Posts for 'Culture'

Local young social justice activist has no need for spell check

October 3rd, 2013

When I meet with young people or have interns in the office I invariably tell them to keep honing their communications skills. Different fields need different specialized skills, but all fields need strong communicators. And, so, I’m pleased to spotlight up and coming strong communicator Savannah B, a junior at Rainier Beach [More]


More important than I thought.

February 4th, 2013

Note: This post contains graphic language. Apologies in advance. I spoke with an AP reporter last Friday about a subject from a few years ago working its way to completion – adapting state codes to use more gender neutral language. Former Councilmember Jan Drago and I came across the word “fireman” when [More]


Globe to keep spinning

March 9th, 2012

We marked a major milestone this week in the longer-than-anticipated road to making the P-I Globe an official city landmark. Wednesday Councilmember Jean Godden, Councilmember Tim Burgess, Museum of History and Industry Executive Director Leonard Garfield and I stood before assorted media and historic preservation advocates to announce that the Hearst Corporation [More]


Bill Walton, Dave Twardzik, Maurice Lucas, Bob Gross and…

February 21st, 2012

When I was 11 I had the 1976-77 Portland Trail Blazers team photo taped to my bedroom door. If I had that photo still I could have checked it to recall the fifth starter of that world championship team. Instead, I hit Wikipedia and learned the other starting guard was (drum roll, [More]


Comin’ home, baby

May 27th, 2011

Some people scoff a bit at Councilmember Nick Licata’s practice of starting Housing, Human Services, Health & Culture Committee meetings with poetry and, more recently, film clips. Critics see it as fluff, not the real work of a legislative body. I like it, though. The city is more than memos, briefings, policy [More]


Neptune to rise again

February 3rd, 2011

I know the Neptune’s future may be bright as a live performance venue under Seattle Theater Group’s new guidance, but I’m sad to see the Neptune movie theater go to Davy Jones’ locker.  Like a lot of other UW students over the years I sat under the gaze of the blue-eyed Neptune [More]


It had to be THAT building

January 11th, 2011

Washington State Department of Transportation announced yesterday that they will propose demolishing the Western Building in Pioneer Square due concerns the building is already too structurally weak to withstand any settlement or vibrations from tunnel boring. Out of the 300-some buildings reviewed along the potential tunnel routes, it had to be the [More]


When is it OK to like graffiti?

August 23rd, 2010

"We" - the city and private business owners spend way too much money cleaning up scrawlings and bad doodles masquerading as "urban art."  In fact, the Council's Public Safety committee recently heard the results of an audit recommending ways for us to improve how we deal with unwanted graffiti and stickers. Most [More]