The Seattle Department of Transportation wants to know. And they have a way you can find out: Download the Seattle Safest Drivers app. It runs in the background while you drive, keeping tabs on your speed, acceleration, braking, and, um, how often you check your texts and things. (Which should be never. Obviously.) Do well, and you can even win prizes.
How do our transit officials even begin to handle all the traffic madness in our city? Here’s one guy who knows about that — chief traffic engineer Dongho Chang. Skim this Seattle Times profile on his work and you’ll think twice before brushing off some inefficient feature of our grid as an easy fix. Helping hundreds of thousands of people move around a place isn’t an easy job, but somebody’s gotta do it.
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Here’s a test: Some Seattle schools enroll students whose families have a lot of money and time, and some enroll students with families who don’t have a lot of money and time. The first group can access a lot more resources, like parent teacher associations and fundraisers. So how do we make sure all our schools get the support they need? This story by Ashley Gross lays out a complicated problem in a simple way, and celebrates some smart thinking on how we can close this “PTA gap.” (KNKX)
The Seattle artists of the year. Eric Liu. Nikkita Oliver. Sherman Alexie. Porter Ray. We’ve got some serious talent in this city, and this short feature on nine local luminaries will catch you up quick. Honestly, though, you should click on this just for that awesome illustration. (CityArts)
We’re gonna need a new police chief. Our current chief, Kathleen O’Toole, says she’s leaving at the end of the year. She’s being doing the job since 2014, and “was often praised for whipping the department into shape,” writes Crosscut’s David Kroman. Kathleen’s deputy chief, Carmen Best, will take her place while Mayor Jenny Durkan does a nationwide search for a permanent replacement. Carmen will be the first black woman to ever lead our police department. (Crosscut)
What’s Seattle best neighborhood? Every December, Curbed Seattle runs the Curbed Cup — a winner-take-all bracket challenge to crown one of Seattle’s many neighborhoods the year’s champion. Columbia City, South Lake Union, Ballard, and Greenwood have taken home the prize. Who will win in 2017? Send in your nominations. (Curbed Seattle)
Smart like Bill. One of the two richest people in the world built his empire selling books (hey, Jeff Bezos), and the other keeps us all posted on the best books he’s read. Bill Gates’ latest list includes Evicted, a brilliant critique of evictions that gave him “a better sense of what it is like to be poor in this country than anything else I have read.” (GeekWire)
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🐶 Take your dog to this big howliday party (Pioneer Square)
✨ Visit the Green Lake Pathway of Lights (Green Lake)
🎹 Get music & comics at the DIY Holiday Fair (Queen Anne)
⭐️ Take the kids to the Star Wars Holiday 5k (Ravenna)
🎵 Pair great food with African rhythms (Central District)
Going to one of these? Send us a pic or tag #theevergrey! See more upcoming events (and submit your own) on our events page.
There’s going to be a lot of it this week, misting up your view. And this despite the fact that it’s going to be dry most days. Feeling weather nerdy? Here are the details.
Have a good one, all. — The Evergrey
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