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Is Sea-Tac too good for Ivar’s now?

I admit it. I’m an Ivar’s fan. After all, they once named a cocktail after me. But it goes deeper than that. Ivar’s is a…

In a more crowded Seattle, Discovery Park provides a lesson

On a recent sunny weekend, I was standing in Discovery Park with two of the people most responsible for the existence of this gem of…

In Trump era, can you be moderate and Republican?

It seems like poor timing to hold a Republican conference in a town with a Bavarian theme. Passing through the lobby of the Leavenworth hotel…

Seattle’s man in middle of Watergate scandal weighs in on Trump’s

It looks like Watergate, it smells like Watergate, but is it Watergate? For answers, Seattle can turn to an expert, a man who worked for…

Don’t rail on the Monorail, it might be our future

The Monorail isn’t supposed to be here. It was built as a demonstration project for mass transit for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and was…

Could Seattle Center become cool again?

Despite an administration in the “other” Washington that is pursuing trade and immigration policies antithetical to ones that have helped make this free-trade, diverse and…

No air conditioning? Boohoo

If you’re cold, put a sweater on. If you’re too warm, take a layer off. Everyone here learns to dress in layers, right? Not anymore.…

Gen X, millennial, boomer: Crossing generational lines

Generational warfare has always struck me as nuts. What healthy society, or family, pits old and young against one another? But millennials hate boomers, Gen…

In a rapidly-changing city, can KeyArena save its charm?

Historic preservation is unpredictable in Seattle, and it’s never been a sure thing with sports facilities. The site of classic Sicks’ Stadium is a Lowe’s…

Why can’t Seattle and the rest of WA just get along?

Why do they hate us? Olympia simmers with dislike for Seattle. The 900-pound gorilla of state politics and the economy is hard for many to…

Why can’t Seattle find a mayor it wants to keep?

The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat: Seattle mayors have experienced it all. Our City Hall bosses have been elected, re-elected, resigned, died in…

Ballard museum will make you want to move to Norway

Can Ballard save America? That’s a lot to ask. But Seattle’s old Scandinavian neighborhood could offer a cultural and political lifeline to the kind of…

Even the mossiest of us say: Rain. Enough!

Tim Egan’s first book was titled, The Good Rain, and in early spring some readers are driven to snappishly ask the author, “What’s so good…

Trump watch your back, eh

Donald Trump, who has a specialty of making enemies of allies, looks to be taking a tough stand on Canada and trade. He might want…

Progressive Seattle? Not always and not quite yet

This column previously appeared in the March issue of Seattle Magazine. I was recently asked if Seattle has always been a progressive city. It’s an…

Who we need as our next Seattle mayor

Who’s going to be the next mayor of Seattle? The question is in play every four years, and it’s newly relevant this election cycle in…

West Coast to Trump: It’s time for a divorce

Driving from Seattle to southern California, one is reminded of the ongoing tectonic shifts in the landscape that have shaped us — rippled hills, volcanoes…

‘SlaughterTown’: Ghosts of a traumatized NW landscape

Can landscapes become imbued with historic trauma? And if so, can they pass it along? Is there an example here in Puget Sound country? Those…

Poor gargoyles. We’re smashing Seattle’s history as we build

A very bad thing just happened in terms of historic preservation in Seattle. The long-expected demolition of the old Seattle Center Arena started across Speight…

Crosscut at 10: A media experiment and a miracle

Ten years ago, on April 1, 2007, Crosscut was born. It was appropriate that we made our entrance on April Fool’s Day: Most startups are…

One of the vocal Seahawks is really annoying

Many of the Seattle Seahawks are outspoken, and I love them for it. Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett, to name a few, are often…

In a sign of the times, doomsday prep is bipartisan

In 1962, the fallout shelter craze peaked, but the end of the world is experiencing a revival. Now, 55 years, some folks are prepping for…

Our dishonorable past: KKK’s Western roots date to 1868

The images are haunting. A family dressed in full Ku Klux Klan regalia prepares for a wedding in Sedro-Woolley. A downtown Seattle hall is filled…

When free speech is hate speech: Should it be banned?

On a recent Civic Cocktail — a monthly interview program on The Seattle Channel — journalists had a chance to ask University of Washington President Ana…