Seattle http://kplu.org en With New Sponsor, Seattle's Bike Share Program Finally Set To Launch In September http://kplu.org/post/new-sponsor-seattles-bike-share-program-finally-set-launch-september <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148089167&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It’s official: Seattle’s much-anticipated bike share program will launch with 500 bikes in September, thanks to a $2.5 million grant from Alaska Airlines.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 23:08:05 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 16415 at http://kplu.org With New Sponsor, Seattle's Bike Share Program Finally Set To Launch In September Washington Is For Lovers, Says Amazon.com http://kplu.org/post/washington-lovers-says-amazoncom <p>It appears love is in the air in Washington state.&nbsp;</p><p>The state is home to four of the 20 most romantic cities in the U.S. as ranked by Amazon.com. Leading Washington's pack is Seattle, which came in second place after San Antonio.</p><p>The online marketplace ranked cities using the number of romance-related purchases made by consumers in each city. Considered purchases include romance novels, books about relationships, Barry White CDs and romantic comedy movies.</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:25:05 +0000 Martha Kang 13177 at http://kplu.org Washington Is For Lovers, Says Amazon.com Seattle Named Smartest City in North America http://kplu.org/post/seattle-named-smartest-city-north-america <p>Cities don’t get much smarter than Seattle, according to Fast Company magazine.</p><p>Seattle topped <a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/3021592/the-10-smartest-cities-in-north-america#8" target="_blank">the magazine’s list</a> of smartest cities in North America.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The ranking is based on a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/3021592/the-10-smartest-cities-in-north-america#8" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">number of categories</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, including government, lifestyle, environment, and economy.</span></p><p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:06:09 +0000 Martha Kang 11081 at http://kplu.org Seattle Named Smartest City in North America Should Seattle Collect Garbage Every Other Week? http://kplu.org/post/should-seattle-collect-garbage-every-other-week <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">F</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ollowing the lead of Olympia, Portland, and Tacoma,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the city of Seattle is considering less frequent garbage pickup. But</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> not everyone who took part in a pilot program last year loves the idea.</span></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 23:31:28 +0000 Ashley Gross 9359 at http://kplu.org Should Seattle Collect Garbage Every Other Week? Seattle edges out Portland, named most-liked U.S. city http://kplu.org/post/seattle-edges-out-portland-named-most-liked-us-city <p><em>Editor's note: The poll on which this story is based was taken in 2012. No such poll has been taken in 2013.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Maybe it's the natural beauty that surrounds the city. Or the cultural diversity that enriches it. Or maybe it's those Seattle summer days that resemble perfection, or the winter weekends that ski bums look forward to all year long.</p><p>Perhaps for all these reasons, Seattle has topped the list of most-liked U.S. cities, according to a nationwide <a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_US_042012.pdf" target="_blank">Public Policy Polling survey</a>.</p><p>The poll found 57 percent of those polled see Seattle favorably, and 14 percent unfavorably. Portland, which ranked second, earned 52 percent and 12 percent, respectively.</p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:10:05 +0000 Martha Kang 8557 at http://kplu.org Seattle edges out Portland, named most-liked U.S. city Cashless trade between small businesses brightens giving season http://kplu.org/post/cashless-trade-between-small-businesses-brightens-giving-season <p><span style="font-size:14.0pt">It’s giving season, so there are loads of parties going on this time of year.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14.0pt">But a recent holiday bazaar in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood is the work of a unique entrepreneur, with<a href="http://www.bizx.com/"> a special spin on networking</a>. </span></p><p>He has helped thousands of <span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:200%;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">small companies to survive and even grow during the Great Recession.</span> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7323 at http://kplu.org Cashless trade between small businesses brightens giving season Seattle is North America's third smartest city http://kplu.org/post/seattle-north-americas-third-smartest-city <p><em>Fast Company</em> has released its list of the <a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680967/the-top-10-smartest-cities-in-north-america#1">top ten smartest cities in North America</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;Seattle is third from the top. Vancouver, BC comes in at fourth place. Boston is number one.</p><p>All of the cities on the list "are pushing the envelope of technology, sustainability and better living conditions".</p><p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 22:02:58 +0000 Dave Meyer 7271 at http://kplu.org Seattle is North America's third smartest city Update: ‘Grrrl Army’ causing a stir in Seattle with pink paint http://kplu.org/post/update-grrrl-army-causing-stir-seattle-pink-paint <p>What appears to have started as a battle over wall space for posters on Seattle’s Capitol Hill has morphed into an increasingly high-profile call to action against patriarchy, “rape culture,” sexism and, well, “inequality and oppression.”