Through deeply reported stories, stirring critiques, and insightful interviews, Seattle Weekly connects its readers to the doers, thinkers, businesses, and entertainers that shape this city and give it life. And we connect our readers to each other by acting as a platform for robust debates about the most important political, business and cultural stories of the moment. But we do more than host those debates. We aim to shape them through dogged reporting and artful storytelling that speaks to an independent, thoughtful readership. We report on those Seattleites in the centers of power with a particular focus on the distance between what they say and what they do. We listen to the concerns of residents in the midst of the often exciting and sometimes unnerving transformations at play in the city. And we give voice to our neighbors on the margins, lifting up their stories for the powerful to hear. We also poke fun at the absurdities that confound us, celebrate the art and music that moves us, explore the astounding natural world that surrounds us, and revel in the food and drink that fills us up. Seattle is a vibrant and complex city with a deep history and a bright future. Seattle Weekly’s readers are able to see both clearly, carrying with them an understanding of this place that is fully informed and entirely their own. For while others might be satisfied to tell their readers what to think, we believe this city is better off if we strive to tell the stories that will simply make you think.