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NO SHOW? (📸: @sunnymartini)
First things first: Nothing’s final yet. Developers filed their plans to build that skyscraper, but the process can take a while.
“That means there will be plenty of time for people who love the Showbox to try to petition the city to save the theater,” writes The Stranger’s Lester Black.
And locals are on it. A Change.org petition started yesterday to make the Showbox a historical landmark had 22,000 signatures this morning.
“It is home to the first stage I ever stepped on with a band and performed at,” wrote the petition’s creator, Jay Middleton. “You can feel the energy when you walk inside of it. I know for a fact I alone am not the only musician, comedian, and or performer who can say that.”
“Hopefully if we speak up,” reader Brittany Rosenau wrote on our Facebook page, “the city will listen!
Shoutout to Brittany for sending us updates on the petition and music fans’ reaction. Heard of any other ways people can do something about the Showbox? Hit reply or email [email protected] and we’ll share ‘em out.
DIGGING INTO YOUR Q’S ABOUT HOMELESSNESS
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been collecting your questions about homelessness in Seattle as part of a city-wide media effort to dive deeper into the crisis.
We noticed some interesting patterns in the questions you sent our way — and we talked all about them in our Facebook Live with our project partners at GeekWire, Real Change, Seattlepi.com, and Patch.
There’s deep mistrust of the limited data our region’s collected. There’s anger at city leaders’ efforts — or lack of effort — to find solutions. There’s a hunger to hear directly from people experiencing homelessness. And an outpouring of questions about the best ways to help.
We dove into these perceptions and what they tell us about how our city approaches our most vulnerable neighbors. We even answered some of your questions live — like how people experiencing homelessness can vote, whether we’ve gotten better at addressing homelessness, and more. »Head to our Facebook page to check out the video.
Speaking of your questions — go vote on which one we’ll answer next! Yesterday, we announced three new reader-submitted questions that represent curiosities and concerns we heard from a bunch of you. »Voting closes in just a few days, so go vote now.
NOW HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY
The Mariners’ #MeToo moment. Three women accused three execs with the Mariners of inappropriate workplace behavior in 2009-2010. They got settlements — because the team “didn’t want the publicity,” one source told the Times — and one of the execs is still with the team. He’s Kevin Mather, the Mariners’ CEO and president, and he apologized in a statement yesterday. Also stunning: People who ran the cameras in a game back in 2015 took really creepy close-ups of two women in the stands, then saved them in a Dropbox folder called “9-29-15 Blondes.” Gross. (The Seattle Times)
Also gross? What the city learned last week about David Meinert, a man who owns or co-owns a lot of popular restaurants and bars around town, and manages a record label. Five women accused him of sexual misconduct — including rape — and the backlash is big. “If you live in Seattle and enjoy going out, then chances are you have bought a drink from David Meinert,” writes The Stranger’s Lester Black. Now his business partners are cutting ties. (The Stranger)
In better news … beer! The oldest indie brewery in Washington is getting a big gift on its 35th birthday. The City of Seattle just proclaimed this coming Saturday, July 28, Hale’s Ales Day. Cheers. 🍻 (Seattle magazine)
Cycling crossroads? Seattle’s been spending a good bit of money getting more bike lanes up. That seems like a natural step in an environmentally conscious city, but Nina Martinez, board chair of Washington’s Latino Civic Alliance, thinks it’s hurting people. Money spent on bike infrastructure is money not spent on things like housing and equity, she argues. And when bike lanes replace parking in gentrifying neighborhoods, that hurts small businesses there. “City planning officials too frequently pay homage to the special interests of the privileged,” she writes, “like the small but loud bicycle lobby.” 🚲 (Crosscut)
Listen up, foodies. Eater’s rounded up the 10 local restaurants it calls the classics — “operating for twenty years or more and still going strong.” It’s the quite the collection, spanning from Beth’s Cafe up in Green Lake to Loretta’s Northwesterner down in South Park. Who’s hungry? (Eater Seattle)
HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP
🍷 Sip on award-winning wines and beers (Queen Anne)
🎈 Take the fam to the Torchlight Parade (Downtown)
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THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY
We’ll see ya tomorrow. — The Evergrey