So long, Silicon Valley: According to Seattle-based Redfin, "For the first time ever, the median price for a Silicon Valley home just exceeded one million dollars," which means that people are leaving the area simply because they can't afford to stay. Just where are they headed?
Holiday travelers put the Washington State Department of Transportation's online summer ferry reservation system to the test this weekend. The system, which serves parts of the San Juan Islands, has experienced problems in the past (it failed on its first day back in April), but this time around it went off without a hitch.
Over the past 10 years, the South Asian population in the Puget Sound region has nearly tripled. Most people who have seen the show Outsourced or have had an Indian-accented technician solve their computer woes associate this influx with tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon. This is partly true, as many South Asians can attest to growing up in a household that was exclusively focused on education—particularly in the areas of math, science and other related fields (i.e. engineering and medicine).
Instagram Inspiration is a new column on Seattlemag.com that explores our favorite Instagram themes each week. There's no denying how much pride flows through this city. You see it in the crowds at Safeco and Centurylink cheering on our beloved Hawks, Mariners and Sounders. You see it with the kayaktivists protecting our harbors from invading oil rigs. So this week, we thought it was only appropriate to give a round of applause to our beautiful city and the people who inhabit it. Cheers to Seattle and the PNW.
Must Laugh Local Artist Dons Sea Cucumber Costume in Manifesto (5/22 to 5/24, times vary) Ilvs Strauss uses a sleeping bag as the basis for the California red sea cucumber outfit she dons in her funny and poignant piece Manifesto, in which she artfully combines a witty personal monologue about childbearing and womanhood with gestural dance, backup dancers, facial expressions and two costume changes.
The programming ninjas behind the Seattle International Film Festival have long included movies of the gastronomic persuasion. But, this year, there were so many strong culinary contenders that the team decided it was high time to launch a full foodie film program complete with post-movie dinners at local restaurants.
Market Changes: Pike Place Market, everyone's favorite fish-throwing tourist destination, is about to get bigger. Construction on the Pike Place MarketFront, a multi-level expansion, kicks off on June 24 with a groundbreaking ceremony featuring Mayor Ed Murray (includes a parade!) along with city and state representatives and members of the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority Council.
Washington needs doctors. Actually, the whole country does. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates the country may be short between 46,000 and 90,000 doctors by 2025. In Washington, and indeed most states, the need is even more acute in rural areas. Everyone involved in medical education seems to agree that we need more doctors. How to get them is another story.
In a sense, I’m lucky that my morning commute is usually the distance between my laptop and my lap. My wife walks to work most days, and we’re down to one car. We live in an apartment complex right next to a bus stop, and a few blocks from a local business district, small and boutique-ridden as it is. But we can easily walk or bus to get groceries and other necessities. In short, we’re living the sustainable dream. Sort of.
Gender reveal parties, in which moms and dads-to-be find out if their little peanut will be a boy or a girl, have become the trend among new parents these days. I've seen cakes with pink or blue middles, pink or blue helium balloons flying out of a box, or even ultrasound techs on housecalls for a live and in-person reveal. In this case, local parents-to-be, Laura and Adam Krumwiede, thought they were in for just a routine reveal celebration after asking a friend to be in charge of the planning.
When news broke of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa last March, it was the first time much of the public was confronted with the terrifying disease, known mostly as something strange and deadly affecting people very far away. But for Angela Rasmussen, it marked a turning point in her life’s work. A lead researcher for the Katze Lab’s Ebola team at the University of Washington, she’d been following the complex and—until 2014—largely isolated disease for going on four years.
Seen in Daylight, the new art installation at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation might easily be mistaken for an oddly placed safety net. But when night falls, it becomes an immense, iridescent jellyfish hovering above the campus and shifting in the breeze. Unveiled in February, “Impatient Optimist” is an aerial net sculpture (120 feet long, 80 feet wide, 40 feet deep) created by Massachusetts-based artist Janet Echelman, who knows her way around a giant net—she’s installed similarly stunning works across the globe, including at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C.