Gray Matters

November 20, 2014 10:50 PM
Knute Berger predicts big expectations—and bigger worries—for 2015
July 17, 2014 11:03 PM
In his poem “Bubbs Creek Haircut,” Beat poet Gary Snyder drew on impressions from a trip through Seattle in the mid-1950s: Seattle has the...
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June 9, 2014 11:34 PM
Poor Bertha, she deserved better. Bertha Knight Landes, that is. She was Seattle’s first and only woman mayor. In fact, she was the first...
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April 15, 2014 11:06 PM
I’m old enough to remember when Seattle was the end of the road. When I was young, Seattle seemed like a city walled off from the east by...
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March 12, 2014 11:06 PM
A little more than a year ago, my son, Gus, returned from 10 years in the desert. He went off to college in Albuquerque, worked for...
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February 13, 2014 1:00 AM
When I tell people I live in Madison Park, I frequently have the urge to qualify it by saying something like, “I’m doing my best to bring...
January 20, 2014 6:42 PM
Drivers complain about reckless cyclists and bristle at the idea of having to share the roads. Increasingly, attention is being paid to the...
December 17, 2013 7:22 PM
Seattle should start the new year by looking back in order to look forward. One hundred and fifty years ago, our sawmill town on Elliott...
November 12, 2013 7:50 PM
Dear Mayor Murray,I hate to-do lists—my mother was always thrusting them in my teenage face—but that doesn’t mean I can’t make myself...
October 21, 2013 8:10 PM
It's become kind of a healing ritual. With the arrival of fall, my wife and I head out to say hello to a national park. Last year, it was...
September 10, 2013 6:16 PM
Seattle is widely considered an inventive city. We rank 13th in the world when it comes to “patent intensity,” the ratio of patent...
August 13, 2013 8:46 PM
This month, Gray Matters takes up the subject of gray areas. Seattle is a tidy city for the most part, without the huge slums and decay of...
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July 2, 2013 10:08 PM
Bertha the underground tunnel-boring machine began her slow march under Seattle this summer. She’s been a long time coming. The Nisqually...
June 4, 2013 5:59 PM
This year’s mayor’s race has attracted a large group of challengers; at least eight candidates want to replace Mayor Mike McGinn, who is...
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June 2, 2013 7:59 PM
1. Avoid artisanal ice cream.It’s a challenge to keep the taste buds of the creative class from getting bored. Seattle ice cream makers...
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April 22, 2013 5:50 PM
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