🏕️ Hiking, camping, and oysters — oh my

🏕️ Hiking, camping, and oysters — oh my

What Seattle is talking about

It’s our city’s only majority-minority neighborhood, and it’s at a significant crossroads.

Among the list of big changes coming to the Chinatown-International District: A 17-story residential tower that will replace the birthplace of Seattle karaoke, Bush Garden. Another condominium project that’s drawn protests and raised fundamental questions about who will benefit from new housing construction.

Then there’s the second Link light rail station that will open in the neighborhood sometime before 2035 and serve as a major transfer point in Seattle’s expanding transit network.

Displacement and disruption are nothing new for longtime Chinatown-ID residents and business owners. Over the past couple of decades, they’ve gone through the construction of two stadiums and a streetcar project that led to years of access woes and traffic headaches.

But as Chinatowns in cities across the country confront an uncertain future, conversations about gentrification and preservation are picking up steam.

This week, Seattle’s Chinatown-ID is joining the Coast to Coast Chinatown Solidarity Network for a series of demonstrations and events. The lineup includes an anti-displacement rally and march on Friday at Hing Hay Park.

In other news…

Still think the Seattle freeze is a bunch of hooey? A new survey from Pemco Insurance has found that nearly 50 percent of Washingtonians don’t like talking with people they don’t know. (The Seattle Times)

With her divorce from Jeff Bezos, MacKenzie Bezos became one of the richest women in the world. Now she’s pledged to give away half her fortune — a philanthropic move that puts her in stark contrast with her ex-husband. (GeekWire)

Activism is part of our city’s DNA, and the upcoming Franklin High School production of Amontaine Aurore’s “Don’t Call It a Riot!” explores how social justice and art have intersected in Seattle’s recent history. (The Seattle Times)

Keep The Evergrey going strong

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This week one lucky member will win tickets to Whim W’him’s “This Is Not Your Little Prince” dance performance. Join us today. 💪

Let’s get together

We had a blast with you all at last night’s Crafting Libations Cocktail Class! Thanks for joining the fun. Here’s what’s coming up next:

🍷 Friday is our Member Wine Down. Along with the wine, ice cream, great company, and games, we’ll be asking for your feedback on how best to grow The Evergrey from here. Please join us — and bring a friend! (SoDo)

👋  June is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for our next Evergrey Monthly Meetup. Join us on Monday at Hellbent Brewing to hang out with the team and meet your Evergrey neighbors. (Lake City)

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The trails and campsites near Hood Canal are waiting for you.

Today’s how-to

Just picture it: You and your friends in the wilderness around a campfire, roasting marshmallows with your tents nearby. The Hood Canal area on the Olympic Peninsula is ready to turn your camping dreams into a reality.

Nestled between Puget Sound and the foothills of the Olympic Mountains, this stretch of Highway 101 provides several access points to Olympic National Park, plus a summer full of things to do like hiking, paddling, fishing, and scuba diving — and a seemingly endless supply of clams and oysters.

Here are a few ideas of where to set up camp. Just make sure to BYOTP (Bring Your Own Toilet Paper).

And if you need a ride and the gear to experience the Hood Canal area, ReachNow has you covered. The car-sharing company has promotional rates for long-term BMW and MINI rentals this summer, and they’re partnering with Xscape Pod to get you the gear you need.

New to ReachNow? Download the app and get ready to explore your wild side in the comfort of a BMW or MINI. Plus, every BMW comes equipped with free entry passes into Washington and Oregon state parks.


Our Partner Events

🏙️ June 1: Come together in civic community to reflect and connect with other passionate Seattleites (Hillman City)

🦁 June 8: Explore downtown’s hidden architectural animals at this Seattle walking tour (Downtown)

🌞 June 8: Break the freeze with young professionals that love to party and make friends — use code THEEVERGREY for 20 percent off (SoDo)

Want to see your event listed here? Hit reply or email [email protected] to chat about a promotional partnership.

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Around town


🐿️ Put your urban critter knowledge to the test at this KUOW quiz night (Pioneer Square)

🎺 Jazz the evening up with great tunes at this local festival — through Saturday (Ballard)

🙌 Join the movement to change outcomes for inner-city youth (Downtown)

🖌️ Network at the intersection of creativity and tech (Lower Queen Anne)


😂 Laugh the night away with Rainn Wilson, a.k.a Dwight Schrute (Downtown)

🌾 Shop and eat your way through this neighborhood’s first farmers market of the season (Queen Anne)

🎨 Paint mindfully at this watercolor and meditation workshop (Capitol Hill)


🎉 Celebrate The Evergrey’s past, present, and future at this member party (SoDo)

💰 Walk through our city’s history of treasure hunting (Pioneer Square) —all summer long

⛱️ Peruse this summer solstice night market full of tasty treats and greets (Sand Point)

🍹 Party with a mojito in one hand, while “petting” a hippo with the other (Fremont)


🗽 Engage with Seattle’s civic community at this Evergrey partner event (Hillman City)

🌲 Join forces to clean up our trails at this volunteer work party (All over)

🎒 Dress to questionably impress at this ’90s pub crawl (Downtown)

🚲 Dance and bike in support of a community-powered bike shop (Central District)


✨ Prepare for Pride by pitching in to clean up Seattle’s gayborhood (Capitol Hill)

🐳 Kick off Orca Action Month and learn how you can take action (Waterfront)

🕹️ Game the day away with friends and family at the NW Pinball Show (Tacoma)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram.

Is an event sold out? Hit reply to let us know and we’ll update the listing in the next newsletter.

One more thing…

Tourist season is here, and this YouTube video from Seattle-raised comedian Dustin Nickerson hits it all on the head. Just remember to be kind the next time you find yourself providing directions to the “v-Shawn” water taxi. 😉

Have a good one, all. We’ll see you tomorrow.

— The Evergrey

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