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It’s in the P-I: WSU Look at Seattle’s Ecotopia

The Seattle P-I’s Strange Bedfellows blog has a fun take on a new book by WSU historian Jeffrey Craig Sanders. Quothe the lede:

“Seattle business interests battling Greens and neighborhood groups over a downtown development project. No, this isn’t a story about the tunnel replacement for the Alaskan Way Viaduct. In Seattle & the Roots of Urban Sustainability: Inventing Ecotopia, historian Jeffrey Craig Sanders examines the creation of Emerald City fault lines that continue to dominate local political debates.”

Andrew E. Larsen/papalar photo courtesy of Flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/papalars/

Calling the book “a good primer on how our city’s complex politics came to be,” the blog highlights how Sanders sees a recurring cast of characters in many of Seattle’s development disputes.

“Some of the protagonists in the Commons fight are still active in the tunnel controversy. Sanders writes about Frank Chopp, who, prior to becoming the ultra powerful speaker of the state House of Representatives, was a vocal neighborhood activist who once built a geodesic dome in a rented parking space and railed against poor people being pushed out by gentrification. John Fox of the Seattle Displacement Coalition also makes an appearance.”

Read more here.

And kudos to the P-I for soldiering on in its second year of a purely digital life. Kara Swisher’s BoomTown says the “paper”–sorry, old habits die hard–is drawing 4 million unique visitors a month. A spokesman reports profitability is around the corner.