Gray Matters

It was 1979 when City People’s Garden Store held its grand opening.
August 2, 2016 5:40 PM
With rapid development in all corners of the city, how we can preserve the classic small businesses?
April 12, 2016 9:10 PM
The occupation of eastern Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by right-wing extremists is over. Bird watchers are eager to reclaim...
March 8, 2016 8:05 PM
Seattle media is being significantly reshaped, undergoing the impacts of technological disruption every bit as significant as climate...
A picture of While the City Slept
February 9, 2016 6:00 PM
Seattle has been home to some of the country’s ablest writers of true crime; the late Ann Rule, whose book about Ted Bundy, The Stranger...
January 13, 2016 10:31 PM
We’re a progressive city with one of the most progressive mayors in America—Ed Murray—but we’re also one of the whitest. And we’re...
December 9, 2015 11:28 PM
For me, intersections can be the coordinates of memory. Because I’ve lived in Seattle for most of my life, those cross streets are...
November 16, 2015 9:23 PM
The city is changing, affordability is worse than ever, and longtime communities are “hollowing out,” as Seattle City Council member Kshama...
October 19, 2015 4:24 PM
It’s a lesson we’re still learning. Under the watchful eye of the U.S. Justice Department, Seattle is still trying to reform a police...
September 15, 2015 6:12 PM
Earlier this year, Seattle’s single-family zoning suffered a near-death experience when Mayor Ed Murray’s affordable housing panel endorsed...
August 17, 2015 4:55 PM
I have no intention of ever entering the political arena as more than an observer. Still, I sometimes fantasize, “If I were dictator of...
July 14, 2015 11:23 PM
Anyone who negotiates Seattle on a regular basis asks at some point: Why can’t we just get around? It’s easy to blame geography—squeezed as...
June 10, 2015 5:15 PM
Seattle often is touted for its literary bona fides. We frequently top the list of America’s “most literate” cities (we’re currently number...
May 20, 2015 5:58 PM
In a sense, I’m lucky that my morning commute is usually the distance between my laptop and my lap.  My wife walks to work most days,...
Capital Punishment for Seattle magazine
April 22, 2015 6:35 PM
Is it time to kill the death penalty in Washington? That question has been brought to the fore in the last year. Governor Jay Inslee has...
Sealth
March 17, 2015 6:56 PM
A little more than a year ago, in my Gray Matters column “Seven Slogans of Seattle,” I put forward the idea that Seattle needs a new...
Knute Burger Family
February 16, 2015 6:04 PM
An old colleague and friend recently sent out an appeal for help. Due to health and financial problems, he and his partner were struggling...