Category Archives Seattle and Surroundings

Many years ago, traffic planners around the country talked a lot about rubber tired rapid transit. The idea was to use transit buses on dedicated routes with regular schedules, just like a commuter train or streetcar. ┬áNow some three decades later, Seattle is enjoying its own iteration of this idea, known as Rapid Ride. Rapid Ride now has four major…

Standing here at the beginning of 2014, we are tempted to look down and wonder where Bertha, our SR 99 tunnel boring machine, is. Is she making progress? Is she stuck (again)? We suggest it's time to start looking up and looking toward the future, because this giant project is not just about the tunnel, but about reshaping Seattle and…

Want to know more about Boring Bertha, the tunnel, or what will happen with the Alaskan Way Viaduct? Visit your Smith Tower neighbor Milepost 31, an award-winning information center highlighting the culture that shaped Pioneer Square. Get an insider's look at the SR 99 Tunnel Project and more. A combination of history, artifacts, interactive exhibits and a well-informed staff can…

For years, many of us have parked by ear. That's not such good idea! Now, thanks to the City of Seattle, we can park by phone, a much better idea. Better yet, forget the PHONE part and use Pay by Phone to Park by App on your Smartphone! Here's information from the City of Seattle on how Pay by Phone…

Sometimes great things come in small packages. This is one of them. Cafe Bengodi in Pioneer Square has an authentic Manhattan Little Italy vibe. Small. Sometimes crazy. And a very tasty menu attracts a crowd of regulars as well as Pioneer Square tourists. Pastas, risotto, veal, salads and some great inexpensive Italian red wines. 700 1st Ave (between Cherry St…

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