Brings New Minimum Wage Hikes for Some U.S. Cities and States

The highest minimum wage currently listed is in Emeryville, Calif., where businesses with more than 55 employees must pay at least $15.69 an hour.