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August 19, 2019

Breathing dirty city air is as bad for your lungs as smoking

Smog and haze hangs over the Salt Lake valley, November 2016.

Even if you’ve never smoked, just living in a city with polluted air could lead to emphysema. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that air pollution—and in particular ozone, which is increasing with climate change—makes the lung disease progress faster. If you live in a city with high ozone levels for a…

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August 14, 2019

Seattle Growth Podcast 6.10: Case studies in building ‘neighborhood’ communities

Seattle Growth Podcast is produced by UW Marketing professor Jeff Shulman.

Season six of the Seattle Growth Podcast, produced by UW Foster School of Business professor of marketing Jeff Shulman, has explored the many ways that Seattleites are building or finding a sense of community in a city that is growing and changing so rapidly. Episode 6.10 looks at efforts to build community within, well, communities. Neighborhoods…


‘Vehicle ranching’ in Seattle: Inside the underground market of renting RVs to homeless people

Adam Rodriguez, a former ferry deckhand who’s now homeless, said he’s been in and out of RVs, which he prefers to a tent. He said the going rate is around $10 a night.

Richard Winn considered himself a decent landlord, particularly in a cutthroat rental market like Seattle’s. Sometimes his tenants did not pay their $75 weekly rent, and weren’t required to sign a lease or put down a deposit. But there were trade-offs. Winn never gave residents keys to their units. Tenants were not to use the…

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Tech companies step up to fund affordable housing, but experts say it’s not enough to curb shortages

InterIm Community Development Association developed Hirabayashi Place.

Microsoft pledged $500 million for affordable housing in January. Five months later, Google said it would invest $1 billion to help the Bay Area housing crisis. Amazon and Salesforce also announced contributions of their own this year. Major tech companies are stepping up to help mitigate affordable housing shortages, caused in part by the influx of high-income labor they have imported to the…

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See how a Seattle artist is telling the painful story of redlining in his city

This 1936 map of Seattle ranks neighborhoods from “BEST” (green) to “HAZARDOUS” (red).

Warren Pope is hellbent on walloping the corneas of any Seattleite who believes this city is absolved from a racist past. With “Warren Pope: Blood Lines, Time Lines, Red Lines,” an exhibition running through Sept. 8 at the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM), the 72-year-old West Seattle artist says he yearns to expose how the…

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August 12, 2019

How nature can improve your family’s mental health

Ravenna Park Bridge, 20th Ave., Spans Ravenna Park Ravine Seattle.

People who study health outcomes – and any parent with common sense – have long known that having access to a green space is important for health. From decreased asthma and obesity to increased immunities and quality sleep, exposure to the outdoors is good for everyone. But a large, growing body of evidence, captured in a new meta-study, reveals that experiences in nature have especially…

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August 7, 2019

Can tiny houses help solve affordability crisis? A student who’s building one thinks so

Seattle's first Tiny House Village for homeless families.

Olivia Tyrnauer adjusts the ladder and carefully begins to climb, balancing on the steps as she carries a large window up to an empty frame. Positioned precariously on one of the top steps, she loops a screw gun out of her belt and pulls a screw from one of the pockets of her tan cargo…

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This startup wants to tame the chaos of city street parking

A view of Union Street downtown from the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.

From the summer haze, and the cars and Ubers and bicycles and scooters and cement trucks and delivery vans and city buses that operate within it, emerges a white truck, the words “Belair Foods” and the image of a carrot plastered on its side. As a small crowd watches, the truck pulls into a parking spot….

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Seattle Growth Podcast 6.8: Empowering youth and underserved communities

Seattle Growth Podcast is produced by UW Marketing professor Jeff Shulman.

“Community” is essential to people of all ages. As season six of the Seattle Growth Podcast by UW Foster School of Business professor of Marketing Jeff Shulman continues to explore how Seattleites are building or finding a sense of community in a city that is growing and changing so rapidly, episode 6.8 introduces two people who are committed to…

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August 5, 2019

City of Vancouver looks west to continue restoration of Burnt Bridge Creek greenway

Burnt Bridge Creek, Vancouver, WA, October 2015.

For decades, Burnt Bridge Creek was little more than a polluted drainage ditch lined by invasive vegetation. The creek flows west for about 13 miles through the city, from its headwaters in east Vancouver, before emptying into a natural wetland near Northwest Lakeshore Avenue and flowing through two culverts into Vancouver Lake. It has a…

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