How Amazon’s ‘Man in the High Castle’ launched me into a dark Seattle chapter

Many readers have asked me what my inspiration was for digging into Seattle’s Nazi past. Most seemed to assume it had to do with Donald…

Politically correct maps: Damn right.

Changing place names is frequently cited by opponents of a new name as being a trivial pursuit, unworthy of the effort. But the debate that…

UW wins freedom from city’s landmarks law

A King County judge has found that the city of Seattle’s landmarks ordinance does not apply to the University of Washington’s main campus. The decision…

Seattle politicians should curb their arena enthusiasm

There’s something about pro sports that makes us gluttons for punishment. And no, I am not just talking about the annual abuse dished out to…

A Northwest outdoorsman, a Nazi sympathizer

Sixth in a series Pearl Harbor changed everything for America’s Nazi sympathizers. German diplomats had been expelled from the U.S. earlier in 1941. In the…

How Vancouver revived itself. And lost the millennials.

The 30th anniversary of Expo 86 is coming in early May, but there doesn’t seem to be much celebrating in Vancouver. Few dispute the fair…

Could South Park murder have been averted?

Seattle has been home to some of the country’s ablest writers of true crime; the late Ann Rule, whose book about Ted Bundy, The Stranger Beside…

UW flips city the bird over historic preservation

The showdown between the University of Washington and the City of Seattle over the city’s landmarks ordinance, and whether it applies to the UW campus,…

Crosscut: digging, thinking, writing and discovering

Thanks to Crosscut, I’ve spent time with some pretty rough characters lately. My beat at Crosscut is where Northwest history and politics meet. I try…

The Nazis’ last days in the Northwest

This is the fifth in a special series about the forgotten history of Nazis in the Northwest. The series starts here. Fritz Wiedemann is “probably the…

Did Seattle’s mayor give a Hitler salute?

This is the fourth in a special series about the forgotten history of Nazis in the Northwest. The series starts here. “[T]he mayor was up there and…

Nazi thugs and spies raised alarms on the West Coast

This is the third in a special series about the forgotten history of Nazis in the Northwest. The series starts here. “If anybody doesn’t like the…

Forget about the Sonics: There are better uses for our money

This week, the Seattle City Council will be hearing from people about a “street vacation” in SoDo that is part of the plan to build…

How the Nazis charmed Seattle

This is the second in a special series about the forgotten history of Nazis in the Northwest. Read Part 1 here. “[B]e proud, all of…
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