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✌️When hippies invaded the U District

Plus: What returning to the office may look like.

Hello again. It’s Tuesday.

In case you missed it, we announced last week that we’ll be spotlighting the U District neighborhood for the month of May. Down below, we’re giving a little background on the neighborhood and why we chose to highlight it. If you haven’t yet, fill out this quick survey and tell us what you love about the U District. At the end of the month, we’ll create a guide based on your responses. 

In the meantime, keep reading for the headlines and another game of I Spy for Evergrey Extra members

5 things Seattle is talking about


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📄 Bill and Melinda Gates are separating after 27 years of marriage. Bill Gates is the fourth richest person on the planet while Melinda Gates was named number five on Forbes' list of the world's most powerful women. (GeekWire)

💵 The city announced $150,000 in funding for mutual aid efforts. Seattle Public Utilities is offering money to select projects that “make hygiene resources more accessible to the public, reduce illegal dumping and litter, and avoid the wasting of food and other materials.” Applications are due this Friday, May 7. (Capitol Hill Seattle Blog)

💼 The lowdown on what heading back into the office might look like. The return to the office poses a lot of questions and may have some folks riddled with anxiety. This article lays it all out from why businesses want employees back in the office to what this might mean for employees’ mental health. (KUOW)

💍 In news that will make you smile… Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm player and two-time WNBA champion and Finals MVP winner, announced her engagement to Phoenix Mercury's Marta Xargay over the weekend. Stewart played for UConn in college and was drafted to the Storm as the first overall pick in 2016. (ESPN)

🖼 Sacred Circle Art Gallery is now open in Ballard. The gallery was started by the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and Daybreak Star Cultural Center and features art from Native, local, and international artists. (MyBallard)

Looking into the U District's past


(Photo by Bjørn Giesenbauer via Flickr)

Did you know the U District wasn’t always called the “U District”? The neighborhood was originally called Brooklyn, a name you may recognize as being a prominent street in the U District. 

There’s not enough room in this newsletter to write a thorough history of the neighborhood so we’ll direct you to this article from HistoryLink for an in-depth look and instead give you some fun facts through the decades.

  • The land that the neighborhood sits on belongs to the Duwamish. The land wasn’t surveyed until 1855 and the developer, James Moore, didn’t intend for it to become the university town it did. 
  • The University of Washington opened in 1895 and with it came a population of students that would ultimately define the neighborhood for better or worse. Shortly thereafter, the name Brooklyn gave way to the more popular University Station because of the trolley. 
  • In 1909, the neighborhood hosted the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition which transformed the U District and gave way to what’s now known as “the Ave.” 
  • Following World War II, the student population at the UW swelled thanks to many veterans using their G.I. Bills. 
  • The Ave became Seattle’s version of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury street in the ‘60s. Hippies flocked to the neighborhood, patronizing its coffee shops while many students became involved in sit-ins and protests related to the Vietnam war.
  • Some businesses on the Ave that still exist from the ‘60s like The College Inn, Shiga’s Imports, and the University Book Store.

Check out these pictures of the neighborhood courtesy of the Seattle PI featuring photos from MOHAI. 

Tune in next week for our deep dive into one of the longtime businesses in the neighborhood: Blue Moon Tavern

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🌲 Enroll in The Needling's Real Fake Newsroom Satire Writing Workshop starting May 18 (Online)

👥 Hear from Ph.D. and parent educator, Jamie Cho, on discussing race and racism with children (Online)

😂 Perfect your joke-telling with comedian Emmett Montgomery (Online)


💍 Use found materials to make stunning jewelry in this online class (Online)

🤝 Join Mary's Place for their dream BIG luncheon which will be live streamed for free (Online)


🎭 Join us for an in-person comedy show and dinner on The Collective's Patio in South Lake Union (South Lake Union)


❤️ Stream the shows "140 LBS" and the sequel "OVER 140 LBS" this Mother's Day weekend (Online)


🌮 Stop by Jimi Hendrix Park for a Cinco de Mayo celebration that brings fashion and tacos together (Central District)

Tuesday, May 11

🏡 Join Sustainable Seattle for May Think Tank: Home for Good - Alternative Housing (Online)

One more thing …


We published our schedule for this month’s “Have a drink with…” series on Instagram last week. Every Thursday this month, we’ll be sitting down with folks running organizations and businesses in the U District and getting to know more about them. 

Join us at 4 p.m. this Thursday for our chat with a beloved neighborhood favorite, Big Time Brewery.

We’ll see ya tomorrow, folks!

— Grace at The Evergrey

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