Community

How to flip top-down budgeting: A Q&A with Shaquan Smith

Shaquan Smith knows a thing or two about community engagement. Growing up in Flint, Mich., Shaquan moved to Seattle earlier this year from Detroit, where he worked to educate low-income residents about energy efficiency and build neighborhood resiliency. In April, he joined the city’s Department of Neighborhoods and coordinate its Your Voice, Your Choice participatory […]

/ September 25, 2019


Meet the man behind Seattle’s Somali news source

Runta means “the truth,” in Somali. It’s also the name of a Seattle-based news website, founded by longtime journalist and Somali refugee Mohamud Yussuf. Mohamud started the paper while he was living as a refugee in Nairobi, Kenya, back in 1995. He moved to Seattle a year later, and decided to restart Runta in 2001 […]

/ September 6, 2019


What will Seattle’s new waterfront look like?

Have you been down to the central waterfront recently? Amid the traffic, tourists, and bulldozers the viaduct is steadily disappearing. With all that action, it’s easy to miss the new elements that are taking shape at the waterfront. If you listen hard, you can almost hear the waves lapping at the Washington Street Beach, or […]

/ August 16, 2019


How to get out on the water in Seattle

(📸: Mfranck/Wikimedia Commons) Seattle is an isthmus wedged between two large bodies of water: Puget Sound and Lake Washington. All that water means there is no shortage of places to launch a kayak, standup paddleboard (SUP), or 9-foot-high unicorn floatie. But what if you don’t have a boat or board in your personal possession? No […]

/ July 18, 2019


Q&A with our new local director, Caitlin Moran

(📷: Jordan Lyon) Big news, folks: The Evergrey has a brand new director, and it’s our very own Caitlin Moran.  Basically, y’all couldn’t be in better hands. Caitlin’s been leading our storytelling for a couple months now, answering your burning neighborhood q’s, sparking big convos on everything from birthday destinations to the signs of spring, […]

/ July 8, 2019


Why supporting working moms is key to fixing the pay gap

Nancy Jensen on stage at Ignite Seattle on June 6. (📷: Randy Stewart) Nancy Jensen was on track to reach a high-level position at Microsoft when she took time off to care for her two young children. Getting back into the working world wasn’t easy. “When it was time to go back to work, despite […]

/ June 12, 2019


Gardening where the high rises grow

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining (sometimes), and JoJo Tran wants you to fall in love. Spring is the perfect time to begin a new romance…with your garden. JoJo has been planting and harvesting vegetables as a community gardener in Seattle’s Cascade P-Patch for 20 years. He’s seen plenty of changes in the […]

/ May 7, 2019


Bothell’s queen and king of fresh produce

Bothell’s queen and king of fresh produceWord on the street: You can find fresh produce in the "armpit of Bothell."Posted by The Evergrey on Thursday, April 18, 2019Karin Poage humbly submits that a freshly baked russet potato is “sublime.” She would know. Karin — and her husband Stuart — own and operate the Yakima Fruit Market and […]

/ April 29, 2019


Want to join your local P-Patch? Here are 5 tips to get started

Green thumbs aren’t born; they’re made. (📸: Eric Keto) Always wanted to start a garden, but don’t have the yard space at home to give it a try? The city’s P-Patch community gardening program is here to help. What’s a P-Patch you ask? The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods manages 89 community gardens across the city, […]

/ April 22, 2019


A trip to the farm — in the heart of Bellevue?

THE LOCATION: Kelsey Creek Farm, Bellevue THE PERSON: Annamarie Solomonson, Kelsey Creek Farm Supervisor THE STORY: Bellevue has some pretty neat city parks, but there’s only one where you can watch a sheep being sheared, learn to ride a horse, and meet a 750 pound hog. Kelsey Creek Farm opened to the public in 1972 […]

/ April 15, 2019