As housing prices in Seattle continue skyward and the specter of gentrification looms, cooperative housing stands as a largely untapped alternative model.
Seattle led the nation in home price increases this summer. Recent data released from Northwest Multiple Listing Service places Seattle’s average single-family house at $666,500. The affordability of rentals hasn’t fared much better. The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment increased 38 percent from 1998 to hit $1,412. Continue reading Cooperatives Offer Affordable Housing Alternative to Seattleites→
When Valerie Curtis-Newton and her partner, now wife, Kim Powell moved to South Seattle’s Hillman City neighborhood in 1998, the New York Times refused to deliver their Sunday edition to homes on the Beacon Hill side of Rainier Avenue South. Much has changed in the neighborhood since. Curtis-Newton says she can even get food delivered to their home now.
Much has also changed in Curtis-Newton’s relationship to Seattle’s theater world. She is now Professor, Head of Performance, Directing, Acting at the University of Washington’s School of Drama. In 2006, she and Vivian Phillips founded the Hansberry Project to bring theater written by and about African Americans to Seattle.Continue reading Neighborhood Artist Spotlight: Valerie Curtis-Newton→
Every year a huge celebration for Vietnamese veterans is held in Orange County, California. My grandfather, a veteran of the Vietnam War and proud member of the Vietnamese community, watches it religiously, staring intensely at the TV set. The pride on his face is evident as the color guard marches on stage carrying a bright yellow flag emblazoned with three red stripes.
He changes the channel to watch news about Vietnam’s state of affairs. Today it’s a mix between President Barack Obama’s recent visit to eat Pho with Anthony Bourdain and the arrests of more native journalists and bloggers, their faces forming a mosaic as the network illustrates the scale of the crackdown.
If you haven’t yet visited the newest addition to the food/drink options on Beacon Hill, Perihelion Brewery, you’re overdue. Located kitty corner from the Beacon Hill light rail station and the Red Apple market it is a welcoming, family-friendly addition to the neighborhood. My co-workers and I managed to grab a sunny outdoor table during happy hour (4-5pm) last week, first sampling (and becoming addicted to) the guest cider on tap, a Schilling’s seasonal grapefruit cider, accompanied by the house sweet potato fries appetizer (hungry yet?).Continue reading Food Review: Perihelion Brewery Hits It Out of the Park→
South Seattle’s 24th annual extravaganza known as the Rainer Valley Heritage Parade & Festival kicks off this Saturday. This year, the Rainier Chamber is partnering with Parks and Recreation’s Big Day of Play and SDOT’s Summer Parkways; turning the whole Valley into huge party of home grown entertainment, athletics, games, food, music and fun. Continue reading Guide to the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade & Festival Weekend→
Seattle soul food aficionados can rejoice. Last week’s closure of Catfish Corner in the Rainer Beach/Brighton neighborhood was only temporary. The restaurant known for its savory southern style cuisine could be reopening as soon as next Monday, according to its owner Terrell Jackson.Continue reading Catfish Corner Plans to Reopen Next Week→
This Friday evening welcomes the beginning of another month of open-air cinema in what’s become tradition for those who live and work in the area, and others who come out to the event in appreciation of the community. Neighbors, parents and children will sit on blankets, in laps or chairs as they watch Disney PIXAR’s Inside Out, though the real magic will not just be on the screen, but among all in attendance.Continue reading Moonlight Movie Series Returns to “Scrappy” Skyway Community→
Community members, businesses and law enforcement gathered for events in Seattle’s South End for the National Night Out event on Tuesday evening, amid gatherings around the city and country. The space adjacent to the Safeway parking lot turned into a late afternoon party complete with burgers and hot dogs being cooked by Safeway employees and Seattle Police Department’s Detective Denise “Cookie” Bouldin playing chess with opponents of all ages.Continue reading South End Community Celebrates A “Night Out”→
Amplifying the Authentic Narratives of South Seattle