Seattle, What Just Happened? Our 2018 Year in Review

Congratulations, you made it through another crazy year
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This article appears in print in the December 2018 issue, as part of the Year in Review featureClick here to subscribe.

It’s hard not to feel dazed and confused after a look in the rearview mirror at 2018. The city is growing at a breakneck pace while trying to tackle tough issues such as ever-increasing homelessness, threats to historic venues and whiplash waffling by our mayor.

We said goodbye to Paul Allen, one of Seattle’s most giving philanthropists and a city shaper, prepared for a looming traffic-ocalypse called the “period of maximum constraint” and grappled with #MeToo. Yet 2018 was the year our community came together in a multitude of ways—to resist, to gather courage and to celebrate art, culture and life. So, here’s some hindsight from 2018; glean from it what you can and buckle up for what’s to come.

The Best of Seattle

Seattle Civility on Trial

Seattle Environment News by the Numbers

Seattle Supports the Arts

The Waffling Ways of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

Seattle Big Businesses Make Power Moves

Seattle’s Homelessness Epidemic Grows

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson Has Been Busy

Seattle’s Growing Pains

Seattle’s Highs and Lows

Seattle’s Bike-Share Program Is Having “A Year”

Seattle’s Sports Get Poetic

Readers’ Choice Poll Winners

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