Coincidentally, just as we are going to press with an issue in which architecture writer Lawrence W. Cheek has named his top 10 parks, cityparksblog.org introduced Park-Score. It’s like a neighborhood Walk Score, except for cities. The rating system, developed by the Trust for Public Land, uses GIS analysis and other city data to calculate proximity to parks, park acreage compared to population, and best ways to spend park resources. Seattle, with a score of 66.5, ranks ninth in the U.S. We draw high marks for parks that are accessible to people of all ages and incomes, but we could do better when it comes to park size and parkland as a percentage of city area. Question number one: Where in Seattle can you find a 53-acre park with old-growth forest as untouched as the day the Denny Party landed in 1851? Hint: Listen for the creek gurgling through the deep ravine. Answer here. (Bonus point: Which present-day artisan brewery was named after the Denny Party’s ship and why is its summertime beer called Seamstress Union Raspberry Wheat? Look here.)
The same day the traveling King Tut exhibit opened at Pacific Science Center, Egypt was holding democratic elections for the first time in its history. At the press preview, Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Aly Sayed, Egypt’s minister of antiquities, made a poignant plea. “Please, we need your help. We need you to support our revolution. We need you to support our movement toward peace and democracy.” It was a timely admonition for Americans. In this election year of polarized politics, during the month where noise, sparks, and smoke explode to mark the beginning of the first modern republic, Kathryn Robinson reminds us that no matter which way our politics lean, and even amid our bitterest disputes—patriotism can be for all of us. Question number two: What is it about flying the flag that rankles the neighbors? Read study material here. Discuss.
For the last year, Seattle Met’s food and restaurant writers have been dining on the cheap. They’ve sampled cuisines from Mex to Malaysian and visited dives, delis, and diners to bring you our first ever encyclopedia of cheap eats. You’ll find an A-to-Z compendium of mouthwatering dishes, a round-the-clock happy hour guide, even a culinary geography lesson. Question number three: Name seven sandwiches from seven countries. Here’s one for free: slow-roasted pork sandwich from Cuba. Check your answers here.
Extra Credit Activity: Attend one or more outdoor concerts, movies, or happenings listed in the summer events guide. Have an edifying summer.
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