Today’s front page of The Washington Post (print edition) runs a story with the headline “After war on drugs, Seattle tries ‘peace’.” It chronicles the city’s innovative approach of not charging for personal drug possession. As someone relatively new to Seattle and still learning her way around local politics and policies, I found the article informative and well reported. But I wondered what those with more background would make of the article. What did it get right and what did it miss? How does the article present Seattle to the rest of the country?
What is the big Paris-size vision for a new Seattle -- for a city that works better, spreads its wealth more equitably and is built to thrive during the challenges ahead? And more important -- where is the leadership -- people who aren't just selling themselves as mitigators, but who have a vision for the extraordinary region this can be?