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Plastic Bag Ban Floated by Seattle City Council

plastic bag ban floated in Seattle

The Seattle City Council is trying again to do away with so-called single-use plastic bags--this time, from all retail outlets (not just grocery stores) and this time, with a twist: Paper bags would still be available, but we'd be charged five cents per (the retailer keeps the money). The idea here is to gently coerce us to get our lazy butts in gear and dig the reusable grocery bags out of deep storage (read: shoved under the back seat). Read more »


Waterfront Update: Ferris Wheel Approved for Pier 57

Didja know we need one of these?

Rising from the ashes of the s-l-o-w-l-y dying Viaduct, this here shiny new waterfront oddity. Good news or bad news? I leave it to you to decide. Read the story on our news partners, KING-TV's website.


Beer + Chocolate: Your DIY Pairing Guide

Here's something fun you can try at your holiday gatherings: As you're handing your brother-in-law a beer, hand him a chunk of chocolate to go with it. Strange but true: When chosen carefully, chocolate and beer taste great together, as I found out firsthand the other night in Fremont. Read more »


Viaduct for Dummies: Yes! You Missed the Only Exit! and Other News From the SoDo Coaster

Feeling a little cocky of late, now that everything's totally back to normal down here in SoDo (the new "slow normal," that is), so today I actually took a meeting in the office, inviting an uninitated reporter to drive southbound through the SoDo Coaster to our Viaduct-adjacent office.

That was mean.

Right about meeting time, I got an email, subject line: "Got Messed Up on the Viaduct." By which she meant "Am now being funnelled helplessly to West Seattle." Read more »


Viaduct for Dummies: When Will the Rest of That Thing Come Down?

SR99 Route into Seattle

Today's VFD update: A response to the random question from the back seat this morning as we weasled our way onto the Viaduct in SoDo. "I thought the Viaduct was coming down. So why are we still getting on it?"

Listen, Billy, it ain't that simple. Rebuilding Seattle's north-south access via SR 99 is going to take years...about four more, to be exact. And until it's all built, the Viaduct's not coming down.

Now that we're all getting so good at riding the SoDo Coaster, here's a look at some of the key timeline highlights, all just estimates, courtesy of WSDOT: Read more »