Growth spurt. New Census numbers are out, and guess what? Seattle is the fastest-growing major U.S. city of the decade. We added 114,000 people since 2010 — an 18.7 percent bump to beat all bumps. 😯 That puts us at a population of about 725,000 total people as of last July. We’re now the 18th largest city in the country, and the 9th densest. Got a few minutes? That’s all you need to check in on this data goldmine with FYI Guy Gene Balk. (The Seattle Times)
‘Seattle, you have a whiteness problem.’ Start reading this essay by Sonya Green and you won’t stop. Sonya lived here for 12 years and left in 2016 for one key reason: “overwhelming whiteness.” Seattle gets credit for being ahead of the curve on race that it doesn’t deserve, she writes. Someone called the cops on her when she was replacing her own car’s license plate, and it was the first of dozens of times that white people’s discomfort took priority. Plus, she writes, “There is so much emphasis on being anti-racist that actually deconstructing what it is or looks like to be racist falls by the wayside,” Sonya said.
Sonya found being black in Seattle to be “exhausting and fatiguing,” and is relieved that she and her husband moved to Georgia. “I’m from the south. I choose to go back to the south,” she writes. “Why would you do that, many proclaim? Isn’t it a step back in time? Maybe. Or maybe it’s a reminder of the time we as a nation/society have never gotten past.” (The South Seattle Emerald)
It’s Folklife time. It’s not Memorial Day weekend in Seattle without the Seattle Folklife Festival — an all-out and gloriously free bonanza of a cultural celebration in Seattle Center. “It’s ruling ethos seems to be, Come as you are, whoever you are,” writes Stefan Milne of Seattle Met. Bring the kids and block out plenty of time. This year’s gonna have 26 stages, 5,200 performers, and up to a quarter million attendees. (Seattle Met)
Bus to camp. The weather’s gonna be all right this weekend, hitting the low 70s on Sunday and Monday. And with that extra day tacked on your weekend, wouldn’t it be the perfect time to hit the trail? Big props to Sarah Anne Lloyd for this list of 6 transit-accessible camping trips near Seattle. (Curbed Seattle)
Echo no-no. A super creepy thing that isn’t supposed to happen… happened. A couple in Oregon found out that their Amazon Echo had sent — without their knowing it — recorded audio of their private conversation at home to a random Seattleite on their contact list. They told Amazon about it, and Amazon said oh sh*t and started poking around. So what happened? Alexa thought she heard the Alexa command, then a send message request, then a name in their contact list, then a confirmation to send. “As unlikely as this string of events is,” Amazon said in a statement, “we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely.” We effing hope so. 🙂 (KIRO 7, Ars Technica)