Heritage

Seattle’s name: Ripe for a change that you can make.

A little more than a year ago, in my monthly column for Seattle magazine, I put forward the idea that Seattle needs a new nickname. We’ve been…

The real story behind Ballard’s ‘anti-development icon’

Driving across the Ballard Bridge last week, I noticed the door to the boarded-up Macefield House was open. Intrigued, I took the first exit off…

Scenes from a soul-wrangling at the J & M Hotel

All photos courtesy of Alex Garland. It is Thursday afternoon in Pioneer Square and an odd entourage is gathered in a gutted, thrashed room on…

Seattle’s facadism fetish makes fools of history & progress

Is Seattle history becoming skin-deep? You could be excused for thinking so. Efforts to preserve local “character” while accommodating massive development have seen a revival…

Vancouver sending heritage homes to the wood chipper

The Vancouver Sun calls spring the “demolition season” in Vancouver, BC. Growth and development in the city are booming, driven in part by demand from…

Thanks to Amazon, Seattle is awash in fortune-seeking men again

Seattle is booming. Newcomers are swarming to town. A largely male workforce is spending big, driving up rents and real estate prices, but no one…

At UW, computer science & nuclear history spar

Back in 2008, a group of University of Washington students and preservationists rose up to oppose the demolition of the More Hall Annex on the…

Wrecking balls gone wild: Biggest heritage losses of the year

Every year, I collect some of the worst failures in heritage and historic preservation on the Pacific Northwest. This edition focuses on some disturbing trends…

Splitting state in two? An invitation to talk

“The Western part of the Territory appears to the people of this valley like some foreign land, and it is about as little talked of…

‘Selma': Not just another bloated, sanctimonious biopic

Selma could have gone wrong in so many ways. It could have been a bloated, sanctimonious biopic. It could have been an earnest, low-budget weeper. It…

Washington’s wilderness expansion: devilish dealing

It has an incongruous feel about it, like a diamond pressed in a phonebook. It's the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act: Title XXX,…

Burke Museum: Oh, what displays the public could see

A tattooed man in a black T-shirt stands at a Burke Museum laboratory counter cleaning flesh off the detached foot of Watoto , the elephant…

What Veterans Day and the Berlin Wall share

We observed this past week the 25th anniversary of the destruction of the Berlin Wall and then, the annual celebration of Veteran's Day, which marks the end…

Seattle pilot puts veterans back to work rebuilding America

Several years ago, Zoe Gillespie lived in Seattle for eight months. She hated it. An Army veteran struggling with PTSD, Gillespie suffered from depression and…

Bottling time: Next step in Washington’s Time Capsule project is nigh

For 25 years, I’ve been waiting for the future. And it’s almost here. At least, the next step in a long chain of events leading…

Bertha may have dodged a big bullet on dig material

A shell deposit that stopped the digging of the Bertha rescue pit in Pioneer Square appears likely to be of non-Indian origin, according to sources.…

The militarization of Seattle’s police

The militarization of the police has been a hot topic around the country, especially post-Ferguson. Here in Seattle, it's been a concern for a long…

The dirt on Bertha

Seattle Tunnel Partners has just started digging the 120 by 80-foot Bertha rescue shaft — otherwise known as an "access" or "repair" pit — on…

Crosscut’s 1st ever David Brewster Lifetime Achievement Award winner in courage

Crosscut is proud to announce that it will honor the late Billy Frank Jr. with its first David Brewster Lifetime Achievement Award in Courage. The…

Video: Seattle’s chain gangs, explained

Picturing Seattle's early history, you might imagine pioneers coming over the Cascade passes; Northwest Native Americans gathering shellfish; early settlers logging and mining, certainly. But…

Lake Union as Seattle’s Central Park

I found a new world when I first strode the lanes of Seattle in 1957. I discovered very diverse neighborhoods from Ballard to Broadmoor, but…

The surprising way Seattle used to deal with street harassment

Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a four-part series about life on Seattle's chain gangs. Read parts one, two and three here — Life…

The Weekend List: The arts and culture guide to Seattle’s good life

* Denotes items that are $15 or less SAM’s Pop Departures I happen to love art that’s relatable, that seems to “get” me and my…

How women & socialists toppled Seattle chain gangs

Editor's Note: This is the third in a four-part series about life on Seattle's chain gangs. Read parts one and two, Life on a Seattle…

Vermin, beatings & typhoid: Highlights of life in an early Seattle jail

Editor's Note: This is the second in a four-part series about life on Seattle's chain gangs. Read part one, Life on a Seattle chain gang,…