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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.

The View From 2023: How Seattle Changed

The Virus Depression (called VD) has greatly changed the way we live. Surveillance mechanisms are now ubiquitous, monitoring temperatures, spacing, coughing. Grocery stores are well-policed, both to enforce health regulations and to guard against the food riots that broke out in late 2020.

A Bridge Too High? How Warren Magnuson Overbuilt The West Seattle Bridge

Maggie drained the entire $100 million bridge replacement fund and soon the bridge design was high enough to allow passage of "the highest mast conceivable for a ship at that time; higher than has ever been remotely needed."

Sanders Slogs On: He’ll Stay in the Race, Threatening to Splinter the Left

Bernie Sanders is one more example of how, once bitten by the presidential bug, politicians stay infected for years.

Bill Come Due: Why Seattle Has Neglected Its Bridges and Street Repairs

The problem can more probably be seen as a choice between roads and humans services. Seattle chose services.

After the Meltdown: Let’s Not Waste Another Crisis

Some reasonable guidelines for judging major changes: Spend bigly. With bailouts, strings need to be attached. Allow for some triage, particularly fading industries such as fossil fuels and governmental agencies beyond their pull-date.

Calling All Billionaires: Time to Step Up!

Seattle has a knack for growing families of enormous wealth. Now's a good time to get some of these internationally-focused foundations a bit more intentional about the locals.

No Stranger To Adversity: “Seattle’s Only Newspaper” Fights To Survive

The problem, says publisher Tim Keck, is that "all the diversification was in one area, events and entertainment." What was smart diversification turned out to be a perfect storm of revenue-peril. So it's white-knuckle time.

The Experience Economy: Retail For The Internet Age

Books are a big draw, but the Gronigen Forum also has lots more: movie theaters, exhibition halls, an auditorium, a comics museum, a hip restaurant and bar, and a rooftop "market square" with great views. (And shops.)

An Idea for Over-Advantaged Seattle: Meet Me in St. Louie

Instead of concentrating tech companies and venture capital in a few American cities (Seattle, Bay Area, Boston), we should spread the wealth and invest in once-grand legacy cities such as St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland.

A New Owner for ‘Seattle Magazine’

These glossy magazines have prevailed longer than other print publications, as advertisers like the "happy urban problems" formula that prevails.

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The View From 2023: How Seattle Changed

The Virus Depression (called VD) has greatly changed the way we live. Surveillance mechanisms are now ubiquitous, monitoring temperatures, spacing, coughing. Grocery stores are well-policed, both to enforce health regulations and to guard against the food riots that broke out in late 2020.

“We Shall Beat It On The Beaches, We Shall Beat It On TV” – Trump’s COVID Oratory Through Our Churchill Spinometer

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to me, and me alone. Only I can fix this.

Coronavirus Chronicles: Unexpected Shortages of Sudden Needs

Just try to buy a solid looking buzz clipper. Sold-out, sold-out, sold-out. Now I did find one for way too much money, and it won’t arrive for a while. I will be cautious about Zoom meetings.

A Bridge Too High? How Warren Magnuson Overbuilt The West Seattle Bridge

Maggie drained the entire $100 million bridge replacement fund and soon the bridge design was high enough to allow passage of "the highest mast conceivable for a ship at that time; higher than has ever been remotely needed."

Running for Office When the World is Shut Down: How One Candidate Is Adapting

For candidates running in the time of pandemic, whether it’s Joe Biden seeking to unseat Donald Trump, or a 37-year-old Seattle woman seeking office for the first time, the playbook of how to get elected has changed in ways nobody ever envisioned.