As the pandemic has raged across the globe, there have been glimmers of hope that we may be exiting the worst of it. Unfortunately for Washington business owners, the recent record-breaking spike inCOVID-19 cases has led to another round of tightening restrictions by Governor Jay Inslee.
On Oct. 27, an International Special Review District Board (ISRD) meeting resulted in a certificate of approval granted for the “Origin 206” at 206 Fifth Avenue South, a mixed-use residential and commercial development owned by 206 Partners LLC, with Edge Developers LLC as its investor. Nina Wallace, a member of the Chinatown-International District (CID) Coalition, was in attendance for the meeting and believes the certificate of approval was a greenlight for another gentrification development to begin in the CID.
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Brett Hamil is a writer, cartoonist and performer living on the South End of Seattle. He produces the weekly comedy show Joketellers Union and the political comedy talk show The Seattle Process. The Seattle Weekly (RIP) once called him “the city’s premier political comic.”
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By now, almost everyone knows about Governor Jay Inslee’s new restrictions on indoor gatherings as Washington State COVID-19 cases reach an all-time high. Indoor dining service is out again, and restaurants continue to scramble and adapt to keep their doors open. Sadly, tens of thousands of businesses have already permanently closed this year, and it looks like that trend won’t stop anytime soon.
COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind right now, so this week we’re going to have one very long read and one very short one on two topics related to the virus. First, with all the good news about vaccines this week, it’s time to take a look at Washington State’s plan for distributing and prioritizing doses. Second, we’re going to see what the latest thinking is about COVID hazards while flying.
Prioritizing Seattle’s Central and South End neighborhoods, the Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) will distribute more than $7 million to community organizations, beginning in November. On Nov. 10, Mayor Durkan announced that $4.4 million was awarded to seven community-based organizations for site acquisition and major capital projects. In addition, $1.25 million was also dedicated to capacity-building support among existing EDI partners. On Nov. 18, an additional $1.77 million in funding was awarded to BIPOC-led organizations to support responses to COVID-19.
In an online press briefing on Friday, Nov. 20, Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health — Seattle and King County (PHSKC) reported that cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations across the county have spiked in the past two weeks. In response, the County’s top health official made an urgent plea to residents to strictly limit social gatherings in advance of Thanksgiving and the holiday season.
The fifth anniversary of Legendary Children, a celebration of QTBIPOC art, performance, and ballroom culture, takes the virtual stage this Saturday, November 21. Featuring the work of 25 creatives, including six houses, the star-studded event spotlights the creativity and fierceness of queer and trans Black and Brown communities in the Pacific Northwest. Hosted by CarLarans and Aleksa Manila, Legendary Children will include live house music from DJ Riz Rollins and video content from Seattle Public Library (SPL) artist-in-residence Momma Nikki. Last year the event was held at the Seattle Art Museum in partnership with SPL and other community partners. Due to the pandemic, this year the glitz, glamor, and talent will be live streamed via Facebook and YouTube with production help from Michael B. Maine. The free event begins at 8 p.m. this Saturday, and those wanting to participate in the virtual runway are encouraged to RSVP for a Zoom link here.
Multi-disciplinary artist Dakota Camacho and performer and artist Adé are co-curators of the event, with guidance from curator-at-large and icon Dr. Stephaun Wallace (Blahnik). Through the unique opportunities of an online platform, Wallace encouraged Legendary Children to reach beyond the spectacle of ballroom culture to its foundation of QTBIPOC community care. The artistry and resilience of ballroom has sustained queer and trans Black and Brown communities for decades, including during the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, adverse political administrations, and now COVID-19.
SPL’s Public Engagement Programs Manager, Davida Ingram, said, “Stephaun Wallace asked us to consider, ‘What’s the substance of house and ball culture?’ Yes it’s fashion, yes it’s fierceness, yes it’s bold, and at its essence is about radical care and love and nurturing.”
David Hackney’s victory over 18-year incumbent Zack Hudgins to serve as a representative in Washington State’s 11th Legislative District was decisive, with Hackney earning 61% of the vote.
For Hackney and his supporters, it signalled that the 11th District — which encompasses Renton, Tukwila, part of Kent, and a slice of South Seattle that includes SoDo, the Industrial District, Georgetown, and South Park — wanted new leadership. “I think they were ready for change,” said Hackney in an interview with the Emerald. “I think they saw in me the energy of an organizer — someone that was going to be fighting inside and outside of Olympia on critical issues.”