City of Seattle

Coal Exports
9:24 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Coal opponents outnumber proponents at Seattle hearing

Concern about air pollution and ocean health inspired hundreds to rally in Seattle against the proposed coal terminal near Bellingham.
Bellamy Pailthorp photo KPLU News

It was one of the biggest outpourings of environmental activism that Seattle has seen since the WTO protests more than a decade ago.

At Freeway Park, a giant balloon shaped like an asthma inhaler floated above a sea of red shirts and banners from the Sierra Club. There was also a giant salmon puppet accompanied by schools of ailing herring and a sad-looking polar bear. And a white-haired lady dressed like Santa held a sign that said, "SAVE MY NORTH POLE." 

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Environment
8:05 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Study: Cherry Point coal terminal would snarl Seattle traffic, cause dangerous delays

The City of Seattle continues to build its case against huge new coal
trains that would rumble through town if an export terminal is built
in Bellingham.

The Mayor of Seattle has released a new study that ups the pressure on
the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Ecology, who are
responsible for the environmental impact study of the proposed
terminal at Cherry Point.

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Medical marijuana
3:06 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Seattle seeks to close medical pot loophole with zoning rules

To close a loophole in state law and further control the growth of the medical marijuana industry, the city of Seattle is proposing to tighten its zoning laws.

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Diversions
2:32 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

5 things that ticked off Seattleites in the early '70s

Hippies looking for a ride in 1971.
The Associated Press

It’s 1970 and the one thing really bugging one Seattleite – enough to make him/her write a letter and, apparently, leave the city – was hippies.

“Seattle got so bad with hippies, I just had to get out of that city,” the anonymous writer told Mayor Wes Uhlman.

In addition to hippies, we found four other things really bugging people in the early 1970s on the Flickr stream of the Seattle Municipal Archives – communists, smelly busses, the United Nations and protesters.

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Energy
2:51 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Seattle gearing up to oppose coal exports from northwest ports

Seattle appears poised to vote against coal transports through the city.
The Associated Press

For some it’s the next big source of high-wage jobs; for others, an environmental nightmare: At least 9 trains a day could soon rumble through Seattle, carrying coal to export terminals in Washington and Oregon.

Cities from Missoula, Mont., to Edmonds have passed resolutions that call the idea into question. Seattle is now poised to join them with one of its own.

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Environment
10:51 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Settlement on Seattle sewage overflows heads to council

Combined sewer overflows still threaten some Seattle beaches after heavy rains, closing them to recreation and violating the federal Clean Water Act.
Courtesy Seattle Public Utilities

A more efficient way to fix one of Seattle’s most embarrassing environmental problems – that’s the promise of a proposed agreement on meeting federal standards for clean water.

The problem is untreated sewage that flows into our lakes and other waterways after big storms.

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Phone Books
4:30 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Choosing to opt-out, fewer residents getting phone book

More than 20 percent of households and businesses in Seattle are opting out of phone books.

One year ago, the city implemented an opt-out program that includes fines for publishers that fail to honor opt-out requests.

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Winter storm
5:20 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Big storm leads to confusion at city hall

Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S. Myrtle St., is staffed by the Seattle Parks Department. During the January 2012 snow and ice storm, 70% of Parks Department employees didn't show up for work.
Laurel Mercury Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation

During the January snow and ice storm,  Seattle officials told commuters to stay off the roadways.  But the message caused confusion among the city’s own employees.

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Envisioning the Future
5:31 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Waterfront design workshops at Town Hall Seattle

A conceptual rendering of the view looking at Elliott Bay and Pier 62/63 from the proposed Overlook Fold, which would help reconnect the waterfront to downtown and the Pike Place Market.
Courtesy james corner field operations and City of Seattle

Should the Pike Place Market be connected to Elliot Bay with new walkways?

That’s one of many expensive questions on the minds of landscape designers in charge of rebuilding Seattle’s waterfront.

In less than a week, the city will once again convene stakeholders and the public for help shaping the future of the city’s  “front door” on Puget Sound.

The group Waterfront Seattle is calling on the public to join in discussions that will help determine what the new waterfront will look like, after the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down.

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seattle arts
2:30 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Seattle seeking affordable space for artists

An art installation at INScape in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.
Florangela Davila KPLU

It’s been a long running problem – how to keep and create affordable spaces for artists to live, work and perform in.

That’s the focus of Cultural Space Seattle, a two-day event beginning Tuesday at Town Hall. The City of Seattle is asking a wide range of people to roll up their sleeves to look for ways to preserve Seattle’s vibrant arts scene.

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Environment
2:13 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Like plastic bags? Hate 'em? Let the Seattle Council know tonight

The Seattle City Council is considering a ban on thin single-use plastic bags at checkout stands. The ban will also include a pass-through fee of 5 cents for paper bags.

The council is holding a public hearing on the proposal tonight at 5:30

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Life in the Northwest
1:09 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Vancouver tops Seattle for quality of living, survey says

Vancouver's Science World 7/10/2010
Bruce Irschick flickr.com

Vancouver, B.C. comes in 5th on Mercer's 2011 Quality of Living survey, while Seattle is ranked at 48 (just below New York City).

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Public Safety
10:19 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Youth violence decreasing in Seattle, new report says

According to a recent report, efforts in the city of Seattle to deescalate youth retributions after violent encounters has helped bring down the number of violent incidents.
Dave Knapik Flickr

Young people in Seattle are committing fewer violent crimes than they did a couple of years ago – especially in areas that, historically, have had the most juvenile offenses, according to a new city report.

The drop could be the result of a citywide effort to combat the problem.

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Environment
1:26 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Plastic bag ban back on Seattle council's agenda

The city of Seattle would like this to never again be a view for Seattle and the region.
Gwen Harlow Flickr

"Paper or plastic?"

Seattle wants to take that choice away in order to save the environment and money. The city council is considering a ban on single-use plastic bags, because they are harmful to marine wildlife as well as to recycling machinery.

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Consumer Choices
5:50 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Ban on plastic bags in Seattle? Group gearing up for one more try

Plastic bags such as these can choke fish and whales when they get into the waste stream. In many communities around Washington, they are banned or no longer allowed in recycling bins.
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks

When you go to the grocery store, it’s easy to forget to bring a reusable bag with you.

But the consequences of just taking the plastic bags that are doled out at most grocery chains is devastating to the health of local waters and wildlife. That’s the message from Environment Washington – a group that has issued a renewed call for a ban on plastic at checkout stands in Seattle.

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