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When The Evergrey launched in October of 2016, a couple hundred of you were waking up with this newsletter. Today, we’re giving an inbox 👋 to more than 8,000 of you. And together, we’re trading notes on things to do, people to meet, and conversations to join so you can #livelikeyoulivehere.
Our scrappy little experiment’s gotten bigger and better, thanks to all the ways you’ve made it yours. So when Seattle Met featured The Evergrey and put us on their cover (eek!), and The Seattle Times shouted us out for working to build local connections that matter, a bunch of you wrote us to say congrats… and we said congrats right back.
Meanwhile, we’re expanding. Our parent company, the startup WhereBy.Us, just shepherded the launch of newsletters in two new cities — Pulptown in Orlando, Florida, and Bridgeliner in — wait for it — Portland, Oregon.
That’s right: We’ve now got a sister (read: rival!) publication to rib incessantly over who’s got the best music, food, sports, and earthy urban street cred. Got friends in the City of Roses? Get ‘em to sign up for Bridgeliner, stat. 😉
You’re here day after day checking in on Seattle and each other. You’re sending in tips, sharing your pics, passing the newsletter on to your friends, and even meeting up around the city. You’re supporting us as members, and many of you have even invested in The Evergrey, helping WhereBy.Us raise more than 20 percent of the $1.25 million round we just closed right from our readers and supporters.
That’s going to help more locals in more cities connect to the place they call home, and it’s going to help us do even more to help you explore and enjoy the city you love.
So stay tuned. And as always — thanks.
NOW HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY 🚗
Here’s a wild idea. Car traffic in South Lake Union is bad. Real bad. Drivers don’t like it. Pedestrians don’t like it. People who ride buses and streetcars stuck in the mess definitely don’t like it. So what if we… got rid of it? Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat is making quite the aggressive case that the city should straight-up boot cars from South Lake Union. Not the food trucks, mind you. (Never the food trucks!) Just your run-of-the-mill commuter cars. Sound tantalizing? Horrifying? Let’s bat the idea around here. (The Seattle Times)
Bicyclists beware. Someone’s been breaking the brakes on some of the shareable bikes you can pick up and ride around the city… which is crazy, and really really dangerous. “We’re getting reports that some #seattlebikeshare bikes have had brakes vandalized,” our department of transportation tweeted yesterday. “We’re working w/the companies to notify users, but in the meantime, please be sure to test your bike share brakes before you hop on.” More than 9,000 shareable bikes are scattered around the city. We don’t know how many of them got their brakes cut. And we don’t know why. (Curbed Seattle)
Humble brag. It’s hard to remember a time when people took more seriously the idea that men and women should be paid the same for doing the same work. Enter Starbucks. At their big annual shareholders meeting, the company said it’s gotten to 100 percent pay equity among genders and races for all its U.S. employees. As for their 238,000 employees worldwide? They’re working on it. (GeekWire)
And speaking of gender… Yesterday, a woman Cindy Hyde-Smith became the first woman to be sent to Congress from the state of Mississippi — ever. And it’s 2018. So when did Washington send its first woman to Congress, and how do we stack up against other states?
Let’s have a little fun with this. Without Googling the answer, take your best guess: Did we send our first woman to Congress in 1917, 1936, or 1959? Then scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter to see if you’re right.
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HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP 📅
💡 3/26: Cheer on some amazing local entrepreneurs — many of them women and people of color — at InnoVentures, a small business pitch contest (Ballard)
🧀 3/28: Learn about fruitcake, the world’s oldest noodles, and other unusual eats with Atlas Obscura Society Seattle at The London Plane (Pioneer Square) — use the promo code “EVERGREY” for a special discount!
🎩 Go old school at this old Victorian fest — through Sunday (Port Townsend)
🗣 Join Seattle’s March for Our Lives to call for smarter gun policies — 26,000+ people interested (Capitol Hill)
Going to one of these?
Send us a pic or tag #theevergrey. See more upcoming events (and submit your own) on our events page.
HEY HEY, CATHERINE MAY 🇺🇸
So when did Washington elect its first woman to Congress? In 1959. We were the 22nd state to hit that milestone (hat tip to this handy chart from NPR), and the woman we elected — Catherine May — served for 12 years. She was a radio broadcaster, an English teacher, a Republican, and, according to HistoryLink, “one of the few women of her generation to win election to national office without first being appointed to replace a husband.” She served for 12 years.
Go what you do, all. We’ll see you tomorrow. — The Evergrey