Culture

Friday, 02/17/2012 12:04 AM
ELECTRIC COMPANYCharging stations are popping up all over the city, making it easier for Seattleites to turn to green, clean electric-powered cars.
Friday, 02/17/2012 12:18 AM
With peak-hour downtown parking meter fees now as much as $4 an hour, Seattle is the sixth-most-expensive city in the nation in which to park a car, according to a 2011 Colliers International survey (an average of more than $24/day, behind Manhattan, Boston and Chicago).
Friday, 02/17/2012 12:48 AM
Every month, 97 Seattle Police Department parking enforcement officers print around 45,000 citations (about 7 percent of the city’s total population). While most tickets are for commonsense infractions—the most common: not paying or letting your time expire—there are a few lesser-known ways to end up with the dreaded envelope tucked under your wiper. Seattle Municipal Code: 11.72.240
Thursday, 02/16/2012 11:37 PM
It usually feels like the worst traffic spot in Seattle is the one you’re stuck in, but during peak traffic hours (6–9 a.m. and 3–6 p.m.), SDOT says these locations officially rack up some of the most stop-and-go traffic—sometimes minus the go. Check out King-5’s Jam Factor app (king5.m.mlnwap.com) and WSDOT traffic cameras (wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle) for up-to-the-minute views. 1. Denny Way, between First and Fairview avenues 2. I-5 through downtown
Thursday, 02/16/2012 11:28 PM
Is there any form of transportation in the Northwest more bizarrely storied than the monorail? In a region famous for infamous means of travel—the barrel-rolling Boeing jet, Galloping Gertie crumbling into the Tacoma Narrows, the zombie ferryboat Kalakala emerging from the mist again and again, unidentified flying objects first called “flying saucers” near Mount Rainier in 1947—the 50-year-old monorail remains a simultaneous, if somewhat incongruous, nod to the past and the future.
Thursday, 02/16/2012 10:42 PM
If money were no object, what single thing would you do to improve transportation in the region? We put that question to dozens of local transportation thinkers and limited their responses to 150 words—short answers to a long-debated question. Here are a few; add your own idea in the comments section below, or write to editor@tigeroak.com.
Thursday, 02/16/2012 10:44 PM
Just when you thought cross-lake commuting couldn’t get any more fun, tolling on the S.R. 520 bridge went into effect. Now, crossing the floating bridge can set you back as much as $5 one way, depending on the time of day and whether you have a prepaid “Good to Go!” pass affixed to your windshield.
Thursday, 02/16/2012 10:30 PM
“Seattle process” aside, most of the decisions we make around here are really driven by economic imperatives that are nearly impossible to ignore.
Thursday, 02/16/2012 9:52 PM
It’s almost too good to imagine: The year is 2016, and burly guys in hardhats and blaze-orange vests have swept up the last of the dust from all of Seattle’s transportation construction megaprojects. The State Route 99 tunnel under downtown, the new State Route 520 floating bridge and the University Link light rail extension to the University of Washington are open. Cars are moving at the speed limit during rush hour, no one is complaining about the 520 tolls, and the light rail service is always on time.
Tuesday, 01/24/2012 7:33 PM
KCTS 9 announced today that they have selected local food and gardening expert Amy Pennington to host the Seattle version of Check, Please!, a reality TV concept that lets everyday folks play food critic for a day. From Cody Ellerd Bay's original post about the show: If you’ve never seen the show, which also runs in Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Kansas City and South Florida, it operates like this: One person nominates his or her favorite restaurant, and then two other people are sent there to review it. After their anonymous visits, the reviewers get together to discuss their meal and rate the restaurant. They cover everything from the latest hot spots with superstar chefs to the hole-in-the-wall that’s been serving you your favorite fish and chips for years. I met Amy Pennington fairly recently at a memorable fundraiser for Seattle Central Culinary Academy (although, before my time, Seattle mag covered her gardening exploits in several issues). She was responsible for mixing cocktails and preparing dessert at the party. Both were delicious, but what I remember most was her spunky personality and great sense of humor. I predict her presence on the show will ground the conversation of Check, Please! in territory local food lovers can really appreciate. More about Amy, from the press release, after the jump:
Friday, 01/20/2012 10:02 PM
This weekend Seattle filmmaker (and Seattle magazine Spotlight Award winner) Lynn Shelton presents her lovely new film, Your Sister’s Sister, at the Sundance Film Festival. Or at least, she’s trying to­—according to her Facebook page, she’s currently still stuck at SeaTac and may miss her big moment altogether, which is terrible!
Saturday, 01/14/2012 1:24 AM
Fifty years ago, Seattle threw a party for the world. The World’s Fair—called The Century 21 Exposition—was a celebration of Space Age innovation at a time of hope and futuristic yearnings. Our city, once regarded by many as a muddy Wild West outpost, was thrust into the world’s spotlight, suddenly becoming sophisticated and cutting edge. In 1962, everything about Seattle—our civic spaces, culture and very identity—was redefined. As Seattle magazine approaches its own 50th birthday, we take a look at the event—and the people—that forever changed Seattle.
Saturday, 01/14/2012 1:31 AM
A wrenching chapter in our region’s history was written 70 years ago this month: the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans. In 1942, in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack, amidst war hysteria, racism and fears of sabotage, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, forcing the evacuation of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry (two-thirds of them U.S. citizens) to “war relocation camps”—detention centers—primarily located in California and Arizona.
Saturday, 01/14/2012 1:07 AM
In 2006, when we produced an anniversary issue celebrating this magazine’s 40-year evolution from Pacific Search, to Pacific Northwest, to Seattle Home and Garden to the Seattle mag you’re reading today, we invited local notables to write about the key events and people responsible for shaping our city over the last 40 years. A common theme quickly emerged as the turning point in our city’s growth: the 1962 World’s Fair.
Saturday, 01/14/2012 12:37 AM
Just as this issue hits the stands, a young concert violinist who went to high school in Renton and now lives in Seattle’s International District is making his solo debut at Carnegie Hall. On January 21, Dr. Quinton Morris—director of chamber and instrumental music and assistant professor of music at Seattle University (SU)—plays a program of the Chevalier de Saint-George, Gluck, Mendelssohn and Brahms (with Erin Chung accompanying him on piano) in the esteemed concert venue’s Weill Recital Hall. How did Morris get to Carnegie Hall? As the old joke goes: practice.