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How Eighth Generation is helping Native art thrive in Seattle

In a little over a decade, Louie Gong went from designing sneakers to overseeing one of the country’s fastest-growing Native companies. Now he’s focused on scaling up and giving back. (📷: Eighth Generation) In just a few short years, Louie Gong has completely shaken up the world of indigenous art in Seattle.  When his company, […]

/ December 21, 2019


The unspoken rules of Seattle

(📷: Jeff Gunn/Flickr)   As citizens of Seattle, there are a lot of laws we are supposed to follow. But what if there was a completely separate list of rules that all Seattleites should know about — and what if they weren’t actually written down anywhere? Sounds crazy, but our Facebook friends came up with plenty of unspoken rules […]

/ December 12, 2019


How to help our homeless neighbors in Seattle

The Nickelsville tiny house village is visible in this view of Seattle’s skyline. (📷: David Lee/Flickr) Every night in Seattle, roughly 5,000 people sleep on the streets, in tents, or in their vehicles. That means most of us see signs of homelessness every day. But figuring out how to process what we see — and […]

/ November 27, 2019


What other cities are getting right when it comes to fixing homelessness

The Salt Lake City skyline (📷: Flickr) Chronic homelessness is an issue affecting major cities from coast to coast. So it’s understandable that one of the first questions that comes to mind when many Seattleites think about homelessness is, “What have other states done successfully that we aren’t doing to fix this problem?” Kelly Gardner […]

/ November 14, 2019


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