Seattle

On “scale” issue, a battle between neighborhoods and City Hall

This is the story of two buildings. Both are unloved by many of their neighbors, both share the same address. Given Seattle’s rapid growth, with…

Sorry, just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can take long showers again

It’s an odd thing for Western Washingtonians to see fires in the Olympics and water advisories in their mailboxes. But thanks to low snowpack and…

For Ed Murray’s staff, a revolving door

Most public offices have a revolving door of staff. In Mayor Ed Murray’s, however, that door spins a bit faster. Since Murray took office in…

Socialist councilmember Sawant calls for a new tech revolution

With the exception of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant is the most prominent socialist in American politics. In her years of…

City Council looks for HALA answers

Are the recommendations of Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda group going to make real improvements in housing options for low-income people? The Seattle…

Clock ticking down on City Council’s work

At least four and as many as six new bodies will fill the Seattle City Council bench this January. Although that’s more than four months away,…

Why Seattle needs to talk about race

This is the first in a series of Crosscut stories discussing race in the Puget Sound region. When protesters Marissa Janae Johnson and Mara Jacqueline Willaford…

Councilmember Jean Godden slips further

Challenger Michael Maddux gained more ground over Jean Godden Wednesday evening, increasing the odds that the longtime council member's days in office are numbered. Maddux, who…

How much of Seattle’s housing is affordable? No one knows for sure

Until last month, I managed a 20-unit apartment building in Lake City. A one bedroom rented for about $900 a month; a two-bedroom, $1,100. One…

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…

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…