Cafe Avole offers Ethiopian coffee, community space in Rainier Valley

The Rainier Mini Mart has been transformed to Cafe Avole, where owner Solomon Dubie brings a love of buna — Ethiopian-style coffee — and a community space.
Mar 12, 2016
Midwife Faisa Farole examines Malcolm Stonehill (the author's son) at the new Rainier Valley Community Clinic, which offers culturally competent pre- and postnatal health care. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

Rainier Valley midwives offer “culturally competent” care for diverse moms

In a zip code where 59 languages are spoken, pre- and postnatal care can't be cookie-cutter.
Mar 4, 2016

Island Pacific opens on MLK in former Viet-Wah location

Island Pacific Market, a Filipino-inspired supermarket, has opened in Seattle in the former spot of Viet-Wah Superfoods on MLK.
Feb 24, 2016

South Seattle transportation plan sparks hope and skepticism

South Seattle residents weigh pros and cons of the city's new "road diet" transportation plan for high-fatality Rainier Avenue.
Aug 4, 2015

SEAchange: A crowdsourced memory map for South Seattle

How is development affecting you or your neighborhood? The SEAchange map is a place for you to share your feelings, memories, hopes and frustrations.
Jul 13, 2015
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The friendly faces of Rainier Avenue

I set out with my camera down Rainier Ave to see if I could capture what it's like to live in a "bad neighborhood."
Jun 22, 2015

Rainier Valley Corps fellowships aim to foster nonprofit leaders of color

Rainier Valley Corps localizes an AmeriCorps-like service model, adds more salary and a culturally relevant curriculum.
Jun 4, 2015
Rainier Valley Food Bank volunteers used the Japanese Kaizen philosophy to resolve food-bank “choke points.” (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

Kaizen at the meat station: Japanese corporate strategy revitalizes food bank

How the strategy of “continuous improvement” developed in Japan and perfected at Starbucks is helping feed the hungry in South Seattle.
Mar 13, 2015
Solomon Dubie at the Rainier Ave mini mart that he plans to convert to an Ethiopian Coffee Shop. (Photo by Colleen McDivett)

Rainier mini-mart owner has plans for Ethiopian cafe

Replacing junk food and beer with coffee and culture.
Jan 13, 2015

School bus cuts continue, despite southend shooting incident

An attempted kidnapping of students who’d been booted off their bus didn’t stop the Seattle School District from approving a new round of route cuts.
Jan 8, 2015
Flordeliza Querijero (right) works on a mosaic that will be installed in the lobby of Courtland Place — an affordable housing project for seniors in the Rainier Valley. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Mosaic brings diverse women together in south Seattle

The rattle of thousands of tiny pieces of glass pouring from buckets and Tupperware was the steady soundtrack in the basement of Courtland Place (a senior housing project in Columbia City) last Tuesday morning. Well, that and the crooning of Barry White.
Jul 18, 2014
(Photo courtesy PramilaJayapal.com)

Pramila Jayapal racking up endorsements for State Senate run

Just months after Democrat Adam Kline announced his plans to leave the State Senate, Pramila Jayapal has emerged as the candidate to beat in an already crowded race for the 37th District seat. Jayapal — longtime resident of the Southend district — is most widely known as the founder and former executive director of OneAmerica, the […]
Apr 23, 2014