New city planning chief Sam Assefa brings international insights to Seattle

Meet Sam Assefa, a native of Ethiopia and incoming director of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development.
Mar 18, 2016
Hodan Hassan. (Photo by The Seattle Globalist)

Polar bears and melting ice caps or gentrification and asthma?

Polar bears and melting ice caps or gentrification and asthma?
Mar 13, 2016
Berhane Amanuel, owner of East Africa Imports (and restaurant) stands inside his Seattle restaurant. His store can be seen through the arches at top. East Africa Imports is a tiny little story and eatery in The Promenade, a shopping center in the Central District. It was opened in 2002 by Amanuel and his Central District native wife and they put 100k+ into adding a restaurant about 5/6 yrs ago. They recently found out that Vulcan plans to demolish/develop the shopping center meaning they'll have to move and may not be able to afford to open a restaurant again.

Ethiopian entrepreneur says he’ll lose big in Central District redevelopment

The owner of East African Imports and Restaurant at 23rd and Jackson says he stands to lose big when Vulcan Real Estate redevelops the property.
Mar 11, 2016

23rd Ave construction has immigrant-owned businesses on the brink

Central District businesses suffering during 23rd Ave Construction are hungry for financial help promised by the city. But some say it's too little, too late.
Stic.Man of Dead Prez performs in Sweden in 2009. (Photo from Flickr by Henrik Isaksson)

Dead Prez show apt to shake up a gentrifying city

Don’t be surprised if the next big Seattle rap classic isn’t about big butts or thrift stores, but gentrification and community displacement.
Feb 17, 2016

An open letter to white-collar Seattle transplants

Hey there new Seattle transplants — here's a few tips to help you avoid screwing up your new home.
Feb 9, 2016
A sign was posted on the door of Yasuko's Teriyaki on the south end of Broadway in October informing customers the shop had closed indefinitely. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Which Seattle small businesses are in developers’ crosshairs?

Iconic Seattle small businesses are under pressure from soaring rents. We dug into county data and found some clues about what happens next.
Nov 2, 2015
A note that accompanies the crosswalk paint job raises a series of somber concerns.(Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Rainier Beach crosswalk painted Ethiopian colors

The trend of guerilla crosswalk painting in Seattle continued when a Rainier Beach crosswalk was repainted with the colors of the Ethiopian flag.
Aug 25, 2015

El Centro building an answer for affordable housing in Seattle

Community organization El Centro de la Raza is building Plaza Roberto Maestas, a low-income housing development on Seattle’s Beacon Hill.
Aug 7, 2015
Another house recently flipped in the Central District after the previous owner went into foreclosure. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

3 ways homeowners of color can put their fist up against gentrification

Everyone is talking about gentrification in Seattle, usually while pointing the finger at someone else. But who is really to blame?
Jul 9, 2015
Columbia City, long celebrated for its diversity, has seen rents, lease rates and home prices rise, changing the character of the neighborhood. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Confronting “the g word” in Columbia City

The rapid rise of the 193-unit Angeline Apartment building has amplified conversations about gentrification in Columbia City.
Jul 7, 2015
(Photo courtesy of Even The Walls)

Even the Walls: Seventy years of life at Yesler Terrace

As bulldozers raze Yesler Terrace, tenants grapple with losing their community to a rapidly gentrifying city. Even the Walls chronicles their stories.
Apr 22, 2015
The coffee at Cortona Café is good and strong. Shop owner, Ice, will wake you up with a hot cup while a catchy mix of music gets your foot tapping long before the caffeine-induced jitters catch up (Photo by Brie Ripley).

Cortona Café: beacon of unity amid Central District gentrification

“This is a place where people build relationships” Central District resident Amanda Predmore says of Cortona Café “It’s one of the most intimate cafés in the city.”
Apr 8, 2015
Media portrayals of the hood got you shook? (Still from Boyz n the Hood)

Who’s afraid of Rainier Beach?

What makes it the hood? Crime? Poverty? Or just fewer white folks?
Jul 3, 2014
A Salsa night at Waid's back in 2008. (Photo via

Night out at Seattle’s ‘most dangerous’ club casts doubt on cops’ claims

What’s really going down at the beloved immigrant nightspot the SPD wants to shut down?
May 2, 2014
Sung and Un “Missy” Bang, owners of The Original Deli, which is slated to close at the end of the week. (Photo by Atoosa Moinzadeh)

Immigrant shop owners downtown say they’re singled out for displacement

When landlords terminate the leases on small businesses, they usually have the law on their side. Is that all that matters?
Feb 5, 2014
(Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Thoughts on a not-so-simple arson in the Central District

Why would someone want to burn down a beloved immigrant-owned business?
Aug 17, 2013