David Brewster

David Brewster, a founding member of Post Alley, has a long career in publishing, having founded Seattle Weekly, Sasquatch Books, and Crosscut.com. His civic ventures have been Town Hall Seattle and FolioSeattle.

Wanted: An Early Challenger to Mayor Half-a-Loaf

There ought to be a serious, substantive, energetic candidate entering the mayor's race. Right now. A candidate with strong ideas needs to start early, raising money, getting known, and getting educated about city issues.

Duwamish: The River Seattle Forgot

The whole drainage system was cut by three-quarters, rather than developing the large Duwamish basin. And the delta of the Duwamish was turned into a polluted industrial waterway, its meanders filled and its main stem dredged.

Seattle Arts are Struggling: Time for Some Fixes

Seattle, like many other cities, has built its arts facilities as a way to "save" downtown. But now, many cities such as Los Angeles are realizing that congestion, costs, and public safety are combining to create rival performance venues in nearby suburbs. That's happening here.

Trump’s Bedminster and my Hometown Next Door

After the Civil War, the area was discovered by wealthy, horse-keeping Manhattanites. In the time-honored pattern, they built summer cottages there and later turned them into Gatsby-like mansions.

Did Putin Stage-Manage the Failed Coup?

Nothing like a failed coup to provide cover for a dictator to crack down on enemies.

Fixing Seattle’s Downtown: First, Do No Harm

At the head of the list of desirable new directions is a new theme for downtown as a series of distinct residential neighborhoods.

The Buzzsaw Comes out at Crosscut

It may be that Crosscut, which can seem reliably "woke," is seeking to adjust its editorial formula for solid journalistic reasons. 

Seattle: “Superstar City” No More?

Among the setbacks: The defeat of the Commons levies turned out to be a last hurrah for the Seattle Establishment (architects, parks advocates, housing activists), and it greatly discouraged the progressive forces and money.

Seattle’s Arts Crunch, and Some Suggested Remedies

Ideas for reviving local arts: a Summer Festival to raise the standards, and the revival of PONCHO.

Careful What you Wish For? On the Verge of Winning a New Tax for the Arts, the Strings Get Attached

The arts in our region definitely need new funding, but this new source is likely to have lots of strings attached, and the funds would be spread widely to smaller groups as well as heritage organizations.