Too disconnected? Our big local tech companies are organizing fun employee-only activities after work, and some professors and activists aren’t fans of that. Why? They’re worried that these exclusive groups are keeping techies from forging connections to Seattle. “For any real lasting community, you have to have some willingness to sacrifice yourself for the wellbeing of others,” University of California San Diego psychology professor Nicholas Christenfeld told Crosscut. “This requires caring about — and a connectedness to — your community.” Do you work in Seattle tech? Is this a bold critique or an overreaction? Join the chat on our Facebook page. 🤔 (Crosscut)
Escalating costs. Some of Seattle’s transit tunnel escalators are out-of-order a lot. KUOW listeners noticed that’s especially true at the University of Washington light rail station, where passengers had to wait around an hour for an elevator in March and April. And how much has Sound Transit spent to repair them? $1.5 million. The transit agency picked “cheaper escalators that were less sturdy … [that] showed much more wear and tear than should be expected for their age,” according to an engineering report. Sound Transit says they’ve fixed the problem — and, in the future, will switch to heavy-duty escalators and stairs. (KUOW)
‘Not some Chipotle on wheels.’ Chef Aarthi Sampath is pretty badass. She’s worked at a Michelin star-rated restaurant, beat celeb chef Bobby Flay on his own show, and was the first Indian woman to win The Food Network’s “Chopped.” Now, the New York chef is in Seattle serving up fine dining from her new food truck, Kukree, a “mobile test kitchen” for a restaurant she and an investor are opening here next spring. Track down Kukree by following their Facebook page so you can nom on quinoa, chicken biryani, and more. (The Seattle Times)
To tech or not to tech. Yesterday we pointed you to a handy profile of Seattle’s newcomers written up by The Seattle Times’ Gene Balk. In our write-up, we wrote that “90 percent of them do not work in Seattle’s go-to growth industry — tech.” But actually, 90 percent of newcomers do not work in tech-related jobs, though they might still work in the tech industry. “In other words, someone who works for Amazon in the warehouse, in HR, in janitorial, in legal, etc., would not count as a tech worker, even though they work for a tech company,” Gene wrote us when we checked in. “Conversely, someone who works at, say, the Seattle Times — not a tech company — but who is employed as a developer, would count as a tech worker.” Thanks to Gene for breaking this down, and to reader James Cameron for flagging the detail. 👍
D’oh: Yesterday, we wrote that Seattle’s first Trans Pride was held in 2013, but that’s actually the year local advocacy group Gender Justice League restarted it. The first-ever Seattle Trans Pride was held in 1997 — and this Gender Justice League post says it was the first in the nation. 😲 Thanks to ZipBangWow on Twitter for letting us know!