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Dozens of the city’s bridges are in a “concerning” condition, a new report suggests. A lack of staffing and funding have contributed to the problem. For perspective, the West Seattle Bridge was rated as “fair” before cracks were found. This new report gave 65% of the city’s bridges that same rating. (The Stranger)
Nearly a quarter of SPD’s Domestic Violence Unit staff is set to be cut. Interim Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz and Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office say the move will not affect the unit’s ability to do its work. But others are voicing concern about the increased workload. (South Seattle Emerald)
Take Action: Read this NYT article about how domestic abuse cases rose worldwide since the start of the pandemic and this article from KUOW. Check out the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence website for resources. Donate to DAWN, the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network, which is the largest provider of comprehensive domestic abuse services in South King County.
The biggest fashion staple of 2020 — the pandemic mask — is getting its own pop-up art show. The exhibition is at the Museum of Museums and will run Sept. 18-20. All 30 masks are functional, made by different artists, and will be sold for $30. Proceeds will go to the youth arts nonprofit Coyote Central. (Crosscut)
Take Action: Donate to Coyote Central here and learn about their commitment to foster creativity in youth without financial barriers. Donate to the Seattle Artist Relief Fund GoFundMe organized on behalf of LANGSTON by local writer Ijeoma Oluo (“So you want to talk about race”) and others. They’re making one last push to raise money for the remaining folks on their waiting list.
Mark your calendars for chef Edouardo Jordan’s takeover of Queen Anne’s Dick’s location. From Oct. 16-18, Jordan will be putting his spin on the classic menu with pimento cheese deluxe burgers, fries with Cajun sauce, and a spice sweet potato shake. The pop-up is a collaboration with Resy, a restaurant reservation company, and American Express. Tickets go on sale on Sept. 24. (Eater Seattle)
🧡 Somehow this Wallingford sign about toxic air still managed to make us laugh. (Reddit-Seattle)
🍔 Dick’s is taking their iconic menu and food on the road, and you can have a say in where their food truck goes. (Twitter)
🏀 So many sports, so little time. The Storm will play their first playoff game on Sept. 20, the Seattle Sounders remaining schedule for the month was announced, and the Seahawks face a Brady-less Patriots team this Sunday.
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☮️ Craft your own Spiritual First Aid Kit with the Gathering Ground. If you miss this Wednesday's event they're hosting a second one on Sunday. (Online)
🎙 Crosscut reporter David Kroman talks with Mayor Jenny Durkan in a one-on-one interview to discuss the current affairs of the city. (Online)
📢 Make your voice heard with UWKC's Days of Caring week and join their Advocacy Day. (Online)
👨🍳 Learn to cook Palestinian food with Book Larder and cooking instructor Nadia Tommalieh. (Online)
✊ Join UWKC's Days of Caring week and be a part of their Social Justice Day. (Online)
🍰 Hear from Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber for a virtual chat with Book Larder. (Online)
🎉 Celebrate Real Change's anniversary with a keynote panel that includes Nikkita Oliver. (Online)
🤝 Join UWKC's Days of Caring week and make a commitment to continue to give and/or volunteer. (Online)
🗣 Be a part of this webinar on racial trauma hosted by Seattle Counselors Association. (Online)
🎸 Celebrate the life and legacy of Jimi Hendrix over this two day music and arts festival. (Jimi Hendrix Park)
😷 Visit the Museum of Muesums for the Mask Parade to see some festive masks you can buy and support Coyote Central with. (First Hill)
✉️ Help others do their civic duty by sending postcards to voters in marginalized communities telling folks how they can make sure their vote is counted. (Online)
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ICYMI: It’s Latinx Heritage Month! And this week happens to be Mexican Restaurant Week. It’s not too late to jump aboard this train and support your favorite taco shop. If you’re not in the mood for food I don’t understand you, but you can celebrate without a meal by tuning into KEXP, which will be playing some of their favorite Latinx and Latinx American artists throughout the month.
Take it easy and we will be back tomorrow. 👋