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How Green Is Our Transit?

It will be many years before all-battery buses replace the current diesel and hybrid fleet. Difficult tradeoffs lie ahead.

You’re Right – The Northwest is Loosey Goosey

A tight culture has more strongly enforced rules and less tolerance for deviance, while a loose culture has fewer strongly enforced rules and greater tolerance for deviance.

Where the Military is in Washington State

Washington State is home to a number of large military installations that employ tens of thousands of uniformed and civilian personnel, making it one of the largest concentrations of military activity in the country.

Buses to Nowhere: How the Region’s Transit has Shrunk

It is difficult to imagine an easy path forward for transit as long as the coronavirus is a threat.

After COVID Will People Still Move To Seattle?

Every mayor and community development director in the country is trying to figure out how migration and settlement patterns, both national and local, will shake out in the post pandemic world, and there are few solid hints so far.

Shipped: Where the Containers are Going on the West Coast

Transcontinental railroads arrived in Seattle in 1893, and within 20 years Seattle had become the largest port on the West Coast and the third largest port in the U.S. after New York and Philadelphia. For decades, Puget Sound dominated West Coast shipping and the ports, and the ancillary activities of shipbuilding, dominated Seattle’s economy. But the growing markets of California, and the prospect of shipping directly to millions of customers, began to chip away at the Puget Sound ports’ competitive advantage in shipping time to Asia.

American Migration: Where People Are Moving

According to Internal Revenue Service data, between 2017 and 2018, 215,000 people moved to Washington State, and 185,000 moved away, for a net gain of 30,000 people.

Retail Rebound: What’s Selling, What’s Not in the New Economy

Given the shutdown of the economy, you might expect that retail sales would be significantly down from the first half of 2020. They're not.

Why Everyone’s Moving To Ellensburg

The new state population estimates show Kittitas County growing 3.4 percent last year, and 7.6 percent over the last three years, both figures tops in the state.

The Economy’s Nike Swoosh Recovery

We see sharp drops in all activities and a comparatively large drop in employment. Things bottom out late March to mid-April and begin a steady climb back toward their March 1 level.

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