10 Years That Changed a City

Our special anniversary issue: 2006 – 2016 Arts, politics, sports, dining, travel, and more

In this issue:

Arts & Culture

Met Picks

Seattle Spring Arts Guide 2016

From SIFF to Sasquatch!, here's your guide to the season's hottest tickets in Seattle.

03/07/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

10 Years That Changed A City

2013: Macklemore, and Seattle Hip-Hop, Go Mainstream

There’s a palpable civic pride—and renewed engagement—in the very idea of local music because our guy made it big.

03/04/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Cat Fancy

What to Expect at Tacocat's 'Lost Time' Release Shows

With exuberant, sugary pop-punk tunes that touch on myriad subjects and the gleeful energy of its live shows, there quite simply isn’t a more fun band in Seattle than Tacocat.

03/01/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Met Picks

The Top Things to See or Do in Seattle: March 2016

Asian Art Museum explores the art of Silk Road caves, ‘Assassins’ slays at ACT, and Lisa Lampanelli gets mean.

02/29/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Best of the City

Anniversary Issue

10 Years That Changed a City

A year-by-year glance at the one of the most important decades in Seattle history.

03/04/2016 By Seattle Met Staff

Eat & Drink

The Decade In Dining

The Rise of the Restaurant Empire

Tom Douglas, Ethan Stowell, Matt Dillon—they all have one. What the emergence of the chef-driven restaurant group says about Seattle's restaurant culture.

03/03/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Dining Out

6 Great Latin Restaurants in Seattle

South-of-the-border cuisines, or food inspired by them, shine in these commendable spots around town.

03/02/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Neighborhood Hot Spot

Review: Culture Club Cheese Bar on Capitol Hill

The hill's new cheese bar feeds our wintriest craving.

03/01/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Bone Broth and Harmony

Restaurant Review: Eve

The Fremont newcomer lets its freekeh flag fly.

03/01/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Mollusk Matters

The 5 Oysters You Meet in Washington

Washington state just might be the only place in the world that’s home to all the major edible oyster species. And they all have good stories to tell.

03/01/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Editor's Note

Editor's Note

The New Seattle, 10 Years In

This town looked a lot different a decade ago.

03/04/2016 By James Ross Gardner

Home & Real Estate


A Modern, Eco-Friendly Prefab Home in Greenwood

Bernie Yee and Stefanie Smith couldn’t find the right modern space in Greenwood. So they had one made to order.

03/08/2016 By Darren Davis

News & City Life

10 Years That Changed A City

2015: Real Estate Loses Its Mind

This was the year that the housing affordability gap yawned wide like an angry fault line between socioeconomic strata.

03/10/2016 By Matthew Halverson

Movers and Shakers

How I Got Here: Brad Root

How the founder of Levl went from president of the family business to champion of personal health goals.

03/08/2016 By Darren Davis

10 Years That Changed A City

2012: The DOJ Steps in to Right Seattle Police Wrongs

Plus: legal recreational marijuana, gay marriage, and a Great Wheel on the waterfront.

03/04/2016 By James Ross Gardner

10 Years That Changed A City

2014: The Seahawks Win the Super Bowl

For Seattle, the game offered a chance at redemption—not just for the franchise that had lost its only other Super Bowl, but also for the sports community.

03/04/2016 By Matthew Halverson

10 Years That Changed A City

2010: Seattle Veers Hard Left

Seattle has always been left of center, even an exemplar left coast city. But it wasn’t until recently that the fierce left was a legit force to be reckoned with.

03/04/2016 By Josh Feit

10 Years That Changed A City

2008: Washington Mutual Bank Collapses

It was by far the biggest bank failure in history—and doom-and-gloomers feared downtown would become a ghost town.

03/04/2016 Photography by Eric Scigliano

10 Years That Changed a City

Making the Magazine

Former Seattle Met staffers share their favorite behind-the-scenes stories.

03/04/2016 By Seattle Met Staff

10 Years That Changed a City

2011: The Dams Come Down

It remains the largest dam removal in history. But when the Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams on the Elwha River near Port Angeles were disassembled, they left little more than wild-looking bends in the river.

03/04/2016 By Allison Williams

10 Years That Changed a City

2007: Kindle Takes Books Digital

It hit the market in November 2007 and sold out in five hours. And why on earth wouldn’t it?

03/04/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

10 Years That Changed a City

2006: Ehren Watada Fights Deployment

Plus the Seahawks' first Super Bowl appearance and the deadly Hanukkah Eve Wind Storm.

03/04/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

10 Years That Changed a City

2009: Sound Transit Connects Downtown to Sea-Tac

Seattle hasn’t only outgrown its 1970s parochialism—it’s also outgrown its city limits and evolved into a bona fide metropolitan region.

03/04/2016 By Josh Feit

Snap Judgment

Should Marijuana Delivery Be Regulated?

With pot delivery operating in a gray area of the law, recent calls for regulation from the mayor’s office have spurred discussion about the future of this still-budding industry. Shut it down or roll it out?

03/02/2016 By Scott Johnson


Why Some Seattle Restaurants Are Doing Away with Tipping

To tip or not to tip—is it really a question? The custom is so ingrained in restaurant goers that many of us will typically add at least 20 percent to the bill even if our server forgot that second drink. But its days are numbered.

03/02/2016 By Matthew Halverson

Power Lines

Lorena González Has an Agenda of Her Own

Both the left and right want to claim the new city council member as their own. Boy, are they in for a surprise.

03/01/2016 By Josh Feit

Questions Answered

Jessica Finn Coven Wants to Save Us from Ourselves

The director of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment has no patience for climate change deniers.

03/01/2016 By Jessica Voelker

Back Fence

Here's How to Vote, Kid

A mom writes her daughter on the occasion of her first election.

03/01/2016 By Kathryn Robinson


No, We Shouldn’t Kill Daylight Saving Time

Even though it's objectively awful.

02/29/2016 By Matthew Halverson

The Sporting Life

An Open Letter to Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid

It’s put-up-or-shut-up time.

02/29/2016 By André Mora

Quote Unquote

S. Leigh Savidge Has a Death Wish

One of the writers behind ‘Straight Outta Compton’ dishes on Hollywood and hip-hop.

02/26/2016 By Matthew Halverson

2006 – 2016

A Decade of Covers

Since March 2006, Seattle Met has appeared on newsstands—and in subscriber mailboxes—all over the city and the region. Here, to commemorate the magazine’s 10-year anniversary, are all 124 covers.

02/22/2016 By Seattle Met Staff

Style & Shopping

The Decade in Fashion

Seattle Style Is Global

The decade has seen a spike in opportunities and a citywide brain trust—extending from tech to food and aerospace to sustainability—draw newcomers with good outfits and great bank accounts.

03/04/2016 By Laura Cassidy

Travel & Outdoors

Get Out of Town

Northwest Travel Destinations, Spring 2016

Where, why, and how to take a spring vacation.

02/29/2016 By Allison Williams