As we do every year, Seattle Weekly asked you, our readers, to tell us what you like for this, our annual Best of Seattle issue. What’s different this year is that we decided to let your votes determine the subjects of the stories in the pages that follow. Instead of picking their own favorites, our writers took their cues from you. There was risk in embracing this kind of populism, sure, but we decided to trust you. And after more than 60,000 votes, you came through. In the pages that follow, you’ll read about the places, people, and businesses that truly are among the best this city has to offer. If you disagree—well, there’s always next year.