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The ‘Battle in Seattle’ revisited

I recently wrote a story for another publication in which I passingly referred to WTO and got an editor’s note back. Young and new to…

Rick Steves knows how to push pot to voters

Rick Steves has changed the way middle America sees the world through his European guidebooks, tours, columns, PBS television and public radio shows. He’s a…

A venture capitalist and a socialist are exporting Seattle’s progressivism

Seattle has long exported jets, software, music and Kindles. Now the city is in a new phase of exporting: pushing its progressive politics. We’ve aspired…

Oregon occupiers aside, there’s restlessness about West’s governance

The occupation of Malheur National Wildlife refuge in southern Oregon has generated national attention to rural angst and the revolutionary discontent in the West. While…

Seattle’s real fear of change: loss of the middle class

Seattle’s bedrock is slipping. No, it’s not a subduction zone, but perhaps a subtraction one. Nationally, the middle-class is an endangered species. In 1970, some 60…

Oregon standoff: White and exempt in the wide open West

A splinter group of anti-government militants has occupied a building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Oregon. They include the sons of Cliven…

Best of 2015: The untold story of Seattle’s racist mayor

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. We will…

Did you just say ‘The’ Puget Sound?

Place names shape what Reuben Rose-Redwood — an associate professor of Geography at the University of Victoria in British Columbia — calls our “geographical imagination.”…

KeyArena still has a winning play

An NBA basketball arena for Seattle seems to be operating in the Bertha Zone: The city is committed to a stalled effort with an expanding…

Bertha: The big risks may lie ahead

We’re coming up on the second anniversary of Bertha’s big break down. The tunnel diggers hope to have her boring again on Dec. 23. If…

Gum on the wall: How Seattle’s strangest tourist attraction reflects the city’s identity

Now this is a classic Seattle debate: chewing over the meaning of the Post Alley gum wall. This is Seattle’s most disgusting landmark, but a…

Lost in the Amazon: E-retailer’s new store turns magic into mundane

With Amazon Prime, I ordered a personal Amazon drone to deliver me speedily to the new Amazon Bookstore. Amazon Books is the only bookstore of…

In praise of the humble bungalow

Earlier this year, Seattle’s single-family zoning suffered a near-death experience when Mayor Ed Murray’s affordable housing panel endorsed what would be an effective citywide up-zoning…

New elections, but oddly familiar batch of results

Click here for a full listing of preliminary election results. For an historic election, it was a bit of an anti-climax. It’s the first time…

Park Service comes around: Racist name must go

The National Park Service, responding to pressure to rectify an historical wrong, announced Thursday that it is recommending that the federal government finally follow the…

This year’s ballot: Voting whether you feel like it or not

My official general Election Ballot has arrived in the mail and like thousands of others I am beginning the process of beginning to think about…

Bridges are tying Seattle in knotty questions

Bridges are spanning the news cycles lately. It’s a timely trend because, as you probably didn’t know, October is “Bridge Month” at the Washington State…

Under King Knute, the rich and the jackasses would be taxed

I have no intention of ever entering the political arena as more than an observer. Still, I sometimes fantasize, “If I were dictator of Seattle,…

Will Seattle get a more accountable City Council?

I have to admit to a certain lack of enthusiasm about the City Council races. In this first round, the new district system is less…

Preservationists score a small victory in Pioneer Square

Opponents of a proposed Pioneer Square development, which has been criticized as “out of scale” with the historic district, won a procedural round from a…

Seattle’s progressive posturing: It’s all for diversity!

Progressive Seattle takes comfort in winning arguments by staking out the most progressive ground on any debate. For a while, every issue was vetted according…

Kennewick Man: a never-ending nightmare for tribes

The most unique quality of Kennewick Man, the 8,500-year-old skeleton that eroded out of a Columbia River bank nearly 20 years ago, is his knack…

Racism and the public lands: the case of Coon Lake

President Barack Obama’s recent announcement of the official name change of Mount McKinley to Denali has reawakened interest in the longtime dispute over whether we…

9 reasons to build that Canadian wall

Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker says we should consider building a wall on the Canadian border. Because the only thing better than having a wall…

Remembering the West Coast’s ugly anti-immigrant era

This is part of a series of Crosscut stories discussing race in the Puget Sound region. Led by Donald Trump, the GOP presidential candidates are…

The ‘Battle in Seattle’ revisited

I recently wrote a story for another publication in which I passingly referred to WTO and got an editor’s note back. Young and new to…