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As Seattle Gears Up for Winter Weather, Officials Scramble to Secure Emergency Shelter

by Ben Adlin


Seattle officials are urging residents to prepare for a series of winter storms expected to bring snow and sustained below-freezing temperatures to the region this week, warning that the severe weather could cause power outages, create problems for drivers, and put vulnerable populations at risk.

“We have to check in with our neighbors at times like this, especially our seniors and disabled neighbors,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. “And also remember, you have the responsibility to shovel that sidewalk in front of your property.”

Agencies around King County are gearing up for the severe weather — preparing to clear roads and adjust bus routes, for example — but leaders at Wednesday’s press conference acknowledged the ongoing pandemic will complicate some efforts, such as expanding emergency shelter for people without housing.

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The Morning Update Show — 1/22/21

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, 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 — Friday, Jan. 22

Guest Host Mike Davis of South Seattle Emerald | Biden’s Executive Orders | COVID impacts on the restaurant industry | Vaccine “Pop-Up” locations | Wellspring: Hospitality Workers Grant | Food Fri-Yay! Frelard Tamales

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The Morning Update Show — 1/21/21

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, 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 — Thursday, Jan. 21

Special Guest Host — Justin Carder of Capitol Hill Seattle Blog | Inauguration Recap | Demonstrators Take to the Streets of Seattle | SDOT Gives Advice for Winter Weather Preparedness | Rewind With Besa! — Besa Gordon | LIVE — Sawant Receiving Threatening Emails

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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

West Seattle Bridge Closure Exposes Inequities in Duwamish Valley Communities

by Bunthay Cheam


On March 23, the City of Seattle closed the West Seattle Bridge due to rapidly expanding cracks that rendered it unsafe for vehicle traffic.

The bridge will be closed until at least 2021 and may not be repairable according to Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) director Sam Zimbabwe. SDOT is still working to assess the full cost and timeline of needed repairs.

The city-owned bridge is vital to people living on the West Seattle peninsula, serving as the main route of access to the rest of the city, serving about 100,000 vehicles per day.

The main detour routes offered by the city take drivers through the Duwamish Valley, and through the communities of Georgetown, South Park and along  West Marginal Way.

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Mayor Vows Equitable Upgrades for “Most Dangerous Street in Seattle”

By Erica C. Barnett

Less than an hour after Mayor Ed Murray wrapped up a press conference to announce new pedestrian-safety improvements along Rainier Avenue South, a collision between a car and a semi shut down the intersection of Rainier and South Alaska St. — an in-your-face reminder that whatever the city has done to calm what is frequently referred to as “the most dangerous street in Seattle”, there’s still plenty of room for improvement.  Continue reading Mayor Vows Equitable Upgrades for “Most Dangerous Street in Seattle”

News Gleams: Hillary Clinton Comes to Rainier Beach,Renton Avenue Closed for Repaving, SIFF Seeking South End Youth Jurors

Collected by Antonio Foster

Hillary Clinton to Visit Rainier Beach High School

Democratic Presidential Candidate and former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton will visit Rainier Beach High School tomorrow Mar 22, as part of an event to drum up support for her campaign prior to Washington state’s Democratic caucuses on March 26th. The event is scheduled to go from 8:15pm -9:15 pm. Doors open at 6:15pm. Clinton will also be attending a private fundraiser in Medina the same day.

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SDOT Begins Construction Along Beacon Avenue South

by Staff Writer

South Seattle – Travelers along Beacon Avenue South will be forced to alter their commute for the next couple of months as The Seattle Department of Transportation begins construction of a new sidewalk between 14th Avenue South and South Holgate Street. Southbound Beacon Avenue South will be fully closed to vehicle traffic beginning this morning -Wednesday, Oct. 22- for approximately nine weeks.

The Seattle Department of Transportation has mandated that during this closure, southbound vehicles must use an alternate route:

  •  Via South Jackson Street: Vehicles traveling eastbound on South Holgate Street can use northbound Sixth Avenue South to connect with South Jackson Street via Seattle Boulevard South and Fourth Avenue South. Vehicles will then use southbound 12th Avenue South, the Jose Rizal Bridge and southbound Golf Drive South to access the North Beacon Hill area.
  •  Via South Spokane Street: Vehicles traveling eastbound on South Holgate Street can use southbound Sixth Avenue South to connect with South Spokane Street, cross I-5 via South Columbian Way and turn north on 15th Avenue South to access the North Beacon Hill area.

During the closure, pedestrian and bicycle access will be permitted on Beacon Avenue South. Intermittent restrictions may be in place and access will be provided with the help of traffic flaggers.

For more information on this project, including a map of the signed detour route, visit www.seattle.gov/transportation/BeaconSafetyConnections.htm.

Department of Transportation to Host Rainier Avenue Traffic Calming Meeting

by Staff Writer

Sparked by a score of recent automobile accidents along Rainier Avenue, including most notably when an SUV crashed completely into the Carol Cobb Salon located on Rainier Avenue South and South Ferdinand Street, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be hosting a community meeting to address the traffic concerns of Southeast Seattle residents.

The meeting will take place this Wednesday, September 17th from 6:30 -9:00pm at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.

Besides discussing “traffic calming” in south end streets, the meeting will also unveil transportation projects that are in the planning stages for Rainier Ave South, and will conclude with a Q & A session between SDOT officials and community members.

Email Jenny Frankl, Jenny.Frankl@seattle.gov, for more information.