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.
- Reader Brittany Rosenau shared a Change.org petition to turn the place into a historical landmark. It quickly reeled in thousands of signatures.
- Another petition seeking the same historic status took off here.
- Reader Stephanie Pure sent us this handy video explaining how buildings actually get that landmark recognition.
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)