Seattle

Bertha Rising: The ailing cutterhead assembly breaks the surface

Update 5:00 PM Tuesday: At 2:30 PM, Bertha's cutterhead was successfully placed down on the surface, marking the end of what turned out to be…

Seattle mayor announces affordable housing ‘stretch goal’

Mayor Ed Murray announced an ambitious goal to add 50,000 housing units in the city of Seattle Thursday. The units would phase in over the…

Think tank to Seattle: Forget redeveloping Rainier Beach. Try a little TLC.

When Mayor Murray announced two weeks ago that a delegation from the renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI) would visit and advise on what to do…

Enforcing $15 wage: Job unfilled a week before law goes into effect

In November, the Seattle City Council looked ahead to the new minimum wage law and approved the creation of an Office of Labor Standards within Seattle’s…

Report finds unreported BNSF oil spills

The Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commision has released a report recommending penalties against BNSF Railway Company for delays in the reporting of 14 hazardous material…

What will $15 really mean? UW research team ready to study

On April 1, the minimum wage for Seattle businesses employing more than 500 people will rise to $11 an hour, the first step in the city’s…

World-class transportation? Ed Murray to ask voters for nearly a billion

Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly want to ask voters for approval of a 9-year, $900 million levy to fund…

SDOT plans a safer Rainier Ave. – for cars and pedestrians, not bikes

They “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity,” the Israeli diplomat Abba Eban quipped about his country’s neighbors following their 1973 peace conference. The…

Newly formed Community Housing Caucus issues recommendations for housing ‘emergency’

A coalition organized by Speaker of the Washington State House Frank Chopp this afternoon issued a set of recommendations for solving what Councilmember Kshama Sawant…

SPD’s big week: What went down, what’s to come

Reform has been a buzzword following Kathleen O’Toole around since Mayor Ed Murray nominated her to be Seattle’s new police chief last spring. Last week,…

Protestors not giving up on foiling Shell’s Seattle moorage plans

The issue has all the elements of dramatic cinema: a beautiful coastal city, Arctic drilling, business leaders anxious to compete in the global maritime industry…

The Weekend List: What The Hoot Hoots’ Adam Prairie would do if he were you

Their publicist brands the Seattle band as fuzzy power pop. I like to think of The Hoot Hoots as playing the kind of music you…

Amid SPD outsider hiring, a detente between Chief O’Toole and unions

When Mayor Ed Murray brought in Kathleen O’Toole to head the Seattle Police Department, he did so with the goal of ushering in the department’s…

Bertha ready for repairs. But what about a viaduct closure?

The builders of the waterfront tunnel said Monday that they will move ahead this spring with repairs to the stalled Bertha tunneling machine. A little earlier in the…

The problem with low snowpack? It’s not about the water

One thing this winter is good for, beyond early cherry blossoms and giving hope to those folks who plant palm trees, is that it can…

What Mayor Ed Murray said at Civic Cocktail

Even with an experienced politician like Mayor Ed Murray, setting can make a difference.  The warm space at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom lent to a…

Sawant forum to tackle Capitol Hill’s anti-LGBTQ crime spike

Capitol Hill has long been seen as Seattle’s most LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood. However, a spike in bias-driven crime toward members of the LGBTQ community has many…

Guest Opinion: Can Seattle police help South Park?

(Editor’s note: South Park resident Jeff Hayes sent an email to neighbors and several groups, including Crosscut, after a woman’s body was found there Feb.…

City Council takes first step toward a comprehensive privacy plan

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a set of principles Monday to guide how city departments collect, hold and use private information. The principles, envisioned as…

Guest Opinion: Will Seattle take a stand on, or a cut of the Arctic drilling action?

Not long ago, Seattle’s business, environmental, labor, education and multicultural leaders, led by the Chamber of Commerce, crafted a “Shared Regional Vision of Sustainable Prosperity”.…

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…

Mayor Murray’s new plans for more Seattle transparency, equity

Since Edward Murray was sworn in as the 53rd Mayor of Seattle, he’s been a man on fire, overseeing the passage of measures to increase…

The West Seattle jewelry artist too bold for his own hometown

Three years ago, Seth Damm fell in love with 200 yards of raw cotton rope. The softness and beauty of the glowing-white material instantly enticed…

Podcast: Why are black, queer and trans youth more at risk for homelessness?

Last year's Count Us In survey, a daylong census of homeless and unstably housed youth and young adults in King County, found that 32 percent…

Seattle’s new plan to eliminate traffic deaths

Seattle officials launched a new program today to eliminate all traffic deaths and serious injuries in the city by 2030. Vision Zero — a collaboration…