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OPENING DAY: May 3, 2014 Music, movies and a popular '60s era TV show have all mythologized the famed cross-country Highway Route 66.  Also known as the Will Rogers Highway and Main Street of America, Route 66 was officially established in1926. It originally ran from Chicago, IL through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, landing in Santa Monica,…

Looking for cheap and easy parking in Pioneer Square for your employees and customers? With major construction projects in the works, on-street parking has become increasingly scarce. That's why The Alliance for Pioneer Square is working closing with state and city transportation agencies to find parking solutions for your visitors. Here's how you can get involved: Get familiar with parking…

This is a good thing! I'll bet if you're asked to name a "blues town," you would think of Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans, or even New York City. I'll challenge any blues lover to expand their ideas of what makes a good blues town and look a little closer to home! What caught our attention was a web spotting of…

State budget cuts to transportation funding have prompted a ballot measure to consider future funding for King County Metro Transit, as the only avenue remaining to preserve bus service. If you or your office mates use the bus, Rapid Ride or other Metro service to get around town, now would be a good time to do your homework and be…

Anyone commuting by ferry, or working in the Financial District or Pioneer Square, is going to love this! Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts will be opening early spring of 2014 on the second level of The Post, a new luxury apartment building located across Post Alley from the Colman Building.  The shop will open onto the pedestrian overpass, which links the…

A favorite springtime getaway for folks around Puget Sound is the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. This year the festivities will take place April 1-30. At this time of year the fertile Skagit Valley bursts to life in a rainbow of vivid colors as millions of tulips come into bloom. This is a self-guided driving tour, so you can enjoy…

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.  Now 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…