How traffic troubles Seattle’s psyche

In my psychotherapy practice, I often hear about an implacable force encountered by people from all walks of life. The force puts obstacles in their…

Rep. Susan Fagan resigns

State Rep. Susan Fagan, R-Pullman, will resign on Friday amid allegations that she cheated on her legislative reimbursements and pressured her assistants to help with…

Is Ballard the next South Lake Union?

I am sitting in the lobby of the Hotel Ballard on Ballard Avenue Northwest, sipping a nice cup of espresso. The hotel has 29 rooms,…

Landmark mansion is demolished, quietly

A Seattle landmark has been quietly razed, taking preservationists by surprise. The so-called George Carmack House at 16th and E. Jefferson in the Central District…

Guest Opinion: We need to keep standing together for public lands

In December, Congress and the President did more than signing the conservation provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act into law: They gave Americans an irreplaceable…

Status of debate on education spending: 4 bills and a ticking clock.

It became obvious Thursday that lawmakers are going to need a few more weeks to hammer out a politically feasible, financially sound solution to the…

Bowing to backlash, Taylor Shellfish decides against using pesticide

In 1895, lawmakers in Olympia reaffirmed a unique provision of state law that had been enacted by the Territorial Legislature. Known as the Bush and…

Bill would limit state workers’ collective bargaining amounts

The governor’s office would be limited in how much money it could put into future collective bargaining agreements with state employees under a bill by…

Should Kshama Sawant apologize to colleague?

We are in a dither here about whether or not City Councilmember Kshama Sawant owes an apology to her new colleague, John Okamoto. Sawant unleashed…

Thriving in the crossfire: Yelp’s woman in Seattle

Throwing yourself into the lion's den isn't for everyone. But that is pretty much Katy Hewitson's daily job as the public face of Yelp.com in Seattle,…

The Weekend List: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at ACT – and more

*Denotes items that are $15 or less Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ACT, in case you haven’t heard, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. So…

A tale of two May Days: peaceful demonstrations followed by scenes of chaos.

Seattle’s May 1st, 2015 began with an optimistic Mayor Ed Murray in Cal Anderson park, evolved into a tightly organized permitted mid-day march into downtown…

Poet as Superhero: Maged Zaher

Welcome to City Superheroes, a regular column that highlights the powerful figures walking among us with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s…

Smartypants guide to Civic Cocktail: Tech and SIFF

How is technology reshaping — hopefully, improving — civic life? A panel of local experts will explore that question at next Wednesday's Civic Cocktail. It's a question…

Treasurer’s funding idea: Something there?

It’s not often you see folks who hold statewide elective office embrace the third rail of Washington politics, but state Treasurer Jim McIntire, a Democrat, has…

Grizzly bear decisions coming in 2017

Federal officials say they will decide in late 2017 whether and how to reintroduce grizzly bears to Washington's Northern Cascades. The 2017 target came up…

New York City: Inspiration for a quicker, smarter Seattle?

If Seattle is going to make dramatic innovations in transportation, the city may need to act fast. That was the big message when one of the…

With an eye on labor, council goes green

When members of a city council committee unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the Port of Seattle’s two-year lease to host Arctic oil drilling equipment…

Podcast: Seattle Interagency students on dying young, adversity and the “at-risk” label

Every Thursday morning, new students trudge into the auditorium at the Seattle Interagency Academy. They're handed white binders full of questions that will help school…

Heart of Little Saigon prepares for a makeover

A visitor crossing 12th Avenue at Jackson Street can be forgiven for dismissing the crossroads as an eyesore, an urban jumble of strip-mall architecture, dilapidated infrastructure,…

GiveBig day: Today’s gifts to Crosscut are matched

It’s happening right now, as you read this. Every gift made to Crosscut today will have a portion matched by the Seattle Foundation’s #GiveBIG sponsors! We believe…

Big change for forests, animals east of Snoqualmie

Look into the forest: It's dark in there among the skinny trees crammed close together. This isn't old growth. No massive trunks, no cathedral groves…

Landmark mansion is demolished, quietly

A Seattle landmark has been quietly razed, taking preservationists by surprise. The so-called George Carmack House at 16th and E. Jefferson in the Central District…

Podcast: 3 Seattle students compete in national August Wilson monologue contest

Seattle has a very special relationship with the late August Wilson. Pittsburgh may claim him as its native son but the playwright, who lived here…

Kids and the American dream denied. A conversation with author Robert Putnam

Robert Putnam is the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His 2000 book Bowling Alone argued that social…

Viral Video: “About a Son” peers into Kurt Cobain’s troubled soul

This is the other Kurt Cobain documentary, the one released in 2007 and now being ignored in the wake of the so-called “authorized” doc, Kurt…

Is Ballard the next South Lake Union?

I am sitting in the lobby of the Hotel Ballard on Ballard Avenue Northwest, sipping a nice cup of espresso. The hotel has 29 rooms,…

Should Kshama Sawant apologize to colleague?

We are in a dither here about whether or not City Councilmember Kshama Sawant owes an apology to her new colleague, John Okamoto. Sawant unleashed…

A tale of two May Days: peaceful demonstrations followed by scenes of chaos.

Seattle’s May 1st, 2015 began with an optimistic Mayor Ed Murray in Cal Anderson park, evolved into a tightly organized permitted mid-day march into downtown…