Tense moments, fruitful dialog and lots of laughs — all at Crosscut Festival

Julián Castro, former U.S. Secretary of Housing Urban Development, in conversation with Crosscut's Managing Editor Florangela Davila at Crosscut Festival. (Jason Redmond for Crosscut)

Legal weed, police reform, the #MeToo movement and the role of the tech industry in the booming Puget Sound region — these were just a few of the topics of discussion at the first ever Crosscut Festival. The event, held Feb. 2-3 at Seattle University, featured a wide range of voices from Seattle, Puget Sound and beyond in conversations led by journalists representing more than a dozen news outlets.

Among the more memorable moments: a conversation with rising Democratic star Julián Castro, a spirited dialog among big-city police chiefs about police culture, and a (gasp) rare moment of agreement between a community activist and a champion of high-density development.

Missed it? Not to worry. You can watch the four keynote sessions on Crosscut’s YouTube channel — right here. We’ll have additional video, as well as audio of the other sessions, up on the site next week. And there are highlights in the no-longer-liveblog, below.

Huge thanks to all of the moderators and panelists, our partners at Seattle University, our sponsors and volunteers, and to the more than 1,000 people who came out on a drizzly Saturday to take part in the lively, and sometimes uncomfortable talk about some of the thorniest issues in the Pacific Northwest.


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