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Best of 2017: As Ballard changes, bike controversy heats up

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

38 female mayors elected across Washington this year

For years, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland would work alongside Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke, never realizing that, outside of their nonpartisan roles in office, they had…

As Ballard changes, bike controversy heats up

For years growth and the housing boom have been uprooting Ballard’s past: New colorful, boxy apartments and condos replace single-family bungalows and craftsman homes. Industry…

Election could reshape a deeply divided Washington town

Update after November election results: Incumbent Mayor Carol Benson easily retained her seat election night, earning almost double the votes of her opponent, Judy A.…

Will Democrats control WA? Independents may decide

In a half-filled hall on Microsoft’s Redmond campus, two first-time candidates presented voters with a choice: maintain the balance of power in Olympia or undo…

Autopsy shows police shot 20-year-old in the back

Adding dramatic accusations to a summer of questions about local police shootings, the family of a 20-year-old man shot by deputies in Burien made public…

Yes or no? Safe-injection sites trigger passion

A little more than halfway through the year, Jin-Ah Kim had already lost count of the number of fatal overdoses that have claimed the lives…

In a changing Eastside, who will control the state Senate?

The maze of a suburban cul-de-sac with one road curving into another had Rituja Indapure slightly lost. A candidate for Sammamish City Council, Indapure was…

A solution to Seattle’s growth: Charging developers?

After being told to prepare for more density with the passage of the Growth Management Act 25 years ago, many Eastside cities decided that growth…

After Portland stabbings, commuters saddened, undaunted

As commuters rode the Seattle Link light rail on Tuesday, still reeling from the news of the fatal stabbings about Portland’s MAX light rail on…

Whidbey locals ask: Is the drinking water safe?

Wearing gloves that barely fit, Garry Stone slipped two small, square-shaped bottles, one after the other, under a stream of water from his well. After…