An ode to the retiring Beast Mode, Marshawn Lynch

My indelible off-field image of Marshawn Lynch will always be in victory. It was during the largest gathering in our civic history, when an estimated…

The ‘Battle in Seattle’ revisited

I recently wrote a story for another publication in which I passingly referred to WTO and got an editor’s note back. Young and new to…

Rick Steves knows how to push pot to voters

Rick Steves has changed the way middle America sees the world through his European guidebooks, tours, columns, PBS television and public radio shows. He’s a…

A venture capitalist and a socialist are exporting Seattle’s progressivism

Seattle has long exported jets, software, music and Kindles. Now the city is in a new phase of exporting: pushing its progressive politics. We’ve aspired…

Oregon occupiers aside, there’s restlessness about West’s governance

The occupation of Malheur National Wildlife refuge in southern Oregon has generated national attention to rural angst and the revolutionary discontent in the West. While…

What’s in a name? Further reflections on Puget Sound

My recent story on how a “the” seems to keep cropping up in front of the name “Puget Sound” generated a good deal of comment.…

Seattle’s real fear of change: loss of the middle class

Seattle’s bedrock is slipping. No, it’s not a subduction zone, but perhaps a subtraction one. Nationally, the middle-class is an endangered species. In 1970, some 60…

The true costs of staying in Seattle

The city is changing, affordability is worse than ever, and longtime communities are “hollowing out.” Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant has described a Central…

Oregon standoff: White and exempt in the wide open West

A splinter group of anti-government militants has occupied a building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Oregon. They include the sons of Cliven…

A Mossback’s look at our best and worst 2015 moments

Seattle is changing, no question. The streets are torn up, it’s tough to walk a block without having to detour. Even the weather of the…

Our history is not quaint: How Crosscut’s coverage of the past informs the present

Northwest author Timothy Egan was the keynote speaker at Crosscut’s annual “Courage Awards” this year. He said something that I should adopt as my motto:…

Heritage Turkeys of the Year: Was 2015 a taste of things to come?

Another year, another Golden Age for Heritage Turkeys in the Pacific Northwest. For this seventh annual round-up, it’s time to reflect on some of the failures…

Best of 2015: The untold story of Seattle’s racist mayor

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. We will…

Best of 2015: Racism and public lands – the case of Coon Lake

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. This article,…

South Lake Union could have been Seattle’s Central Park

Walking through South Lake Union, you feel a kind of urban bounce in your step. Mothers with strollers, joggers, and cyclists move along the tree-lined…
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