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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Doug MacDonald

Doug MacDonald has served as chief executive in infrastructure agencies in Massachusetts (Greater Boston drinking water/wastewater) and Washington State (Secretary of Transportation, 2001-2007). His best job was fifty years ago as a rural extension agent in the Peace Corps in Malawi in southern Africa. He has written on the environment, transportation and politics for professional and general publications for many years.

Lime Disease Update: Bike Share Catches Fire… Literally

The same night that bike batteries ignited in the Lime Bike Ballard warehouse, passerby video caught a spectacular Lime Bike battery pyrotechnics at the UW campus.

Lime Disease: Is This Where Bike Share Goes To Die?

So many mysteries. Emails to SDOT and Lime so far have produced no answers.

Mayor Durkan: Out Damn Chemicals! (Really?)

Unlike Seattle, cities elsewhere are outright banning park and public open space use of glysophate.

Another One Down: What We Need To Do NOW To Cut Pedestrian Accidents

For pedestrian deaths and serious injuries, Seattle is rapidly careening toward by far the worst year in recent memory.

Remembering Tom Gibbs, a Titan of Seattle Infrastructure

Do we all understand that a community is only as livable today and sustainable tomorrow as the quality of its infrastructure underpinnings? ...

Blown away by an unfiltered Mayor Pete

Simple outcome. I was blown away. Twenty minutes of house party stump speech was even better than I had any reason to guess I would come away with. Answers to questions were even better.

Straight From Zimbabwe: Seattle’s New Power Couple

You may not have heard of them yet, but two fresh players in  Seattle’s civic arena may right now be busy establishing themselves as Seattle’s newest power couple.

The Ninja Warriors Debate

TV entertainment now deeply undergirds the forms of our political discourse.  In the year 2016 we had the framing power of The Apprentice.  NBC’s...

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