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What’s the best neighborhood for you? To help you navigate Seattle’s real estate market, we scoped out the deals and hot spots in and out of the city, the folks shaping our communities, and changes the coming years will bring. And we got the low-down on your current (and future) neighbors—from their pets to their politics to the cars they drive. Next, a Lynnwood woman struggles with the urban development of her diverse, cosmopolitan community incubating among affordable ramblers, modest shopping strips, and remnant forests. Tess Gallagher, the widow of acclaimed Northwest writer Raymond Carver, draws fire from the New York publishing establishment for her plans to publish early drafts of her late husband’s beloved short stories. Plus: Outdoor Dining Guide; a trip to Spokane (yes, that Spokane); and a chat with the radio censorship guru himself, Dr. Demento.

A Note from the Editor

Our Neighborhoods, Ourselves

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Mail from the Metro

Letters to Seattle Met

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Fly Boy Toys

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Rent Your Bod

The latest hedge against recession: the human guinea pig biz.

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Screen Test Tube

Two hundred and forty words about Amy Walker’s two and a half minutes of fame.

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Us vs. The Volcano

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PASSING THROUGH

Listen to this man—Or we kill a puppy

Dr. Demento’s reign of syndicated radio terror started in Seattle.

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World-Class Gifts

Go exotic, go quixotic, go all-the-rage, or go fair-trade, just be sure you go to these five globally sourced gift shops next time you’re feeling generous.

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Petal Pushers

It's May Day every day, as new flower-power patterns blossom around town.

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Style Counsel

Top Model

Questions for Terri Morgan, founder and director TCM Models and Talent.

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ALTERNATIVE HOUSING

Common Ground

Cohousing projects bring residents together, brisk resales.

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Mr. Green Beans

How Seattle and the shock of slave labor gave birth to Theo Chocolate.

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Sawa’s Deliverance

Japanese midwives delivered thousands of Seattle’s babies. The authorities respected their work but locked them up anyway.

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Lay Down Tracks (or) Boost the Buses?

Trolley backers claim more streetcars will convert transit haters and spur development. But buses are cheaper, and Seattleites are already flocking to them.

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A Not-So-Motley Crew

The daughter of champions learns to row her own race.

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Where to Live Now

95 Neighborhoods by the Numbers

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Suburban Like Me

A child of the suburbs finds herself priced out of posh Seattle and lands in lowly Lynnwood—expecting the same sort of white-bread wasteland she left behind.

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Regarding Tess

When Tess Gallagher, the widow of acclaimed Northwest writer Raymond Carver, planned to publish early drafts of her late husband’s beloved short stories, the outcry from the New York publishing establishment was loud and rancorous. What was she thinking?

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Seattle Alfresco

45 ways to hit the deck—and the dock, the courtyard, and the sidewalk just in time for outdoor dining season.

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The Fourth Best City in the Northwest

This ain’t your granddad’s Spokane.

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Shrimping in the Hood

Spot shrimping in Hood Canal isn’t glamorous, but there’s nothing like trapping your own dinner.

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The House Next Door

When a Capitol Hill family needed room to grow, they didn’t look far. 

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Gardening

The Bee’s Knees

Attracting pollinators to your garden bears fruit come fall.

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Taste of Their Own Medicine

Erstwhile pharmacists mix it up in Walla Walla’s vineyards. 

INTRODUCING…

Slim’s Last Chance Chili Shack

Neighborhood Hot Spot

Zayda Buddy’s Pizza and Bar

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Time and Time Again