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In rain and cold, city clears its own homeless encampment

In the cold and wet — the kind of weather that underlines the misery of living on Seattle's streets — officials began to clear the Field, a…

Seattle, where millionaires push taxes on everyone else

As I read the Seattle Times early this week, I was struck by two articles that more or less tell the story of where Seattle…

Ready to run again, Ed Murray seeks more taxes

While taking his annual State of the City address to a north Seattle mosque to make a point about national policy, Mayor Ed Murray said…

Che Taylor inquest: A search for closure

The inquest into the police shooting of Che Taylor, killed in the passenger doorway of a white Ford Taurus near Lake City Way last February,…

Murray pushes ‘most important legislation’ yet

Surrounded by elected officials, staffers and community members with sometimes widely diverging views, Mayor Ed Murray today unveiled a legislative suite of police accountability proposals that he…

Fight ‘alternative facts’: Build a center for public media

Editors’ note: This guest opinion advocates for a center that could be of benefit to Crosscut, its sister organization KCTS 9 public television and their parent…

King County to host legal consumption sites for addicts

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are officially endorsing a tactic for curbing opiate use that’s so uncharted in this country…

Councilmember O’Brien passes on a run for mayor

Last September, Councilmember Mike O’Brien asked if Mayor Ed Murray would meet him for a beer at Poquito’s, off Pike Street. The mayor, according to…

Lawmaker wants to head off Seattle’s safe-consumption sites

One King County legislator is working on a plan that could dramatically change the conversation around heroin and addiction treatment in Seattle, by short-circuiting any…

We speak for the tree: A neighborhood conservation story

Amid all the changes in Seattle, one group of West Seattleites is determined to save a small green patch that characterizes their neighborhood. They call…

Washington dawdles as megaquake looms

Back in the summer of 2015, an article on “The Really Big One” in the New Yorker had just captured national and Northwest attention with its…

3 key takeaways from Ed Murray’s new budget

As Council Chambers filled Monday with department heads and the mayor’s invitees, the cries of protestors echoed their way up City Hall’s open, concrete steps.…

Murray puts new North Precinct station on hold

Mayor Ed Murray is putting plans for a new North Precinct Station on hold. The decision, announced Thursday night, is a huge victory for Seattle…

City closer to clearing out ‘the Jungle’

The Seattle City Council voted 4-2 Wednesday to advance the mayor’s plan for final closure of the East Duwamish Greenbelt — the vast space beneath…

Seattle steps up defenses against housing discrimination

Growth isn't sustainable. At least, not the kind we're seeing here in Seattle, where a bloated private housing market, inflated by a thriving economy, is…

Seattle’s affordable housing plan is a step toward justice

Seattle has a reputation for developing innovative, forward-thinking solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing our city. But we haven’t succeeded in tackling…

Proposed police station meets all-out rebellion

Faced with a chamber full of people loudly opposed to a new North Precinct Police Station, the Seattle City Council on Monday plowed ahead with a…

Reporter’s notebook: Tension around police reform

As a crucial court hearing approaches, Crosscut.com city reporter David Kroman sat down to talk about the slow, difficult process to bring reform to the…

Goodbye, art: Seattle is a tech town now

Crosscut's third Arts Salon will focus on the intersection of technology and art, with an emphasis on the democratization of art. The event will take…

It’s do-or-die time for Seattle police reform

Following a rough few weeks that saw a court ruling against the police chief and the resignation of the head of the police union, police…

As Seattle booms, we’re trashing our history

A version of this column appeared in the July issue of Seattle Magazine. It has been updated. The annual list of “most endangered” historic properties…

Give City Council more power in neighborhoods

Mayor Ed Murray’s abrupt dismissal of the three-decades old district council system neatly encapsulates the dynamic neighborhood activists have complained of for generations: Seattle process…

Murray squanders chance for positive neighborhood reform

In rolling out a plan to change the way the city interacts with neighborhoods, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is following up on a concern of…

Police commission calls for ban on blast balls

A civilian police advisory commission is calling on the Seattle Police Department to temporarily cease carrying blast balls, which are used for moving large crowds…