Seattle

The Seattle Freeze Is a Hundred Years Old

The Seattle Freeze Is a Hundred Years Old

Crosscut editor-at-large Knute Berger shared evidence that the infamous Seattle Freeze — our reputation for keeping everyone at arm’s length — has been with us for a while.

…while researching the pandemic of 1918-1920, Ben Helle, the ever-sharp-eyed archivist at the Washington State Archives, came across a Seattle Times clipping that suggested conversation about Seattle’s frigid nature as far back as the spring of 1920.

It can be frustrating, but the Freeze has its good points. Less pressure for small talk and social obligations. Plus when we’ve decided we like you, you can’t get rid of us.

Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times

Seen while walking the dogs.

LIKE A GOOD ❤️ NEIGHBOR PLEASE STAY HOME ❤️ if you can 😃 as much as you can ❤️

There’s another drawing in there. 🎈 maybe? Octopus?

Pioneer Square has a view now

Pioneer Square has a view now

We went out for dinner the other evening, and once the sun was no longer blasting directly in our eyes – yay for precession of the equinoxes – we were treated to a hell of a sight.

See, the Alaskan Way Viaduct has blocked any real view of the Puget Sound from ground level since the 1950s. But it’s going away. Near Pioneer Square, it’s gone. I can look right at the water.

Until they start building up that juicy real estate, of course. But I’ll enjoy it while I can.

Sweep Leaves Not Lives

Sweep Leaves Not Lives

Seattle’s homeless sweeps are contentious to say the least.

From The Seattle Times, on July 9th:

Seattle removed 75% more homeless encampments in the first four months of this year than during the same period in 2018, even with this February’s record snowstorm slowing clean-ups.

John Curley pointed out the NIMBY — “Not In My Backyard” — aspect:

What they’re doing is they’re trying to push them out of view. So they’re sending them back behind railroad tracks, back behind buildings, back away from the general view.

Mostly I’m curious who’d be so offended by this wall art that they’d remove part of its message.

Seattle's Chinatown Gate

Seattle's Chinatown Gate

Colors are a lot brighter in my new neighborhood. The gate was dedicated in 2008 to celebrate the neighborhood’s history.

That link also helps understand why “International District” and not just “Chinatown”:

It is perhaps the only area in the continental United States where Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, African Americans, Vietnamese, Koreans, and Cambodians, settled together and built one neighborhood.

Living in Seattle

circa 2003, at least.

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