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Statement from Mayor Jenny Durkan on Passage of Sound Transit Realignment Package and Restored Graham Street Station Construction Timeline

130th Street Station Accelerated and Graham and Boeing Access Stations will also be restored to original construction timeline SEATTLE (August 5, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the follow statement after the Sound Transit Board of Directors voted on responsible realignment legislation and to keep Graham Street Station on… [ Keep reading ]

An Update On the City of Seattle’s Return to Office Plan

As the initial epicenter of COVID-19, our city workforce embarked upon a monumental endeavor to serve our community, including many employees who began working remotely full time. Throughout the past year, we have all had to adapt to a new normal as we worked together to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19… [ Keep reading ]

One Year Later: Seattle Continues to Have Lowest COVID-19 Cases of All Major Cities

On February 28, 2020, Public Health – Seattle & King County identified the first death of COVID-19. This past year changed everything for all of us: Masks, testing, isolation. Losing loved ones. Small business owners struggling every day to survive. Workers facing lost wages and jobs, and unable to pay… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle: Let’s Keep Leading the Way on COVID-19

As reported by the Seattle Times, Seattle is recording the lowest cases of COVID-19 compared to the top 30 other major cities with currently available data. In addition, Seattle has some of the lowest hospitalizations and deaths throughout the entire crisis, despite being the earliest epicenter. Days after the first… [ Keep reading ]

A New Role for Seattle’s First Responders and the Continued Fight for More Testing for Everyone in Our Community

When someone in Seattle dials 9-1-1, our first responders show up. They protect and help our community by responding to every type of emergency, many times putting themselves in harm’s way. In the midst of this pandemic, their work has been more critical than ever by responding to ongoing emergencies, administering lifesaving care, and transporting individuals to hospitals for a range of needs, including COVID-19. However, the virus has dramatically changed how we all do our jobs, and what jobs need to be… [ Keep reading ]

A Transformative, Consequential Event in Our City, Region, and State

Since January, the City and region began preparing for COVID-19 in our region. I have recently talked with Seattle’s world-renowned scientists and academics, been briefed by our state and local public health officials, listened to input of our local nurses, doctors and health care officials, and read the latest research… [ Keep reading ]

What the data tells us about Chapter 1 of the Seattle Squeeze: People drove less, took transit, and biked more.

On January 11, together we began the first chapter of the Seattle Squeeze and a new era of tough traffic in Seattle: The full three-week closure of SR 99 downtown. We knew the longest major highway closure in our region was going to be hard.   That’s why ahead of the… [ Keep reading ]

In the First Two Weeks of the SR 99 Closure, Fewer People Drove Downtown and More People Changed Their Commute Time. Please Keep It Up!

We are now into the third week of WSDOT’s SR 99 closure and the first phase of the Seattle Squeeze, the data tells us some good news: Fewer people are driving in and out of our downtown in cars during peak hours! Although congestion and travel times are similar in many… [ Keep reading ]

Seeking Out and Listening to Solutions in Other Cities to Address Homelessness

Homelessness and affordability is the moral challenge of our time. It’s why when I took office, I immediately made significant new investments to increase our emergency shelter and bridge housing capacity by 25 percent. My proposed budget includes continued support for these as well as continued investments in prevention, diversion,… [ Keep reading ]

Saying Goodbye to Barbara Bailey

Our friend Barbara Bailey died this weekend, and Seattle grew suddenly dimmer. Few things challenge our sense of mortality and purpose more than the death of someone who seemed immortal. Barbara was such a person. Born and raised here, she loved Seattle and poured herself into making it better. Barbara… [ Keep reading ]