November 2016


50 Things Seattle Gave the World

Looking back on 50 years of Seattle magazine (an evolution that started with Pacific Search, see “The 50-year Evolution of Seattle Magazine“) can be humbling. Amazing inventions, people and ideas have come from the Emerald City. Sure, we have problems to solve. But with many of the best minds in the city charting our future path, there’s plenty of…


Methow Valley Meets Vermont in This AIA Home of Distinction

Architect David Coleman’s “Hill House” perches on a narrow, rocky ridge line above Winthrop. The 1,100-square-foot house is flanked by gabion stone walls, made from the spoils of the site excavation, creating a bridge between building and landscape


Office Space, Reimagined: An 80 Square Foot Work Space Doubles as Family Room

Cutler’s wife Beth sits at the built-in drafting desk, ensconced among the trees


Vashon Island’s Tiniest House Is Big in Spirit

Brenna and Jean-David Larson read to daughters Aurelie (left) and Eloise in the meditation pavilion designed by Bosworth Hoedemaker behind their Vashon Island home.


Meet the YIMBYs, Seattleites in Support of Housing Density

A new movement is saying yes to urban density in all its forms

Ballard homeowner Sara Maxana (with daughter Nani) identifies as a YIMBY, and supports more housing density, including in single-family areas


Twin Peaks Meets Steam Punk in this Cozy Snoqualmie Cabin

An artists' retreat near Snoqualmie Pass offers an unexpected take on cabin decor

A 19th century cast iron daybed, porcelain Staffordshire bull terriers and vintage typewriter create a Victorian feel for the drawing room of this cabin near Snoqualmie Pass


Sculptural Staircases a Step up From Ordinary

Two Seattle design groups craft staircases that stand alone as works of art

Gauge Design Group creates staircases with a sculptural quality, including this three-story one in a West Seattle home featuring rift-sawn, white oak paneled soffit


Validated, a New App, Gets You Around the City for Free

Like many Seattleites, Tov Arneson enjoys the growing riches of restaurants and shops the city offers. But he found that the cost of getting to these spots—in parking fees or via a rideshare service—was becoming a challenge. That’s when he and his friend Ian Lyman came up with an idea: Why not let businesses buy…


Seattle’s Future World: Our Crystal Ball Predictions, Part 3

Trying to predict the future is humbling—but even when we know we’ll probably be wildly wrong, it’s fodder for good conversation

Click here for Seattle’s Future World: Our Crystal Ball Predictions, Part 2 The Melting of the Seattle FreezeIn 30 years, the climate will be a little nicer and the Seattle Freeze will have melted. All that will be left of our purported Nordic lack of camaraderie will be a few puddles of aloofness and a spattering…


Seattle’s Future World: Our Crystal Ball Predictions, Part 2

Trying to predict the future is humbling—but even when we know we’ll probably be wildly wrong, it’s fodder for good conversation

Click here for Seattle’s Future World: Our Crystal Ball Predictions, Part 1 Policing the City Acknowledging the potential game-changing repercussions of even a single unanticipated variable (say a cataclysmic act of terrorism, or “The Big One” in the Cascadia subduction zone), I hazard this guess of what the Seattle Police Department will look like in 25…


Seattle’s Future World: Our Crystal Ball Predictions, Part 1

Trying to predict the future is humbling, but even when we know we'll probably be wildly wrong, it's fodder for good conversation

Had I been making predictions about the future back in the 1960s, I would have been wildly wrong. Monorails aren’t whisking us everywhere.  Flying cars haven’t made freeways obsolete.  The Kingdome didn’t outlast us all. Supersonic jets never caught on—in fact, not building them helped plunge Seattle into a deep recession. People who did bet on…


Tacos Beyond the Truck

Sam Choy’s double layered taco with tuna poke, edamame hummus, spicy aioli and roe: addictive yet guilt-free

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The Pursuit of Nobility: Interview with Lenny Wilkens

One of Seattle’s greatest sports icons eyes return of NBA

On a recent edition of three-time Emmy-award winning sports TV talk show “Pardon The Interruption,” cohost Michael Wilbon heaped lavish praise on NBA legend and Seattle icon Lenny Wilkens in celebration of his 85th birthday.  Wilbon noted that he’s a “basketball Hall of Famer three times over” [as a player, coach and assistant coach of…

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New auditorium, better BMX track and a greener Seattle

Casket Case Bellevue company’s product featured in Taylor Swift video Social media absolutely lost it after a casket manufactured by Bellevue-based Titan Casket was featured in American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift’s recent “Anti-Hero” music video. Tweets and Instagram posts from Swift’s fans about the casket have generated tens of thousands of likes and retweets, resulting in…