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South End Constituents React to Mayor Durkan’s Decision Not to Seek Re-election

by Elizabeth Turnbull


At the end of a demanding year responding to the COVID-19 crisis and overseeing controversial police tactics during to Black Lives Matter protests, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced on Dec. 7 that she will not seek re-election. 

In several interviews and in a video announcing her decision, Durkan said her decision came down to a choice: Run a successful re-election campaign or devote all her attention to being mayor in the final year of her term. 

“I could spend the next year campaigning to keep this job or focus all my energy on doing the job,” Durkan said. “There was only one right choice for our city: Doing the job.” 

To gauge how the South End feels about the mayor’s eventual departure, the Emerald spoke with local groups and community members about what the mayor’s decision means to them and their view for the city. 

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The Morning Update Show — 12/7/20

The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.

We’ll also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.

Morning Update Show — Monday, Dec. 7

Today on the show:

Guest Host Justin Carder — CapitolHillSeattle.com | Communion Grand Opening! | A Look at Cannabis Equity | Preview of WBBBA | Cafe Red | Coronavirus Update

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Seattle Restaurant Week Spotlights South End’s Global Cuisine

by Ben Adlin


Need an excuse to splurge on something delicious? A reimagined version of Seattle Restaurant Week opens this weekend and offers more options than ever, including an assortment of independent eateries in the South End. 

The twice-annual festival kicked off Sunday and — contrary what its name might suggest — spans almost an entire month. Between now and Nov. 21, participating restaurants will offer special meals at two different price points: $20 for lunch or $35 for dinner.

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Four Cafes and a Pandemic: How South End Coffee Hubs Survive, Thrive, and Fuel Community Amid COVID

by Ari McKenna (photos by Zion Thomas) 


The owners of four beloved South Seattle cafes — Beach Bakery, Cafe Avole, Cafe Red, and The Station — recount the stories of their opening, discuss the impact of the pandemic, and look cautiously towards the future.

Beach Bakery

Amy O’Connell of Beach Bakery (Photo: Zion Thomas)

Beach Bakery’s proprietor, Amy O’Connell, has been around the block and back in food service, whether it’s waiting tables, cooking diner food, bartending, washing dishes, or cooking gourmet cuisine. She’s sought further insight, travelling on a shoestring budget to experience the food cultures of various countries in Europe and provinces of Mexico. Amy’s also been to hell and back. Fortunately for the South End, she eventually figured out exactly how she wanted to express herself in the industry: “The more down to earth, the more comfortable food is, the more comforting food is, the better I am with it, and the better I am sharing it with other people.”

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Outdoor Dining Expands to Othello on Saturday Under SDOT Pilot Program

by Ben Adlin


A new program to convert Seattle streets into open-air café spaces will expand to the Othello neighborhood this weekend, with organizers closing a dead-end road to vehicle traffic and setting up patio-style seating for the community. It’s the latest example of how the city is rethinking its use of public space amid an ongoing pandemic. Continue reading Outdoor Dining Expands to Othello on Saturday Under SDOT Pilot Program

PHOTOS: Othello Block Party’s Second Volume

by Naomi Ishisaka

The Othello Block Party reunited Abyssinian Creole (Gabriel Teodros and Khingz) on its stage along with music and poetry from DoNormaal and Rell Be Free among others at the the second volume of the event on July 27. Photographer Naomi Ishisaka attended to catch the sights of the festival.

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Emerald Question of the Week: Where Do You Get the Best Cup of Coffee in the South End?

by Emerald Staff

The South Seattle Emerald asks readers a question each week via our Facebook page, Twitter feed and newsletter. This week we wanted to know: Where do you find the best cup of coffee in the South End?

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Othello’s Cafe Red, Hub for Coffee and Community Interchange

by Marcus Harrison Green

Lefty-leaning magazines like Dissent layer table tops, while amateur surrealist paintings adorn the walls, and acid jazz hums through the air. Mix in the comfy sofa with the nostril-tickling aroma from java beans, and the site could be most any South Seattle living room.

This, however, is the Othello neighborhood’s newly opened Café Red and the deliberate domestic vibe is owners Jesiah Wurtz and Haley Williams doing. The two see their shop not as a coffee refuel station but a pedestrian community center. Continue reading Othello’s Cafe Red, Hub for Coffee and Community Interchange