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How the 2020 census could alter state politics

The recent election has quickly shifted attention to 2018 and the partisan balance in Congress. Washington State’s spotlight has fallen on Congressman Reichert’s seat in…

Political mystery: How council districts will change city budgeting

Seattle City Council members in 1960 had a simpler job. They were part time, shared a secretary with a colleague, allocated a $40 million general…

Obama should play the Seattle card

The great national debate is on the proper role of government, spanning everything from environmental action to health care. We accept the need to tax…

Best of 2012: A new world brand: The Seattle Diet

  Editors' note: Each day during the holidays, Crosscut will revisit top stories from the last year in a specific category. Today's focus is Food. This…

Seattle’s Korean community: How immigration makes us all stronger

The current national debate on immigration and the policy decisions that will be made will have impacts ranging from Microsoft’s ability to recruit talent to…

A new world brand: the Seattle diet

If you are what you eat then perhaps we Seattleites are Mediterranean. Leadership trips to other countries have allowed us to build relationships and to…

Nurturing Seattle’s international ties, at the grass roots

The economies of Washington state and the Puget Sound region are supported by ties with peoples and institutions throughout the world. These business, government, educational,…

For Seattle’s business community, it’s getting harder to be a player in the region

George Duff arrived in Seattle from Detroit in 1968 to become the president of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. The business environment he found…

How budget cuts could dull Washington’s international edge

The University of Washington is the crown of the metro Seattle economy, providing our community with enormous on and off-campus assets. One of its biggest…

Learning the tricky ropes of ‘state capitalism’

Some years ago, Seattle Mayor Charles Royer sat down to dinner in Chongqing, China with his counterpart mayor for a welcome dinner. Chongqing had become…

Seattle district needs to be schooled on students’ realities

Seattle Public Schools will face yet another round of changes: new board members, another new superintendent, and what is probably Leadership version 14.0 since I…

A Dickensian tale for rebuilding the economy

During the holiday season we think of the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future. So, consider a modern Ebenezer, a man who did not…

Occupy needs a lesson on financing the public good

I was downtown on Black Friday and walked by Westlake Park. The Occupy Seattle protestors were coexisting with the carousel and the holiday shoppers. The…

Lessons for cities in these hard times: get it together

Rockefeller’s estate in Sleepy Hollow, New York was the perfect place to have a three-day discussion, a few days before Halloween, on the current situation…