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Seattle’s car megatunnel is here. Can the city still lead on climate?

With Bertha completing its long-delayed, expensive trip under Seattle, much of the focus understandably goes to cost and traffic concerns. What often doesn’t make the…

McGinn: Under Trump, Seattle may need to sacrifice for its values

Unbuffered by a Democratic House or Senate and with free rein to appoint conservative justices, we have no idea yet how rocky a Trump presidency…

McGinn: State Dems behind the times on taxing millionaires

Washington has the most regressive state and local tax system in the nation, in terms of placing a larger burden on the poor than the rich.…

Who really ‘speaks’ for neighborhoods?

Who speaks for Seattle’s neighborhoods? With growth and rezones taking center stage in citywide conversation, the question is getting hotter. Consider the case of Doug…

McGinn: Seattle Times continues phony ‘war on cars’

Brier Dudley of the Seattle Times has just “had it up to here” with the “War on Cars.”  His frustrations came pouring out in a…

McGinn: Superdelegates poison the democratic process

On Saturday, Bernie Sanders voters (including me) flooded Washington’s caucuses and carried the day with 72.7% of the delegates awarded.  In my Greenwood precinct, the…

McGinn: Seattle can improve traffic, livability by closing this street

Janette Sadik-Kahn, in town last night to promote her new book “Street Fight,” rocked New York City with her bicycle and pedestrian improvements. As the…

How Inslee can change the script on climate issues

Governor Inslee came into office determined to make climate a priority. Instead he has faced a series of tough losses and retreats. The Republican state…

Year of the Seattle urbanist? Not quite yet

When the Sierra Club worked to defeat the Roads and Transit measure in 2007, a smart politico told us “you want to win the election,…