Perspectives

Ampersand Live, Blog

2016 Ampersand Live: Poet Jourdan Imani Keith

Jourdan Imani Keith masterfully crafts poetry with storytelling. Things heat up as the battle between the children of water and the children of ice reaches a fever pitch.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Athlete Brandee Laird

Parkour athelte Brandee Laird shares a surprising story about how her athleticism made a serious difference in a stranger’s life.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Sketcher Gabriel Campanario

Gabriel Campanario uses his sketchpad to immortalize historic buildings the city has lost to development, to capture moments in time and to learn from the experiences of those he meets along the way. From angry turkeys and goats to kayaks, urban sketching turns even the mundane into an adventure.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Photographer Kevin Horan

Photographer Kevin Horan explores the way photography can give goats a human-like quality, showcasing their individual personalities.

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2016 Ampersand Live: David Schmader

David Schmader shares his 25 years of experiences in Seattle, describing the “Soul of Seattle” is what you first loved about Seattle when you came to this great ever changing City. This soul changes over time, but will continue to live on and evolve.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Tomo Nakayama

Tomo Nakayama shares his story and engages the crowd with heartfelt songs—a truly remarkable performance.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Filmmaker Jill Freidberg

Filmmaker Jill Freidberg explains a local Red Apple as more than a grocery store, but a community hub.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Artist John Grade

John Grade shares how his search for an “ordinary” tree develops into a community art project at Town Hall for Forterra’s Ampersand Live on 11/10/2016

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2016 Ampersand Live: Musician Evan Flory-Barnes

Evan Flory-Barnes expresses simultaneous resistance and openness to change in this beautifully crafted, emotionally charged, orchestral experience.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Architect Rick Mohler

Rick Mohler thinks outside of the box when it comes to neighborhood progression and change. He dares to ask what if we were to increase housing density and affordability in a way that benefits the entire neighborhood.

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2016 Ampersand Live: Performer Tracey Conway

Tracey Conway shares Brenda Peterson’s “The Secret City Life of Raccoons,” a story about the urban as well as adorable and mischievous critter.

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Seattle Asian Art Museum, Community and Magic

Building a sustaining community isn’t easy. Otherwise it wouldn’t be so rare. It’s takes thought, time, organic trial and error and a little of the undefinable, call it luck or even magic.

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Cedar River’s Mini Maple’s Story

This fall, Dre Anderson, our brand-new Communities Engagement Manager tromped out to the Cedar River near Renton to see firsthand the restoration work that Forterra is doing along the river. He was inspired to write this poem about a young maple sapling that he met that day.

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Blog, Rural, Urban

6 Things We Learned at the Cross Laminated Timber Forum

100 leaders from around Washington and the PNW gathered to celebrate a year of progress catalyzing a market for CLT.

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Ampersand Live 2016: The KUOW podcast

Want to listen to the entire Ampersand Live 2016 show? Well, here you go!

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Blog, Wild

Return to the Forest, #OptOutside

This Black Friday, we’re joining our friends at REI to #OptOutside. Join us as we Return to the Forest! Grab your friends and family for a guided Bird, Bike & Hike in the Port Gamble Forest instead of hitting the stores. Bring the whole family—there is something for everyone!

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Ampersand Live 2016: Eclectic, funny and unexpectedly cathartic

Two days after the presidential election showed us how divided we are as a country, more than 700 people came together for an evening of stories, spoken word, photography, parkour and song.

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Ampersand, Issue V

The Secret City Life of Raccoons

“Urban wildlife,” that’s what scientists call raccoons that are now thriving in our cities. Raccoons are fascinating scientists as they move into our urban areas in record numbers. They stay close to their many dens — usually only traveling in a three-block radius. Raccoon mothers are affectionate and devoted to their kits; females often den together in what is aptly called a nursery.

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Artist Louie Gong is Raising the Region’s Consciousness

In the heart of the city, artist-entrepreneur Louie Gong births a first-of-its-kind retail project. As we all know, it’s hard to name what you can’t find at the iconic, bustling, uberly-photogenic Pike Place Market but here you go: Native art made by Native people in a Native-owned store.

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Ampersand, Issue V

Growing Bold

Western Washington is a gardener’s paradise. Most of us stick to the predictable assortment of fruits and veggies. But there are some uniquely original outsiders edging in. Some are mossy old timers local tribes have cultivated for centuries; others are fresh-faced newcomers brought here by horticultural pioneers. More recently, immigrants and refugees have been growing a cosmopolitan cornucopia. These are the upstarts,rebels and future favorites of the Pacific Northwest garden.

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Ampersand, Issue V

Letter From The Editor

The assembling, the forging, the hoisting, the pulverizing, the razing — it’s either the glorious roar of prosperity or the vociferous din of a city losing its soul. We may not agree about all the change that is happening but I’d argue we agree on what we value in Seattle.

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Dear Seattle, What’s With You and Transportation?

Bertha went “clunk” and the people involved in building Seattle’s grand but suddenly ill-fated tunnel project began to look at each other. It was considered beyond belief that the “clunk” would come so soon into the actual digging — the result of literally decades of fierce debate and discussion on what to do with an elevated roadway considered a potential disaster waiting to happen at the slightest provocation.

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Ampersand, Issue V

Looking for Affordability in Renton

But as Seattle has boomed, that image of Seattle as my forever home has slipped away. I still get nostalgic when I smell the low tide from downtown or take the walk from the ferry to the baseball stadium or sit near the Seattle Center fountain. (I now rent an apartment in the Central Area). But the truth is, I don’t see how I’d ever afford to own a home here.

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Ampersand, Issue V

Growing Pains, Growing Gains

So what do I know about cities? This: Build cities for people, and then all the rest follows. Commerce, culture, innovation, efficiency — all of it. Just start and end by building them for us — all of us. It’s that simple, writes Gene Duvernoy.

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