News & City Life

Tally the Votes

The Historic Election Results of 1972

A third north-south highway, the Seattle Aquarium at Golden Gardens, and electric-powered streetcars were all on the ballot 50 years ago.

03/07/2022 Illustrations by Jordan Kay By Angela Cabotaje

Now Playing

Why KEXP Is Still Seattle's Indie Radio Station

Looking back at 50 years on the airwaves, 90.3FM can afford to stay weird.

03/07/2022 By Sophie Grossman Illustrations by Jordan Kay

Occupy Beacon Hill

The Origins of El Centro de la Raza

A peaceful takeover of a vacant schoolhouse in Beacon Hill once rocked the city—and inspired future racial justice fights like CHOP decades later.

03/07/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Groovy, Baby

1972: The Audacious Year That Changed Seattle

Occupied protests, consequential votes, the birth of KEXP—a legacy created 50 years ago still lingers today.

03/07/2022 By Angela Cabotaje, Benjamin Cassidy, and Sophie Grossman Illustrations by Jordan Kay

News Wire

University of Washington Students Can Graduate In Person Again

At campuses in Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell, the institution will hold in-real-life ceremonies for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.

03/03/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Quote Unquote

Amelia Bonow Fights for Abortion Rights with Pills

With the Supreme Court indicating it may reverse Roe v. Wade, one Seattle activist thinks medication by mail can secure women's bodily autonomy.

03/03/2022 By Allison Williams

Obsession

Why Is Seattle So Obsessed with Sunset Time?

Googling "when does the sun set in Seattle today"? You're not alone.

03/01/2022 By Zoe Sayler

News Wire

Until Further Notice, Seattle’s Colors Are Blue and Yellow

From rally flags to Sounders shirts to Space Needle lighting, support for Ukraine was everywhere this past weekend.

02/28/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

This Month in Seattle Tech

The Strange Saga of the KUOW Radio Glitch in Mazdas

Also in Seattle tech news: Amazon gives corporate workers raises and Microsoft and Expedia push for workers to return to the office.

02/25/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Profile

The Scientific Methods of J. Kenji López-Alt

In and out of his Seattle home kitchen, The Food Lab author interrogates the chemistry of smash burgers and probes the elements of wok cooking.

02/24/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Explainer

What’s Up with the Giant Hole across from Seattle City Hall?

In this developer-happy city, a prime patch of downtown Seattle real estate where the Public Safety Building used to sit has been vacant for a long time.

02/24/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy Illustrations by Jacopo Rosati

ICYMI

Lego Trafficking at Pike Place Market and Other Odd Seattle News

A Nobel Prize medal is auctioned off, while the Xbox mini fridge and signs declaring the end of the internet highlight a weird past few months.

02/23/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Currents

Seattle's Psychedelic Revolution Has Arrived

The decriminalization of psilocybin, as well as increased interest in treating mental illness with psychedelics, means shrooms may be here to stay.

02/22/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Stay in Your Lane

Ticketing Traffic Cameras Are Set to Go Live in Seattle

How bad is the driving in Seattle? Depends who you ask. But the city is about to make obstructing a crosswalk, intersection, or bus lane more expensive.

02/21/2022 By Malia Alexander

Coronavirus Chronicles

Washington's About to Enter the "Live with It" Stage of the Pandemic

Officials signed off on the end of vaccine verifications and the indoor mask mandate this week, citing declining case counts and more test availability.

02/18/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Inspo

Justice G. Helen Whitener Builds Her Case in Our Supreme Court

The judge was floated on a few long lists to replace justice Stephen Breyer on that other Supreme Court, some citing her legal advocacy for LGBTQ rights.

02/17/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Group Chat

How Progressive Is Seattle?

An extra-long 2021 election season gave us more time to weigh which side of the left we’re really on.

02/15/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Tax Break

So, What Happened to Washington’s Long-Term Care Tax?

Governor Jay Inslee has signed a pair of bills to delay and amend the collection of funds for the new state program.

02/14/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

SHADE INDEX

9 People You Meet While Dating in Seattle

Nine people singles are likely to meet in Seattle’s frigid dating scene, from the rock climber to the Amazon employee.

02/14/2022 By Zoe Sayler

Coronavirus Chronicles

Washington's Mask Debate Heats Up

State schools superintendent Chris Reykdal's comments about lifting the indoor mandate foreshadow a broader conflict about masking in Washington.

02/10/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy