Posts by Todd Matthews

Downtown Kirkland’s Areté Earns Smart Growth Award

Washington Governor Jay Inslee acknowledged three Eastside cities this week for their efforts to develop projects and programs that aim to promote smart growth management planning. The recognition is part of…

Bellevue Software Company Nets $52.1M In Venture Funding

Smartsheet

Eastside tech company Smartsheet, a leader in the production of cloud-based and collaborative project-management software, announced today it has raised $52.1 million to help expand its reach into the enterprise collaboration…

Sparc Apartments Opening Heralds Emerging Bellevue Spring District

Sparc Apartments is the first project to be completed in the Spring District, a 36-acre mixed-use center east of Bellevue Consider it the first sign of life in Bellevue’s emerging…

Price of Progress

Sound Transit’s $3.7 billion East Link light rail project aims to move millions of passengers between Seattle and the Eastside annually when it opens in 2023. But It’s already moved…

A River Runs Through It

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler held a regional transportation summit last year to create a coalition and find solutions to Eastside traffic. Was it enough to get local leaders moving on…

Behind the Wheels

Complaining about traffic is like complaining about rain — it’s part of living in the Puget Sound region. But why is traffic so bad? We went looking for answers. Few…

Going the Distance

Porter Bratten and Orca Running want you to witness the beauty of Eastside trails The Eastside is a rich environment for trail runners. You can opt for a scenic valley…

City Leaders Break Ground On New Redmond Park

City of Redmond, Downtown Redmond Park

Redmond city leaders gathered downtown on May 10 for a groundbreaking ceremony to signal the beginning of construction of a major public park. The two-acre, $41.2 million park, located on…

Microsoft Build Comes to Seattle

Thousands of Web developers and software engineers will gather in downtown Seattle this week for the seventh annual Microsoft Build, a three-day conference that aims to showcase the latest offerings…

Redmond Saturday Market Marks 42nd Anniversary

Redmond Saturday Market

Redmond Saturday Market bills itself as the “Cadillac of farmers markets” — and rightfully so. The market was founded in 1976 by master gardener Georgia Erskine, who envisioned a small,…

Eastside Organizations Earn Green Globe Awards

Green Globe Awards

More than a dozen organizations in King County received Green Globe Awards this month for their environmental protection efforts. The awards represent the county’s highest environmental honors, and they are…

Built to Last

The failure rate for new businesses alone is enough to give entrepreneurs pause. But these Eastside small-business owners beat the odds and remained in business for decades. How did they…

Renton Technical College To Open $20 Million Automotive Technology Complex

Automotive Technology Complex

Think about all the ways automobiles have changed — in their designs, engineering, and technical innovations — over the past 30 years. Now, consider that three decades have passed since…

Ask: A Champion For Business

Bellevue Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Betty Nokes Capestany has spent more than 25 years helping local businesses succeed When Betty Nokes Capestany was finishing high school, her grandmother…

Park-and-Ride Closures Mean Changes for Commuters

The first of two popular Eastside park-and-ride lots will close next month to allow for the construction of Sound Transit’s $3.7 billion East Link Light Rail extension project connecting Seattle…

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