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Big thanks to Crosscut and KCTS 9 Executive Editor Greg Hanscom for inviting us to host a panel at #CrosscutFest!

HOW TO DEBATE WITHOUT LOSING YOUR COOL 🗨️

That image up top is our tip card from “We Disagree and That’s OK,” an interactive discussion we led over the weekend at Crosscut’s local politics festival. The day-long event brought together community, business, and social justice leaders for candid convos, and so we thought it was important to pass on some things we’ve learned about having difficult conversations.

Want our full guide for diving into divisive debates? Check out all of our tips here.

NOW HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY 🌲

Road rage. Get this: Everett, Seattle’s northern neighbor, has the worst traffic congestion in the whole dang country, according to a report from INRIX, a transportation data firm. As of 2016, folks commuting from Everett to Seattle via Interstate 5 needed a whopping 94 minutes to make the 24-mile trip. We hope those drivers have some interesting podcasts queued up because oof. (The Seattle Times)

Quite the double date. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are teaming up with singer Ciara, her husband, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and the Seattle Symphony for a big performance this spring. Proceeds will benefit the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Equity Fund, Ciara and Russell’s Why Not You Foundation, and the Seattle Symphony’s education programs, all of which advocate for youth equity and improved access to the arts. (Seattle Met)

‘Think twice before considering arboricide.’ Back in 2016, a group of nine West Seattle homeowners allegedly cut down 153 trees on a landslide-prone hillside in the Duwamish Head Greenbelt to improve views from their houses. After a second lawsuit was settled today, the homeowners have paid up $800,000 for their alleged crimes. “Saplings now adorn a hillside where the trees once stood, though it will be decades before our West Seattle greenbelt is truly restored,” Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold, who represents West Seattle, said in a statement. (Curbed Seattle)

Make those Valentine’s reservations, stat. Seattle’s a foodie paradise, but that bevy of options can make choosing a place to eat a bit of a head-scratcher. Luckily, Seattle Met rounded up some of our city’s best offerings, including Bar del Corso’s wood-fired pizzas, Monsoon’s Vietnamese comfort dishes, and Art of the Table’s “asparagus terrine so green that Kermit himself might offer a fist bump of solidarity.”

How would kids green up Seattle? KUOW invited a gaggle of young, talented artists to envision how they’d make our city more climate-friendly in the wake of our warming world. Some of our favorites: 11-year-old Hailey’s smog-cleaning robotic penguins and 7-year-old Anzara’s colorful “Renewable Clean Energy Neighborhood,” complete with solar panels and wind turbines.

HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP 📅

AROUND TOWN
TONIGHT

🗣  Ask how our neighborhoods are changing (Downtown)
🎈  Balance out your kids’ screen time (Phinney Ridge)
🌲  Smell all the flowers (Downtown)

TOMORROW

🍴  Doughnut it up on Fat Thursday (Eastlake)
💡  Fix the future (University District)
🎟  Catch a stellar play about civil rights (Queen Anne)

FRIDAY

🎶  Jazz it up before Valentine’s Day (South Lake Union)
🎟  See a burlesque “Romeo and Juliet” (Downtown)
🎈  Ring in the Lunar New Year (International District)
👋  Laugh along with an undocumented activist (Capitol Hill)

SATURDAY

👋  Be the best neighbor ever (All over)
🌲  Take a photowalk through Volunteer Park (Capitol Hill)
🗣  Ask all your housing q’s at the South Seattle Home Fair (South Seattle)

SUNDAY

🍻  Mix beer and chocolate (Downtown)
🎶  Hear symphonies of Asian music (Downtown)
🎈  Celebrate the Year of the Dog (International 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.

 

THANKS A MILLION 🙌

We want to send a big thanks to readers Mozart Guerrier, Bo Zhang, and Warren Etheredge for talking with us at the Crosscut Festival. We love bringing our Evergrey community into what we do and, more importantly, learning from you.

See you tomorrow. — The Evergrey