Joshua McNichols, KUOW

Joshua McNichols


Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Joshua:

In Burien, an unusual affordable housing experiment gains steam

Buying a home is out of reach for most low-income families in the ultra-expensive greater Seattle metro area. The city of Burien is trying to change that. It's experimenting with tiny cottages, with up to two bedrooms, that families earning less than $50,000 per year can buy. → Read More

No place for workers to live? Whidbey Island town aims to fix that

In recent years, the small Whidbey Island town of Langley has rolled out a slew of zoning reforms, meant to encourage the production of new homes. It offers a model for the rest of Washington State. But it's also brought up big questions for residents about what they want their community to be. → Read More

Remembering Jean Darsie, who saw dignity of people who live on the streets

A prominent Seattle activist has died, following a long battle with cancer. Jean Darsie advocated for world peace and sustainability. But she’s best known as an advocate for people facing homelessness. → Read More

Behind boarded up windows, Seattle coffee entrepreneur dreams big

With many office workers still remote, downtown Seattle businesses have struggled. So it seems like a risky time to open a new business. But one new business owner has some unique tricks up his sleeve: Puerto Rican coffee, chocolate, and a dancing panda. → Read More

For these two WA Democrats, Ukraine conflict resets expectations for smaller military

Washington State's congressional delegation brought a skeptical view to DC rega → Read More

Unions are getting lots of attention these days. A labor expert explains why

Unions are emerging left and right across the U.S. — especially among workers in essential industries. Discontentment surrounding wages and working conditions has only been amplified during the pandemic, prompting workers to seek change through unionizing. KUOW reporter Joshua McNichols spoke to Wilma Liebman, former Chairperson of the National Labor Relations Board, about this trend. → Read More

This realtor wants to find you a house in Washington. The odds are stacked against her.

The housing market is tight across Washington state. There’s very little out there for people to buy, and that’s driving home prices out of reach for many of the people who live in the region. The problem has hit Black, Indigenous and families of color hardest, and contributed to the segregation of neighborhoods. Now, lawmakers in Olympia are trying to relax zoning rules so affordable housing is… → Read More

Washington state could require cities to allow more multi-family housing options

Should cities in Washington be forced to allow "missing middle" types of housing — duplexes, triplexes and sometimes small apartment buildings — on land currently reserved for single family homes? That’s a question currently before the state Legislature. → Read More

Washington's floodwaters revived a Canadian lake wiped out 100 years ago.

At the bottom of that old lake bed sit farms that supply British Columbia with a lot of its milk and butter and cheese. The damage could cost hundreds of millions of dollars and raises complex questions about which country is responsible. → Read More

Monorailers, Kraken fans and Amazon parents: a few reasons some downtown Seattle shops feel hopeful

Amazon just had its best Black Friday weekend ever. Meanwhile, brick and mortar retailers in downtown Seattle are hoping holiday sales will help them recover from a bad year. With a modest increase in foot traffic downtown, there's reason for optimism. → Read More

This tiny Washington town floods over and over. Its residents refuse to give up

On the Skagit River, the tiny town of Hamilton is a refuge, a quiet pocket of affordability where most neighbors know each other. One reason it's affordable is that it floods. Earlier this month, Hamilton faced its latest catastrophic flood. That got people wondering, yet again, about the town's future. → Read More

Employees want to be together again, but only if it's optional

Demand for office space is stronger in the Seattle/Bellevue area than it is in any other US city. It’s being driven by tech growth, according CBRE, a company that tracks real estate trends. How many people actually end up working in those offices is the big unknown. We spoke to two local tech companies that are wrestling with how much office space to sign up for. → Read More

A flood wall gets its first major test in Skagit County

The Skagit River crested in Mount Vernon on Tuesday morning, but this time the town was ready to hold back the flood. → Read More

Amazon ready to begin building its world-encircling network of satellites.

Amazon asked the FCC today to let it begin launching experimental satellites into low-earth orbit. The system is being developed in Redmond, and it's called Project Kuiper. → Read More

King County has 'fat stacks' of rent relief for landlords. But some aren't interested

The pandemic has put lots of renters in precarious positions. There’s relief money available, but it’s taking King County time to work through the backlog. And now agents have run up against a new problem: Landlord that don’t respond, or res. Caseworkers say they're slowing down the system. Landlords say it's about lack of trust. → Read More

This Seattle woman wants to know: How can she get those small business grants?

$4 million is up for grabs as Seattle takes applications for its sixth round of grants for small businesses trying to survive the pandemic. → Read More

Behind the art in North Seattle's new light rail stations

Sound Transit spent two and a half million dollars on unique artwork to make waiting for trains in its three new stations more enjoyable. This week, visitors to those new stations got to see that work in person for the first time. → Read More

NW carpenters say they build the tech offices that make our economy grow, but their pay doesn't show it

In Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, carpenters marched outside a new office tower being built for Google. In Redmond, they marched outside buildings under construction for Microsoft and Facebook. The construction industry might be booming, but carpenters say their families are struggling. → Read More

Seattle's first big robotic parking garage opens

Residents of the tower drive their car onto a platform, exit the car, punch in a code. And then their car disappears down a hole. → Read More

No shirt, no shot, no service: Bring your vaccine card to Capitol Hill

CC Attle’s, a bar on Capitol Hill known for its stiff drinks and leather nights, started asking customers to see their vaccination cards in May, before anyone else. → Read More