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…

The downsides of a (low-carbon) diet

Diets are hard, but sometimes necessary. Olympia is currently debating whether or not to put the state of Washington on the environmental equivalent of the…

The problem with low snowpack? It’s not about the water

One thing this winter is good for, beyond early cherry blossoms and giving hope to those folks who plant palm trees, is that it can…

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 détente. The agreement grabbed headlines, but for many, the topic was inherently a snoozer: an alliance between the…
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