"Growing Pains" Reporter
Joshua’s “Growing Pains” beat sits at the nexus of housing, transportation, urban planning and the economy. He’s done deep reporting on Amazon. He’s spending the second year of the recession focused on the Puget Sound region’s economic recovery. Public radio is a second career for Joshua, after he spent ten years in the field of architecture. He holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Washington. He’s also an avid gardener who co-wrote a book on urban gardening during the Great Recession.
Languages Spoken: English
Professional Affiliations: Society of Professional Journalists, Western Washington Chapter
On the one hand, money is moving faster. On the other hand, it's going to run out too soon.
The Ballard Food Bank opens its new location on 14th Avenue Northwest on Monday. It includes a larger shopping area, designed to look and feel like a grocery store. And there’s a café where you don’t have to pay to eat lunch.
Most big arenas use lots of fossil fuel to heat and cool the space. They’re energy hogs. But backers of Climate Pledge Arena, home to The Kraken and The Storm, say it’ll be the greenest in the world. We checked into those claims.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan wants to put a public elementary school downtown. She’s offering the school district the right to build the school on the former entrance to the Battery Street tunnel. That decision is not final. But it’s prompted a lot of discussions about the future of downtown.
This week, a lot of people tried light rail and got off at Northgate to look around. As they exited the station, many of them were greeted with a neighborhood undergoing massive change.
Sound Transit spent two and a half million dollars on unique artwork to make waiting for trains in its three new stations more enjoyable. This week, visitors to those new stations got to see that work in person for the first time.
Three new light rail stations open this Saturday in North Seattle at Northgate, Roosevelt, and the University District. It’s an important moment for Seattle. For the first time, North and South Seattle will really be connected by light rail. It's a dream that's at least 25 years old. We asked people what this moment means for them.
When Paul Allen’s development company, Vulcan, bought a strip mall and a grocery store in the Central District years ago –many residents had concerns. The community did not want to become like another neighborhood Vulcan redeveloped: South Lake Union. So the neighborhood pushed back.
NW carpenters say they build the tech offices that make our economy grow, but their pay doesn't show it
In Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, carpenters marched outside a new office tower being built for Google. In Redmond, they marched outside buildings under construction for Microsoft and Facebook. The construction industry might be booming, but carpenters say their families are struggling.
A new grocery store has opened at 23rd and Jackson: Amazon Fresh. It’s on the same spot in Seattle’s Central Area neighborhood where the Red Apple grocery store used to stand. The Red Apple was a popular spot where neighbors ran into each other and said ‘Hi.’ Its closure and demolition became a sore spot for people who felt they were losing the soul of their neighborhood.