🚗 That time we tore Seattle in half

🚗 That time we tore Seattle in half


WHAT IS IT? Interstate 5, which runs from the Mexican border to the Canadian border, right through Seattle.

DISRUPTION: The freeway, which was finished in 1969, essentially tore Seattle in half. Construction on Interstate 5 uprooted family homes, tore down old buildings, shuttered small businesses, and divided several neighborhoods, including Chinatown-International District.

ROAD RAGE: Seattle is ranked nationally and internationally for its terrible traffic. Traffic can be so jammed that some commuters driving to and from Everett and Seattle are told to set aside more than an hour and a half to make a 24-mile trip. 😡

PRO TIP: If you call it “the Five,” every born-and-raised Seattleite will know you’re from California.

USAGE: “Should I go carless? I was stuck on I-5 for almost two hours yesterday.”

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Catios! It was bound to happen: A local’s made a business out of making custom outdoor patios for cats. Some are big, some are small, and some have great views of that bird bath. Want to take a tour of 10 catios around town? Sign up for the July 28 event here. (Curbed Seattle)

Who’s gonna spend $19,000 on rent? It could be a millionaire who’s “between houses,” an exec who wants to try Seattle before committing, or a company recruiting top talent with top-of-the-line housing. At least, that’s what a local luxury realtor told columnist Danny Westneat. Danny saw that a South Lake Union apartment across from his office was going for a whopping $19,265 😮 and just had to know. In another sign that our city’s changing real darn fast: Our most expensive apartment three years ago went for just $6,800 a month. (The Seattle Times)

36 real hours in Seattle. Ever seen those New York Times travel features where a writer spends three days in a place and tries to sum it up for everyone? They did that with Seattle this month, and that got born-and-raised columnist Knute Berger thinking: What if he wrote out what he — an actual homegrown local — did in Seattle in 36 hours? The result includes organic peanut butter, bird fights, and, of course, recycling guilt. (Crosscut)

Should we haze ‘em? 😉 The University of Washington is about to welcome its largest freshman class ever. That’s thanks to a record number of applications. Most — 63 percent — are from Washington state. And the university called the class “historically diverse:” It’s 43 percent white, 32 percent Asian American, 10 percent Hispanic, 9 percent two or more races or ethnicities, 3 percent black, 0.5 percent Native American, and 0.3 percent Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. (The Seattle Times)

Shell yeah. If you think Seattle has, like, two good beaches, ooh boy you’re in for a treat. We technically have 149 secret beaches scattered around the city, popping up most everywhere a dead end street leads to water. This oldie but goodie tells you a bit about how to find ‘em. You’re welcome. 🏖 (The Stranger)

Things to do


👋  Wednesday: Brush up on the art and science of networking at the next Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

💰  Wednesday, July 25: Get the basics on bookkeeping, local tax deadlines, and more at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

🍸  Friday, July 27: Dance, drink, and discover at Theory, Pacific Science Center’s big summer bash. (Queen Anne)



💡  Get quizzed on natural disasters with KUOW (Columbia City)
🍺  Test your Belcher knowledge at “Bob’s Burgers” trivia (Capitol Hill)


💡  Learn about motherhood with author Angela Garbes (Seward Park)
👋  Get good at networking at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)


🍴  Nom on local eats at Magnuson Park (Sand Point)
🍺  Cuddle with baby goats while sipping a beer (Ballard)
🎈  Eat, dance, and shop at JamFest (International District)
👋  Give a mega toast to Seattle with the biz crowd (Central District)
🍿  Bring your kids (and tissues) to Coco under the stars (Green Lake)


🎟  Don vintage duds at a drag show (Belltown)
🎈  Watch traditional dances at a Pow Wow (Magnolia)
🎶  Rock out at the Capitol Hill Block Party — through July 22 (Capitol Hill)


🎈  Fly your rainbow flag at Pride on the beach (West Seattle)
🍿  Celebrate Jurassic Park’s 25th al fresco (South Lake Union)
🎨  Take a tour of the murals brightening up the track (SoDo)
👋  Connect with youth mentors over brunch (Capitol Hill)
🍴  Munch on all the things at Bite of Seattle (Queen Anne)
👋  Say hey to neighbors and welcome a new urban farm (Rainier Beach)


🚗  Gawk at hundreds of cool cars at Wekfest (SoDo)
🏞  Frolic through lavender fields — through July 22 (Sequim)
🎨  Check out art and music from non-binary artists (Ravenna)
🎈  Hop on carnival rides and eat funnel cakes at the fair (Enumclaw)

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. Is an event sold out? Hit reply to let us know and we’ll update the listing in tomorrow’s newsletter.


We’ll see you tomorrow. – The Evergrey

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