The Emerald wants to know how you’re keeping yourselves — and each other — safe these days. We hope you’ll share your stories with us! #StaySafeSouthEnd
by Emerald Staff
For some time, we at the Emerald have been discussing what staying safe during this viral pandemic looks like as we serve our community. Naturally, it looks like following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for health and safety as well as directives from Public Health — Seattle-King County. But guidelines are just that, leaving plenty of room for interpretation.
Continue reading #StaySafeSouthEnd: This Is How We Do It
Furthermore, since the outbreak hit the Seattle area, there’s been a lot of misinformation and bad advice circulating. It’s hard to keep up, and bottom line — there’s no silver bullet. It’s a daily struggle to effectively prevent the spread of invisible germs and manage ongoing shut downs and life in quarantine.
by Jessie McKenna
This article first appeared as the first part of a series of blog posts for Rainier Ave Business Coalition (RainierABC).
Hillman City’s Karl Hackett, of Jacob Willard Home, started his mid-century collectibles business out of his home in Seward Park in 2011 after leaving the mortgage business. He caught the collecting bug early, while still a boy, but it wasn’t always vintage mid-century furniture and the like that struck his fancy. In fact, he grew up in a mid-century modern style home and was inspired by his father’s taste in home decor, but Karl says he didn’t appreciate the unique look and feel of the style at the time, it was just what home looked like.
Continue reading Jacob Willard Home—A Mom and Pop Shop Serving Up Vintage Home Furnishings and Aural Nostalgia
by Leija Farr
I want the gold toothed boy.
The fine, iridescent boy.
The boy who isn’t afraid to submerge a mouth in sparkle.
Continue reading South End Stew — “Grillz: To Love the Boy with an Endless Glow”
by Jake Goldstein-Street
Half a dozen candidates for the Seattle City Council’s District 2 spot met for a Tuesday night forum at the New Holly Gathering Hall as they answered questions on transportation, housing, and the environment — three of the most important issues for local residents facing gentrification and displacement, pushing them farther and farther away from their jobs, forcing them into cars, and driving up carbon emissions.
Continue reading D2 Candidates Talk Transportation, Housing, and Sustainability City Council Heats Up
by Carolyn Bick
When Vickie Williams died in 2017 of a pericardial effusion, her godson, Hassan Messiah El, slid into the role of managing L.E.M.S. Bookstore, the last Black-owned bookstore in the Pacific Northwest that’s focused on the African Diaspora.
But things weren’t easy financially, and Messiah El found himself struggling to make ends meet at the bookstore, while juggling a family and two other jobs as an actor and ecommerce merchant on Amazon.
Continue reading Fundraiser for L.E.M.S. Bookstore Surpasses $40,000
by Cecilia Erin Walsh
“Sidewalk closed.” I stepped around the construction site sign, pressed the crosswalk button, and waited. The usual traffic on Alaska Street crossed in front of me, loud but not so as loud to drown out the voices of construction workers behind me.
“And did you hear about the synagogue in Pittsburgh? All those Jews being killed?” one man asked another, who responded “Oh, yeah,” like he’d rather not talk about it.
Continue reading Perspective: Bursting Bubbles and Meeting Racism Face-to-Face in the South End
Story and photos by Susan Fried
Nothing really beats seeing a child’s eyes light up when they see Santa Claus, or even seeing a child with the opposite reaction, bursting into to tears after being forced to sit on the lap of some chubby, bearded man in a red suit. The secular part of modern Christmas is for children and for the memories we have of our own childhoods around this time of year.
Continue reading Celebrating the Holidays in the South End
2018 has been a big year for us at South Seattle Emerald — full of big transitions, big successes, and even bigger efforts. We’re growing our group of community advisors, offering free workshops, providing mentorship, and working on solid plans to be able to build capacity and deliver even more to you, our beloved community.
Continue reading A Powerful Wave of Support
by Reagan Jackson
Rainier Beach is the new gentrification ground zero. I have a front row seat. I recently celebrated my seventh anniversary of being a homeowner. I have watched my neighbors get foreclosed on and pushed out. I have watched the house flipping teams come through and trim up the yards, slap up new fences, and paint over bright color with the neutral blues and grays white people seem to prefer. When I walk through my neighborhood now, it’s a lot less like the vibrant diverse place I chose to live in and a lot more like Pleasantville.
Continue reading The Displacement Tax: An Update from Gentrification Ground Zero