Bellevue

Why Seattle should root for Tukwila’s arena

The plan to build a privately funded hockey and basketball arena in Tukwila is welcome and could be a big win for the region, especially…

Eastside drivers likely to see I-405 express-lane tolls in a year

Toll express lanes for the northern half of the Puget Sound area's Interstate 405 should go into effect in late 2015. Craig Stone, assistant secretary…

5 lessons for the future: How I-594 did so well with suburban, rural voters

Last Tuesday’s resounding victory for Washington’s Initiative 594 made it the ballot measure that launched a million think-pieces. The Atlantic called it “a historical rebuke”…

Seattle area’s growth shows the power of the market, and planning

Having reached the age of 80, one is tempted to look back at how places and people have changed. My appointment in geography at the…

The Eastside’s 45th District: Where your vote really matters this fall

When I moved back to Seattle after living in Kirkland for most of the 1980s and '90s, one thing disappointed me. My votes for Congress…

Hospitals dig into sustainable seafoods

Kathy Pryor sits in the lobby at Bellevue's Overlake Hospital, one of the few in the state committed to serving what is called “sustainable” seafood,…

Coal trains pose economic, traffic worries for Puget Sound region

It’s all about the trains. Again. Much of the Northwest's discussion of proposals to export coal to China has focused on the potential problems from…

Local growth is strong, healthy and … a bit surprising

Recent news that the Census Bureau had named Seattle the fastest growing large city in America generated quite a buzz. A generation ago, this report…

Changes go way beyond the seasonal at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

Things change, and gardens are no exception. But I wasn’t expecting the magnitude of change at the Bellevue Botanical Garden when I approached the entrance along Main Street…

Crosscut launches new Knute Berger urbanism eBook

Editor's Note: Seattle progressives seem to think we've got it all figured out. We gloat about the superiority of biking, both for our health and…

How the Metro Transit vote ran into a deep ditch

It’s become the hot topic in any discussion of transit funding: Whither the King County suburbs? Last month, initial results of King County’s Proposition 1…

Metro vote analysis: King County’s great city-suburban divide

Proposition 1 votes were hugely polarized between Seattle and King County’s suburban communities.  An abstract released by King County Elections breaks down votes tabulated by…

Life after Lowe’s: How to fix Southeast Seattle’s “hardware desert”

There are plenty of reasons to question the city’s plan to upzone the area around the Mount Baker Link rail station into a sort of…

Squeaker in Bellevue: How big will change be?

Almost two weeks after election night, Bellevue City Council candidate Steve Kasner and incumbent Kevin Wallace found themselves again pounding the pavement. But this time…

Density is the new driver of Seattle’s innovation

Seattle is widely considered an inventive city. We rank 13th in the world when it comes to “patent intensity,” the ratio of patent applications compared…

Meet the Eastside’s new leadership guard

One evening last week, while driving errands in Bellevue’s bustling downtown, I caught a radio debate between the two candidates for Seattle mayor. Their dialogue…

Bellevue elections: A city at a turning point

Bellevue is maturing from a suburb to a global center, mixing old with new, neighborhoods with urban development and Eastside natives with almost one in…

Citizens speak out on statewide transportation listening tour

The people have spoken. Now, what will Olympia do? The last of 10 public hearings – Tuesday night in Bellingham – focuses on whether and…

Eastside residents want state transportation action

The King County crowd wanted to build and fix lots of highways and bridges as fast as possible. The crowd at an Eastside gathering argued…

NW Urban: Changing cities on the Sound

Throughout the Puget Sound area, many cities and towns have been rapidly changing. For the most part, the change has been propelled by the same…

Switch hitter: Rodney Tom bats .250 in 2013 session

When the legislature finally closes shop in budget years, I'm often reminded of an old Charles Addams New Yorker cartoon. A doctor emerges from the…

Mossback: Where have all the conservatives gone?

I was recently chatting over coffee in Belltown with Randy Pepple, Republican political consultant and pundit, and the man who ran Rob McKenna's gubernatorial campaign.…

Photo essay: A day at the cricket grounds

Crosscut's story last week about cricket-playing software engineers attracted interest from readers regionally and even internationally. Bellevue student photographer Jack Hunter attended one of the…

The Chinese investors are coming

The Seattle Times reports that affluent Asians, and specifically Chinese nationals, are snapping up properties in the Seattle area. Homes on the Eastside, especially West…

Is Bellevue the new Vancouver?

For decades, people have wondered what Bellevue would be when it grew up. Would it simply be an affluent "Greater Seattle" neighborhood? A Twin City,…