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Seattle: the city of never-ending change

Four decades living in Seattle have made this city home that, even though I was born elsewhere, I can surely claim it as my own.…

What a park in the ID tells us about urban life

The expanded Hing Hay Park in the Chinatown International District (CID) is now open to the public. Not in the official sense with ribbon cutting…

At last: Seattle architecture crushes on color

Not too long ago, you could look around the metropolitan region and lament the absence of color in new buildings. It seemed as if everything…

Seattle and its suburbs: Not so different

Lately it seems to be quite the Game of Thrones between cities and suburbs, with claims for winners and losers. Certainly, many people — from…

Pike Place Market gets a front porch for the future

The last piece of Pike Place Market is starting to fall into place. The new development, the MarketFront, will eventually connect to the waterfront, touching down…

Has Seattle finally figured out redevelopment?

Over the last few years, virtually every neighborhood in Seattle has seemingly been inundated with large development projects. Entire blocks have been transformed with new…

Seattle’s best new building of 2016 is a total dump

We will soon have a couple of spectacular new additions to Seattle’s skyline. One is The Mark, a quirky, angular tower being built by the…

A welcome break from Seattle’s architectural horror show

Pioneer Square has seen an influx of new people this fall, as 800 Weyerhaeuser employees move into the company's sparkling new headquarters. Almost immediately, the impact was…

Amazon’s spheres are out of a dystopian nightmare

Every time I pass by the Amazon spheres at Seventh and Lenora, my mind wants to go to Buckminster Fuller. Instead, it goes to Bruce…

Goodbye, art: Seattle is a tech town now

Crosscut's third Arts Salon will focus on the intersection of technology and art, with an emphasis on the democratization of art. The event will take…

No room for trees in Seattle’s new parks

Forget what you think you know about green Seattle parks. A new park just south of Seattle University shows us an important aspect of the future…

Gentrification’s other victims: small businesses

A few weeks ago, Portlanders were stunned by a front page story in the Oregonian that revealed a plan to build a series of 11 high…

A park over Interstate 5? Not a new idea

A recent issue of the Stranger featured a story by Matt Baume about an intriguing proposal to cover a portion of Interstate 5 next to…

Best of 2015: Why the city’s new buildings often look the same

This is the first in a 2-part series on changes in Seattle's built environment. You can read Part 2 here. Tucked into a side street…

Fed up with Seattle? Here are 9 other cities you’ll love

Over the past year or so, there is been considerable kvetching in certain journalistic quarters about how Seattle (or perhaps more specifically, Capitol Hill) is…
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