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May 31, 2019

Investing in Bothell’s future

New STEM building at UW Bothell.

Over the past decade, Bothell has seen a boom in population and economic growth — and the related impacts. The city’s downtown revitalization is one of the brightest spots of that boom. However, the state has been largely absent in its support for infrastructure spending to support the growth in our community. The state passed…


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King County’s condo prices continue to fall as market gets new inventory

Mid-Century: The Talisman Condos, First Hill, Seattle WA

Though home prices in the region are not climbing as dramatically as they once were, that doesn’t mean that they’re falling. According to the latest Northwest Multiple Listing Service report, home prices for completed sales in April (the last month for which they have data) rose 2.4% across the 23-county system. Eight counties reported double-digit gains, as the hot market…


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May 29, 2019

Team of UW seniors wins ‘Re-imagining Red Square’ design competition

The Loop designed by Weichen Wang, Ephrem Yared, Zixiao Zhu, Bowen Li and Nick Zurlini has been selected for recognition by the jury.

A team of UW Architecture and Landscape Architecture seniors has won this year’s Re-Imagining Red Square competition. The designers of the “The Loop” originally were looking at how to preserve Red Square and do some intervention underneath in the garage. Then, one of the architects helping critique the designs in the contest gave the team advice…


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Home construction continues to rise in north Snohomish County

New single family housing construction.

The sounds of hammering, sawing and heavy equipment are echoing across the area these days. It’s in stark contrast to five years ago when few new homes were being built. “Back in 2014, we were one-at-a-timing it to eke our way through,” said Anthony Holbeck of Holbeck Construction & Design on Camano. “Now, it’s a…


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May 28, 2019

Self-driving cars: Heaven or hell?

Traffic congestion.

Self-driving vehicles are expected to significantly change the way people move between cities and suburban neighborhoods in Washington state, but it is yet to be seen whether those will be positive changes for congestion and the environment. Fully-automated vehicles could allow large fleets of company vehicles to whisk people around city centers where space for…


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May 24, 2019

Event looks at past efforts to integrate schools in Seattle and what can be done now

In this photo taken Jan. 11, 2012, students filled the halls at Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle. Aki Kurose is one of the schools that counts as "intensely segregated," meaning its student population is more than 90 percent non-white.

May 17 was the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision that said segregating public schools by race was unconstitutional. Many public schools in Seattle remain segregated in spite of past efforts to address that, including several decades of busing. A national nonprofit group, Integrated Schools, hosted an event on Thursday,…


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May 23, 2019

Employees are pressuring Amazon to become a leader on climate. Here’s how that could work.

A delivery truck from Amazon Fresh on the streets of Seattle.

Amazon is preparing to do something it’s never done before: disclose its companywide greenhouse gas emissions. Amazon, with its diverse portfolio of energy-hungry businesses, faces a challenge in calculating and reducing emissions. Some recent moves, such as its push toward ever-faster delivery speeds for its core Prime customers, raise questions about its ability to do…


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May 21, 2019

More back-to-back heat waves will come with climate change

Traffic on the 101 Freeway backs up during a 2015 heat wave.

Here’s another health danger climate change will deliver in the coming years: New research warns that back-to-back heat waves that go on for days will become more common as the planet warms. The elderly and the poor will be the least prepared to weather this threat, the investigators noted. But hospital ERs and emergency service…


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May 17, 2019

Seattle port could play key role in race to rule the Arctic

Port of Seattle and Mount Rainier.

In the 1890s, Seattle was the gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush. As countries eye the warming Arctic in a 21st century rush to establish maritime trade routes and exploit natural resources, Puget Sound is once again poised to serve a vital support role. That, at least, is the vision that U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of…


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May 16, 2019

What you need to know before getting on an electric scooter

Bird electric scooters.

The possibility of electric powered scooters in Seattle will also come with the possibility of numerous personal injuries. Those unfortunate victims often end up at Harborview Medical Center and doctors at that level one trauma center said they want residents to take better care of themselves as they explore these new alternative ways to travel….


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