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.
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→
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→
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→
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→