Rainier Valley Warning Signs: A Prime Opportunity to Shut Up and Listen

by Marilee Jolin

On Saturday, drivers in Rainier Valley and the Central District were greeted by hundreds of signs warning them of their entry into Seattle’s top two “hotspots” of gun violence.  There was no explanation or images on the signs, simply the words “Warning! You are Entering the Rainier Valley” and on the back: “Welcome! You are leaving the Rainier Valley!”   Continue reading Rainier Valley Warning Signs: A Prime Opportunity to Shut Up and Listen

What Peace Looks Like: Rainier Vista’s Beautify the Block Party

by James Williams

Positive energy and children’s laughter overflowed Rainier Vista Central Park last Thursday, October 1, 2015 .  It was the first annual “Beautify the Block Party”, an afternoon focused on bringing the South End together, healing from recent gun violence, and accepting direction from the next generation.  The powerful event was planned, put together, and facilitated by a visionary group of pre-teens who live in the Vista.   Continue reading What Peace Looks Like: Rainier Vista’s Beautify the Block Party

In Georgetown, the Housing Is Affordable and the Air Unbreathable

by Sara Bernard

In early 2015, Kelly Welker began to notice that the gritty air she was accustomed to breathing near her home on Flora Avenue South, in Georgetown, was grittier than usual. Within a few minutes of leaving her house, it would get into her eyes and burn. It would get into her sinuses and burn. It began searing her throat and coating her tongue, leaving a chalky, metallic aftertaste. The sinus pressure went from her face to her ears at night, and the burning feeling settled deep in her chest. “I even went in for a CT scan,” she says. “I felt like I had to take a running start to breathe.” (Read more at the Seattle Weekly)

Featured photo by Morgan Schuler

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