Locals to Know

Our Tomorrow: Meet the photographer documenting resiliency in the CID

Keoke Silvano poses in front of the mural that started it all. (📷: @keokesilvanophotography) Sponsored by Civic Commons. Civic Commons did not provide editorial input. Let’s take action together Civic Commons is building belonging in our community and inspiring Seattleites to take action on our region’s biggest economic and social challenges. Join us.   Keoke […]

/ July 7, 2020


Our Tomorrow: Meet the Seattle chef who’s cooking up community for BLM

(📷: Scott Iverson) Sponsored by Civic Commons. Civic Commons did not provide editorial input. Let’s take action together Civic Commons is building belonging in our community and inspiring Seattleites to take action on our region’s biggest economic and social challenges. Join us.   When our state started shutting down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, tens of […]

/ June 30, 2020


Our Tomorrow: Meet the Seattle cyclist pedaling toward economic equity

(📷: Mark Hatcher / @1hatch1) Sponsored by Civic Commons. Civic Commons did not provide editorial input. Let’s take action together Civic Commons is building belonging in our community and inspiring Seattleites to take action on our region’s biggest economic and social challenges. Join us.   The mission behind Doc Wilson’s weekly Peace Peloton rides boils […]

/ June 23, 2020


Meet the Seattle woman trying to save the LGBTQ+ wedding industry

A scene from a wedding Cindy planned in pre-COVID times. (📷: Justin Barbin) Trying to get married during a pandemic is a challenge for just about everyone, and wedding vendors are no exception. Many of them get the bulk of their annual income from final payments that come through just a month or two before […]

/ May 14, 2020


The flower-powered community effort that’s supporting local Hmong farmers

Pa Cha, owner/farmer of New Garden, has been selling flowers at Pike Place Market for 28 years. (📷: Courtesy Tara Clark) It started with a makeshift flower stand on her Capitol Hill parking strip. On March 25, Tara Clark launched a grassroots effort to sell 50 dozen daffodils and tulips in support of the local […]

/ April 20, 2020


How community radio is amplifying the COVID-era needs of South Seattle

Tony Benton, right, speaks with Garry Owens at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in 2018. 📷: Courtesy Rainier Avenue Radio From the moment the first coronavirus death was reported in King County, local media outlets have been working around the clock to deliver pandemic updates and amplify public health guidelines. In South Seattle, […]

/ April 14, 2020


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


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


In the DJ booth at KEXP

Cheryl Waters never thought her volunteer gig would lead to a job, much less a 25-year career in live radio. Back in 1994, Cheryl was volunteering her Friday nights (Saturday mornings, technically) to work 1 to 6 a.m. in the DJ booth at KCMU. Twenty-five years later, the station is now called KEXP, and Cheryl […]

/ September 20, 2019


Got questions about the ferry? This captain has answers

Washington state has the largest ferry system in North America with 22 vessels in Puget Sound and 25 million riders per year. It’s up to Captain John McMillen to make sure tourists and regulars alike make the journey safely back and forth from Coleman Dock to Bainbridge Island. He’ll be the first to tell you: […]

/ September 6, 2019