</p><p>A call to action that the group Seattle Grrrl Army announces in bright bold pink.</p><p><a href="#update"><strong>UPDATE: Members of the Grrrl&nbsp;Army explain their tactics</strong></a></p><p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:38:56 +0000 Jake Ellison & Evan Hoover 6708 at http://kplu.org Update: ‘Grrrl Army’ causing a stir in Seattle with pink paint Zillow: Seattle is the fourth best city for trick-or-treaters http://kplu.org/post/zillow-seattle-fourth-best-city-trick-or-treaters <p>According to real estate website <a href="http://www.zillow.com/">zillow.com</a>,&nbsp;Seattle is one the best cities in the nation for trick-or-treating. Seattle is number 4 on the site’s <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/trick-or-treat/">top 20 list for Halloween</a>, behind San Francisco, Boston and Honolulu.</p><p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 21:24:35 +0000 Dave Meyer 6751 at http://kplu.org Zillow: Seattle is the fourth best city for trick-or-treaters Coalition concerned about public safety Downtown http://kplu.org/post/coalition-concerned-about-public-safety-downtown <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 38px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; ">Recent violence against tourists and residents in downtown Seattle is putting pressure on the city council to put more cops on the street.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 26px; "><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 38px; ">The council received a letter from a large coalition of businesses and organizations concerned about public safety downtown.</span></p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:52:44 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6684 at http://kplu.org Seattle's No.2! Bloomberg Businessweek ranks U.S. cities http://kplu.org/post/seattles-no2-bloomberg-businessweek-rank-us-cities <p>Seattle is the second-best city in the country, <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-09-26/san-francisco-is-americas-best-city-in-2012" target="_blank">according to Bloomberg Businessweek</a>. The news org evaluated and ranked the largest 100 U.S. cities and published its results today.</p><p>San Francisco grabbed the gold ring at No. 1.</p><p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:38:41 +0000 Jake Ellison 6494 at http://kplu.org Seattle's No.2! Bloomberg Businessweek ranks U.S. cities Seattle's free-ride zone is ending; 'funeral' is set for Friday http://kplu.org/post/seattles-free-ride-zone-ending-funeral-set-friday <p>A cultural shift is taking place in Seattle. It’s the elimination of a free-ride zone downtown, for bus riders.</p><p>It’s been in place for four decades. And on Friday (Sept.&nbsp;28) it will go away.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:44:54 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6411 at http://kplu.org Seattle's free-ride zone is ending; 'funeral' is set for Friday People for Puget Sound shutting down this fall http://kplu.org/post/people-puget-sound-shutting-down-fall <p>A major environmental group, People for Puget Sound, has been shut down by its board because of finances. The organization is being absorbed by two other environmental groups.</p><p>People for Puget Sound was founded in 1991 by a<a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/editorials/2015352817_edit18puget.html"> charismatic woman</a> named<a href="http://pugetsound.org/membership/how-you-can-help/kathy-fletcher-sustaining-puget-sound-legacy-fund"> Kathy Fletcher</a>.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:40:39 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6306 at http://kplu.org Hundreds rally in support of NBA arena in Seattle; intensity building http://kplu.org/post/hundreds-rally-support-nba-arena-seattle-intensity-building <p>The level of intensity around the proposal to build a new NBA arena in Seattle is growing by the minute.</p><p>The group of investors &ndash; which we learned yesterday includes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and the Nordstrom family &ndash; drew hundreds to a &quot;bring back our Sonics&quot; rally in Pioneer Square today. It was a well-timed event to put pressure on the Seattle City Council and King County Council to back the deal.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;This is a very carefully orchestrated PR campaign,&quot; says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. &quot;At the same time, the old Sonics &ndash; the Thunder &ndash; are in the NBA Finals this week. The angst could not be more intense in Seattle among sports fans who care about this because their 41-year passion is being thrown back in their face, mocked by the Thunder&rsquo;s presence in the league&rsquo;s championship series.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:30:48 +0000 KPLU News Staff 5285 at http://kplu.org Hundreds rally in support of NBA arena in Seattle; intensity building Seattle packs EPA Hearing on Alaska's proposed Pebble Mine http://kplu.org/post/seattle-packs-epa-hearing-alaskas-proposed-pebble-mine <p>It was standing room only at the federal building in Seattle, where the Environmental Protection Agency held its <a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/ECOCOMM.NSF/bristol+bay/bristolbay">first hearing</a> Thursday on Alaska&rsquo;s Bristol Bay fishery.</p><p>At issue is the potential effects of a proposed gold and copper mine there. The <a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/ECOCOMM.NSF/bristol+bay/bristolbay">assessment </a>looks at mining in general, though concern has arisen over a huge project known as the Pebble Mine.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 17:49:15 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5165 at http://kplu.org Seattle packs EPA Hearing on Alaska's proposed Pebble Mine