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Hey hey, ho ho, has that Lenin statue got to go?

In the wake of Charlottesville and President Donald Trump's coddling of white supremacists, there is renewed controversy over Fremont’s second worst piece of public art…

What a park in the ID tells us about urban life

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

Ferguson movie rings true (even if you were there)

Years before white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, I was moving from Los Angeles to St. Louis. The year was 2014 and I had a somewhat less pessimistic view…

Both hotbeds of resistance, what Seattle can learn from Detroit

Three years ago, I arrived in Seattle after spending the past fourteen years living in and around Detroit. On the surface, the two cities seemed…

I’m not sure I’m a Republican anymore

For me, and I imagine most Americans, the election of Donald Trump raised a host of disturbing questions. Now, six months into this new political…

Fate of UW campus in hands of state Supreme Court

“This is what this case is all about,” said attorney Patrick Schneider. He is standing before the members of the Washington State Supreme Court in…

Is Sea-Tac too good for Ivar’s now?

I admit it. I’m an Ivar’s fan. After all, they once named a cocktail after me. But it goes deeper than that. Ivar’s is a…

Why doesn’t Seattle manage the money it already has?

Seattle’s elected officials seem obsessed with trying to increase the city’s budget. A city income tax on the wealthiest households; a tax on soda. It…

In Trump era, can you be moderate and Republican?

It seems like poor timing to hold a Republican conference in a town with a Bavarian theme. Passing through the lobby of the Leavenworth hotel…

Evergreen story highlights how white liberals get it wrong

It wasn’t just the usual crew of neo-Nazis who rushed to the defense of the white professor at the center of the Evergreen State College’s…

On climate: We’ll always have Paris Seattle

There’s no climate salvation coming from the moderate wings of the White House. The Trump administration has made clear it will bulldoze international consensus and…

Until we can do better, build more tiny homes

In the search for housing for the homeless “we need more landlords to be engaged,” said Lauren McGowan, director of Financial Stability for United Way…

‘My Family’s Slave’ – A UW professor weighs in

Earlier this week, The Atlantic published an astonishing cover story, My Family's Slave, about a Seattle family's secret servant, a Filipina named Eudocia Tomas Pulido.…

Has Trump doomed the WA GOP to irrelevance?

The drumbeat of bad news coming from Washington, D.C., threatens to pound the final nails into the coffin of Washington State Republicans, at least for…

I would like to announce my candidacy for mayor

Dear current resident, So, you’re thinking of running for mayor! Our sincere congratulations! Running for political office is both a sacrifice and a commitment, and…

A Filipina’s take on Here Lies Love

It was with great trepidation that I went to see Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Here Lies Love, the musical about the rise and fall of Imelda…

Why Seattle will never be a walkable city

People who walk regularly around Seattle are torn between bafflement and dismay at what they traverse on foot. On any given day, they encounter buckled,…

Why science is so white, and why it needs to change

The following has been adapted from a speech the writer delivered at Seattle's March for Science on April 22.  Throughout my entire life, I have…

If you give a crap about the environment, pick it up

This story originally appeared in High Country News. When I’m 90, I’ll probably still be haunted by memories of bins overflowing with the remnants of…

The future of KeyArena could look like this

Although much in their plans will get thoroughly nibbled and pecked until decision day June 30, two nationally recognized arena developers Wednesday succeeded in rocking…

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…

One of the vocal Seahawks is really annoying

Many of the Seattle Seahawks are outspoken, and I love them for it. Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett, to name a few, are often…

Rachel Dolezal: A lesson or a sideshow?

In her new memoir, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World [282 pp. BenBella Books], Rachel Dolezal wastes little time…

How NEA dollars let one artist pay it forward

Ask artists about their inspiration or process and you could be a captive audience for some time. But ask about finances and you are likely…

Our dishonorable past: KKK’s Western roots date to 1868

The images are haunting. A family dressed in full Ku Klux Klan regalia prepares for a wedding in Sedro-Woolley. A downtown Seattle hall is filled…