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April 12, 2024

How Washington’s local governments have moved to allow for denser housing

Tallwood building under construction

Originally reported by Laurel Demkovich in the Washington State Standard. Washington lawmakers in recent years have passed laws to require local governments to allow for more housing density with duplexes, triplexes or attached dwelling units. But before lawmakers required these changes, they looked at ways to incentivize local governments to do this on their own….


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April 8, 2024

Seattle Civic Poet Shin Yu Pai launches new public poetry project on April 1

one man showing another a drawing on campus

Originally reported in Northwest Asian Weekly by Kai Curry. National Poetry Month takes place every year in April. Its purpose is to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry nationwide. This year, Seattle residents will have the privilege and pleasure of discovering, installed throughout various parts of the city, poems by local poets on topics of…


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Earthquake showed Taiwan was well prepared for a big one — more so than parts of U.S.

Seattle, WA 3/5/01 -- Damage in Pioneer Square from the 2/28 earthquake.

Originally reported by Evan Bush  for NBC News. The powerful earthquake in Taiwan on Wednesday shook an island that was well prepared for a seismic catastrophe — likely more so than some regions of the U.S., several experts said. Nine people have been reported dead, though Taiwanese officials said the death toll could rise in…


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April 4, 2024

How do wildfires affect mental health? A new UW study examines the connection

Where there's fire, there's smoke: The dangers of wildfire smoke

Originally reported in the Seattle Times by Taylor Blatchford Checking air quality and staying indoors when smoke inundates the Seattle area has become second nature during Washington’s wildfire season in recent years. But new research highlights how wildfires can affect a less visible aspect of well-being: mental health. A University of Washington study published in…


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‘Work of passion:’ How Catalina Velasquez’s life led her to immigrant rights advocacy

Washington State Capitol campus on an overcast spring day, cherry blossoms between photographer and the legislative building. Photo taken from the steps of the former state library.

Originally reported in The Washington State Standard by Grace Deng. Ask Catalina Velasquez anything about queer, feminist immigrant rights. She’ll have an answer. Velasquez heads Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, which is the largest immigrant-led coalition in Washington, alongside Brenda Rodriguez Lopez. A refugee from Colombia herself, Velasquez was the first transgender Latina appointed as a…


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April 3, 2024

Urban@UW announces second cycle of Research to Action Collaboratory projects

Aerial photograph of the University of Washington Seattle campus

Urban@UW is excited to announce the project teams selected for the second Research to Action Collaboratory (RAC) cohort. Throughout the next 18 months, Urban@UW will work with these teams to provide seed funds, dedicate time to building team cohesion and collaboration skills, and foster opportunities for peer support, shared resources, and learning. These two project…


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March 29, 2024

Muslims observing Ramadan at Tacoma ICE center aren’t receiving timely meals, immigration advocates say

Protest march in support of immigrants, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2018.

Originally published by KUOW  Written by Diana Opong The month of Ramadan is a time of holy celebration, but some Muslim people held at the privately run Northwest ICE Processing Center in Tacoma say they aren’t being given clean clothes daily, nor timely meals before and after fasting. Naeem, a 52-year-old man being held at…


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Office-to-residential conversion is a trendy idea for downtown resurgence — but has big challenges

Tallwood building under construction

Originally published in Geekwire Written by Chuck Wolfe, longtime affiliate associate professor in College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. Office-to-residential conversions are frequent fodder in discussions of the post-pandemic city, downtown regeneration, and hopes to contain rising housing costs. Remote work is here to stay, especially in hybrid form in the tech-centric…


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March 25, 2024

How e-bikes are helping ease package delivery clogs

UPS truck stopped beside a biker

Originally reported by Kristin Schwab for Marketplace. It’s a rainy evening in New York City, as in flash flood warning kind of rain. But it’s nothing Michael Singh hasn’t seen. “Yes, rain, snow, high winds, all of it,” said Singh, who’s been a bike messenger for seven years and started with Amazon a few months ago….


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March 19, 2024

To report or not report ‘suspicious people’ near campus

Everett, Washington / USA - 11/16/2018 - Police Parking Enforcement Ticketing vehicle of Boon Docking Homeless Camper

Originally reported in The Daily by Shira Sur It took three encounters with a person threatening bypassers near the West Campus dorms for first-year student Hannah Whitemarsh to call 911. Whitemarsh’s call to UWPD, which was made in mid-October of 2023, was transferred to the Seattle Police Department (SPD). After she was asked whether the…


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