Interactivity: Seattle and construction go hand in hand--so much so, apparently, that city officials have launched an interactive map of construction projects around the city. The handy Shaping Seattle map gives viewers full information about each project, including sketches and timelines. It's even mobile-friendly!
Whether we admit them or not, we all have our quirks. Do you worry what your buttoned-up office pals would think if they knew you practice the "Thriller" dance in your living room after work? Do you hide it from your workout friends that you’d rather spend Saturdays having philosophical conversations than doing deadlifts? Would your roommates be weirded out if they discovered how badly you've been dying to race your new Octocopter? Do they even know you have one?
Over the last ten years, with the increasing cost of healthcare and prescription drugs often having more side effects than benefits, more and more people are turning to alternative forms of medicine for their ailments. These alternate forms take a long-term and holistic treatment approach rather than a symptomatic one. The forms that are most commonly known today include Ayurveda, the time-tested Indian system of healing, Naturopathy and Acupuncture/East Asian medicine.
Pacific Northwest poet Richard Hugo, whose name is attached to the Hugo House on Capitol Hill, wrote in his poem "Letter to Kizer from Seattle," "I’m back at the primal source of poems: wind, sea/and rain, the market and the salmon."
As I mindlessly scrolled through my Twitter feed and saw all the above hashtags pop up one too many times, I realized it wasn't just me contemplating moving into the Starbucks next to my apartment just to get a little AC.
This article originally appeared on Avvo.US politicians have suddenly woken up and realized—finally—that something has to be done about mass incarceration.
At the end of my chapter “Mass Incarceration: Young Men Locked Up, Locked Out” in my book Swagger, I wrote:
For a city that defines itself on innovation and creativity, Seattle is no stranger to art. Take our new rainbow crosswalks, our monthly neighborhood art walks, 4Culture’s many community art programs, and the dozens of galleries spanning the city, including the 82-year-old Seattle Art Museum.
Primed for Success?: Despite the mixed reaction to Amazon’s first Prime Day, including thousands of #PrimeDayFail jokes on Twitter, Amazon announced that it sold more on July 15 than it did on Black Friday last year.
Must FestHead East for the Annual Kirkland Uncorked(7/17 to 7/19, times vary) This three-day summer food and wine festival takes over the scenic Marina Park on Lake Washington and features everything from wine tasting to dog modeling to a burger brawl, where chefs bust out every foodie ingredient necessary to win bragging rights as the Eastside’s best burger.
The cool calm of Green Lake has always attracted Seattleites looking to take a break from the headaches of city living, and a deeper serenity comes to the tranquil basin this month with “From Hiroshima to Hope.” The 31st annual lantern-lighting ceremony commemorates those killed by atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago this month, as well as other victims of violence across the globe.
The Big One: Seen this New Yorker article posted on Facebook yet? Are you convinced you and everything you love will be reduced to rubble by The Earthquake to End All Earthquakes? Well, you're not alone (Seriously, take a scroll through Twitter. Everyone's terrified).
Anyone who negotiates Seattle on a regular basis asks at some point: Why can’t we just get around? It’s easy to blame geography—squeezed as Seattle is on a narrow, hilly hourglass isthmus surrounded by water—for our city’s transportation woes. But it’s much more complicated than that.
By complicated I mean that some basic, and not always pretty, elements of human nature have come into play to give us what we know today. And a little history and perspective are helpful as the $930 million transportation ballot measure, Move Seattle, heads for the November ballot.
Berit Anderson stretched the frontiers of community-based journalism during her four-year tenure as managing editor of online journal Crosscut. With her new media company, she blows them into outer space.