Keith Livingston

Expediting projects to move city out of status quo slump

Weyerhaeuser has been gone for four years and new development is necessary. However, we may have become an impediment to accepting our potential.

 

Embracing arts can recharge the city

Support for local arts organizations should be community’s core value.

 

Changing our behavior to buy local first

Keeping 68 cents of every dollar you spend local has a positive impact on our community.

 

Fact, fiction and Federal Way

Elected officials focusing primarily on the downtrodden may shortchange our opportunity to invest in needs and wants desired by next generation middle-class families.

Keith Livingston is a Federal Way resident.

Federal Way and the American dream

Since incorporation, this city has worked to realign its foundation, but at present it is mostly a blank slate that gives us an opportunity to rewrite the community’s future.

Keith Livingston is a Federal Way resident.

Federal Way’s canary moment

City is in survival mode with various challenges, including homelessness, multifamily housing density and more.

Federal Way is a visual arts desert

If this city wants to improve its image, don’t check the “we got it partially done box, complete the project properly and in a way that people see and feel the pride.

Misplaced push for city to build homeless shelter

It is easy to lay blame at the feet of our local officials for not doing enough.

Upstream causes rarely get addressed

A positive identity for this city requires all of us to work to become a destination city.

Poverty zombies taking root in Federal Way

Many of our leaders have promoted Federal Way as a middle-class oasis on the way up.

Expectations for Federal Way in upcoming legislative session

It is vital that we understand what our legislators will try to achieve on our behalf.

Holiday season presents Centerstage fumble

Federal Way instantly loses significant cultural ground if lights go dark on Centerstage.

What role will you play in city’s drama?

If Federal Way is going to become a premier city we need to choose our roles carefully.

Detecting lies and distortion during the election

You — the voter — cannot hold politicians accountable if you accept the lies.

Federal Way has become an economic ugly duckling

Can this city fill its vacant office buildings and attract a few high-end anchor corporations to re-establish a solid middle-class core?

What is your Federal Way story?

Calling all curmudgeons in Federal Way and beyond to take a good look at yourself. All I am asking is that you look in a… Continue reading

Livingston: Do we live up to our nation’s lofty goals?

As we celebrated this country’s 242nd Independence Day this past July 4, we banded together for one day as a nation to revel in what… Continue reading

Evaluating elected officials

My first reaction is to be flattered when someone asks for my opinion, but what is the right response when a City Council member asks… Continue reading

Livingston: King County faces crossroads for waste disposal

County is dealing with the expected closure of its Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in 10 to 12 years.

Livingston: Will Federal Way residents accept any change?

How tall is too tall? Another way of framing the question: What is the acceptable density for construction of combined retail multifamily units and business… Continue reading