Bring back the townhouse: Can Millennials and Boomers change the region’s housing mix?

Part 2 in our series on changes in Seattle's built environment explores the value of townhouses, or attached single-family housing, and why we need to…

Video: Who should replace Sally Clark? Watch, then vote!

The eight finalists in the search to find someone to finish Sally Clark's term on the Seattle City Council made their presentations to the sitting council…

The Seattle Fire Department is understaffed. Why?

While the Seattle Fire Department may have escaped the pressures that federally mandated reform has brought to city police, newly confirmed Fire Chief Harold Scoggins will be…

Puget Sound’s 5 worst transportation problems

On a sunny afternoon in March, a salmon-filled tractor-trailer flipped over on the Alaskan Way Viaduct. With Highway 99 blocked, city streets and highways ground…

Macklemore and Sounders “BreakUp4Good” at Goodwill

The Goodwill on Westlake Avenue is a bit trendier than the others, with a sleek, spare sign that resembles the storefront of Urban Outfitters or…

The politics of rent control, Seattle-style

A public discussion at City Hall on Thursday could signal a big topic of discussion in Seattle City Council races the rest of the year. Rent…

Legislature faces big divides in special session

The Washington Legislature will begin a 30-day special session Wednesday to negotiate a 2015-2017 budget. Will one special session be enough? Will two? On Thursday,…

Danny Westneat: a book club guy

Danny Westneat is a Metro columnist for the Seattle Times, and an avid fiction reader who has spent 21 years in the same book group.…

Council finalist Secrest stumbles on attorney question

When Councilmember Tom Rasmussen questioned Sheley Secrest, a lawyer and one of eight finalists for Sally Clark’s open council seat, Friday night, he seemed hung…

Parties trade shots on state budget messages

Republicans and Democrats in Olympia are both claiming falsehoods have worked their way into political campaigns targeting each side's state budget stances in the Washington…

We can use an old tax trick to improve housing affordability

In the search for solutions to our area’s housing affordability problem, a tax policy we’ve had some experience with should not be overlooked. A number…

Marijuana marriage: 2 pot systems pronounced 1

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Friday to merge Washington's recreational and medical marijuana systems under one entity for regulatory purposes. Essentially, the…

Earth Days to come: Will Americans stay so happy about the environment?

What better place to celebrate Earth Day’s 45th birthday than Seattle, where Sen. Gaylord Nelson first broached the idea in a September 1969 speech? And where…

Crosscut’s next Community Idea Lab: Transportation

One balmy night last summer, my fiance and I found ourselves trapped in a wall of traffic, one among thousands of cars inching northward, sloth-like,…

Lawmakers strike compromise on oil trains

Heavy on trains and pipelines, but no Puget Sound oil spill prevention measures. That about sums up a Washington House-Senate compromise on their competing oil…

Don’t blame drought for higher water rates in Seattle

Forget those bare ski slopes in the Cascades, drought emergencies declared in much of the state, and headlines about the (some-would-say-long-overdue) dessication of California. Drought…

The Restless Critic: Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is named for a mix tape the musician made in his misfit years, when he was spending days on end…

Extension sought from court for work on education

The Washington Attorney General's Office is asking the state Supreme Court to allow the Legislature an extension for turning in its homework. The Attorney General's…

Shapeshifter Seattle: You call this eco-friendly?

It’s a gorgeous spring day and riding the ferry Puyallup from Bainbridge to Seattle is a bit like being trapped in a pretty postcard. I’m…

John Okamoto: Seattle’s newest council member.

In tense voting Monday, the Seattle City Council appointed John Okamoto, former director of Seattle’s Human Services Department, to fill an open seat until next fall’s elections.…

Rapper Gifted Gab on music, the Central District and that elusive work-life balance

Seattle’s rap scene has a kind of Yin and Yang complex. On one side are the shining intellectual Paladins, “message” rappers like (duh) Macklemore, The…

Viral Video: World’s Worst Mom

“Helicopter parents” is the term used to describe hovering, hyper-success focused moms and dads, but the parents featured on the Discovery Life channel program, World’s…

Can the Legislature get more done in overtime?

I walked onto the State Capitol campus the other day, expecting to see the bee hive of activity normal during the final days of a…

Video: Who should replace Sally Clark? Watch, then vote!

The eight finalists in the search to find someone to finish Sally Clark's term on the Seattle City Council made their presentations to the sitting council…

Council finalist Secrest stumbles on attorney question

When Councilmember Tom Rasmussen questioned Sheley Secrest, a lawyer and one of eight finalists for Sally Clark’s open council seat, Friday night, he seemed hung…

Marijuana marriage: 2 pot systems pronounced 1

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Friday to merge Washington's recreational and medical marijuana systems under one entity for regulatory purposes. Essentially, the…

City Council candidates get their say

Before a crowded council chambers, the eight finalists to finish Sally Clark’s term on the Seattle City Council carried out what were essentially job interviews…

Lawmakers strike compromise on oil trains

Heavy on trains and pipelines, but no Puget Sound oil spill prevention measures. That about sums up a Washington House-Senate compromise on their competing oil…

We can use an old tax trick to improve housing affordability

In the search for solutions to our area’s housing affordability problem, a tax policy we’ve had some experience with should not be overlooked. A number…

Guest Opinion: Make use of new option in the opiate drugs battle

Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem on the Olympic Peninsula. Unfortunately, Clallam County has been at or near the top of Washington State counties…