"Growing Pains" Reporter
Joshua’s “Growing Pains” beat sits at the nexus of housing, transportation, urban planning and the economy. He’s done deep reporting on Amazon. He’s spending the second year of the recession focused on the Puget Sound region’s economic recovery. Public radio is a second career for Joshua, after he spent ten years in the field of architecture. He holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Washington. He’s also an avid gardener who co-wrote a book on urban gardening during the Great Recession.
Languages Spoken: English
Professional Affiliations: Society of Professional Journalists, Western Washington Chapter
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.
A new grocery store has opened at 23rd and Jackson: Amazon Fresh. It’s on the same spot in Seattle’s Central Area neighborhood where the Red Apple grocery store used to stand. The Red Apple was a popular spot where neighbors ran into each other and said ‘Hi.’ Its closure and demolition became a sore spot for people who felt they were losing the soul of their neighborhood.
Before the pandemic, Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood was bustling with tech workers, tourists, and residents. There were lines outside popular lunchtime spots. Then the pandemic hit, and the neighborhood quickly became a ghost town. It's not anymore.
Property owners alA Capitol Hill neighborhood wants to tax itself to help keep its main street clean and its businesses strong. It would create a new Business Improvement Area, or BIA, the 11th in Seattle, and the first new one created during the pandemic to help a struggling business district. KUOW’s Joshua McNichols says the idea has inspired strong reactions on both sides.
When the Supreme Court ruled against the federal eviction moratorium, that had some implications for Washington State.
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.
As parents ready their kids for in-person school, many have concerns about Covid protocols. For some Issaquah parents, those worries only grew when they saw one of their school district's top administrators use his Facebook account to diss vaccines and masks.
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.
An architecture firm dedicated to green building felt the heat and got AC at the office. They still cut their energy use
"When you realize that you're sticking to the trace paper on your desk, that's not a good thing."
The national moratorium on evictions ended over the weekend. Renters still have some significant protections here in Washington, but accessing that help can get complicated.