Thanks to Amazon, Seattle is awash in fortune-seeking men again

Seattle is booming. Newcomers are swarming to town. A largely male workforce is spending big, driving up rents and real estate prices, but no one…

Reinhold Messner: towering achievements and ego

When my father was a small boy, his father, a Norwegian engineer, took him to see Roald Amundsen and his ship, the Maud, when it…

At UW, computer science & nuclear history spar

Back in 2008, a group of University of Washington students and preservationists rose up to oppose the demolition of the More Hall Annex on the…

Wrecking balls gone wild: Biggest heritage losses of the year

Every year, I collect some of the worst failures in heritage and historic preservation on the Pacific Northwest. This edition focuses on some disturbing trends…

A new gold standard for Northwest resilience

Two historic enemies recently achieved a remarkable d├ętente. The agreement grabbed headlines, but for many, the topic was inherently a snoozer: an alliance between the…

In defense of expensive initiatives

The Legislature has taken a bipartisan dislike of initiatives, viewing them as troublesome, annoying and downright uppity. The initiatives either go too far, or not…

Eye-opening study: Seattle is becoming an urban bedroom community

With the cranes gathered on the skyline and a new city comprehensive plan in the works, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray decided it was time to…

My interviews with the Marshawn Lynch of writers

Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawk’s star running back, is famous for his desire to avoid sitting and answering the media’s questions. Hostility to the media is…

Northwest natives: Get over yourselves

The Seattle Times’ Ron Judd set off a ton of conversation with his epic rant a couple of weeks ago about who is, and is…

Change, the voters said. And they are getting it on the City Council

The switch to city council district elections is already working like a charm, shaking up the status quo. This week, two council stalwarts, Nick Licata…

Inslee and Obama are playing a new political game: DOA leadership

Barack Obama’s State of the Union address outlined an ambitious agenda for helping the American middle class, spelling out tax reform (a business tax overhaul),…

How Pam Roach became the Democrats’ choice

The scene of Democrats electing pistol-packin’ Pam Roach to be state Senate president pro tempore is one of those rather delicious moments in the weird…

Crosscut’s 2015 Legislative Watch List

Back in the days of the Washington Territorial Legislature, a newspaper editor wondered what kind of “hell broth” would be cooked up in Olympia. Yes,…

A place for the Kalakala’s scorned steel hide

The San Francisco Bay Area ferry boat Peralta was built in 1927 and embarked on an ill-fated career — a “jinx ship” she was called.…

Seattle process: Does working together make us dumber?

Have you seen that great Demotivator poster? The one that shows a group of hands and reads: “Meetings. None of Us is as Dumb as…