Blog Series

Best of Sightline's blog

The best of the best, the cream of the crop. Our (and your) all-time favorite posts that still hold true today---in one series, so you don't have to hunt them down.

Betting the Farm

Northwest farmers are getting on age. The search is on for the next generation of food-growers, and the demographics of farm-ownership may be starting to change.

Bicycle Neglect

In this Daily Score blog series, Alan Durning looks at which Cascadian cities are doing best at developing bike networks, and how they can do better.

Big Oil's Accidental Tax Loophole

Giving away millions to the state’s oil industry every year is hard to understand.

BP, Tim Eyman, and I-1053

This series by Alan Durning explores the ways in which WA's I-1053 is not only undemocratic and unconstitutional, but downright unfair.

Burning Rubber(s)

Better contraceptive options for men are long overdue.

Cap and Trade and the "Gaming" Question

Cashing In Our Carbon

How and why Salem and Olympia should start cashing in on carbon.

Coal Export Trend Reports

Quarterly summaries of the US DOE's national and regional coal export data.

Coal Exports: Caveat Investor

Why the Northwest coal export proposals are proving an increasingly shaky investment for their backers.

Crimp Your Ride

How ridesharing and taxi regulations may change how you get around.

Dude, Where Are My Cars?

Throughout the Northwest, transportation planners predict traffic volumes will grow and grow. But over the past decade, actual traffic trends have bucked predictions. This conundrum has got Sightline blogger Clark Williams-Derry asking, "Dude, where are my cars?"

Family-Friendly Cities

How the Northwest can foster family-friendly cities that serve all communities.

I-1033: Eyman's Permanent Recession

Layoffs, pay reductions, and significant cutbacks to important services have left us all feeling the pinch. Tim Eyman's Initiative 1033 in Washington would set these financial hardships in stone.

Initiative 1098 and Income Taxes

Sightline sets the record straight on a Washington ballot measure that would levy an income tax on the very wealthy to fund schools and health care, as well as reduce taxes for property owners and small businesses.

Inside WCI

Whats good, bad, and missing from the WCI's draft proposal?

Legalizing Inexpensive Housing

In rentals, we ban Payless and mandate Nordstrom.

Look Who's Taking Coal Money

Outing purported "green" professionals for their contradictory work pushing coal exports in the Northwest.

Love for Land-Value Taxes

Discussing a highly progressive tax from the 1800s.

Measure 63 in Oregon

This series examines Oregon's measure 63 on the 2008 ballot.

Metro Matters

Why King County must invest in its transit system.

My Year of Nothing New

Follow Anna Fahey's New Year's resolution to buy nothing new in 2012--saving cash and cutting carbon at the same time.

Parking? Lots!

How obscure parking rules have misshaped our communities and opportunities for better options.

R-52: Cool Schools Washington

EHB 2561---a bill to retrofit school buildings and put energy savings toward education---passed the legislature and is now on its way to the people for a vote.


Sightline celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Sustainababy: Born to be Green

Anna Fahey looks at pregnancy and motherhood through the lens of sustainability policy.

Talking Weather and Climate

In this blog series, Communications Strategist Anna Fahey examines how scientists, public figures, and journalists are linking weather and climate.

Teen Pregnancy: Going... Going...

How to continue the decrease in US teen birth rates.

The Northwest's Pipeline on Rails

A comprehensive look at the nearly one dozen plans that have emerged since 2012 to ship crude oil by train to Northwest refineries and port terminals.

The Parable of the Electric Bike

Imagine an electric bike. Zipping through the city. Surging up hills without gasping for breath. Appealing! So, why haven't they caught on?

The Reluctant Cyclist

Follow Eric Hess's first rides, initial thoughts on commuting, and an introduction to bike culture in this Sightline series.

The Risk of Northwest Oil Spills

What an oil spill from the region's ballooning oil shipping industry would mean for Northwest waterways.

The Wrong Side of the Tracks

How coal and oil trains will disrupt traffic across Northwest communities.

The Year of Living Car-lessly Experiment

After the demise of their family Volvo, Sightline director Alan Durning and his family decided to try living car-free for one year.

This Land: Measure 37's Impact on Oregon

The latest news and analysis on Oregon's "bad-neighbor" law, plus a look at Measure 49, an effort to rewrite Measure 37 to make it more true to what Oregonians want.

Twenty Times Better than the Pill

Contraceptive options and affordability are key to addressing a number of public health and economic concerns.

Weekend Reading

Each Friday, Sightline staff compile their top reading picks from the week.

What Democracy Looks Like

Mapping a path to political reform and reclaiming our institutions of governance.