Gray Matters

November 18, 2011 10:16 PM
This last year, I’ve spent a lot of time in 1962, as I research and write a history of the Space Needle. Every week, I appear on KUOW-FM’s...
October 17, 2011 3:24 PM
When civic disputes get down to arguments over numbers, the point has usually been lost. Debates this year over building heights near the...
September 7, 2011 7:55 PM
Drinking locally is a long-held tradition, though it has gone in and out of vogue. Washington was a major supplier of hops for beer and...
August 8, 2011 10:38 PM
Today, we complain about “Seattle process,” of the dithering, second guessing, making and remaking of every major decision, from the...
July 8, 2011 4:50 PM
My column “Statues of Limitations” (March 2011), on the topic of local icons that I’d like to Photoshop out of the picture if I were...
June 10, 2011 5:16 PM
Fifty years ago this summer, Seattle was in the middle of a major transformation. Planners were rushing to build the first World’s Fair in...
May 11, 2011 8:50 PM
If you listen to people like Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, “Left Coast” cities like Seattle are so far out of the mainstream that we’re on the...
April 14, 2011 4:28 PM
Years ago, my photograph appeared in Seattle Weekly as part of a spoof on mountain climbing. I posed in a parking lot in SoDo with an ice...
January 13, 2011 4:56 PM
I attended the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962, and it shaped my expectations for the 21st century. I expected to live in a world of atomic...
December 13, 2010 10:46 PM
Since we’ve got a year or two to go until the Mayan calendar runs out, there’s still a chance to think reflectively before the end of the...
January 1, 1970 12:33 AM
There’s nothing so antique as the future. Seattle Center embodies that. The site of the Century 21 Exposition in 1962, it remains a Space...
January 1, 1970 12:33 AM
The tide is out, revealing a great seaweed-matted mud flat. Gulls are scattered on it like huge, mobile, white-feathered clamshells. They...
January 1, 1970 12:33 AM
Built to SpillSummer thrives as a testament to the can-do spirit of the people of Seattle. For the first time in 90 years (except for an...