UW Engineering Students Take on Transit of the Future

Seattle to Portland in 15 minutes? UW engineering students may make it happen

Imagine traveling from Seattle to Portland in half the time it takes to get from downtown Seattle to Bellevue in rush-hour traffic. A University of Washington team of 35 engineering students is working to make this a reality with Hyperloop, a transit system that could zip Seattleites to Stumptown at up to 760 mph. In…


Band of the Week: Lincoln Barr

Singer/songwriter Lincoln Barr, of Red Jacket Mine


Band of the Week: Dude York

With so much happening in Seattle’s bustling music scene these days, how do you even know where to start? Allow the highly trained culture curators of to help with Band of the Week. This week, guitarist Peter Richards of indie rock trio Dude York takes a crack at our questions. His Hardly Art-signed group will…


Seattle’s Pot Shops Get Fancy

Pot stores aren't all equal, but they're doing all right

Vela’s sleek interior. Experts predict U.S. cannabis sales will reach $50 billion by 2026, close to wine’s $50.8 billion


15 Ways to Survive Seattle’s Winter

Curling up with a good book in front of a fire isn’t the only way to get through Seattle’s long, dark winter. That works too, but we’ve found plenty of other ways to brighten your days

It may be dark outside, but the Fairmont Olympic pool downtown offers a warm space to welcome the day


2016: The WTF Year in Review

#manintree perhaps best summarizes the overall WTF zeitgeist of 2016


Uniting Music Lovers and Makers Through Tech

Two websites that curate alternative shows create community and revenue for musicians

Seattle’s Stacey Mastrian sang at Carnegie Hall, the Vatican, and for GroupMuse, on a Queen Anne porch


Video: A Seattle Drag Queen’s Visit to the Pot Shop

This article originally appeared on The Fresh Toast.  Marijuana retail stores are among the most inclusive establishments you’ll visit in Seattle. If you have cash and an ID that shows you are 21 or older, you’re welcome to shop. As marijuana becomes more normalized in the Northwest, many cannabis curious consumers have questions. Mama Tits,…


In the Freezing Snow, the Yule Cat Roams, Waiting to Devour You

“He roamed at large, hungry and evil/In the freezing Yule snow/In every home/People shuddered at his name”


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…

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Publisher’s Note: The True Seattle Influencers

Forget social media. These are the real heroes.

In-flu-ence /ˈinflo͝oəns/. The power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways. An emanation of spiritual or moral force. An ethereal fluid held to flow from the stars and to affect the actions of humans. With all the attention on “influencers” on social media, I think we’ve lost the true meaning of…

Photography by Grant Hindsley

Every Car Has a Story: ‘I don’t own cars. They own me.’

Blake Siebe takes a most unusual approach to car collecting

There are two kinds of car collectors. The vast majority fit into a sort of “check box” mentality of acquiring cars anointed by others as collector worthy. In contrast, a rare category of car collectors, I might venture to say, are the true cognoscenti who discover vehicles that no one is yet appreciating. They relish in…