Category Archives: Community

“We Can Do Something Together”: Priority Hire Set To Target South End Unemployment Disparity

Interview conducted by Marcus Harrison Green

Since its passage a month ago by a unanimous City Council vote, Seattle’s Priority Hire Ordinance (CB 118282) has been praised by proponents as a long overdue mechanism for diminishing South End unemployment, and assailed by opponents as a “back door to affirmative action.” Continue reading “We Can Do Something Together”: Priority Hire Set To Target South End Unemployment Disparity

SDOT Proposes Three Potential Options for Rainier Ave Safety Project

originally published in the Columbia City Source

Option 1b, showing protected bike lanes between Columbia and Hillman City

Last night’s packed meeting at the Columbia School was the current step in SDOT’s ongoing efforts to tackle Rainier Ave’s major safety problems. The meeting began by quickly establishing that Rainier has, without question, some alarming safety concerns and that the road is in dire need of some major rethinking and redesign.

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Skyway Community Bids a Fond Farewell to Beloved Fire Chief

Mark Chubb 2
Photo Courtesy King County Fire District # 20

Hero is probably the most taxed word in the English language. Plastered on everyone from talentless reality television mavens to recalcitrant multimillionaire running backs it remains a minor miracle when it finds itself attached to a worthy party. No Skyway-area resident would challenge its precision when used in describing their beloved fire chief of the past two years; the soon to be departed Mark Chubb. Continue reading Skyway Community Bids a Fond Farewell to Beloved Fire Chief

From The White House to South Seattle: My Brother’s Keeper

by Gregory Davis

My skepticism

I was invited to attend the White House My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Summit as a community representative by the City of Seattle. A prestigious opportunity for sure; my mother, wife and co-workers were excited, I suppose that’s all that matters really, in fact I was the one filled with skepticism. Continue reading From The White House to South Seattle: My Brother’s Keeper

Filmmakers Bring Hopeful Lessons of Detroit to South Seattle

In a glorious metropolis synonymous with pervasive deterioration and unemployment, urban gardens flourish, artists run free and neighbors are doing it for themselves. Documentarians Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin bring their film “We Are Not Ghosts,” a story of ambitious Detroit residents remaking their city, to tonight’s Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies. Does South Seattle have anything to learn from their tale? Continue reading Filmmakers Bring Hopeful Lessons of Detroit to South Seattle

Remembering Norm Chamberlain

by Virgina H Wright

With the passing of Norm Chamberlain, Southeast Seattle has lost one of its longest-serving and dedicated champions. Known by nearly everyone, he worked to improve the lives of people in the valley, through his professional work at the helm of Pioneer Human Services, directing its array of human services – in particular helping to open doors for persons suffering under the strains of alcoholism, drug addiction, and re-entry into society after incarceration. Continue reading Remembering Norm Chamberlain

Building Bridges from Popsicle Sticks, Competition Sparks Students’ Ingenuity

By Katy Wong

South Seattle- The Museum of Flight was filled with Popsicle stick bridges as high-school and middle-schools students fixed their creations with cutters and glue and teachers made final bridge inspections Saturday morning at the  20th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition. Continue reading Building Bridges from Popsicle Sticks, Competition Sparks Students’ Ingenuity

“And the Youth Will Lead Us”: Community Transformation and Absenteeism

by Marcus Harrison Green

Usually, finding yourself in a high school classroom as someone in your thirties while “peers” half your age run mental circles around you is a glaring signifier you’ve made a succession of disastrous choices in life, but on January 22nd – as I played the part of a wilted bud planted amongst sophomores and juniors, squirming in his seat, too scared to be called on to give an answer to a barely absorbed question – there didn’t seem a better place for a South End native to be. Continue reading “And the Youth Will Lead Us”: Community Transformation and Absenteeism