Most read blogs on MyNorthwest in 2021
It may not have been as historic as 2020 for news, but 2021 wasn’t short any major issues to discuss. Commentators and personalities on KIRO Radio, KTTH, and MyNorthwest gave us insight into topics ranging from homelessness and eviction moratoriums, to the state of downtown Seattle and minimum wage.
1. Seattle mom says Green Lake bathrooms are reserved for the homeless
A Seattle mom told Dori Monson she was stopped from using the public bathroom at Green Lake because it is reserved for the homeless. While playing at the park with her 18-month-old daughter, Kristen went to use the restroom, but found that they were blocked off with tape. Read more.
2. Jason Rantz: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation bankrolls ‘math is racist’ lunacy
Jason Rantz reported that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is bankrolling a group of activists who believe math is racist. A group of fringe educators have compiled a six-part toolkit offering an “integrated approach” to developing an “anti-racist math practice.” Read more.
3. Mystery photo album discovered at Seattle estate sale
Feliks Banel found a Seattle man who had purchased an old photo album a few years ago at an estate sale on Queen Anne Hill and stashed it away on one of his shelves. Now, local historians are excited about the rare images discovered inside. Read more.
4. Washington property manager says many are choosing to sell due to eviction moratorium
With Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan deciding to extend the eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021, and with the statewide moratorium extended as well, there was even more concern from landlords who were finding themselves in difficult positions. Read more from Jason Rantz.
5. Why increased spending appears not to be helping Seattle homelessness
One of the perceptions has long been that Seattle is spending a great deal of money on homelessness and that residents are not seeing the needle move. Is the public concern about the spending versus the outcome a legitimate one? Read more from Jack Stine.
6. Business owner: Crime, homelessness in downtown Seattle has ‘never been this bad’
After KIRO Radio’s Gee and Ursula Show shared their own stories about visiting downtown Seattle, particularly in regards to the homelessness crisis, they heard from a local business owner who said “it’s never been so bad.” Read more.
7. Seattle dad says local park is ‘completely encased with encampments’
After hearing about the homeless encampments that took over fields in Ballard and prevented local Little League teams from being able to play, others spoke up about similar problems in different neighborhoods of Seattle. A listener named Erick shared his story with Dori Monson. Read more.
8. John Curley commissions Sondheim-inspired song for Tom Tangney’s final show
Dec. 1 was Tom Tangney’s final show at KIRO Radio, as well as the official end to the years-long partnership behind the Tom & Curley Show. Read more.
9. How does Dick’s Drive-In pay workers $19 an hour with a menu completely under $5?
Dick’s Drive-In has always paid high wages and provided amazing benefits for its employees, like college scholarships, child care, and health care, and at the end of September, the company raised its base wage from $18 to $19 an hour, reports Rachel Belle. Read more.
10. Dave Ross: When will Disneyland return to Seattle?
Dave Ross shared his thoughts after visiting downtown Seattle in September: “The few times I’ve been downtown since the office exodus of 2020, it has felt lonely and a little threatening. I also remember that not so long ago everybody thought it was too busy. Too vibrant! Amazon was bringing in too many young, well-paid people – remember that?” Read more.