Seattle

Matters Of The Heart
2:25 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Washington Is For Lovers, Says Amazon.com

"Fog can’t obscure the love and positive energy for this cute couple as they bring in the new year with a kiss."
Tim Durkan

It appears love is in the air in Washington state. 

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.

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.

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We're #1!
5:06 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Seattle Named Smartest City in North America

Tim Durkan

Cities don’t get much smarter than Seattle, according to Fast Company magazine.

Seattle topped the magazine’s list of smartest cities in North America. The ranking is based on a number of categories, including government, lifestyle, environment, and economy.

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Trash Pickup
4:31 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Should Seattle Collect Garbage Every Other Week?

Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Following the lead of Olympia, Portland, and Tacoma, the city of Seattle is considering less frequent garbage pickup. But not everyone who took part in a pilot program last year loves the idea.

In four neighborhoods, Seattle Public Utilities experimented with picking up garbage every other week instead of every week. The city did not change its pickup schedule for recycling or yard and food waste. The aim of switching is to reduce the number of garbage trucks on the road, save the city some money and encourage recycling.

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Seattle in the spotlight
10:10 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Seattle edges out Portland, named most-liked U.S. city

JoeInSouthernCA Flickr

Editor's note: The poll on which this story is based was taken in 2012. No such poll has been taken in 2013. 

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.

Perhaps for all these reasons, Seattle has topped the list of most-liked U.S. cities, according to a nationwide Public Policy Polling survey.

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.

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Business
5:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Cashless trade between small businesses brightens giving season

One of the newest members of BizXchange's bartering network is a gift shop owner who has two storefronts near Pike place Market. Clare Fisher of Pacific Rain Gift Company was selling excess inventory including Ikebana supplies at the BizX Holiday expo.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

It’s giving season, so there are loads of parties going on this time of year.

But a recent holiday bazaar in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood is the work of a unique entrepreneur, with a special spin on networking.

He has helped thousands of small companies to survive and even grow during the Great Recession.

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Rankings
2:02 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Seattle is North America's third smartest city

Cris Pierry flickr.com

Fast Company has released its list of the top ten smartest cities in North America.  Seattle is third from the top. Vancouver, BC comes in at fourth place. Boston is number one.

All of the cities on the list "are pushing the envelope of technology, sustainability and better living conditions".

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City news
11:38 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Update: ‘Grrrl Army’ causing a stir in Seattle with pink paint

Part of the Grrrl Army's work on the abandoned Thunderbird Motel on Aurora Ave in Seattle.
Grrrl Army Tumblr

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.”

A call to action that the group Seattle Grrrl Army announces in bright bold pink.

UPDATE: Members of the Grrrl Army explain their tactics

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Halloween
2:24 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Zillow: Seattle is the fourth best city for trick-or-treaters

Aimée Wheaton/Mazer Design flickr.com

According to real estate website zillow.com, Seattle is one the best cities in the nation for trick-or-treating. Seattle is number 4 on the site’s top 20 list for Halloween, behind San Francisco, Boston and Honolulu.

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Crime in Seattle
8:52 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Coalition concerned about public safety Downtown

Recent violence against tourists and residents in downtown Seattle is putting pressure on the city council to put more cops on the street.

The council received a letter from a large coalition of businesses and organizations concerned about public safety downtown.

The letter is signed by nearly 160 organizations and entities in Seattle, including several hotels, restaurants and the downtown Seattle Association. Its president, Kate Joncas, says they kept hearing from people about aggressive panhandling and open air drug dealing.

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diversions
5:38 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Seattle's No.2! Bloomberg Businessweek ranks U.S. cities

They dinged us for rain, big surprise, but that wasn't enough to knock us out of the running.
Terence T.S. Tam Flickr

Seattle is the second-best city in the country, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. The news org evaluated and ranked the largest 100 U.S. cities and published its results today.

San Francisco grabbed the gold ring at No. 1.

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Transportation
10:44 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Seattle's free-ride zone is ending; 'funeral' is set for Friday

Members of the Transit Riders Union shown earlier this month. The group has been protesting the elimination of the ride-free area.
Jake Ellison KPLU

A cultural shift is taking place in Seattle. It’s the elimination of a free-ride zone downtown, for bus riders.

It’s been in place for four decades. And on Friday (Sept. 28) it will go away. 

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Environment
4:40 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

People for Puget Sound shutting down this fall

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.

People for Puget Sound was founded in 1991 by a charismatic woman named Kathy Fletcher.

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NBA arena
4:30 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Hundreds rally in support of NBA arena in Seattle; intensity building

Two University of Washington students came out to support Seattle's proposed NBA arena.
Lindsay Lowe KPLU

The level of intensity around the proposal to build a new NBA arena in Seattle is growing by the minute.

The group of investors – which we learned yesterday includes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and the Nordstrom family – drew hundreds to a "bring back our Sonics" 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.

“This is a very carefully orchestrated PR campaign," says KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. "At the same time, the old Sonics – the Thunder – 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’s presence in the league’s championship series.”

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Environment
10:49 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Seattle packs EPA Hearing on Alaska's proposed Pebble Mine

Bristol Bay salmon that contribute more than $100 million annually to Washington's economy would be at risk, say opponents of proposed mining operations in the watershed.
toddraden Photo Flickr

It was standing room only at the federal building in Seattle, where the Environmental Protection Agency held its first hearing Thursday on Alaska’s Bristol Bay fishery.

At issue is the potential effects of a proposed gold and copper mine there. The assessment looks at mining in general, though concern has arisen over a huge project known as the Pebble Mine.

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Sanity in Seattle
12:20 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

8 simple rules for staying sane in Seattle (now the rain is back)

Hey, don't lose your cool the way Mount St. Helens did ... and don't worry too much about the next great disaster!
The Associated Press

With the spring rains descending upon us, ushering in the "June Gloom" a little early, Crosscut.com's Knute Berger has come up with eight simple rules to preserve your sanity while living in Seattle.

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