There’s a reason North Seattle is so white. It has a long history of housing discrimination — including “redlining,” a policy that barred black Seattleites from owning properties and businesses in certain parts of the city. Another problem: Whether you’re renting or buying, housing — especially in North Seattle and West Seattle — is expensive. How do we bust out of these discriminatory patterns? Some advocates think that building multi-family homes in traditionally single-family neighborhoods will help. (The Seattle Times)
Speaking of making your neighborhood better… You can volunteer to be on your neighborhood’s design review board. What are those, exactly? They’re seven boards across the city that give input on developers’ construction plans for buildings in the neighborhood. Interested? Apply by December 15. (Curbed Seattle)
Time to dust off those skis. Check out this photo of the first snow at Stevens Pass. There could be up to a full foot of powder today. Go hit those slopes. (KING 5)
Do you even lift, bro? Fun fact: You live in the same city as 63-year-old Alma Kimura, the winner of the 2016 International Powerlifting Federation World Masters Championship. 😮 During the competition, Alma set a two world records, one of which was for squatting the equivalent of a baby elephant. She still lifts at Seattle Strength and Power downtown. We don’t recommend challenging her to an arm-wrestling match. (KUOW)
Hello, northern neighbors. Sorry for grumping on you, California. FYI Gene Balk crunched the numbers, and it turns out that Alaskans are moving here at a higher rate than anyone else. And more than three times faster than Golden Staters. 👏 (The Seattle Times)
Lose your ballot? Pro tip: You can print out a replacement from King County Elections and pop it in your neighborhood ballot box.