Friday, September 21, 2018

Ben Crowther

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Ben is a Seattle area native, living with his husband downtown since 2013. He started in queer grassroots organizing in 2009 and quickly developed a love for all things political and wonky. When he’s not reading news articles, he can be found excitedly pointing out new buses or prime plots for redevelopment to his uninterested friends who really just want to get to dinner. Serving as the Policy and Legislative Affairs Director, Ben primarily writes about political issues.
Below are the results for the 2017 General Election for Washington State as of November 7th. The results are still early with some races having only about half of the votes counted so far. Endorsed candidates and positions on measures will have an (e) next to them. Incumbents will...
This is your semi-annual reminder to register to vote by October 9th to vote in the November 7th General Election. How Can I Register? Glad you asked! You can register online or by mail (print-outs available in 19 languages) by October 9th. Miss that deadline? Have no fear. You can register in-person at your...
Introduction With the goal of bridging the political divide and challenging my own assumptions, I sat down with Sarajane Siegfriedt (SS) and Jon Lisbin (JL) from Seattle Fair Growth, a group of neighborhood advocates who believe that the HALA grand bargain is "deteriorating" our city "from unrestrained development." Nonetheless, they are...
Introduction In an age of rising political polarization, it can be tough to find common ground with those whom we disagree. To break through the social and political divide, I have found it useful to ask a simple question: what do my opponents get right? An uncomfortable question, to be...
Tony Desnick, the Director for Development and New Projects with Nice Ride Minnesota, gives a compelling TED Talk about the ways biking can change you. "When you're on a bicycle, you see the world differently than if you're looking at it through a windshield. You can smell it, you can...
This is the second installment of a two-part interview with Dan Savage. Here, Dan gets into Seattle-specific issues around housing and transportation. Check out Part 1 of the interview here. I want to talk about Seattle. What does Seattle have to learn from other cities? Not to fear apartment blocks. When...
Below are the results for the 2017 Primary Election for Washington State as of August 1st. The results are still early with some races having only about half of the votes counted so far. Endorsed candidates and positions on measures will have an (e) next to them. Incumbents will...
A well-known pundit, sex columnist, LGBT activist, and Editorial Director of The Stranger, Dan Savage frequently writes about housing from an urbanist perspective. On a bright Saturday afternoon with the Capitol Hill Block Party in full-swing down the street, I sat down with Dan Savage to talk about urbanism. Our...