Where do you find pops of color on gloomy grey days? Whether it’s a funky neighborhood bar, an awesome cultural festival or a visit to the Seattle Art Museum — we want to see.
Snap a colorful pic and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #EvergreyChallenge. The more surprising and creative the pop, the better. We’ll share back your most vibrant pics next Friday and keep you all swimming in 🌈.
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)
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)
We want to thank reader Ruchika Tulshyan for catching something in the newsletter we wish we hadn’t written. We prefer to use the term “undocumented immigrants,” but yesterday we wrote “illegal immigrants” in a note about tensions in Burien, and we’re sorry we let that slip. It matters a lot to us that we do right by all the communities in our city. We love when you help keep us accountable, so never hesitate to let us know how we can do better.
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🍺 11/3: Brew Seattle
🎶 11/3: Playback Afterhours
🎨 11/4: Short Run Comix & Arts Festival
🛍 11/4: Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar
🌳 11/4: Green Seattle Day
🐟 11/5: Piper Creek’s Annual Salmon Watching
🏮 11/5: Tinkergarten Fall Lantern Walk
See more upcoming events (and submit your own) on our events page.
Yesterday we told you about “ghost signs” — those faded, painted signs on the sides of old Seattle buildings. A few of you sent us your favorites from around the city (thanks, Toby Miller, Timothy Ellis, Danny Ngan, and @n0rmd!) and we’re gathering them up here.
We also learned that the Chinatown-International District wants to preserve its historic collection of ghost signs. The neighborhood didn’t get the funding it recently applied for, but will be looking at other ways to keep the signs alive. Thanks to readers Apple Plotnick Janotta and Cynthia Brothers for the tip!
Have a good one, all. — The Evergrey