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Behind the Scenes of Our July Issue: Is There a Doctor in the House?

Happy doctor
Drink your coffee!

Know this feeling? You’re minding your own business, getting ready for work, washing that PopTart down with a delicious second cup of coffee, when suddenly Steve Inskeep pops into your kitchen (via KUOW) with this news: Coffee will kill you.

And you think, “Didn’t I just hear somewhere that coffee will make me live longer?” Read more »


Behind the Scenes of our June Issue: Ice-cream Headaches and Heady Debates

Ice cream cones
It's just work, work, work here at Seattle mag, especially when there's ice cream to be vetted

Our editors are still recovering from GelatoGate 2011, the week-long orgy of ice-cream eating that preceeded our June issue (on newsstands today). Our award-winning and downright awesome food editor Ali Scheff made the picks, our fantastically talented art director Sue Boylan called in the props, and then it was ice cream everywhere for two weeks here at SeaMag. Read more »


Bake Sale Averted: Coca-Cola's Big Donation Funds the Seattle Fireworks

Seattle fireworks
We'll see this again this year

A $25,000 donation by Coca-Cola has just closed the gap on funding Seattle's annual 4th of July fireworks display ("Family 4th at Lake Union"), proving for the second year in a row that the show can go on without a major title sponsor (so, no, it won't be called the "Coke Family 4th").

Organizers at One Reel say the party starts at noon at Gas Works Park (2101 N. Northlake Way) on Monday, July 4 and features games and entertainment (details TBA). For more info, click here.


Dream Big: Seattle Mag Wants to Hear Your Big Idea For Improving Seattle

Seattle skyline
You love her; now fix her!

What if you were in charge of Seattle—and had unlimited funds? What one single thing would you do to improve our city?

Your answer can describe a project or idea that corrects a problem, rectifies a missed opportunity or creates an exciting new vision for our city. It can be as realistic (or as unrealistic!) as you’d like. Anything goes here. Your idea may become part of an upcoming story in print or online.

Share your big idea here.


If You Build It, We Will Come: City Rolls Out Concepts for a Reimagined Seattle Waterfront

Waiting for a ferry--on the lawn!

Imagine a Seattle waterfront composed of terraced parks that change with the tides...ringed by a two-lane bike path...with a stormwater collection system and solar panels and other sustainable energy sources. Walkability is key, and the waterfront is connected to downtown via public spaces, stairways, ramps and promenades. Read more »

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What's Next for the Seattle Waterfront? Get a Preview at a Public Meeting Thursday Night

Seattle waterfront
What will this look like in 2016?

While politicians, judges and activists argue over all things tunnel, planners are busily imagining what a post-Viaduct Seattle waterfront will look like. Thursday, at the Bell Harbor Conference Center (2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle), design project lead James Cornwaterfer will present the "first design directions," which I take to mean "rough draft."

The public meeting, hosted by the City of Seattle, starts at 6:30, but if you come early (5:00), you can buy dinner from mobile food vendors Maximus/Minimus, Where ya at Matt, and Street Treats. Read more »


Seattle Mag Joins Bill Gates for Breakfast, Learns the Names of His Favorite Eco Books

polar bear

Lucky Seattle mag, tagging along with our Seattle Business colleagues to this morning's fascinating and inspiring Climate Solutions breakfast at the Seattle Westin. Seattle Biz sponsored the event that packed more than a thousand people into the Grand Ballroom, where we were plied with pastries and multiple impassioned speeches about the growing climate crisis and the search for solutions. Reason enough to attend, but the promise of a rare Gates address on climate change and energy was what really filled the room. Read more »

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Warning: May Cause Daydreaming. Our 'Mountain Guide'

Mount Rainier
I will be with you shortly, Rainier

Days like today remind me of how easy it is to take our mountains for granted. Just yesterday, driving across the lake, I got a great big mountain in my eye; Mount Rainier in all its glory, sun glancing off of glaciers, etc. etc. Today, no sign of it...except on the cover of our May issue! Read more »


Three Good Reasons to Go Hiking After Work Tonight--and Two Great Places to Hike

Poo Poo Point
Could we be this lucky tonight?

First reason to hike tonight: It's not raining! Second reason: Sunset isn't until 8:25 p.m. And third, after our spring monsoon season, you know you need to move that butt! And there is no denying that the oxygen-rich air you breathe while scampering through the woods is good for your brain. Read more »


Reserve Now or Rough It This Summer: Swank New Digs on San Juan Island Allow for Close-in "Camping"

Lakedale's Airstream
Totally tubular camping at Lakedale

Got your summer camping reservations yet? 'Course you do; we Northwest die-hard dirt campers know you gotta get online in early February to snag the choice riverside sites. Or do we? Though I quiver with anticipation whenever I see my sleek Coleman stove gathering dust in my garage, a press release that just crossed my desktop has me wondering whether this is the summer I'll consider a swankier, less bug-infested version of my fave outdoor activity. Read more »

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