The new Seattle, where everything looks the same

This is the first in a 2-part series on changes in Seattle's built environment. You can read Part 2 here. Tucked into a side street…

Resisting Shell: Another WTO for Seattle?

A “Festival of Resistance” is planned for mid-May as kayaking environmental activists and others promise to meet the arrival of Shell’s Arctic oil rig on…

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…

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…

Treasurer wants a state income tax but with benefits

State Treasurer James McIntire is proposing a constitutional amendment that would create a 5 percent state income tax to fund education in Washington. That's the…

Eight finalists in hunt for Sally Clark’s seat

The Seattle City Council announced eight finalists on Monday. One of them will serve out the remaining months of former council member Sally Clark's term.…

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…

Urban edges, and how to define the space beyond

I doubt that before today any urbanist writer has used an old, Latin term that lives on in southern Italy to explain the particular wonder of…

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…

Budget games are taking center stage

So far, gamesmanship has trumped actual negotiations over a compromise between the Washington Senate and House on their budget proposals. There's just a week until…

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…

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.…

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,…

Life science research: Is state losing focus?

Every April, there was to be a show of symmetry in Washington. This month, Big Tobacco made its annual delivery of millions of dollars to…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

An odd rhythm but memorable images in ‘The Salt of the Earth’

The casualties of war, oppression, poverty and religious zealotry confront all of us in the photographs of Sebastião Salgado, whose remarkable career is the subject…

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,…

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…

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…

The Weekend List: Artist Mary Ann Peters, Cobain documentary at SIFF, Complex Movements at OTB

Featuring picks from artist C. Davida Ingram Earlier this year at the wonderful Genre Bender event, conceptual artist C. Davida Ingram blew audiences away with…

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.…

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…