Parched summer could leave houseboats high and dry

Local lawyer/historian Howard Droker’s well-researched 2003 history of the Emerald City’s floating home community was called Seattle’s Unsinkable Houseboats. Well, the houseboats themselves may not…

Mariners as 2015 champions? The numbers don’t add up

Gather round, boys and girls (you, too, Mariners' fans) for today’s Do the Math Lesson. Today’s problem: Can Seattle win the American League West? The…

Forterra gets comfortable with cities and small towns alike

Ten years ago, the then Cascade Land Conservancy launched The Cascade Agenda, a bold plan to conserve 1.3 million acres of forest and farm land…

Is Ballard the next South Lake Union?

I am sitting in the lobby of the Hotel Ballard on Ballard Avenue Northwest, sipping a nice cup of espresso. The hotel has 29 rooms,…

Will Alaska Airlines grow through acquisition or “organically”?

The nearly new 737-900 pushed back from the gate at Newark International Airport — on time — and soared into a late winter sky. The cabin came…

Alaska is pulling on the Puget Sound economy

Its residents consume more coffee per capita than Washington and leave the leave largest tips in restaurants and for services. It’s the third largest producer…

Can Sea-Tac Airport dominate the Asia market?

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is taking off, but it is also trying to figure out where to land. The Seattle economy is growing rapidly, especially…

Foreign investment key to NW growth

Look for strong job growth, construction and strong local industries to help the Seattle area economy perform better than the rest of the country this…

Why to brace for a wild ride in the NW economy

Consumers save millions because of lower gas prices — the stock market craters. Then maybe things are not so bad and the market rebounds with…

Can new CEO make a good Seattle port great?

Since its founding, every executive director at the Port of Seattle has come from within the industry. Richard Ford, a lawyer who served from 1977-85,…

A bigger Puget Sound port sails ahead

Over its more than 100-year history, the Port of Seattle has been no stranger to controversy or, for that matter, big ideas. It was born…

Business advice from Kemper Freeman, Jr.

You’ve heard of speed dating, where people bounce around from one potential partner to the next every few minutes in the hope of landing a…

The puzzling state of Washington’s economy

There was a rerun of the 1998 romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail” on TV the other night.  In it, the Tom Hanks character talks about his…

Digging deeper with Crosscut

I was looking at the Crosscut web site the other day and spotted one of the gifts for people who contribute to the organization. It…

Tunnel shows us we’re not there yet on minority contracting

Sometimes I think things have really changed in regard to minorities and opportunities in the business world. Then sometimes I think nothing has changed. Take…
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