City Life

Food Fight. The “Long-Lasting Effect” of the Pandemic.

Food banks seek help as inflation soars

As a political junkie closely attuned to current events, Rainier Valley Food Bank CEO Gloria Hatcher-Mays could see it coming. When the pandemic began to abate and inflation took hold, she knew that steep spikes in food costs would have a “long-lasting” effect on those who depended on the food bank for basic necessities. Grocery…

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Headed for Tomorrow. Future Seattle May Look Very Different.

No parking downtown. Office buildings repurposed for affordable housing. The Seattle of the future will look very different. Here’s why that’s a good thing.

Years before they became coprincipals at Seattle’s Spectrum Development, Jake McKinstry and Gabe Grant got a clear glimpse of Seattle’s future. McKinstry’s education came courtesy of a three-year stint as a member of Seattle’s Planning Commission. He became keenly aware of the city’s considerable challenges around zoning, transportation and urban density. Grant spent his time…

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Fave Five

Get out and discover what’s happening

The new Great Jones Gallery in Capitol Hill

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Book Excerpt: ‘Inventor, Bootlegger, Psychedelic Pioneer’

Brad Holden’s second book brings to life one of Seattle’s most colorful characters

Al Hubbard was a “charlatan, bootlegger, radio pioneer, top-secret spy, uranium entrepreneur and billionaire,” according to HistoryLink.org. Naturally, Brad Holden became fascinated with him. Holden, perhaps Seattle’s most famed amateur historian and “finder of things” (you can read about his colorful collection of artifacts in the May-June issue of Seattle magazine), has written a book that…

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Seattle Magazine Essentials: Smoothies, Wine and an App for the Outdoors

Check out a collection of local finds.

Picture Perfect Check out Scenic Thurston County If you’re seeking influencer status on your social media channels or merely want to shake things up, consider Thurston County. Yes, you read that right. Locals have suggested numerous lesser-known photogenic spots featuring the waterfront, nature and wildlife, architecture and buildings, and murals as ideal places to snap that perfect,…

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Editor’s Note: A Gang of Green

Sustainable building and adaptive reuse increasingly dominate Seattle’s building landscape

Though Climate Pledge Arena generates most of the headlines, the real push to combat climate change in Seattle is nestled into neighborhoods across the city. This issue alone contains no fewer than four stories detailing the efforts by neighborhood advocates and developers around either sustainable building or adaptive reuse, roughly defined as repurposing old buildings for the…

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Pioneer Square’s Wave of Development

The district strikes a delicate balance.

Pictured fourth, Lisa Howard, executive director of the Alliance for Pioneer Square; Pictured fifth, ane Richlovsky, a building owner, artist, resident and landlord; Pictured Sixth, Tija Petrovich, Pioneer Square activist

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Editor’s Note: Against Long Odds

Crystal Allenton survived domestic abuse and homelessness to earn two college degrees

Long before the pandemic, Crystal Allenton knew she needed to make some big decisions to change her life. Allenton now holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WGU Washington and teaches high school English, but there was a time when she was a single mother of three young children after fleeing an abusive husband. Homelessness and hunger were…

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Seattle Magazine Essentials: Wedding Rings, Canned Wine and Local Art

Check out a roundup of local hidden gems.

Photos are in order of stories.

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