Eastside

Snoqualmie Valley farmers fight drought with innovation

A water-wheel transplanter -- a light John Deere with two large water tanks at its flanks -- moves through dry fields at Local Roots Farm…

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…

In Issaquah, hearing gunshots at school is the norm

On a recent Friday afternoon, a group of high school girls lobbed softballs back and forth on a field behind Issaquah High School, the pop…

Growth game: Housing prices challenge Puget Sound

The growth game is back: How many construction cranes are visible from Lake Union? Sixteen? Twenty? New ones seem to sprout weekly, signaling a remarkable…

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…

Didier, Newhouse in close congressional race. DelBene wins her second term.

Clint Didier is in a tight race for a congressional seat but he remained in danger of going 0-and-3 in running for public office as…

Democrats’ best hope for picking up a Senate seat is on Eastside

This is the biggest money race. The biggest nail-biter. Probably the best bellwether on who will control the Washington Senate in 2015. In the race…

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,…

Eastside Pathways tackles education reform in Bellevue

When the late Bill Henningsgaard saw a presentation about student demographics in his city, one number lodged in his head: 70 percent of the students…

An Eastside race has Republicans scrambling for a foothold

This was supposed to be Washington's juiciest election fight, finally answering the question: What do his Eastside district's voters think of Democratic Sen. Rodney Tom's…

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…

Bellevue abandons affordable housing in shiny Spring District

For all of us stuck in traffic purgatory, the expansion of light rail can’t come fast enough. The current system carries a small but growing…

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…

GOP: At sea in Bellevue without Rodney Tom?

With Rodney Tom out of the running, the 48th Legislative District is gearing up for a good ol’-fashioned red-on-blue rumble.  That’s bad news for the…

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…

Lake Washington schools: Big decisions for a big district

Voters in the Lake Washington School District are deciding on a $404 million plan for construction and modernization of facilities to keep up with growing…

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…

This holiday season, give the gift of Crosscut

As a journalistic enterprise, we always like our stories to have a news hook. So, given that the holiday season is upon us we thought…

Park system: A rescue for a grand building along Lake Washington’s shore?

Washington State Parks had all but given up on saving one of its grandest buildings. The St. Edward Seminary, a city-block-length mass of Neo-Romanesque brick…