2014’s #6 Most Read: Steve Scher’s KUOW disappearing act

When the longtime and popular KUOW radio host Steve Scher up and quit suddenly last week, the rapidity and surprise of the event naturally raised eyebrows.…

Remembering Paul Schell

Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, who died Sunday morning at the age of 76, was one of the rare defining figures of our political history.…

Steve Scher’s KUOW disappearing act

When the longtime and popular KUOW radio host Steve Scher up and quit suddenly last week, the rapidity and surprise of the event naturally raised eyebrows.…

Leftward Ho, Seattle!

There have long been two reliable axioms about Seattle politics. Both are now faltering. One maxim was that the city, with its sensible middle-class electoral…

Politics in Washington: Ready for an explosion

State Sen. Rodney Tom’s surprise decision not to run for re-election shows just how seismically active Washington state politics has become. On the surface, calm…

Can serious public funding for culture ever happen in Seattle?

Ten years ago, a small group met at Town Hall Seattle for an informal briefing on arts funding by the just-elected mayor of Denver (now governor)…

Best Places guidebook, R.I.P.

My first, faltering, fatal step as a serial entrepreneur was taken in 1972 when I and some foodies started a monthly newsletter called “A Gourmet’s Notebook.”…

Fred Bassetti’s legacy: Modernism that feels good to the human hand

Editor's Note: Fred Bassetti, a leading figure in Seattle architecture, died this week at the age of 96. What follows is a version of a…

10 big challenges await Mayor Murray

Outgoing Mayor Mike McGinn’s way to be gracious to Mayor-elect Ed Murray was to say that his successor would enjoy holding the post, because there…

Voters strike back!

Talk about a cold, bracing face-slap by reality! The day of the election we learn of an epic, back-room  deal to woo Boeing. The deal…

How Seattle can shine internationally

Seattle is in the midst of a pivotal mayor’s race. Maybe not close and certainly not substantive, but very significant for the next four years.…

Well-hidden: The real differences in Seattle mayor’s race

The Seattle mayor’s race grew from four yawns to five recently when a KING-5/Survey USA poll put challenger Ed Murray ahead of Mayor Mike McGinn by 52-30. Can…

Let’s get some ideas into the barren mayor’s race

Ideally, mayor’s races are good times to get new ideas into the public arena. Voters get inspired, and they get a better sense of what…

Courage, Northwest style

Editor's Note: This essay is the first in a series on courage that will run in advance of Crosscut's first annual "Courage Awards" ceremony on…

An unexpected choice to head Seattle Opera

Last week, Seattle Opera announced the results of its two-year quest to find a successor to Speight Jenkins, who has led the company with remarkable…