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RIDE THE WHAT NOW?
ABOUT THAT ACRONYM … Although the city leaders behind efforts to build a streetcar servicing South Lake Union realized they shouldn’t call their mass transit vehicle a “trolley,” the damage was already done.
Before the South Lake Union Streetcar (its official name) took its first trip in December 2007, Seattleites Jerry Johnson and Don Clifton created t-shirts reading “Ride the S.L.U.T. — The South Lake Union Trolley,” which were sold at the now defunct Kapow! coffeeshop. The shirts were a lighthearted protest “designed in fun, and also to remind people that their neighborhood’s historic name, Cascade, was rapidly being eclipsed by the broader [re-]branding of the entire South Lake Union/Cascade area,” HistoryLink reports.
STREETCAR FACT: Seattle’s first streetcar opened for service in 1884 and operated on literal horsepower. The first electric trolleys opened in 1889, and by the early 1900s, Seattle was home to nearly 50 miles of electric streetcar tracks.
USAGE: “Your cousin is coming to check out Seattle colleges? Make sure he gets to ride the S.L.U.T. to downtown, LOL.”
Know of a Seattleism that we should include in our new glossary? Hit reply or email us at [email protected]. We’ll be sharing out the Seattleiest terms we can find over the next several months.
NOW HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY
Can we save The Showbox? On Wednesday, news broke that developers planned to build a 44-story skyscraper in place of The Showbox, an iconic music venue near Pike Place. Reader Eva Conner wondered: “How can we move the conversation beyond, ‘what a shame! evil developers!’ to ‘that is such a cultural touchstone and so important to me and my community that I want to get creative in helping to save it?’”
We asked if y’all knew any ways to help, and we wanted to share back what we heard.
So, what else should we know? Better yet, what questions do you have? We’ll do our best to help you find answers. 🙏
Bunk bike lanes? Yesterday, we shared an op-ed published by Crosscut that called on Seattle’s “bike lobby” to step back to examine their privilege. Why? Because bike lanes hurt small businesses in gentrifying neighborhoods, Nina Martinez, board chair of Washington’s Latino Civic Alliance, wrote. But local bikers and transportation activists are calling B.S. In a fact-check of the op-ed, reporter Erica C. Barnett said Nina’s piece suggests “that low-income people and people of color don’t want or need safe places to ride.” But that’s far from the truth, Erica reported. “This isn’t about minority-owned businesses — it’s about business owners who feel, contrary to what the law actually says, that they own the public streets in front of their establishments,” she wrote. Thanks to readers Amy Cash and Justin Resnick for the tip. (The C Is for Crank)
‘An electoral bubble.’ If you’re a masochist and want to look back on the 2016 presidential election in near-excruciating detail, The New York Times has the map for you. The map compiles voting precinct data from all over the country and shows “hidden diversity” in some of the country’s reddest and bluest political bastions. Seattle, not surprisingly, is deep blue. But scroll north to the Woodway neighborhood north of Richmond Beach, and you’ll find an island of red where Trump narrowly edged out Hillary voters, sitting in a sea of blue. It’s fascinating stuff — and these are some of the researchers’ biggest takeaways. (The New York Times)
We can’t cake this up. Have a hankering for a big ol’ slice of cake? Head to Georgetown’s Deep Sea Sugar & Salt bakery where you can satisfy a demanding sweet tooth with desserts like a London Fog cake “with Earl Grey syrup and bergamot-mascarpone cream” or a “9-pound Porter” cake infused with a neighborhood beer. Bonus: The bakery’s housed inside a century-old building that was once home to a rowdy roadhouse. 🍰 (The Seattle Times)
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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CALLING ALL POLITICAL WONKS
Town Hall is looking for a 2018 Election Correspondent to help them “foster civic discussions that are richer and deeper than the sensational daily news cycle” during the 2018 midterm election. 🇺🇸 Sound like your kinda thing or know a good candidate? Apply here.
Have a good one, folks. – The Evergrey