Left Coast Tsunami: A Swing to the Moderate?

Election results along the so-called Left Coast have pundits predicting that a tsunami, a giant backlash against progressive excesses, is heading our way.

Barnett & Kaushik: Why Seattle Police Cut Staff Investigating Sexual Abuse

Is this a story about SPD misallocating resources? Is it a story about understaffing at the Seattle Police Department? 

Get Thee to Columbus: An Idea to Revitalize Seattle

"Get thee to Columbus and see what fine, non-trophy architecture for ordinary buildings has done, together with an example of enlightened, locally focused philanthropy. "

“A Bundle of Ideas”: Acting Chief Adrian Diaz Talks Reforms

Diaz sees the various crises as an opportunity, a good time to make change and to rethink policing by challenging the status quo of policing.

Failure to Fund? JustCare’s Success with Homeless Programs in Peril

Only when JustCare became involved did the lives improve for the people inside the tents and their neighbors in nearby apartments.

Pike Place Market Needs Fixing But Will Resist Attempts to Fix It

"The Market is really a medieval village, governed by mysterious informal practices, 'a mixture of anarchism and Bolshevism,' as the saying goes."

The Case Against Banning Cars in Pike Place Market

Circulation and access are life blood to the Market's 500 small businesses and to ancillary services like the Health Clinic, Day Care, and Foodbank.

How Seattle Addressed Homelessness in an Earlier Era

The Second World War brought many migrants to the Pacific Northwest, including large numbers of African Americans and Asians working at Boeing, the shipyards, fishing, and timber.  Those desperate newcomers needed shelter.

All of the Above: Tiny Houses And More

We need to ramp up the production of tiny homes and the siting of tiny home villages at the same time as we build permanent housing on a fast track.

First Hill Mega-Project: St. James Cathedral Makes Deal with “Visionary” Developer

"I like the thought that the development of the neighborhood will not distract from the Cathedral’s presence but will point to and enhance it.”

Barnett and Kaushik: A Debate About What Works and What Doesn’t in Addressing Street...

Erica Barnett: "So we're not investigating crimes, we're just arresting, and patrolling. We can do that for a while. But if the idea is to send a bunch of cops up to Ken's Market to just be patrolling around there, and to send a bunch of cops to permanently be in all kinds of other locations all over the city, we're going to run out of cops pretty darn fast."

Lost our Charm? Can Seattle Still Attract National Talent?

The guiding reality of Seattle (like Portland) is facing up to its de-magnetization through neglect, complacency, Amazon-dependency, and performative revolutionary politics.

Another Shooting, Another Store Closes

"The streets of downtown have been abandoned by government and handed over to criminal activity.” 

Casa Italiana: “A Place of our Own”

At Casa now, 92 years after its first incarnation, it’s finally avanti tutta! Full speed ahead.

What Does New York City Know that ‘New York Alki’ Doesn’t Get?

Here’s a tale of two cities from a recent November trip. You be the judge.

Crime is Up 24 Percent in Seattle. So What’s the Plan?

Why would a trained officer opt to come to Seattle with its often-hostile council majority when there are financial incentives elsewhere?

And Just Like That, An Elegant Affordable Housing Plan Fizzles

The basic proposal: Give landlords of qualified properties a real estate tax exemption in exchange for freezing rents at current levels for six years.

The Future of Freeway Park: Details and Rebuttals

I am a woman who uses the park pretty much every day and at all times of the day and I don't think it is helpful to reinforce the notion that women can feel unsafe in the park.

Backlash: West Coast Cities Lose Patience with Homelessness Crisis

Up and down the coast, like it or not, our compassion for the homeless is wearing thin.

Crossroads: A Turning Point for Downtown’s Freeway Park?

Mike James and David Brewster debate the future of Seattle's "hidden" park.

Seattle’s Third Avenue: Raw and Suffering

A "crime free-for-all."

Galvanized: When Seattle’s Civic Institutions Made Us Better

Civic organizations once grew in clusters as Seattle aspired to be a modern, pace-setting city. Can that happen again?

Seattle Waterfront Update and Working on Reviving Downtown Streets

Downtown sidewalks coming back to pedestrian life will never be the same. On some parts of the Pike-Pine corridor, they’ll be widened and paved and planted better, according to city plans for the waterfront park and its extensions eastward into the city’s downtown.

Key to the Pledge: Seattle’s Billion-Dollar Arena Makeover has Bold Ambitions

The upgrade has turned KeyArena in Seattle Center into a showcase of green technology and digital wizardry.

Downtown Seattle: a Tale of Two Cities

I don’t know whether any candidate elected now or in elections to come can find a path that both restores our streets, allows still boarded-up shops to open again, and gives meaningful help to those in the alleys and storefronts along the street.

Seattle’s Ailing Downtown, and Some Suggestions

A friend, a student of urban planning, advised that downtown needs more businesses that work well for the city's captive participants: those living in downtown apartments and condos, residents of retirement communities as well as the office workers, many of them younger, who will return when their offices reopen.    

Requiem for Ruby Bishop’s Noble Old Cedar Tree, Felled by Weak Laws

The legal protections Seattle affords its trees are minimal compared to other American cities. For instance, New York and Boston aggressively protect their urban forests.  New York has 7 million trees, and it’s not clear to me that Seattle even knows how many it has. 

Lessons From Amsterdam: Reclaiming Your City

If an objective is to tip the scales in favor of local interests and away from international ones, then some control on the type and location of outside investment is going to be necessary. Limiting the location and number of airbnbs owned by a single person or company is one method.

How the 2020 Census will change Seattle City Council Districts

District 7 will have to shed some territory, and the South End districts will have to shuffle voters. Nearly all the districts will have to change.

Moving On: Charter Amendment Failure Puts Responsibility Back Where it Should Be

The ball is back where it should be - on those holding office now and those we elect in November, to create a workable strategy to reach those goals.