Plus: Single-family zoning gets a name change.
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🚗 Honk if you're sick of Seattle traffic

Plus: Single-family zoning gets a name change.

By Grace Madigan

It’s Wednesday, folks. 

And it appears that Seattleites have taken a liking to honking their collective horn. 

According to a new poll, 68% of Seattle drivers agree that it’s somewhat appropriate to honk in traffic. This is a stark rise from 2017, when less than half of the sampled Seattleites felt that blasting your horn was acceptable behavior; the latest findings reported that only 26% of drivers get mad about being honked at. 

This change of heart toward honking is a bit of a mystery; maybe it’s all the newcomers arriving in the city or a sign that traffic is getting worse. Whatever the reason, don’t be surprised if you’re hearing more horns out on the road these days. Personally, I like to keep it old school with the in-vehicle cursing and passive-aggressiveness. 

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5 things Seattle is talking about

🏡  Single-family zoning gets a rebrand. The City Council did not abolish the practice, but instead rechristened it as “neighborhood residential zoning.” The name change does effectively nothing to scrap the zoning law which started in 1923 and has been used as an exclusionary tool to keep low-income and people of color out of certain neighborhoods. Councilmembers like Teresa Mosqueda hope this name change will be the first step in addressing inequities produced by the zoning law, but there are no paths forward in the near future. (The Stranger)

🍄  It’s chanterelle season, baby. Want a literal taste of PNW? Food writer Naomi Tomky argues it doesn’t get much better than chanterelles. This article breaks down how to find the abundant fungi and cook them up at home. If you find yourself foraging this fall and in possession of a bunch of mushrooms you’re not sure are safe to eat or not, head over to the Puget Sound Mycological Society for an identification clinic every Monday. (Seattle PI)

🇲🇾  Keep your eye out for this Malaysian pop-up. Considering the abundance of Thai and Vietnamese food joints in Seattle, Malaysian cuisine is relatively underrepresented; that’s why Safira Ezani and her mother Masitah Hamzah started Masakan last October. They’ve done pop-ups across town where they served sweet and savory snacks like rose-flavored rice pudding and beef curry puffs. Their next pop-up is taking place this Sunday, Oct. 10 at Jaiiya Cafe in Edmonds. (Eater Seattle)

  • Related: “The Seattle Times” put together a list of places serving up Southeast Asian food that goes beyond just Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Check it out to get some inspiration for your next meal out. 

🖼   The new Northgate, Roosevelt, and U District light rail stations opened over the weekend and there’s some pretty cool art in them. One of the pieces in the U District Station is inspired by a Brooklyn streetscape as a nod to the neighborhood’s history and former name — you guessed it — “Brooklyn.” Other works include a tribute to the state’s official insect, the green darner dragonfly, as well as an abstract piece of bike-racing and running imagery. (Crosscut)

🎃   It’s that time of the year again: here are spots to get a pumpkin beside your neighborhood grocery store. Make a day of it and head to one of these pumpkin patches where you can pick out your perfect seasonal plant, grab some cider, and wander through a corn maze. (Seattle Met)

Don’t miss out on tickets to the Seattle Queer Film Festival!

Miss the movies? Get your cinema fill with Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s Seattle Queer Film Festival starting next Thursday, Oct. 14. 

Over 11 days, you can watch a variety of films created by LGBTQIA+ creatives for communities as well as cinephiles of all stripes. They’re even screening the web series, “Hetero,” which we highlighted in a newsletter earlier this year over the summer. 

We’re giving away three pairs of tickets to your choice of any virtual or in-person festival event — play to win by entering our content right here Good luck!


🍎  Curious about how to make Fruit Shrub?? Come learn all about it and ferment some of your own at The Works shrub class.(Capitol Hill)

🌱  Learn the do's and don'ts of indoor house plants with the UW Botanic Gardens (Online)

🎶  Get your dancing shoes and join the Polish Cultural Center for its Swing It Wednesdays with live music (Capitol Hill)

🌈  Celebrate 10 years of Pride Skate at Southgate Roller Rink with karaoke and DJs (South Center)


🍔  Learn the basics of starting a small food business in this class with Shoreline Community College (Online)

🏙️  Listen in as Crosscut sits down with three leaders taking on the major challenges our city faces and hear how they hope to rebuild Seattle to be the city we want it to be (Online)


🍁  Take in the beauty of the maple trees at the Seattle Japanese Garden (Arboretum) — through Oct. 17

🖼  Appreciate some art made by Seatle-based artists at the Belltown Night Market (Belltown)


🎵  Take in some music courtesy of SAM at the Olympic Sculpture Park (Belltown)

🍻  Drink some Rainier and shop local at Sloop Tavern at their Bakers & Makers Pop-Up Market (Ballard)


🔑  Join The Works as they bring back their Leather Keychains workshop for Seattle Made Week!(Capitol Hill)

🎤  Enjoy some live music at the Tractor Tavern from PNW artists: Joshy Soul, Shaina Shepherd, and thom.ko (Ballard)

One more thing …

It’s that time of the week where I share what I’ve been up to. Have your own recommendations? Share them with me! 

🍴 Cooking: Eggplant parmesan with a tomato, mushroom, spinach, and shallot orzo dish

 📺  Watching: This KEXP in-studio session featuring Waxahatchee.

 🎧  Song on repeat: Big Thief — “Certainty

We’ll meet ya back here tomorrow. 👋

— Grace at The Evergrey

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