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Best of 2009: How Jan Drago dragooned a Viaduct solution

Editor's note: This article, first posted on Jan. 15, 2009, is part of our year-end Best Crosscuts of 2009 series. The revival of the Viaduct…

Gay marriage, the incremental approach

One of my favorite New Yorker cartoons appeared a couple of years ago. An elderly husband and wife are sitting in their living room watching…

Olympia’s tunnel of love?

So, what does Frank think? Always a key question, and almost always very tough to know. House Speaker Frank Chopp has been rather silent since…

I’m a school closure baby!

At the end of my 7th grade year they closed my junior high school. The building was at about half capacity, and the District argued…

Tim Burgess makes a fast start at City Council

Was there ever a newcomer elected to the Seattle City Council with more promise than Tim Burgess? Last year he won with nearly 65 percent…

Top-two. Ho-hum.

Top-Two changed — almost nothing. The top-two primary system was supposed to be the beginning of the end of politics as we know it in…

Seattle City Hall stares at $50 million in cuts

Many Seattleites, especially sports fans, are still scratching their heads over the mayor's about-face in allowing the Sonics owners to break their KeyArena contract. During…

Presto! A Seattle parks levy!

Seattle voters will get a chance to renew the popular Pro Parks levy this fall, after all. On Monday, July 21, the City Council voted…

My Starbucks is closing!

I learned the news just this morning. My favorite barista let me know. She, of course, is worried about her job. I, of course, am…

Nick Licata reprises his role as City Council menace

Nick Licata is back! Since his two-year term as Seattle City Council president ended in January, Licata has become, once again, an activist and odd…

Bus envy

I was recently in Chicago and found something delightful about riding that city's buses — something I haven't found here in King County riding Metro…

Sound Transit version 2.1

Imagine this scenario. Sound Transit comes back to ballot this fall with a shortened light rail plan and all three county executives within the voting…

A levy-less election?

What if there was a big election season, and Seattle didn't ask its citizens for a property tax increase? Believe it or not, our levy-loving…

Gang activity is like a recession

Gang activity is like a recession…you often don't know it's a problem until it's too late to do much. Several youth-related murders of late strongly…

Shaky assumption: An Alaskan Way Viaduct myth is dispelled

More movement this week on the Alaskan Way Viaduct - literal, not political. State engineers said yesterday, Jan. 23, that the elevated waterfront freeway has…