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Shaun Scott is a writer and historian. His work has appeared in Jacobin Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and The Establishment. His bi-weekly column, Faded Signs, which published in City Arts Magazine, is about popular culture in late capitalism. Scott is the author of the 2018 book “Millennials and the Moments That Made Us: A Cultural History of the U.S. from 1982-Present”. He is a member of Seattle Democratic Socialists of America.
The 1968 and 1970 Forward Thrust campaign was a slate of 13 ballot initiatives, put before voters in Seattle and King County to correct the harmful excesses of the area’s post-WWII, car-centric, consumer-focused rise. The heart of the Forward Thrust capital improvement projects—twelve funded by bond debt,...
The disappointment that urbanists feel about Seattle’s failure to obtain a subway system in 1968 (see part one and part two of the Forward Thrust series) reminds me of… professional sports: the aspirations and the disappointment; the recrimination and lost opportunities; the parsing over stats and precinct data for...
The Forward Thrust bond initiatives of 1968 and 1970 were a success because of their ambition. They were also failures because of their myopia. In this essay—the second installment of a four-part series I’m proud to have published here in The Urbanist—I want to take a look at...
In December 2017 I had the fortune to pen, in my capacity as a columnist for City Arts Magazine, a retrospective essay about the impact of the Forward Thrust ballot initiatives. I looked backwards to Forward Thrust because I thought history could provide political answers that the...