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A vote for neighborhood bookstores, third places and diversity

For more than a decade two retail truisms have prevailed: Paper-and-mortar bookstores, especially cozy, community-oriented, locally owned bookstores, are toast in the Amazon age. And…

2014’s #9 Most Read: What is it like to work at Amazon?

Editor's Note: As the year ends, we are counting down Crosscut's most read stories of 2014. The following article, No. 9 among the most read,…

What’s behind Amazon’s Twitch obsession

The other night I asked my 22-year old son and some of his friends if they’ve ever heard of Twitch TV, the online gaming channel…

What have Amazon’s drones done for you lately?

At Amazon, the customer always, always, always comes first. Getting people stuff fast and friction-free is what they're all about. They are the company designed…

What is it like to work at Amazon?

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles of the World’s Most Disruptive Company. Leaders at Amazon are right…

Are we headed down a gentrification gyre?

A Crosscut.com collaboration with Seattle Magazine. Strolling around Blanchard and Seventh in Seattle’s Denny Triangle, I’m taking in the last days of a forgettable block.…

Seattle hypocrisy: We talk idealism while catering to corporate bullies

Seattle always falls in love with bullies. Like Boeing, which threatens us like an abusive spouse over jobs and subsidies. And Starbucks, the scourge of…

Viral Video: Mike Judge does “Silicon Valley”

Mike Judge, the man responsible for Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill and Office Space has set his crude and rude satirical sights on…

Amazon’s latest target: University Book Store

With textbook purchasing in high gear at the start of the University of Washington's quarter, Amazon.com set up outside the Husky Union Building on Monday…

What’s up with Amazon’s German workers?

No "Silent Night" for Amazon.com in Germany this Christmas season. Unhappy members of Ver.di, Germany’s second-largest trade union, noisily blew horns at the gates of…

Amazon Drones: Anything but serious

No sooner had Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos handed 60 Minutes’ Charlie Rose his big scoop — on Cyber Monday Eve (imagine that) — than the…

Growth: Do we even know what we want to achieve?

Does Seattle know how to grow? You’d think so, with all those construction cranes back and so many mega-projects underway. We’re about to get expanded…

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…

The Everything Store? A few things out of stock.

It is January 2003. I am sitting in the Seattle headquarters of Amazon.com, surrounded by the “S-Team,” a group of the retail internet giant’s senior-most…

A reading list for Jeff Bezos

Two things have cheered me up recently about the state of print journalism: Jeff Bezos buying The Washington Post was one. The other was a…

Bezos and the Post: A real relationship?

Last week, we had visitors at our cabin in the Wallowa Mountains of Eastern Oregon.  I was walking back up the dirt road from the mailbox…

Can Bezos help Post climb back into the ring?

Talk about your bad timing. In last Sunday’s New York Times, readers were treated to a lengthy and florid profile of Katharine Weymouth, the 47-year-old…

In/Flux: What does the Microsoft shakeup mean?

Your embarrassing Facebook secrets now searchable For months Facebook has been testing Graph Search, a function that itemizes user data into an easily searchable form.…

Digital Prospector: What’s hot in online video.

Onion News Empire Seattle-based Amazon asked viewers to vote on 14 original pilots for its new expedition into online TV programming. Turns out viewers did…

In/Flux: Sony’s edge on MSFT Xbox One. App reveals mayor candidates’ insecurities. AMZN-born men’s shopping haven.

Mayor candidates: Easy to read? A new app named Moodies was released this month, claiming to analyze underlying emotions through speech. It has since been…

In/Flux: Seattle spared in Zynga bloodbath. Predatory Ventures. Mercer Island doesn’t tweet.

Seattle spared in Zynga bloodbath Game developer Zynga probably made you consider deleting your Facebook account at one point. Maker of such games as Farmville…

In/Flux: Weekly Tech Roundup

Editor's note: In/Flux is a weekly dispatch from the wonderful world of technology. Amazon's rainforest Seattle likes its futuristic image — look no further than…

South Lake Union: City ought to fight for affordable housing

The Seattle City Council faces a South Lake Union decision that has broader meaning for the city's interest in more housing opportunities and better livability.…

Democratize SLU development: An open letter to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

Congratulations on your success, Jeff Bezos! You've become one of the most important innovators in the world of online business. You've matched your vision with…

Used bookstores: The next notch in Amazon’s belt?

Amazon remade the publishing business first with online bookselling and next with the Kindle/ebook one-two combination. Now it’s poised to reinvent another segment of the…