City may push aside history, the poor in Pike Place & Pioneer Square

We know that Seattle’s rapid growth is putting pressure on our architectural heritage with demolitions and façadism. The city is being remade at an unprecedented…

The untold story of Seattle’s racist mayor

This is part of a series of Crosscut stories discussing race in the Puget Sound region. The legacy of the Civil War is in the…

A new “community of the book” begins in Seattle

Seattle often is touted for its literary bona fides. We frequently top the list of America’s “most literate” cities (we’re currently number 3, following Washington,…

New type of city council politics: Not so much

What if they gave a brand new district election and nobody came? You can be excused for wondering that based on the Aug. 4 primary…

The many forms of rage beneath “Seattle nice”

The Seattle Times recently did a story saying “pedestrian rage is on the rise.” The sidewalks are crowded, the intersections are dangerous, Amazonians are walking…

Housing and growth may fire up primary voters

The mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda just might be a gift to the new city council district elections. It has highlighted splits in Seattle's…

Seattle growth: How to stand up to developers, City Hall

Last week, the U.S. weather service issued a warning that the dry summer was replicating the conditions seen when the Great Seattle Fire of 1889…

Hate-Filled Zone: The racist roots of a Northwest secession movement

For much of our history, the Pacific Northwest has been remote physically and psychologically. We’re a place people come to when they want to escape,…

Endangered species: Parking in Seattle

In a sense, I’m lucky that my morning commute is usually the distance between my laptop and my lap. My wife walks to work most…

Confederate symbols also blight the Northwest

We might seem removed from controversies like the one over the Confederate flag, but we’re not. The Pacific Northwest was very much involved in the…

My own ethnic identity ‘fraud’

Before the scandal in Spokane over the racial identity of the now former head of the local NAACP, I was preparing to make my own…

Mystery of the 8,500-year-old Washington bones solved?

Native American tribes and Western scientists often have had a contentious relationship, but a new article in the journal Nature has brought tribal members and…

Does Seattle understand how to nurture its own creativity?

Just how creative is Seattle? We’re known as a city that has a burgeoning “creative class,” defined largely by people in the business research sector…

The little white house. And the medical visionary who made a difference.

It sat on 18th Avenue in Squire Park, across from the backside of Providence Hospital. It was a little, white turn-of-the-century house — it could…

Smoking in parks and motorcycles on sidewalks: Lessons from Italy

Seattle is banning all smoking in city parks. You already can’t drink in city parks, either. These are essentially civility laws designed to curb the…
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