by Phil Manzano
Could the decades-old government housing discrimination program, commonly called redlining, have anything to do with pedestrian fatalities today?
According to a recent national study that compared federal redlining maps of the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation with data on 2010–2019 pedestrian deaths from the national Fatality Analysis Reporting System, the answer is yes.
Continue reading Redlining Continues to Reverberate in Seattle Nearly a Century Later in Pedestrian Deaths
by Phil Manzano
Content Warning: This article includes video and discussion of a vehicle-pedestrian collision.
Taken from a camera mounted above the intersection of Rainier Avenue and Graham Street South, the high-angle traffic video has a grainy, gray quality but still reveals much. The streets are dry. It’s about 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 25, and an eastbound silver Lexus coupe is turning left as three people — a mother and her two children — are walking across Rainier.
Continue reading South End Traffic Incidents Spur Efforts to Prioritize Pedestrian Safety
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A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!
It’s a week for hearings, local and national. These include the first inquest hearing into the 2017 death of Charleena Lyles, which is a judicial inquiry that lays out and ascertains the facts of the case. Nationally, the fourth of the Jan. 6 Committee hearings has also just passed; the fifth takes place Thursday morning, June 23. Recent flickers of white nationalist groups making hyperlocal plays and targeting LGBTQ+ communities can’t help but feel like echoes of insurrection.
But there is still some levity to be found. Pride events continue this weekend — see our guide — including Lavender Rights Project’s Black Trans Comedy Showcase tonight!
—Vee Hua 華婷婷, interim managing editor for the South Seattle Emerald
Continue reading NEWS GLEAMS: Majority of 2021 Fatal Crashes in South End, Taste of White Center, & More
by Lizz Giordano
In the seven years Seattle has worked toward achieving Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating traffic deaths has never been so out of reach for the city. Especially in the South End, which absorbed more than half of the fatalities on the city’s streets last year.
Continue reading Funding ‘Solutions Not Studies’ to End Seattle Traffic Deaths
by Lizz Giordano
A car crash in SODO took the life of a pedestrian just over three weeks into 2021. Days later, another traffic death occurred within the same block. Two months after that, a semi-truck collided with a bicyclist on the industrial streets of Georgetown, marking another fatality in the South End, where traffic deaths were quickly outpacing other areas of the city.
In April, a driver fled the scene of a deadly crash with a bicyclist near Seward Park. Early one morning in June, another person died after an SUV hit a man walking along Airport Way South. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and police blogs show yet another pedestrian was killed near the Columbia City light rail station a few days later.
Six months into 2021, more than half of all Seattle traffic fatalities have occurred in Council District 2, which includes Rainier Valley, SODO, and parts of Chinatown/International District.
Continue reading District 2 Bears the Brunt of Seattle’s Traffic Deaths
by Carolyn Bick
The November sun in Seattle doesn’t stretch its lazy rays above the horizon until after 7 a.m. –– and that’s only if it’s not blotted out by grey rainclouds, as is so common in the Pacific Northwest’s autumn. And it’s in that sometimes-rainy dark that students travel to school, piling onto buses and trains that, currently, are free transportation sources for them.
But that could change, if Initiative 976 takes effect. Continue reading I-976 Could Harm Free Orca Card Program Championed by South Seattle Students