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Seattle’s Housing Crisis and The City’s Future

by John Stafford

“Capitalism is doing what capitalism does.” Thus lamented a Cambridge, Massachusetts reporter as he witnessed the town’s transformation from a distinctive neighborhood with idiosyncratic shops and affordable housing to a more prosaic district with chain outlets and upscale housing.  His point (and mine) is not that capitalism is an undesirable economic system.  Rather, the point is that capitalism is a powerful and often amoral engine that, left to its own devices, can alter the character of a locality in a manner that most residents find undesirable. Continue reading Seattle’s Housing Crisis and The City’s Future

South-End Students Bring “Hope” to City Hall

by drea chicas

Call: “Got hope?”

Response: “Got hope?” (x2)

Call: “Got freedom, got love, got hope, that’s dope! ”

Response: “Got freedom, got love, got hope, that’s dope!” (x2)

Close to 150 children and youth chanted that original, electrifying cheer on the steps of City Hall on Friday, July 31st. They made their voices heard, calling for change and sending an inspiring message of hope to Seattle Public Schools administrators, Mayor Ed Murray, councilmember John Okamoto, and many other community leaders that joined in solidarity. Continue reading South-End Students Bring “Hope” to City Hall

Former Gang Members Stand United in Repairing Community

by Marcus Harrison Green

They descended on Fifth Avenue in droves. With the swath of black and brown bodies shoulder-to-shoulder in solidarity, it was hard to imagine a time not so long ago when the wrong look from one of them, the wrong bandanna, or the wrong address was enough to incite an epidemic of violence that left south and central Seattle streets littered with bodies. Continue reading Former Gang Members Stand United in Repairing Community

A Joy(a)ous Celebration for the “Heart” of Hillman City

by Marcus Harrison Green

If not for the hundreds swelling its walls, anyone passing by Tin Umbrella Coffee mid-morning of yesterday could have been excused for confusing it with a typical Sunday at the Hillman City java shop. Festive music, the smell of aromatically-pleasing arabica beans freshening the air,  and audible laughter you could hear blocks away on Rainier Avenue South is delightfully common to residents of the immediate area. Continue reading A Joy(a)ous Celebration for the “Heart” of Hillman City

Students Rally Rainier Valley Community in not so Typical Summer Program

South Seattle – Urban Impact, a local community-based organization, is in the midst of hosting  the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools at two program sites. The program commenced on June 29th and runs through August 7, 2015. Rainier Avenue Church and Rainier Beach High School (RBHS) sponsor sites will unite by hosting a finale event during the last week of the summer program. Continue reading Students Rally Rainier Valley Community in not so Typical Summer Program

Don’t Haul Your Lawn Chair to Fremont, the South End is Full of Outdoor Movie Fun

by Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again, when we take advantage of the warm summer nights, grab some camping chairs or blankets and go watch our favorite movies projected outdoors. While many will be flocking to Fremont, Marymoor or the Seattle Center, those in the South End know that the best outdoor movies are those enjoyed with their family, friends and neighbors right in their very own community.

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Rainier Beach Library Expected to Close Temporarily

The Seattle Public  Library announced today that the Rainier Beach Branch,  located at 9125 Rainier Ave. S., is tentatively set to close effective Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, for the rest of the year while the building is partially reroofed, other maintenance is performed and the interior is reconfigured to better meet the needs of the community. Continue reading Rainier Beach Library Expected to Close Temporarily