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🗺 How to never get lost in downtown Seattle


“Jesus Christ Made Seattle Under Protest” — or “Pressure,” depending on who you’re talking to — is our city’s handiest mnemonic for orienting yourself on some of our city’s key downtown streets. How? It helps us remember the order of street names as you move north from Pioneer Square. Here’s how to remember ‘em …

J  — Jefferson Street and James Street
C  — Cherry Street and Columbia Street
M — Madison Street and Marion Street
S  — Spring Street and Seneca Street
U  — University Street and Union Street
P  — Pike Street and Pine Street

Curious where this handy guide comes from? We’ve got the deets in our latest quick video, which you can watch — and share with your directionally challenged friends on Facebook — here.

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Out with the totem poles? Locals know Victor Steinbrueck Park downtown by the two tall Native totem poles that have been there since 1984. They were made by Native artists, but some local Native leaders want them gone. Why? Because, they say, there are all kinds of Native cultures, and the one that created those poles not only isn’t from here, but is so ubiquitous that it marginalizes the ones that are.

“It’s a serious problem that the public doesn’t know who we are, right here in front of them,” local Suquamish tribal elder Barbara Lawrence told Crosscut’s David Kroman. Councilmember Debora Juarez is working to get the poles out, but others, like Peter Steinbrueck — the son of the park’s namesake — want to put the brakes on that. “Let’s not be targeting two poles in Seattle falsely and unfairly without having the larger discussion,” he said. (Crosscut)

‘Brett was a sloppy drunk.’ Millions of us tuned in yesterday to watch Dr. Christine Blasey Ford tell Congress and the world how Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her 36 years ago. Kavanaugh denied every bit of it, saying, among other things, that he never got blackout drunk — and that’s where this grueling national saga becomes a little bit local. “Brett was a sloppy drunk,” University of Washington professor Dr. Elizabeth Swisher told The Washington Post, “and I know because I drank with him.” (The Seattle Times)

‘History is delightful.’ Few things tell a city’s story faster than before and after pics of the same spot at different times. And if you want to see a book-load of those, complete with 3D modeling of four big growth spurts in Seattle’s life, keep your eye out for Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard’s new work — Seattle Now and Then: The Historic Hundred — out later this month. (City Arts)

It’s arboretum time. These crisp fall mornings are our cue for a lot of things: sweaters, boots, rain jackets, and oh yeah — a walk through the Washington Park Arboretum. Here’s a handy guide to making the most of it. (The Seattle Times)


You can learn a lot in five minutes. How to buy a new car. Why you should eat bugs. Even how to deliver a baby by yourself.

Those are just three of the hundreds of five-minute lightning talks locals have given at Ignite Seattle, a killer quarterly community speaker series that we’ve been fans of for years. The Evergrey is now Ignite’s media partner (🎉), and as part of the fun we’re going to have with that, we want to ask you a question.

Below are the titles of the 12 talks your neighbors are giving at Ignite #37 next Thursday. Which one do you most want to hear more about? Click ONE talk title below to cast your vote, and we’ll interview the speaker for you and share a video of their talk after the event:

  • *|SURVEY: De-Mystifying the Instant Pot|*
  • *|SURVEY: Summer Pop Songs, 1595 to Present|*
  • *|SURVEY: A Survival Guide for Black Millennial Single Mothers Striving to Slay|*
  • *|SURVEY: What Military Peacekeeping Taught Me About Humility|*
  • *|SURVEY: Translating Earth’s Historical Record – How The Chemistry of Microscopic Shells Tells Us About Our Past, And Our Future|*
  • *|SURVEY: Exploring the 8th Continent|*
  • *|SURVEY: So, You’re Black in Tech?|*
  • *|SURVEY: Me Too: What it Takes To Come Forward|*
  • *|SURVEY: How to Thru-Hike Without Suffering|*
  • *|SURVEY: Juliet Wasn’t Dumb & We Need to Stop Assuming She Was|*
  • *|SURVEY: Physician, Speak Thyself: Storytelling As Healing In Healthcare|*
  • *|SURVEY: Oceans and Robots and Volcanoes, Oh My!|*

Want to see these talks yourself? Ignite #37 is already SOLD OUT, but if you want to know how to get in that standby line, sign up to get the deets here.

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Partner Events

🍸  Wednesday, Oct. 3: Take an inside look at what’s at stake in some key ballot initiatives at Seattle CityClub’s Civic Cocktail (Belltown)  🆕

🏠  Wednesday, Oct. 3: Get top tips on how to navigate our housing market at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

🤓  Thursday, Oct. 4: Hear your neighbors dive into 5-minute talks on a fascinating topic with Ignite Seattle (Capitol Hill)

🎙️  Friday, Oct. 5: Get a fun primer on Seattle history from the recession of the glaciers to the opening of Ballard Locks at this Foundation event. (Fremont)

🍽  Tuesday, Oct. 9: Eat good food and meet good people while you honor and celebrate local agriculture at this Futurewise Feast with Friends. (Downtown)

👍  Wednesday, Oct. 10: Decode your leadership style and this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square) 🆕

🗣️  Wednesday, Oct. 10: Hear from CNN’s Van Jones at Seattle Arts & Lecture’s three part series shining a spotlight on journalism and journalists (Downtown) 🆕

Around Town


🍿  Watch a bunch of films en françaisthrough Oct. 4 (Queen Anne)
🗣  Hear from undocumented, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas (Downtown)
🍷  Sip boutique wines from around the Northwest with your neighbors (West Seattle)
💡  Talk about midterm elections and motherhood with veteran and Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth (Capitol Hill)


🍵  Put your pinkies up to sip on an assortment of teas — through Sept. 30 (Queen Anne)
🍿  Catch flicks by Southeast Asian directors — through Oct. 7 (All over)
🏈  See Seahawks-themed cars with fellow 12s at HAWKtoberfest (Kent)


🎈  Take the fam for a free boat ride at the wooden boat festival (South Lake Union)
🎟  Peruse handmade goods and tarot cards at a mystical market (Capitol Hill)
🍴  Bring the kids to nibble on all kinds of grilled cheese (Fremont)

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.


Have a good weekend, all. We’ll see you in October. 🍂 — The Evergrey

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