People

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


The keeper of UW’s 127-year-old telescope

LOCAL TO KNOW: Adriana Gomez-Buckley remembers the first time she got the chance to look through the University of Washington’s 127-year-old telescope. She first visited the Theodor Jacobsen Observatory the summer after she graduated high school., There, Gomez-Buckley met the head of UW’s Department of Astronomy and peered up into the starry abyss. Four years […]

/ April 15, 2019


Fish, With a Side of Ballard History

Pete Knutson is a 47-year commercial fisherman, a fourth-generation Ballardite, and a college professor. When he’s not up in Alaska catching salmon, you’ll find him down on the dock at Fishermen’s Terminal selling it.

/ March 27, 2019


Broadcasting live from Ballard’s Mox Boarding House

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Ballard THE PLACE: Mox Boarding House is a board game store and cafe founded in 2011 by two brothers. They have locations in Bellevue, Ballard and plan to open in Portland soon. Mox offers more than 600 games for people to play in the store. THE STORY: When you meet Michael Tessier, the […]

/ March 26, 2019


One fix to Seattle’s housing crisis: Modular housing

MEET THESE CHANGEMAKERS: Aaron Holm and Nelson Del Rio are co-CEOs of Blokable, Inc. WHAT THEY’RE DOING: It’s no secret that housing in Seattle (and across the U.S.) is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many.  And there have been more than a few possible solutions proposed locally – backyard cottages! Big affordable housing investments! Upzoning! This week’s […]

/ March 21, 2019


Meet the guy who runs Ballard’s boat elevator

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Ballard THE PERSON: Larry Meyer, lockmaster of the Ballard Locks THE STORY: What do you get when you combine a fish ladder, a botanical garden, and a bunch of boats? The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks – also known as the Ballard Locks. And you can find one person at the center of it […]

/ March 19, 2019


Becoming a Ballardite in three steps

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Ballard THE PERSON: It’s true that Ballard has changed a lot over the years, but there’s one person who has probably seen the neighborhood transform more than anyone. Louis Larsen was born in 1924 and grew up five blocks from downtown Ballard. You may remember that the neighborhood was its own city before […]

/ March 15, 2019


Karen Braitmayer is designing a more inclusive  Seattle

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Karen Braitmayer, architect and principal of Studio Pacifica WHAT SHE’S DOING: You may not know it, but Karen Braitmayer’s architectural consulting studio  has left its marks around town. You’ve probably encountered some of her work if you’ve ever been to the Space Needle renovation, the Central Library and the Pike Place MarketFront.  Braitmayer […]

/ March 6, 2019


Seattle’s Angela Stowell creates solutions to poverty with FareStart

Late last year, Angela Stowell left her post on top of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, one of Seattle’s most successful restaurant groups, to become CEO of another one. Her destination was FareStart, a nonprofit restaurant group that’s been helping disadvantaged Seattleites for 25 years by providing solutions to poverty. “I really wanted to find a way […]

/ March 5, 2019


Troy Heerwagen Wants to Help Fix Seattle’s Worst Intersections

Seattle has some pretty bad intersections. But we also have a pretty awesome guy who decided to do something about it.

/ February 12, 2019