Tacoma

2014’s #4 Most Read: The truth about Tacoma: 5 things you might not know

'Nuff said. Credit: Tacoma Public Library. In Seattle, a city where most people come from somewhere else, origin stories make for reliable cocktail chatter. The…

A bigger Puget Sound port sails ahead

Over its more than 100-year history, the Port of Seattle has been no stranger to controversy or, for that matter, big ideas. It was born…

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 truth about Tacoma: 5 things you might not know

'Nuff said. Credit: Tacoma Public Library. In Seattle, a city where most people come from somewhere else, origin stories make for reliable cocktail chatter. The…

Nalley’s brand: A story of losing our local history

The news, earlier this month, that Hillshire Farms would buy Pinnacle Foods for $6.6 billion has local ramifications: One of the brands in the Pinnacle…

Seattle parks plan: Why does City Council want to control it?

The other night, activists, volunteers, and parks staff packed into City Council chambers to discuss Seattle’s proposed Metropolitan Parks District.  Beyond the ailing state of…

NW Urban: Art and history remake Tacoma

People say adulthood is defined by the capacity for delayed gratification. By that definition, Tacoma may be the portrait of mature cityhood in the Pacific…

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…

Seattle and Tacoma ports: Compete or merge?

In a small control room atop a six-story tower above the docks at the Port of Tacoma, Rob DeYoung, foreman in the North Intermodal Yard,…

Port of Seattle: The gang that can’t shoot straight

This has not been a great year for the Port of Seattle. The latest pratfall is the sudden resignation yesterday (Feb. 13) of Commissioner Rob…

How Gas Works Park shapes the Northwest today

Some Northwest cities have embraced remnants of their industrial past in bolder, greener designs. Leading the way: Seattle's newly honored Gas Works Park. In Astoria,…

The downtrodden are not ‘takers’ from society

The characterization of individuals receiving public assistance as "takers" is uninformed, sometimes cruel, almost always heartless. My life alongside women and men reliant on public assistance is…

A Northwest professor looks at a forgotten American pandemic

The epidemic is seldom mentioned, and most Americans have apparently forgotten it. This is not surprising. The human mind always tries to expunge the intolerable from…

America’s foolish detour into shopping malls

This spring, as the sun reappears, we might want to reflect upon the 60th anniversary of an event that profoundly changed the face of America.…

Midday Scan: Tacoma scores Seattle’s port business; could ‘Hawks score Peyton?

In the words of the great LL Cool J, "Don't call it a comeback," because Tacoma's been here for years. And it's no joke, because the…

Heritage Turkey Watch

My annual Heritage Turkey Awards generated far too many leads on possible Turkeys for 2012, and I will be reporting on some of those as…

Heritage Turkeys of the year

Here are my annual picks for the Heritage Turkey Awards, examples of the worst in Northwest heritage and historic preservation during the last year. The…

Best of 2011: Where there’s smoke, there’s sickness

Editor's Note: In the run-up to the new year, Crosscut is sharing ten days of its best stories from 2011, each with a different theme. Today…

Where there’s smoke, there’s sickness

Editor's note: KCTS/EarthFix story will run at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday, Dec. 16) on KCTS 9 Connects with Enrique Cerna. The warning label on the…

Japanese lessons on the art of economic rebounding

Opening scene: the central shopping district in Fukuoka, Japan, the main city on the southern island of Kyushu. It's October 10, a national holiday, and…

The Cascadia conundrum: Balkanized transportation

The Cascadia Center has been affiliated with the Discovery Institute, known for its advocacy of "intelligent design." Cascadia has balanced Discovery's charter because its expertise…

Feisty Tacoma and compliant King County face off with a billboard powerhouse

Maybe it’s the water that makes people in Tacoma so feisty. Whatever it is, the King County Council ain’t drinking it. Tacoma’s schoolteachers persisted for…

The 100-year-old model for the Port of Seattle still makes good political sense

The American Association of Port Authorities is in town this week for its annual convention. The convention coincides with the Port of Seattle’s 100th Anniversary and…

How a South Korean trade pact would impact the Northwest

In his State of the Union address in January 2010, President Obama set out the broad outlines of a national initiative to double exports by…