Spring arrived early in Seattle this year. Above average temperatures and dry days were the norm in February. The cherry trees at the University of Washington bloomed two weeks ahead of schedule. Tulips in the Skagit Valley popped open well before the start of the annual April tulip festival. But the pleasure many of us took in the mild weather was tempered by looming concern over the consequences.
In our bi-monthly Seattlemag.com column, Knute Berger--who writes regularly for Seattle Magazine and Crosscut.com and is a frequent pundit on KUOW--takes an in-depth look at some of the highly topical and sometimes polarizing issues in our city. William Shatner wants our water.
Smart Parking. The first to emerge from the $20 million overhaul of Seattle's paid parking system is a new "smart" variable rate parking machine, The Capitol Hill Blog reports. The new machine will offer a faster, smarter and more seamless transaction process, automatically charging tenants variable rates depending on the time of day. The machines will first pop-up in Pioneer Square, with Pike/Pine on Capitol Hill to follow later this year, and more in 2016.
Must InteractOn The Boards Presents Complex Movements(4/16 to 4/19, times vary) A hip-hop activist, a graphic designer and a creative technologist walk into a bar. Or something like that. This innovative, interactive, futuristic Detroit collective blends music, high-tech visuals and immersive activism as they invite viewers to imagine themselves as post-apocalyptic survivors.
The fact that she wasn’t a writer was no more likely to keep Ginny Gilder from penning a memoir than the fact that she wasn’t a rower (or even an athlete) would keep her from making the U.S. Olympic rowing team five years after first stepping into a shell. The Capitol Hill–based strategic adviser knows how to make things happen.
This article originally appeared on Avvo.com.
With #EqualPayDay this week, we reflected on the role that gender plays in our professional and cultural lives. Here are a few tweets and articles that made us think about women’s rights around the country, plus one about the rights of those who identify outside of the traditional male/female binary.
#BlackLivesMatter: Columbia City Gallery is featuring artwork from artist Aramis Hamer that "provides different points of view on the 'Black Lives Matter' movement," reports King 5 News. The exhibit will run through mid-May.
It's been six months since bike share program Pronto Cycle Share unleashed its fleet of bikes upon Seattle and to celebrate its successful stint, Pronto is declaring next week (April 13-19) Pronto Week. During the special week, riders can expect reduced pricing including $79 annual memberships (normally $85), $6 single-day passes (normally $8), plus member discounts on merch from places like Timbuk2 and ACT Theatre, a party on April 16 and more.
Back in 2012, environmental journalist Bruce Barcott was considering voting no on Initiative 502, due to a general distaste for cannabis culture and a vague fear that legalizing marijuana might make it too available to his kids. But after a bit of browbeating by a pro-legalization friend, the author (The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw), who lives on Bainbridge Island, did some research and discovered the startling statistics about pot-possession arrests—and the extreme racial bias exhibited therein.
Cheri Smith (not her real name), 34, was having brunch with her friends at Agrodolce in Fremont on March 22 when their meal was interrupted by a small group of protesters belonging to #BlackBrunchSeattle. "Everyone in the restaurant seemed kind of taken aback and uncomfortable," she described, adding "the word privileged was being bandied about a lot."