Keith Livingston

Fickle finger of fate has descended on Federal Way

Fickle finger of fate has descended on Federal Way

Having a strong local government is a benefit to all of us in a crisis.

 

Federal Way trapped in a ‘Catch 22’

Federal Way trapped in a ‘Catch 22’

We are mediocre in a region that is rapidly becoming global, educated and economically relevant. We have a mountain to climb.

 

Exploring Federal Way as a new frontier

Exploring Federal Way as a new frontier

Overcoming Federal Way’s general apathy toward exploring itself as a new frontier is essential for shedding the effects of being a hollowed-out corporate company town.

 

Federal Way’s flat earth thinkers

Federal Way’s flat earth thinkers

‘Save the Campus’ and Initiative 19-001 poverty crusaders don’t have a clear understanding of their impact.

Federal Way’s flat earth thinkers
’Twas the time before Christmas in Federal Way

’Twas the time before Christmas in Federal Way

“For us to regain prosperity … an improved retail sector would be nice, and we must keep traffic moving and crime heading toward Fife.”

’Twas the time before Christmas in Federal Way
Expediting projects to move city out of status quo slump

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.

Expediting projects to move city out of status quo slump
Embracing arts can recharge the city

Embracing arts can recharge the city

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

Embracing arts can recharge the city
Changing our behavior to buy local first

Changing our behavior to buy local first

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

Changing our behavior to buy local first
Fact, fiction and Federal Way

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.

Fact, fiction and Federal Way
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

Federal Way’s canary moment

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

Federal Way’s canary moment
Federal Way is a visual arts desert

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.

Federal Way is a visual arts desert
Misplaced push for city to build homeless shelter

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.

Misplaced push for city to build homeless shelter
Upstream causes rarely get addressed

Upstream causes rarely get addressed

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

Upstream causes rarely get addressed
Poverty zombies taking root in Federal Way

Poverty zombies taking root in Federal Way

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

Poverty zombies taking root in Federal Way
Expectations for Federal Way in upcoming legislative session

Expectations for Federal Way in upcoming legislative session

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

Expectations for Federal Way in upcoming legislative session
Holiday season presents Centerstage fumble

Holiday season presents Centerstage fumble

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

Holiday season presents Centerstage fumble
What role will you play in city’s drama?

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.

What role will you play in city’s drama?
Detecting lies and distortion during the election

Detecting lies and distortion during the election

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

Detecting lies and distortion during the election
Federal Way has become an economic ugly duckling

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?

Federal Way has become an economic ugly duckling