Public parks move to private management in Seattle

Seattle mayor Ed Murray threw a bean bag at a cornhole board. A busker picked tunes on his guitar. A chef from local restaurant Soul…

Design Preview: The new Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market is Seattle’s most popular destination, and the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world. On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, a new…

House Republicans hesitant about tax break closures

All 15 Republicans on the Washington House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday against a bill that would close several tax breaks and raise $356 million, mostly…

Legislative leaders reach budget deal

Republicans and Democrats have a handshake deal on the broad strokes of the state government’s main 2015-2017 budget. But the details remain a mystery. In…

City council candidate admits to punching man in homeless camp

Joshua Farris, one of three city council candidates in District 2 and active member of the housing advocacy group SAFE, is potentially facing charges for punching…

Conservative senator with marijuana background leads on law changes

State Senator Ann Rivers’ dad, Gene, was dying of cancer in 1995, and in intense pain. With nothing to lose, he decided to see if…

Olympia watching the budget clock

  Washington Senate Republicans have lined up a bill to extend the current fiscal year's budget to July 31 in case the deadlocked 2015-2017 budget…

Inslee, GOP offer compromises on transportation

Gov. Jay Inslee has offered to delay installing low-carbon standards for motor fuels by three years in order to resolve the last major dispute on…

The Weekend List: The funkiest party of Pride Weekend. The animals of painter Gaylen Hansen. Thai Curry Simple’s after-dark Pop Up

* Events that are $15 or less The Westerlies * They’re one of the most innovative quartets — two trombones, two trumpets — producing sweeping,…

When tragedy struck a NW baseball team

I am the shadow sinister called Fate … I am the Master Umpire, and I call the plays the way I see them. I have…

Mayor Ed Murray shuffles approach to planning

One hundred twenty thousand new residents by 2035: That number looms in the background as Mayor Ed Murray, the Seattle City Council and just about every…

Revive Seattle’s creative spirit by inciting cultural trouble

Knute Berger’s recent piece in Crosscut about Seattle and creativity raised several good questions, most importantly at the article’s conclusion, when he asks rhetorically whether…

State pot taxes to be reduced

A bill to make it easier and cheaper to buy legal pot in Washington is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. The big…

Voters can expect all $930 million of Move Seattle next fall

For all the talk of dramatic amendments from Councilmember Nick Licata, the largest property tax levy in Seattle history, a transportation funding package, emerged relatively…

Energy decisions loom over the Columbia River

Stand on the cliffs overlooking the wild beauty of the Columbia River, viewed by many as one of the most significant environmental forces in the…

Meet the first ever Crosscut Civic Ambassadors

This year, for the first time, we recruited Crosscut Civic Ambassadors — and boy, were we impressed with the candidates. From an urban planner to a…

City Superheroes: Skillet’s Josh Henderson

Our biweekly City Superheroes column highlights the powerful figures walking among us — with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s pairing: chef…

Legislature acts on budget in nick of time

State college students will see tuition decreases over the next two years, but not as much as the Washington Senate Republicans originally wanted. The tuition…

Transportation plan nears final votes

An 11.9-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax increase is a key part of a 16-year, $16.1 billion transportation project package. The plan is headed to the Washington Senate…

City picks new sites for homeless encampments

Mayor Ed Murray on Monday announced seven sites to house new city-approved homeless encampments. In a  press release, Murray’s office portrayed the action as helpful…

Eleven great photos from Seattle Pride 2015

Beyonce and Taylor Swift ballads reverberated between buildings. Batman rollerbladed through parade traffic in a Speedo. Boy Scouts marched in full uniform, in support of…

The Fabulous Downey Brothers on aliens, band rules and those crazy costumes

I’m convinced that The Fabulous Downey Brothers are secretly the cast for an upcoming sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s title: Dr. Frankenfurter…

Faith and gay rights: An easing of the culture wars?

With the U. S. Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection mean that states cannot ban same-sex…

Inslee compromises to get transportation projects deal

Gov. Jay Inslee dropped his push for a low-carbon fuel standards Sunday morning in order to get a $15 billion, 16-year transportation projects package. The…

Legislative leaders reach budget deal

Republicans and Democrats have a handshake deal on the broad strokes of the state government’s main 2015-2017 budget. But the details remain a mystery. In…

State pot taxes to be reduced

A bill to make it easier and cheaper to buy legal pot in Washington is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. The big…

Mayor Murray: a rainbow kind of day

The usually staid conference room outside the mayor's office teemed Friday with city officials overcome with emotion. In light of the Supreme Court's decision to…