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From public art to company logos, totem poles are all over Seattle. But the tradition of carving totems doesn’t originate with Washington’s local Coast Salish tribes. It comes from indigenous people living well north of here, around British Columbia. The story of how totem poles came to our city begins in the late 1800s, when a group of local, white business leaders took a trip to Alaska.
Got a minute to learn something fascinating and confounding about our history?
» Check out our quick vid on totem poles in Seattle. Then ask: What — or who — do our city’s totem poles stand for?
Want to learn more about totems in Seattle? The Burke Museum’s got you covered. And keep an eye out for our upcoming video about local Coast Salish art.
What goes up… For almost two years, Seattle had the fastest rising home prices in the country. This summer, we started to see signs of a market cool-down. And now? We’re leading the nation in how fast our prices are falling. Before you prospective home buyers get too excited, remember that Seattle’s median home price of $750,000 — while down from a peak of around $830,000 a few months ago — is still pretty darn high, with home prices around our area up 61 percent more than inflation since 2012. Meanwhile, some affordable housing is literally disappearing. In Burien, every family in one apartment complex is getting evicted because its new owner wants to remodel and turn the property around. (The Seattle Times)
My, my, Microsoft. Remember when we were gushing over our Apple iPhones and laughing at Microsoft’s Zune? Well. Microsoft looks like it’s about to beat Apple to become America’s most valuable company by market capitalization. To get a sense of how impressive that is, take a look at the chart in this post comparing growth — or lack thereof — across all the big tech companies. Microsoft “is the tortoise in a technology world obsessed with hares,” says Bloomberg. And who does it have to thank? CEO Satya Nadella. (GeekWire)
The five best tacos in Seattle. There are worse things to do on a work day than taste-test Seattle’s tacos. But swallow your envy, because the top taco spots that writer Jacob Uitti ranked along with chefs Unika Noiel and Tarik Abdullah and musician Eva Walker are much more delicious. 😋 (Seattle Weekly)
What killed the carbon tax? Relatively speaking, we Washingtonians are pretty big fans of the environment. So why did we reject a measure to charge polluters a fee for the gunk they put in our air — twice? University of Washington professors Nives Dolšak and Aseem Prakash crunched some numbers from the election last month along with PhD student Steven M. Karceski. Their big takeaway: Local climate champs should propose a policy that “does not have an explicit tax implication,” like cap and trade. (Crosscut)
❤️ TODAY: Fine tune your emotional intelligence at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
🍸 TODAY: Listen to our mayor, Jenny Durkan, reflect on her first year in office at Seattle CityClub’s final Civic Cocktail of the year (Belltown)
🎉 TOMORROW: Celebrate The Evergrey’s second birthday with food, drinks, activities, and loads of love for the 206. (Capitol Hill) — Don’t miss it!
👔 TOMORROW: Look good and feel good at this Men’s Fashion Workshop with Foundation and Seattle Gents (Downtown)
💋 Tuesday, Dec. 4: Discuss how we romance in turbulent times at this Foundation event all about sex, relationships, and dating in 2018 (Capitol Hill) 🆕
️🎈 Let your little ones start a (faux) snowball fight and see lights at the zoo — through Jan. 5 (Phinney Ridge)
💪 Up your emotional intelligence at work at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)
💡 Hear from Mayor Jenny Durkan and chef Edouardo Jordan at this Evergrey partner event (Belltown)
🎂 Eat cake and play games at The Evergrey’s 2nd birthday and Giving Guide launch! (Capitol Hill) 🎉
💡 Hear Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer on “the myth of capitalism” (South Lake Union)
💪 Get tips on how you can look and feel like a gent at this Evergrey partner event (Downtown)
🎈 Take the fam to make crafts with indigenous artists (Downtown)
🛍 Check off your holiday shopping list at this community craft market (Rainier Beach)
💡 Learn the story of U.S. xenophobia from Japanese internment to the Muslim ban (First Hill)
🛍 Peruse aisles of handmade goods at Urban Craft Uprising — through Sunday (Queen Anne)
🏞 Wear running shoes and festive gear at this run supporting homeless women and kids (Fremont)
🎈 Travel back in time with your fam at this Victorian Christmas festival — through Sunday (Puyallup)
🎈 Welcome our big, water-bound neighbors at this orca parade (West Seattle) 🆕 — thanks to reader Emily Crawford for the tip! “My friends have volunteered to DRESS UP IN ORCA COSTUMES to lead this parade!” Emily emailed us. “It’s going to be SO FUN!”
🛍 Check out zines and pick up new, local music at the Vera Project (Queen Anne)
💡 See glowy lights and learn Seattle’s holiday history — through Dec. 30 (Downtown)
🎈 Take the fam to see Santa at the Space Needle — through Dec. 24 (Queen Anne)
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. Learn what our emojis mean here, 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 are so pumped to see you at The Evergrey Turns 2 — our second anniversary celebration where we’ll toast to the 206 and share great ways to give back to the amazing, imperfect city we call home.
There’ll be food, drinks, and loads of activities, plus you’ll get to say hey to a whole bunch of the standout locals orgs you told us about for our Evergrey Giving Guide project this fall: Community Lunch On Capitol Hill, Compass, EarthCorps, FareStart, Forterra NW, Foundation Community, GSBA – Greater Seattle Business Association, Impact Hub Seattle, Intentionalist, The Millionair Club Charity, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project, Seattle Works, Team Read, Tenants Union of Washington, United Way of King County, What’s Next – Washington, World Relief Seattle, and last but certainly not least — the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which made the entire Giving Guide project possible. 🙏
We’ve got hundreds of RSVPs so far and you won’t want to miss this, folks. Drop your name here, and we will see you there.
‘Til then, Seattle. — The Evergrey