Our city is in the midst of a multidisciplinary—dare we say postrecession—renaissance. The 50th anniversary of the Space Needle and the opening of Chihuly Garden and Glass have reinvigorated the city’s creative spark, getting many of the most jaded cynics excited again. The Pike Place Market remodel is complete, and it’s all gussied up in time for the throng of tourists. Amazon continues to build its empire, pretty much singlehandedly rocket-boosting the desirability of the South Lake Union neighborhood. Add the warmth of summer to the mix, and Seattle is, quite simply, hopping.
Although it has had a strong presence here for quite some time, Seattle’s global-health community also is bubbling to a boil. Our staff had the opportunity to check out the Gates Foundation visitor center a few months ago when it opened. Part high-tech history of the foundation (love the flipping wall timeline!) and part museum, the visitor center is also a place to ponder and explore what you can do to help make a difference in other people’s lives, even if you’re not a genius scientist.
This year, along with our 12th annual Top Doctors feature in this issue, we’re also celebrating the work of—and giving some long overdue praise to—our city’s global-health leaders, whose efforts here and abroad are literally changing the world. If you want to really immerse yourself further in all things global health, the Seattle Center’s Next Fifty celebrations this month focus on global health; visit nextfifty.org for a list of events.
But along with rejuvenation and rediscovery comes self-examination. Our police department is under renewed scrutiny; our struggling public school system is undergoing a shift in leadership (again). Joe Follansbee checks in on another ongoing problem—homelessness—and the city’s 10-year plan to eradicate it. Sure, we’re cooking, but we also have a long way to go.
July is also the month when summer finally seems to take hold (well, the end of July). To that end, managing editor Kristen Russell and Seattle magazine outdoors writer Roddy Scheer have created the perfect get-outside hiking and walking guide for everyone, from extreme hikers to those just looking for an in-city saunter. Kristen regularly comes into the office regaling us (and making us green with envy) with tales from her latest jaunt up to some high-altitude viewpoint. Both Kristen’s and Roddy’s love of the outdoors is infectious; you couldn’t have better tour guides for your summer hiking. This is an issue I know I’ll be keeping in my car all summer long, and we hope you’ll take us along for the ride, too.
Until next month,