Plus: A look at what’s been accomplished in the year since George Floyd’s death and we answer your questions about the U District.
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Plus: A look at what’s been accomplished in the year since George Floyd’s death and we answer your questions about the U District.

Hey, it’s Wednesday.

Yesterday marked one year since the murder of George Floyd, a tragedy that sparked a reckoning with our country’s history of discrimination and institutionalized racism. KEXP was among the many organizations and groups across Seattle that acknowledged the date by playing music of “hope, justice, and change, songs that affirm Black humanity, classic songs of protest.” You can listen to yesterday’s broadcasts by visiting the radio station’s online show archive

Keep reading for a look at what’s changed locally since Floyd’s passing, some answers to your U District questions, and another chance to snag the I Spy championship title for Evergrey Extra Members.

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➡️A look back and a look forward in the year since George Floyd’s death. Crosscut staff reporter Melissa Santos examines what exactly has changed in Washington state after a year of continued protests and demands for police accountability. About a dozen bills addressing the matter were passed in the legislative session, but activists are quick to point out that there’s still plenty of work ahead. (Crosscut)

  • Related: The Seattle Times took a more local look at how the city and King County at large are working to follow through on promises made following the summer of protests.

🖼The C-ID has a new mural. Seattle-based artist Akira Ohiso painted colorful noodles in the Maynard Alley to highlight the array of Asian cultures within the neighborhood. The Chinatown-International District’s new paint job is courtesy of the Maynard Alley Street Mural Project, an initiative between the Maynard Alley Partnership, SCIDpda, Seattle C-ID Business Improvement Area, The Wing Luke Museum, and Seattle Together Initiative. (KING 5)

🎵Northwest Folklife 50 years later. The festival which is typically held on Memorial Day weekend is one of the unofficial markers of the beginning of summer. It's been canceled once again due to COVID-19 but in a typical year, folks flock to the Seattle Center for a weekend of music, dancing, and eating. Although there’s no in-person event for 2021, there are virtual celebrations taking place this weekend, including livestreams and on-demand performances plus a virtual marketplace. (Seattle PI)

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Answers to your U District Questions

We asked folks who filled out our survey about the U District to respond with their own questions about the neighborhood. We sifted through your responses and picked a few intriguing lines of inquiry to answer. Check back here tomorrow for part two and if you haven't, read our guide to the neighborhood over on our website.

I heard there's some rich history with Shiga's Imports and its connection to the Ave — would be interested in hearing more.

There is indeed some rich history! The store’s original owner, Andy Shiga, was a notable figure in the neighborhood’s past and was a driving force in creating the U District Street Fair. As one might expect for a store that’s been around for some time, Shiga’s Imports recently underwent some renovations.

If you’re interested in learning more about the store, check out this Seattle Globalist article from a few years ago: Shiga’s Imports weathers a half century of changes on the Ave

What is the percentage of non-students who live in the neighborhood? 

That particular number is hard to find but the Department of Neighborhoods did release a report on the U District in 2018 that helps give an idea. Compared to the whole city, 95.7% of households are renters. A report from the U District Partnership reinforces the prevalence of students in the neighborhood, finding that the median age is 22 and that the total population is about 31,000. The UW's enrollment is over 40,000.

Will the new light rail station have any open public space?

The U District Partnership recently opened a new outdoor dining plaza at NE 43rd Street! It’s right in front of businesses like Flowers, Cedar’s of Lebanon, and Sweet Alchemy. The street now features a number of benches with umbrellas and is closed off to any traffic. Head over there, say hi to Samir, and go support these local businesses. 

What businesses have we lost here in the pandemic?

Here's an incomplete list sourced from various articles:

Floating Bridge Brewery

Orange King

Teriyaki 1st 

College Inn Pub (Was purchased by new owners but has yet to reopen)

Jet City Improv (Building demolished but will continue temporarily out of University Heights)

Cafe Racer (Plan to reopen eventually in a new location)

University Temple United Methodist Church (Building to be demoed, moved offices to U Bookstore basement and will resume services at the Masonic Lodge)

Seven Gables Theatre (Burned down)

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😍Meet local singles for fun group activities on Zoom!(Online)

💼Join a conversation with the YMCA on navigating the barriers of being an API in the workplace (Online)

🎤Watch a livestream featuring the Black Ends and Parisalexa (Online)

🚲Learn about how to make bicycling more accessible for all people this #bikemonth(Online )

📁Get some business knowledge with Margot and brAIMS event centered on helping you find the right mentor (Online) — Through May 27th


🎸Tune into this livestream of local artists La Fonda and Shaina Sheperd (Online)

🎙️ Crosscut discusses America's reckoning over race with Doug Baldwin(Online)


🍺Stop by LTD Bar & Grill for Fremont Fridays with the Marshall Law Band and Mediums Collective (Fremont)

🏀Cheer on the Seattle Storm as they take on the Minnesota Lynx (Everett)


🌇Join Black Farmers Collective at YES Farm and the Danny Woo International District Community Gardens for a tour that offers the opportunity to learn about the power of community gardens and creative solutions to systemic land and food injustices(Chinatown International District / Yesler Terrace)


🍫Grab some chocolate at Theo's Broken Bar Day (Fremont)

⚽️Support the OL Reign as they take on the Washington Spirit (Tacoma)

⚽️Watch the Sounders host Austin FC (Pioneer Square)


🏀Watch the Storm take on the Indiana Fever (Everett)

One more thing …

If you’ve ever wanted to name a baby lemur, now is your chance. Back at the end of March, Woodland Park Zoo welcomed red ruffed lemur triplets, and now they need names! The zoo is asking for input for naming one of the three lemurs — the others will be named by zoo donors. Visit the zoo’s website to cast your vote for which of the four Malagasy names you think is best for one of the lemur triplets.

And lastly, here's what I've been up to:

🍴 Cooking: Coconut Fish and Tomato Bake from the NYT Cooking (Pictured above)

 📺Watching: Husky Softball (More on this tomorrow, but if you’re not already planning to tune in for their Super Regional game on Friday, I highly recommend you do so.)

 🎧Song on repeat: Sleater-Kinney — “Worry With You” (You can find a Spotify playlist of all the songs I have on repeat right here.)

That’s it for today; catch ya back here tomorrow.

— Grace at The Evergrey

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