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…

Should Washington’s death penalty be dropped?

Is it time to kill the death penalty in Washington? That question has been brought to the fore in the last year. Gov. Jay Inslee…

Mossback does Milan’s Expo 2015

The “selfie” makes a perfect metaphor for a world’s fair: an event where the nations of Earth gather to show off what they know, and…

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…
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