On Wednesday night, KUOW hosted a fascinating conversation about a controversial question many Seattleites are asking: Is Amazon good for Seattle?
The panelists arguing that Amazon’s been good for Seattle: Maud Daudon, the former Deputy Mayor of Seattle and former president of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and Marilyn Strickland, former mayor of Tacoma and president and CEO of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.
Arguing that Amazon has been bad for our city: former mayoral candidates Nikkita Oliver, an artist, activist, and attorney; and Cary Moon, an urban planner.
Here are some highlights:
» The evening started off with a poll of the audience: 56% agreed that Amazon was good for the city, 46% disagreed.
» Maud argued that Amazon being entirely good or bad for Seattle was a “false premise.” It’s more grey than that, she said. “There’s no question [that] our recent prosperity Amazon has created has benefits and challenges … The answer lies in coming together as a community to engage with this.”
» “When we think about innovation and convenience, on whose back is that innovation being built?” Nikkita asked in her opening statement. She later analogized Amazon’s growth in Seattle to the human body: “Overgrowth of our bodies is cancer. Overgrowth for our city is displacement.”
» “When we talk about the tide rising with Amazon, the reality is the yachts are rising, but the other boats are being laid out,” Cary said. “We do know that they aren’t paying enough [in taxes] because we don’t have enough for schools, not enough for transit, and we’re behind the country in mental health.”
» “Amazon is not solely responsible for every social problem in the Seattle metro area,” Marilyn said. “The challenges we see facing communities of color [like] institutional racism to redlining … to lack of generational wealth have been ingrained in our country for a long time.”
This debate was fascinating and hard — all the more reason for our city leaders to be talking about this, and for all Seattle residents to be engaged in this conversation. Want to know how the audience’s votes changed by the end of the event? Check out our video here.
This debate was KUOW’s first installment of a new series called “That’s Debatable.” This convo was recorded live for KUOW’s Prime(d) podcast and will be rebroadcast on their station and KVRU later this month.
A one-painting show. The Seattle Art Museum will soon be a temporary home to “Untitled,” a painting by legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The painting sold for $110.5 million last year, making it “the first painting by an American, and by an African-American artist, to be sold at auction for more than $100 million,” according to The New York Times. Why did Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa drop that much cash for it? “When I first encountered this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art. I want to share that experience with as many people as possible.” Here’s a look at the painting before it goes on display March 21. (The Seattle Times)
“Nevertheless. We Persist.” That’s the name of Columbia City Gallery’s newest art collection and it’s all about the fight for women’s reproductive rights. The exhibition features a talking chastity belt, fallopian-shaped wire hangers, and an oil painting that gave the writer “handmaid’s tale type shivers.” (The South Seattle Emerald)
Anyone want to buy a bar? Sun Liquor, Capitol Hill’s Summit Avenue “cocktail den,” is up for sale. Owner Michael Klebeck says the company is moving on to focus on its wholesale bottle business. Seattle Met’s take: “Slight silver lining: more gin, rum, and vodka for all.”
Meet Seattle’s tamal guy. His name is Juan García and he first began slinging tamales — based on his own mom’s recipe, natch — at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market in 2015. He’s serving up traditional chicken, braised beef and pork, and even a vegan version, with a citrusy escabeche. Got a tamal craving? Follow Juan on Facebook to see where he’s headed next. 😋 (The Stranger)
‘I’m not normal.’ Here’s a weekend longread for you: A riveting feature about our own Ichiro Suzuki, who officially signed back on to join the Seattle Mariners. The 44-year-old baseball player’s life has been rough, thanks to his all-consuming sport. ESPN writes that when asked what he’d do after retiring from baseball, Ichiro said, “I think I’ll just die.” It’s a great and eye-opening read. Thanks to reader Sara Gentzler for the rec. (ESPN)
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📼 March 9: 90s Afterschool Special (Pioneer Square)
🌧 3/15: Say goodbye to winter with us at Greybreak (Central District)
🎶 Bring back the ‘90s at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)
🎟 Give it up for elegant black dandy fashion (Central District)
🍿 Go see A Wrinkle in Time on opening night (All over)
🎈 Check out awesome animated shorts — through next Thursday (Queen Anne)
🎶 Hear the music of women composers (Downtown)
🎨 Get sensual at this “poetry brothel” (Belltown)
💪 Learn to dance traditional Indian bhangra (Capitol Hill)
🎈 Take the kids to Seattle’s big dog show — all weekend (SoDo)
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