Seattle Wants to Save a Beloved Music Venue. But Is It Too Late? (CityLab)

In 2007, a team of Seattle consultants assessed the historical significance of dozens of buildings in the city’s urban core. Some were deemed meaningful enough that they were nominated as local landmarks. Others weren’t so lucky.

One building in the latter category was the Showbox, a downtown music venue that opened in 1939. Although its walls were virtually dripping with rare memories from nearly every musical genre since the Jazz Age, its physical structure had been altered multiple times. As a result, the consultants deemed that the space wasn’t qualified to be a historic site.

That decision, made in the early days of Seattle’s rapid redevelopment, paved the way for a fierce battle that’s playing out today. The venue’s property has since been upzoned and set to be sold and demolished. That sparked a passionate campaign to save the Showbox, and even prompted the city to take extraordinary measures to protect it in the short term. At stake is the Showbox venue itself, which is set to be replaced by a high-rise apartment building. Also at risk, depending on who you ask, is a key component of the city’s cultural history and the integrity of the city’s management of development. On all sides, it seems the outcome hinges on one question: When is it too late to save a valued institution?

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3 Young Refugees Have a Powerful Support System: Each Other (The New York Times)

NORTH BEND, Wash. — On the side of a towering rock face, Cing Kim gingerly placed her left foot on a small ridge. She tried to grab a higher ledge with her hands, but the tips of her fingers slipped, and she fell back a few feet onto an overhanging ledge.

“This is so hard,” said Cing, 12. “I can’t.”

She had been trying to get over the same section of rock for 10 minutes. Her hands were shaky, and she was out of breath. She told the volunteer belaying her that she was ready to be lowered to the ground.

As Cing tried to recover during this late summer trip to Olallie State Park, 45 miles outside of Seattle, a program coordinator, Amanda Cook, approached.

“Whenever things are hard, we try again, right?” said Ms. Cook, who works with young people in the Seattle area through the International Rescue Committee.

It was advice she expected Cing Kim and her two best friends, Cing Sung and Cing Lun, to use during the rock-climbing excursion. And it is advice she hopes the three Cings (it’s a common name in their home country of Myanmar) continue to use as they build their new life in the United States.

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