Seattle

Digital surveillance firm has local police contacts, leaked emails reveal

A digital tool to monitor “all the devices,” whether they be smartphones or laptop computers. One that is “invisible to the user, evades antivirus and…

Seattle Council questions housing ideas

Five council members stood next to Mayor Ed Murray as he proudly introduced the 65 recommendations from his housing task group, the Housing Affordability and…

Rich neighborhoods may have a pass on Murray’s housing changes

Behind stone pillars along the shoreline of Lake Washington, south of Magnuson Park, is Seattle’s Windermere neighborhood. Many of the houses were built in the…

Getting ready for the Big One

My Roosevelt neighbors sleep with hard hats, boots, flashlights and emergency preparedness booklets under their beds. Some of us are members of our neighborhood First…

The unique economics of Washington craft beer

There are currently 274 breweries in Washington state, and 78 in the Emerald City. No other city in the world can boast Seattle's numbers. Even San…

Book City: Exploring David Brewster’s reading habits

David Brewster has been a teacher, journalist and publisher. He remains a civic starter-upper. Since moving to Seattle in 1965 to teach English at the…

Development crush: City response not enough for Capitol Hill businesses

In the upstairs of Quinn’s pub on the corner of 10th and Pike, 10 Capitol Hill business owners sit in a circle, many of them…

Does Seattle understand how to nurture its own creativity?

Just how creative is Seattle? We’re known as a city that has a burgeoning “creative class,” defined largely by people in the business research sector…

Guest Opinion: Strength in police numbers benefits all of us

Adding police officers would dramatically reduce crime and save public money, according to a report from the Washington State Institute for Public Policy. Each additional officer…

A tool to explore the City Council fundraising numbers

The latest campaign finance reports are in, as a few political wonks around Seattle have reported. The Stranger, Publicola and, maybe most comprehensively, Erica Barnett…

Seattle 2035: Five maps that will determine the city’s future

For those in Seattle who believe smaller is better, the news continues to be bad. Though the city lost its title as America’s fastest growing metroplex this year,…

Survival of the richest: priced out of Seattle

An old colleague and friend recently sent out an appeal for help. Due to health and financial problems, he and his partner were struggling to…

Seattle elections: A whole new era

Election season 2015 officially launched last Friday at midnight, the candidate filing deadline. The final slate of City Council hopefuls will be finalized after the…

Uber Seattle systems crash has its drivers uneasy

The Pioneer Square office of rideshare company Uber was shuttered Wednesday, a metal gate blocking the door and curtains covering the windows. A small white…

City and Port politics maintain collision course over Shell

Washington is the only state in the country that elects its port commissioners. So when an audience member at Tuesday’s public port commissioner meeting — focused…

Guest Opinion: Seattle and Alaska in another sibling fight

Inextricably linked and worlds apart, Alaska and Seattle are the siblings that need but don’t necessarily like each other. The ongoing flap over oil drilling in…

In the who-broke-Bertha contest, score one for STP

On days like today we get a pinhole view into just how complicated the post-Bertha dispute resolution could be. In a recent decision, the tunnel…

With an eye on labor, council goes green

When members of a city council committee unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the Port of Seattle’s two-year lease to host Arctic oil drilling equipment…

Heart of Little Saigon prepares for a makeover

A visitor crossing 12th Avenue at Jackson Street can be forgiven for dismissing the crossroads as an eyesore, an urban jumble of strip-mall architecture, dilapidated infrastructure,…

Landmark mansion is demolished, quietly

A Seattle landmark has been quietly razed, taking preservationists by surprise. The so-called George Carmack House at 16th and E. Jefferson in the Central District…

Should Kshama Sawant apologize to colleague?

We are in a dither here about whether or not City Councilmember Kshama Sawant owes an apology to her new colleague, John Okamoto. Sawant unleashed…

Seattle quake: Waiting on big one

The earthquake in Nepal is a jolting reminder of our own vulnerabilities. Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the 6.5 earthquake that rocked Seattle at 8:29…

Don’t blame drought for higher water rates in Seattle

Forget those bare ski slopes in the Cascades, drought emergencies declared in much of the state, and headlines about the (some-would-say-long-overdue) dessication of California. Drought…

Shapeshifter Seattle: You call this eco-friendly?

It’s a gorgeous spring day and riding the ferry Puyallup from Bainbridge to Seattle is a bit like being trapped in a pretty postcard. I’m…

John Okamoto: Seattle’s newest council member.

In tense voting Monday, the Seattle City Council appointed John Okamoto, former director of Seattle’s Human Services Department, to fill an open seat until next fall’s elections.…