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When Seattle just said ‘no’

Three instances where visions of the future ran up against the Seattle Process.

People often wonder: why did we wait so long for mass transit? Folks sometimes ask: why don’t we have a central park? Or maybe: Why isn't this city more walkable? The answer: we voted against it. Seattle has a history of saying “no” to grand ideas.​ In this episode, Knute explores the Seattles that might have been — but died at the ballot box.

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When Seattle just said ‘no’

About the Authors & Contributors

Eric Keto

Eric is a video producer for Cascade Public Media.

Knute Berger

Knute “Mossback” Berger is Crosscut's editor at-large as well as a regular columnist covering history, politics and culture in the Pacific Northwest.