Survival of the richest: priced out of Seattle

An old colleague and friend recently sent out an appeal for help. Due to health and financial problems, he and his partner were struggling to…

Why Seattle should root for Tukwila’s arena

The plan to build a privately funded hockey and basketball arena in Tukwila is welcome and could be a big win for the region, especially…

Why everywhere is “The next South Lake Union”

South Lake Union is an urbanist bright spot, a soulless scourge and a popular meme. Seattleites have mixed feeling about what has been wrought there.…

Treasurer’s funding idea: Something there?

It’s not often you see folks who hold statewide elective office embrace the third rail of Washington politics, but state Treasurer Jim McIntire, a Democrat, has…

Landmark mansion is demolished, quietly

A Seattle landmark has been quietly razed, taking preservationists by surprise. The so-called George Carmack House at 16th and E. Jefferson in the Central District…

Seattle quake: Waiting on big one

The earthquake in Nepal is a jolting reminder of our own vulnerabilities. Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the 6.5 earthquake that rocked Seattle at 8:29…

Shapeshifter Seattle: You call this eco-friendly?

It’s a gorgeous spring day and riding the ferry Puyallup from Bainbridge to Seattle is a bit like being trapped in a pretty postcard. I’m…

Resisting Shell: Another WTO for Seattle?

A “Festival of Resistance” is planned for mid-May as kayaking environmental activists and others promise to meet the arrival of Shell’s Arctic oil rig on…

Seattle’s name: Ripe for a change that you can make.

A little more than a year ago, in my monthly column for Seattle magazine, I put forward the idea that Seattle needs a new nickname. We’ve been…

Will Washington state stop neglecting its own history and heritage?

Back when the recession hit and the budget watering holes in Olympia began to dry up, heritage advocates experienced some dark days. During the Christine…

Too soon to pull the plug on state auditor

State Auditor Troy Kelley, a Democrat, is under federal investigation, as is a key aide, Jason Jerue, who works from his home in California. Kelley…

Support Crosscut the way Crosscut supports me

As a writer, I can become a bit self-absorbed, lost in my own thoughts, focused on my own work. I am grateful to Crosscut for…

Seattle’s facadism fetish makes fools of history & progress

Is Seattle history becoming skin-deep? You could be excused for thinking so. Efforts to preserve local “character” while accommodating massive development have seen a revival…

Vancouver sending heritage homes to the wood chipper

The Vancouver Sun calls spring the “demolition season” in Vancouver, BC. Growth and development in the city are booming, driven in part by demand from…

Is Legislature playing games with initiatives?

Should we be shocked, shocked! that politics is being played in Olympia? Not really, but sometimes, the political activity can raise an eyebrow — and…
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