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Inside the mega tent set up by the City of Tacoma after declaring a state of public health emergency
Photo courtesy of the City of Tacoma

Everyone agrees that homelessness is a crisis in Seattle, but there are differing views about who is being impacted and what should be done. In public forums, homeless service organizations regularly butt heads over these ideas with frustrated homeowners.

But what about doctors?

Volunteers set up sleeping mats at ROOTS Young Adult Shelter on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Seattle. The shelter can accommodate up to 45 young adults a night.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

The city of Seattle will penalize homeless service providers that failed to meet housing goals in the second quarter of this year. That's according to a letter sent to providers in May.

Tiny homes are shown on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the Licton Springs Tiny House Village on Aurora Avenue North in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Changes are coming to the tiny house village in Seattle’s Licton Springs neighborhood.

Amid concerns from neighbors and uncertainty about whether the City of Seattle will renew the camp’s permit to remain on Aurora Avenue North, the site is getting tighter security and improvements for its homeless residents.

Smoke fills the horizon over Seattle, contributing to a hazy sunset on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Host Bill Radke talks to Kasey Champion, program manager at Microsoft's Imagine Academy and software engineer, and Geo Quibuyen, aka rapper Prometheus Brown and MC Geologic of the hip hop duo Blue Scholars, about whether their relationship with Seattle is changing. We discuss the essay by Tyrone Beason titled, "I Hate You, Seattle: A Love Story."

Seattle streetcar
Flickr Photo/Seattle Department of Transportation (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Mayor Jenny Durkan is reviewing the Seattle streetcar's Center City Connector line. That project has been on hold since March, and now the mayor has some questions about the entire streetcar system. This week the mayor's office updated the public on the progress of the review.

Here are three points that made us sit up straight:

Carmen Best smiles during a press conference on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at City Hall in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

As Carmen Best enters the confirmation process to become Seattle’s next police chief, she told the City Council Wednesday how her profession has transformed since she entered the force 26 years ago.

Seattle streetcar
Flickr Photo/Seattle Department of Transportation (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke talks to KUOW Reporter Carolyn Adolph about the meeting between local businesses and the city of Seattle this afternoon, to discuss the stalled streetcar expansion.

Legal marijuana sales exceeded $1.3 billion in Washington state in fiscal year 2017.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Do people getting their marijuana convictions vacated by the City of Seattle need to be notified? Are they entitled to legal counsel, and to reimbursement for the fines and fees they paid?

Jenny Durkan at her election night party on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2017
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is reiterating her plan to cut the budget of every department in the city.

Speaking on KUOW's The Record on Thursday, Durkan declined to specify how steep the cuts will be, but she did say spending reductions will vary depending on department.


KUOW PHOTO / Casey Martin

While many people were barbecuing and playing in the sun for the Fourth of July, hundreds in Seattle became new U.S. citizens.


The newly constructed Arbora Court Apartments, with 133 units, is shown on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Seattle. Forty of the apartments have been set aside for families transitioning out of homelessness.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Renters already know that finding an affordable place in Seattle is near impossible. But sometimes local employers do not appreciate how bonkers the rental market really is. 

Kailyn Nicholson, center, joins in on a chant led by Emerson Johnson, left, on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, inside City Council Chambers at City Hall in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

It was called a head tax, but maybe it should have been called the Robin Hood tax.


KUOW photo/Kate Walters

Seattle’s South Park neighborhood sits on the bank of the polluted Duwamish river, flanked by industry and split in two by Highway 99.

This is a neighborhood uniquely steeped in Hispanic culture and occupied by people with a deep passion for community.

It’s also a neighborhood staring down the barrel of change.


The Union Gospel Mission works with Operation Nightwatch to fill up its spare beds at the end of the night.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Seattle has a hiring clause that prevents it from giving money to organizations that discriminate. But it also appears that the city knew about the Union Gospel Mission’s hiring practices when it contracted with the organization to clear out the Jungle.

Seattle Silence Breakers unveiled postcards and banners Thursday, May 31 2018, that read 'Mayor Durkan, Stop All harassment & Discrimination now!'
Kathleen Merrigan/Seattle Silence Breakers

Spurred on by a group of anti-harassment activists, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says she will consider hiring an ombudsperson to handle discrimination and sexual harassment complaints by city staff.


