Eric Scigliano

Eric Scigliano has written on varied environmental, cultural and political subjects for many local and national publications. His books include Puget Sound: Sea Between the Mountains, Love War and Circuses (Seeing the Elephant), Michelangelo’s Mountain, Flotsametrics and the Floating World (with Curtis Ebbesmeyer), The Wild Edge, and, newly published, The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon and a Race to Save the Planet.

Hi, I’m Julie, and I Want to Buy Your House: The Institutional Investors Buying Up America’s Homes

Hedge funds, institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, even Alaska’s state fund have piled into the American housing market, joining and outbidding traditional smaller landlords.

Your Car’s Too Big!

Don’t want you ’cause your car’s too big. Can’t use you ’cause your car’s too big. I really hate you ’cause your car’s too big!

An Open Letter to Jill Biden

I’m talking of course about The Question: Should Joe run? Or, Why on Earth is Joe running? In the latter formulation, it’s a question you might be better able to answer than anyone else. And, to put it crudely, you may be the only one who can talk him back from this abyss.

Saving Seattle’s Heritage Trees (But at the Expense of Losing Many Others?)

Seattle has long tried to preserve its grand old trees. One ironic outcome is that the Heritage Tree Program is now up in the air. We may have saved the largest trees at the cost of thousands of others.

How Developers Helped Shape Seattle’s New Tree Ordinance

Whether or not park canopy is as threatened as claimed, the new ordinance’s in-lieu fees will provide more funding for planting in parks and along streets, especially in undershaded, underprivileged neighborhoods. Its stringent limits on cutting by homeowners should boost canopy on plots that don’t get redeveloped.

Staring into the Abyss: The Seattle Times’ Kafkaesque Subscription System

I tried to give the Times a break. I told its circulation people to switch my daily sub to online-only and save a few bucks on printing and delivery. Oh no, they said, that would kick you up to the (higher) full online rate.

New Hope for West Seattle’s Garden of Outsider Art

The original rock garden is a gem of local heritage and outsider art and an intricate, sprawling fantasia of arches, walls, and stairstep pathways in agate, quartz, river rock, colored glass, and untold other minerals.

The Fraser River: Toting up the Collateral Damage

The gravel reach has earned a near-universal “Heart of the Fraser” appellation. But it’s a heart with advancing coronary disease.

Salmon Restoration: Look to the Small Creeks and Sloughs

It’s there, rather than in the deep, headlong main channels of rivers like the Fraser, that salmon and other fishes spawn, and there that young fish shelter, feed, and grow.

The End of Northwest Salmon Farming?

“For those die-hard fighters that still think salmon farming can be stopped, the battle was lost years ago,” Editor Drew Cherry concluded. “Salmon farming is too big to fail.”