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Progressive Seattle? Not always and not quite yet

This column previously appeared in the March issue of Seattle Magazine. I was recently asked if Seattle has always been a progressive city. It’s an…

Who we need as our next Seattle mayor

Who’s going to be the next mayor of Seattle? The question is in play every four years, and it’s newly relevant this election cycle in…

West Coast to Trump: It’s time for a divorce

Driving from Seattle to southern California, one is reminded of the ongoing tectonic shifts in the landscape that have shaped us — rippled hills, volcanoes…

‘SlaughterTown’: Ghosts of a traumatized NW landscape

Can landscapes become imbued with historic trauma? And if so, can they pass it along? Is there an example here in Puget Sound country? Those…

Poor gargoyles. We’re smashing Seattle’s history as we build

A very bad thing just happened in terms of historic preservation in Seattle. The long-expected demolition of the old Seattle Center Arena started across Speight…

Crosscut at 10: A media experiment and a miracle

Ten years ago, on April 1, 2007, Crosscut was born. It was appropriate that we made our entrance on April Fool’s Day: Most startups are…

One of the vocal Seahawks is really annoying

Many of the Seattle Seahawks are outspoken, and I love them for it. Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett, to name a few, are often…

In a sign of the times, doomsday prep is bipartisan

In 1962, the fallout shelter craze peaked, but the end of the world is experiencing a revival. Now, 55 years, some folks are prepping for…

Seattle: launchpad of the modern Space Age?

Boeing put Seattle on the map as an aerospace place, but a new generation of local companies is trying to take us into space, including…

Our dishonorable past: KKK’s Western roots date to 1868

The images are haunting. A family dressed in full Ku Klux Klan regalia prepares for a wedding in Sedro-Woolley. A downtown Seattle hall is filled…

When free speech is hate speech: Should it be banned?

On a recent Civic Cocktail — a monthly interview program on The Seattle Channel — journalists had a chance to ask University of Washington President Ana…

Seattle politics: Left, lefter and way, way left

Activist/lawyer/writer/performer Nikkita Oliver is running for mayor with the support of the new Peoples Party of Seattle, a group formed in Seattle in response to…

Want to connect with Seattle? Get journaling

No one wants a “better city” more than Seattleites. Much of our civic discourse is about how to live up to our ideals, to be…

Seattleites go to Trump Country

Last Saturday, March 4, pro-Trump rallies — and counter- demonstrations — occurred around the country, including in Olympia, Washington, and Lake Oswego, Oregon. But at the same…

Like democracy? Invest in heritage groups

I’m feeling liberated about what I write these days. I’ve heard from the highest sources in the land that it is now okay to present…
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