An Uber driver near the San Francisco International Airport.
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

If you want to do business on the public’s streets, it's going to be hard to keep your data private.

That’s the message from Washington’s Supreme Court to Uber and Lyft. In a 5-4 ruling, justices told the companies that "trade secrets" don't prevent rideshare data from being released under the state’s public records law.

Downtown Seattle accounts for more than half the city's construction investments, according to DSA.
KUOW Photo File/Megan Farmer

The bloom is off the boom.


Sara Rankin, director of Seattle University's Homeless Rights Advocacy Project.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

One big question people have asked in the conversation about homelessness and affordability is: can we trust the city to spend this money effectively?


Valerie Nagle, who lives in her van: 'It would be huge, if there was enough housing, affordable housing.'
KUOW photo/David Hyde

With Seattle adding tens of millions of dollars to fight homelessness, people around the city want to know: Is that money being spent effectively?

Valerie Nagle is one of them. She lives in her van.


Seattle's Department of Finance and Administrative Services has approved a new three year contract with Wells Fargo.
Flickr Photo/Mike Mozart (CC BY 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/okhmqR

Breaking up is hard — especially if you're a city trying to break up with a bank.

Especially if the other banks aren't all that interested in dating you.


Emily McArthur reacts on Monday, May 14, 2018, during the head tax vote at City Hall in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

The head tax is happening — but the weakened version passed by the Seattle City Council today won't address the scale of the housing crisis, some council members say.


Volunteers count the number of people experiencing homelessness during the annual King County Point-In-Time count on Friday, January 25, 2018, in Pioneer Square.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Is Seattle the sort of place where, if you can’t afford it, there’s no room for you?


Courtesy of Kellie Sevier

Last month, 27-year-old Sabrina Tate died in Seattle. She was living in an RV in a city-sanctioned safe lot in the SODO neighborhood.

For years, Sabrina had been homeless and addicted to heroin. The cause of her death isn't fully known yet, but she had developed an infection in her legs from years of drug use. 

A group of people jog across Lenora Street, on Thursday, October 5, 2017, in front of Amazon's biodomes, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Would a tax credit that encourages businesses to donate to social services be more effective in solving the city's affordability and homelessness crisis than a new head tax?

Bill Radke talks to Saul Spady, president of Cre8ive Empowerment (and grandson of Dick's Drive-In co-founder Dick Spady) about why he and other area business owners are against the proposed Seattle employee head tax.

Jeff Simpson at his home outside Portland, Oregon.
Thomas Teal for The Stranger, licensed for KUOW

A lawsuit by Ed Murray’s former foster son says the city of Seattle gave Murray a platform as mayor to defame him over his claims that Murray sexually abused him as a youth.

Lawyers for Jeff Simpson filed the lawsuit against the city and Murray on Friday.


Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC BY-NC-ND)

In the next couple of years the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be torn down and the Seattle waterfront will open up in a whole new way. Gone will be the elevated highway that separates Pike Place Market from the Ferris wheel and aquarium. In its place will be a new, large, waterfront park. But who should pay for that park? The property owners who live around it? Or all the people who will be benefiting from the new public space? 

KUOW/Isolde Raftery

Benton Strong, the spokesman who stood by embattled Mayor Ed Murray to the end, has been revealed to have a checkered past of his own.

Ethan Kent, 26, uses a cart to transport his belongings as well as the belongings of friends away from a Ravenna encampment where he had been living for roughly a month and a half, on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, on the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Charlie Blackwood was running off three hours of sleep and seven cups of coffee when he packed up his belongings. He had been living with seven other people in a plot of woods in Ravenna, in northeast Seattle, when city crews arrived with trucks and shovels to clear it out.

The boom in Seattle's skyline has unintended consequences for the city's gender pay gap.
Flickr Photo/Michael (CC BY 2.0)/flic.kr/p/5GKvQy

April 11 was a rather unfortunate holiday: Equal Pay Day.

It's the day when a woman's salary catches up to what the average man earned in the previous calendar year. That amount of time is pretty reliably 15-16 months to a man's 12, and there are some surprising reasons for why the numbers have been so stubborn, says David Kroman in a piece for Crosscut.

These cyclists did not forget (or 'forget') their bikes on the ferry.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

This may be the most Seattle of problems: people abandoning their bike share rentals on the ferry. 


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