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We got so many responses from you all when we asked what you want to preserve about Seattle. In fact, as we looked through them, they read like a love letter to the city. So that’s what we’ll share today, in your own voices (we tried to fit in as many as we could!):
The city through the trees. (Photo: Mike Atwood)
Dear Seattle,

We love that you’re such a weird, out-there place where ambition is mashed up with love of nature and a sense that anything’s possible (Gabriel Scheer).

When we look at photos from the 60s, when the Space Needle was new and Boeing was a big employer, we see this futuristic, forward-looking, progressive city. We love living somewhere so devoted to the future of all things, including itself, us and the world (Beth Anderson). There’s a certain fire in longtimers, from Gates to Bezos to even Molly Moon to prove that You Don’t Give Us Enough Credit and You Should Never Sleep On Us. We should never lose our desire to just get better and to prove the world wrong (Dylan Wilbanks).

And though we always want to look forward and find ways to improve, we hope we never forget to look back at things like our maritime heritage (Ian S. King) and our legacy for activism and the arts (Sara Kiesler).

We love your many, many trees (Luiz Humberto Melchert Marques), your beautiful parks (Richie Allen), your playgrounds (Robin Rosenberg), your tidal flats (Philip Weiss), your expansive greenery (Miriam Kolker), and your city wildlife of squirrels, eagles, raccoons, and hawks (Sarah Schacht).

And we love your neighborhoods — each with its own unique character and community (Mary Bennett, Michael Derr). As you grow, we want your real estate to remain affordable (Korat Ozturan), and we want mixed income rental housing with views (@WillSeattle).

There are also specific places we love: The Center for Wooden Boats, Canlis and the Bungalows of Capitol Hill (Susanna Williams); the seedy breakfast places above Pike Place Market (Karen Anderson); the Burke-Gilman Trail and the Space Needle (Karen Erickson); Beach Drive on Alki (Traca Savadogo); all the independent coffee shops (Gretchen Fetscher) and thriving small businesses (Joshua Holland), and, of course, Lake Union — a working waterfront, a playground, and a setting of sails, paddles and scenic views (Stuart Weibel).

It’s another rainy fall day, but actually we love the weather here and wouldn’t want it to change (Shemaiah Gonzalez). And by the way, it’d be cool if you preserved the anti-umbrella culture (Mark Pearson).

Also, the traffic is awful, but we hope that growth doesn’t lead us to honk too much (Luna Flesher Lindsey) or give up the quaint dance at four-way stops where people defer even when it’s their turn. It drives us nuts but it seems to be a Seattle phenomenon! (Angela Finney)

We hope you never lose your diversity: of race, ethnicity, class, immigration status, gender, sexuality, disability, age, and language. We want you to be an equitable, inclusive and vibrant place (Cynthia Brothers). We want people to retain their willingness to give charitably and volunteer (Madeline Moy). And we want you to preserve your acceptance of others, and to encourage friendships between people with different politics. What makes you unique are the people who live here and how we treat each other (Curtis Walton, Eli Israel).

Finally, Seattle, we hope you never stop celebrating the unusual, unexpected and weird. (Howard Wu). Because ultimately, that’s what makes you who you are.

Love, The Evergrey

Thanks to everyone who answered this week’s question. Keep sharing your thoughts on our Facebook page.
We’re gonna work at coffee shops around the city from about 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. all next week. If you’re in the area, stop by to grab a coloring book and say hi! (For those just joining us, we recently put together a coloring book with sketches by local artists Marianne Maksirisombat, Ryan Henry Ward, and Damian Puggelli. We have a limited number of copies left, so get them while you can.)
Yesterday we wrote about the latest attempt to bring the Seattle SuperSonics basketball team back to the city. A couple of you offered thoughtful feedback we wanted to share.

Sara Kiesler asked us not to forget that we DO have the Seattle Storm, our two-time championship women’s basketball team. “They are fantastic, and everyone who misses basketball should come see Sue Bird, Jewell Loyd, and Breanna Stewart kill it at Key Arena,” Sara says. She also pointed out that our use of 😞 to describe fans’ reactions to the City Council’s decision to vote down the arena earlier this year did not account for the vitriol some Seattleites aimed at the five women councilmembers who voted no. It was “downright scary harassment, including rape and death threats,” Sara says. For more on that, comedian Samantha Bee did a really excellent segment here.

Korat Ozturan sent this really hilarious and informative segment by comedian John Oliver on the issue of cities spending taxpayer money on privately-owned stadiums. Korat added, “Having an NBA team sounds fun but I personally think we have more teams & stadium in town than we can afford. It would be great if more Seattleites followed UW sports ;)”
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Enjoy this beautiful city and have a magical Halloween weekend 🎃. We know Richard Sherman will. — A&M
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