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People who are from Seattle sometimes worry that people who are not from Seattle don’t get what it’s like to feel attached to the place. “How can transplants best respect the character of the city?” several of you wanted to ask. So we rounded up the answers from a group of Seattle natives and posted a video with their advice last week.
Some transplants were grateful for the tips:
“As a transplant to Seattle, I really appreciate this guidance. ‘Never be dismissive to things that may have an emotional tie to a native Seattleite.’”
— Shaya Lyon
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A local political commentator asked a good question:
“I’ve lived in Seattle longer than many natives have been alive. At what point is this transplant’s vision for city valid as @KnuteBerger’s?”
— David Goldstein (“You’re always valid, Goldy!” Knute answered.)
And one local comic considered the idea that Seattle natives have a bigger say in where this city’s going… and poked some fun at it:
“Henceforth I shall vet my civic hot takes through my young male heir, who suckled his first mother’s milk within view of Husky Stadium.”
— Brett Hamil
There are tricky issues even in the questions you all wanted to ask each other for our 10-week series native/transplant series. Let alone the answers, or the issues cropping up as our city grows faster than most of us can make sense of it.
But we hope the five videos — on earning local cred, the so-called “Seattle Freeze,” moving to Seattle, our crazy growth, and respecting the city’s character — have helped make your debates about Seattle’s boom a little more nuanced. No matter where you’re from.
“I am a native,” said Stephen on Twitter. “But this decade has changed my hometown so much I need to relearn it.”
Thanks to Seattle CityClub for sponsoring our series, and to everyone who asked questions, suggested answers, and otherwise made this project awesome. Onward. 🙌
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🎉 7/26: Commission for People with disAbilities 2017 Inclusion Jubilee
📻 7/26: ‘terrestrial’ Season One Wrap Party
🎨 7/27: Public tour of SoDo track murals
🍻 7/27: Red, White & Brew 2017
🍷 7/27-28: Tasting Flight
🤔 7/28: THEORY: Festival 2017
🚀 7/28: The Center of the Universe: An Insider’s Tour
🌈 7/29: Alki Beach Pride LGBTQ + Event
🏔 7/29: Outdoor Project’s Seattle Block Party
🎶 7/29: SEA The City launch social
🎽 7/29: Seafair Torchlight Run
🔦 7/29: Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade
🌿 7/29: Growing Culinary Herbs
🇮🇳 7/29-30: Ananda Mela – Joyful Festival of India
🇨🇺 7/29-30: Havana Nights 2017
🛣 7/30: Freeway Park Walking Tour
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AND IF YOU’RE INTO PODCASTS… 📣
The team behind KUOW’s new “terrestrial” podcast is meeting up with their subscribers in Fremont tonight. The show just wrapped its first season with half a million downloads’ worth of environmentally savvy conversations.
Also wrapping up a season is “The Other Washington,” a local policy issues podcast that features billionaire economist Nick Hanauer and other “political troublemakers” (including David Goldstein, who asked that good question we quoted above). Their latest episode? A pretty candid interview with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.
See y’all tomorrow. — The Evergrey