🏠 A big hairy audacious goal

🏠 A big hairy audacious goal


There’s no sugarcoating what’s happening around our city, all. More than 12,000 of our neighbors are living without a home in King County — half of them in tents, cars, or parks. It’s one of the worst homelessness crises in the country, and easily one of our toughest challenges.

Can we solve a problem this urgent and confounding? Hell yes we can. 💪 But first, we need to understand what’s going on. And that starts with all of you.

When you think about homelessness in Seattle, what questions do you have? We don’t mean the kind of questions you ask to sound smart. We mean the honest questions that exist in your hearts right now — regardless of what anyone else thinks, knows, or expects. Questions like, “What is it like to be homeless here?” “Is anything working?” and “Why is homelessness getting worse when we’re spending so much money?”

WHY WE’RE ASKING: We want to answer your questions so we can all learn from them. And we have help! Our friends at GeekWire are asking their readers to share their questions around homelessness today, too. And on July 19, Crosscut, Seattlepi.com, Real Change, and possibly more partner outlets will extend the callout to their readers. If that sounds unusual, that’s ‘cause it is: This may be the first time Seattle media outlets will collaborate to better listen to you, the people we serve.

OUR BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOAL? To hear from as many of you as possible so our reporting can have the biggest impact in our city. If all 9,000 Evergrey readers submit one question, imagine what we’ll all learn. Add our partners’ tens of thousands of local readers and whoa. We can do some really good work with you.


  • YOU ASK. »» Submit your questions about homelessness in Seattle here. You can choose to remain anonymous so we don’t publish your name.
  • YOU VOTE. We’ll get together with GeekWire and select questions, then we’ll ask readers to vote on which questions they would most like to see us answer.
  • WE (AND OUR PARTNERS!) REPORT. The Evergrey and GeekWire will each produce one story based on the questions you select that will run on July 19.
  • WE DO IT ALL AGAIN — BUT BIGGER. On July 19, Real Change, Crosscut, Seattlepi.com, and possibly more awesome local media will join the callout, and we’ll all take more questions and votes to report one more story. You can submit a question with any of our partners, and any of our partners could answer it. We’ll let you know what questions are answered and where in this newsletter. By the end of the project, this humble squad of local journalists will have written at least seven stories based on your questions. 🙌

Are you in? Awesome. »» Submit your question here and let’s get started.

Big thanks to GeekWire, Crosscut, Seattlepi.com, and Real Change for accepting our invite to try this out with us; to Crosscut for coordinating #SeaHomeless day July 19, when several local media outlets will cover stories around homelessness in Seattle; to Hearken for letting us use their tool for this collaborative local project; and to all of you for thinking and caring about your city.

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Sleeping at City Hall. Did you know that the home of our city’s government moonlights as a shelter for our homeless neighbors? City Hall just doubled the number of mats it can lay out for folks who need a place to stay at night to 160. It’s all part of a plan to boost shelter capacity and what our mayor’s office calls “bridge housing” — shelter that helps bring people off the streets — by 25 percent. (KUOW)

School’s out, superintendent’s in. Denise Juneau has a big job ahead of her as the brand new head of Seattle Public Schools. One focus coming up? Making sure that students of any color have the same opportunities to learn, a goal that our former superintendent, Larry Nyland, calls a “moral imperative.” If you want to get a sense of how she’s going to oversee how our kids learn, here’s her 2,000-word “entry plan.” (The Seattle Times)

Hey, that’s dad’s unicorn fart art. Robin Edwards, a local musician who performs as Lisa Prank, had beef with Tesla CEO Elon Musk last week. The problem? Tesla, she tweeted, had ripped off her dad’s unicorn fart art (yup, that about sums up what it is). Some fellow Seattle artists helped her put on the pressure and boom. The Guardian wrote about it, Elon responded, and even author J. K. Rowling and singer Vanessa Carlton had things to say. (KUOW)

Seattle transit could be a lot better. Reporter Josh Cohen counts the ways — summing up big and sometimes controversial ideas around boosting bus routes, contracting with private buses, tolling cars downtown, and bringing on self-driving shuttles. (Crosscut)

Summer is for outside eating. So do yourself a solid and check out this list of Seattle’s best new patios. We like what we’re hearing about the family-friendly Super Bueno in Fremont and Ascend in Bellevue, a spot so irresistible, writes Chelsea Lin, “we’re guessing folks will be heading over from Seattle to experience it, too.” (Seattle magazine)

Things to do

Check out this event from our advertiser, Pacific Science Center.

🎉 Theory 2018: Cocktail Party at PacSci Party in the name of science with open bars and live DJs at PacSci. Dance the night away under our iconic arches at Theory on July 27!


👂  Wednesday, July 11: Learn how to hear feedback and use it constructively at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

Want to partner on your event with us? Here’s how.



🎶  Listen to classical music under the stars (Capitol Hill)
🎈  Check out critters and a sensory garden with Seattleites with special needs (Phinney Ridge)
🎟  See Japanese dance at the Seattle International Butoh Festival — through July 15 (All over)


🍿  Watch Princess Bride at a rooftop bar (Downtown)
⚾  Root for the Mariners with your favorite ladies (SoDo)
🍿  See Czech romantic comedy, crime thrillers, and sci-fi films (Queen Anne)
🍻  Drink up at the Seattle International Beerfest — through July 8 (Queen Anne)


🍸  Sip on locally distilled spirits (Fremont)
🎈  Say arrrrrr to the Seafair pirates (West Seattle)
🎨  Celebrate Frida Kahlo’s life and art (Beacon Hill)
💃  Boogie among the cacti, flowers, and ferns (Capitol Hill)
🎟  Belly laugh at Steve Martin and Martin Short (Downtown)


🎨  Help paint a community mural (Central District)
👋  Smell the flowers in your neighbors’ gardens (Georgetown)
🍴  Get your nom on at a rodeo of local food trucks (South Lake Union)
🎈  Taste sake and learn to draw manga characters at Japan Fair (Bellevue)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with an Evergrey membership.


We’ll see you tomorrow. – The Evergrey

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