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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Douglas McLennan

Doug is a longtime arts journalist, and the founder and editor of ArtsJournal.com, he's frequent keynoter on arts and digital issues, and works with a number of arts organizations nationally.

Model Of Reinvention: Seattle Symphony At A Crossroads

A decade ago the orchestra was badly broken. After ten years of huge progress the SSO is playing better than it ever has and is a model of reinvention. And now another crossroads.

Some Are Celebrating Facebook’s New Investment In News. Here’s Why It’s Bad

Facebook's "benevolence" in investing hundreds of millions in paying for some content is really the nail in the coffin.

Bumber-Gone? How An Iconic Seattle Festival Lost Its Way And How It Might Be Reinvented

What explains the flagging fortunes of Bumbershoot, which has over the past 20 years become less and less distinctive, spectacularly more expensive to attend, and suffered diminished attendance and an increasingly unsustainable business model?

I-976 Trust Issues: Opening For A Governor Eyman?

Now, after hearing from voters, officials are risking further distrust by ignoring them thereby putting in jeopardy future tax asks, no matter how justified.

Intiman: Theatre Of The Future? (an update on the “theatre that wouldn’t die”)

The existential question is what exactly Intiman is at this point. The speed at which money has been raised so far suggests there's still a constituency willing to find out, but the Big What is still an open question.

After Trump: Lessons On Deprogramming A Cult

Alex Hursh in The New Republic explores the cult of Trump. How do you talk cult-members back from the edge when Dear Leader falls?

Intiman: The Theatre That Wouldn’t Die

One of Seattle's primary theatres dodges a bullet and soldiers on. The question is should it?

Pull Up The Ladders: Why Rural Americans Vote Against Their Own Self-Interests

Writer Monica Potts returned to her roots in rural Arkansas after some 20 years away, and discovered that people there aren't just against immigrants and big city folk, they oppose anything they themselves won't use.

A Stunning Take Down Of Boeing

Wonder why Boeing's stock hasn't plunged since two of its planes crashed? Writer Maureen Tkacik traces how Boeing downgraded the actual designing and making of planes in favor of questionable supply chain mandates and insulating its stock price from market shocks.

The New Urban Crisis: Did Seattle Not Make The List?

We top lists of growth, education and creative class workers. But Richard Florida's lists omit Seattle in one important category.

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Seattle Scar: I-5 Ripped A Hole Through The City – An Anonymous Author Offers An Audacious Fix

What if we were to lid the downtown I-5? Or put all its traffic into new tunnels to the east? Or get rid of it entirely? Big visions, but also big questions.

Model Of Reinvention: Seattle Symphony At A Crossroads

A decade ago the orchestra was badly broken. After ten years of huge progress the SSO is playing better than it ever has and is a model of reinvention. And now another crossroads.

Impeaching Trump: Is That All There Is?

Is it wise to put the whole case in this one Ukraine basket? This scandal seems to have moved that meter only marginally. Trump's earlier potential crimes and misdemeanors, if less serious, may be easier to understand.

Indexer: King County Migration – Why We’re Getting More Millennial

The rapid hiring by Amazon explains a good deal of the Millennial bulge. At the other end of the age spectrum, few older people migrate to a place like King County, and some older people will migrate out to warmer, quieter, less expensive places.

Indexer: Taking Over – Millennials Everywhere?

In dynamic West Coast cities, attracting young people from around the country does not seem to be a problem. Whether they choose to stay and build their lives in these cities is another question, and is tied closely to the price of housing and the lengths of commutes.