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Seattle Schools' Food Guru Transferred; Says He Was Asked to Resign

Eric Boutin (right) says he was "not privy to" the district's agenda

Geez, was it something we said?

Right on the heels of our article spotlighting Eric Boutin's groundbreaking work to improve student meals at Seattle Public Schools came news that Boutin was being transferred out of his job as director of nutrition services.
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Viaduct for Dummies: Feds Approve Deep-Bore Tunnel Project

Come on down!

Today, as expected, the Federal Highway Administration signed off on the deep-bore tunnel project. The "record of decision" is an incremental stop on the tunnel project's journey, and essentially gives the state the go-ahead to start final design and construction of the project. According to the WSDOT, the decision also spells out certain measures intended to minimize impact—such as monitoring buildings and utilities while the tunnel's being bored and making up for lost parking (somehow). Read more »

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Viaduct for Dummies: Voters Surprise Themselves, Tell Mayor: 'Bore Me!'

Alaskan Way Viaduct
Seattle surprises itself with a decisive vote.

That tunnel vote has been fodder for spirited talk 'round Seattle Mag World Headquarters of late (though it's curiously quiet today). But it's less about which camp you're tunneled into (dig it or ditch it) and more about what the whole morass says about Seattleites and that over-used (but overly apt) term, "the Seattle Process." Read more »


For Your Sunny-day Pleasure: Waterskiing's Insane Little Brother, Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding on Lake Sammamish
You know you want to do this.

If you've picked up our August issue ("The Water Issue"), you already know that there are now multiple ways to get dragged around behind a boat. Waterskiing too tame? Get airborne (and possibily inverted!) on a wakeboard. Or just watch other people do it. Read more »

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Viaduct for Dummies: Link to a Terrific History of the Kerfuffle

Alaskan Way Viaduct

Came across this excellent history of the deep-bore tunnel dispute by David Brewster of Crosscut. If you've lost the thread of this epic, city-wide debate while freeting over the debt ceiling, this will help bring you back on track.

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Behind the Scenes of our August Issue: Don't Even Get Me Started

Seattle kayak
Wish you were here?

Finally, a second summer day, just in time to make our August "water play" issue slightly less irritating to caged-up water geeks. Sure, it was fun to dream up dozens of pages of fun water stuff for the issue—from wakeboarding to houseboat-gawking to surfing, rafting and more—but that all started in March; back then, when we were JUST SURE we'd be doing all of that and more by now. Now being the END OF JULY. Read more »


Spotted in Seattle: New Trend at Shakespeare in the Park

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Wooden O camps up "The Comedy of Errors"

Top o' my list of things I love about Seattle: Two (two!) Shakespeare companies putting on free plays in parks all over town every summer. I gorge myself on a total of four plays—for free!—usually accompanied by five or six friends, blankets and multiple baskets of food and beverages. Soaking up the weird, convoluted brilliance of Shakespeare while decanting Cabernet from a Nalgene bottle? Summer's here! Read more »


Ballard's 'Missing Link' of Burke-Gillman Trail Gets a Green Light

The Burke-Gilman Trail passes through Fremont...coming soon to Shilshole?

Bike enthusiasts are celebrating a victory today: a decision by a Seattle hearing examiner that the city can go ahead with construction on the so-called "missing link" of the Burke-Gilman Trail—a 1.5-mile stretch that runs along Shilshole Avenue between 11th Ave. NW and the Ballard Locks. Read more »

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Viaduct for Dummies: Why You Gotta Hate?

Is there a ceiling on this thing?

Full-glory morning sunshine this morning as I drove along the top of the Viaduct, pondering Seattle's love/hate of the thing. Sure, those views of the bay—ferries, the Olympics, the works—make going to work almost a pleasure. But also, the thing might one day kill me, one way or another. Read more »


Viaduct for Dummies: Tunnel Clears Hurdle; Environmental Impact Statement Signed

Alaskan Way Viaduct

From the mixed-metaphors department here at Seattle mag comes this update on the ever-updating saga that is the future of our waterfront: City officials are celebrating this week’s signing of the final Alaskan Way Viaduct environmental impact statement, which effectively removes one more hurdle on the replacement project’s road to realization. Read more »


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