A different sort of pet, Cha Cha the tortoise strolls South Lake Union

Cha Cha the leopard tortoise plows forward on a walk in South Lake Union as passers-by gather to check out an unusual pet. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)

“Very few people have interacted intimately with a tortoise,” says Jim Ferron.

By that, he means having one as a long-term pet.

His tortoise […]

A Seattle Thanksgiving Memory

I was thirteen when my parents went through a horrific divorce in the 70s. Of course that meant my siblings and I went through that divorce too, there were six of us. My Mom took to drinking in grand fashion, to the point where she ultimately ended up in a hospital for years, after too many […]

The logs are long gone from Lake Union

THEN: Looking south on Lake Union from an unidentified offshore prospect near where Galer Street reached the Westlake Trestle. (Courtesy Museum of History & Industry)

SURELY THE SUBJECTS here are the logs, although their likely destination, the Western Mill at the south end of Lake Union, also is visible. […]

Where’s Eddy?

  Eddy the Irish setter practically holds court on the block where he lives. He’s such a big huggable lug of a bearish dog that he’s known to the neighborhood as Eddy the Teddy. By his fifth birthday last summer, his magical effect on people had convinced his owner Robyn to enroll him in therapy […]

There Be Dragons on the Lake! The Seattle Flying Dragon Boat Club

Dragon Boats. Perhaps you’ve seen them cruising or flashing by on Lake Union where Seattle Flying Dragon Boat Club practices more than 200 times a year, year-round. Dragon boat racing is the oldest continuously practiced team sport in the world, dating back 2,400 years in China where it continues at that country’s national sport. […]

Amazon expands (again) in South Lake Union

With its lease of the Troy Block, Amazon could reportedly end up filling 10 million square feet of Seattle office space.

And while Amazon employees already swarm South Lake Union, the company will have room for many thousands more

New Beat Hits the Stands

Our latest print issue is here! We’re in over 100 locations in the neighborhoods surrounding the lake. Of course, we don’t print nearly as many copies as the big alternatives in town do, so if your local business is out let us know and we’ll re-stock them and send you a copy.

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Seattle Named Best City For Hipsters

I moved to Seattle at age eleven so grew up thinking this eclectic mashup stuff was just how many Seattle people dressed and looked, never thought of it as a specific fashion really. Same with grunge and all that twenty years ago. It was just another example of what we wore up […]

Revisiting the Amazon Am-Holes Debate Six Months Later

Last January after mysterious (and hilarious) posters appeared around South Lake Union, the city and neighborhood briefly debated the meaning of it all. We thought the debate was just kind of funny, since our take as native Seattleites is that some of the more .. um … earthy locals, often have their own am-holishness about  them.

Let’s […]

Memories of Mike Wang – Stories from those who knew him

(Do you have a Mike Wang story to share? Please email editor@lakeunionbeat.com)

They’d ask me why the people in my photos weren’t smiling.  I’d tell them it’s ‘cause they’re not happy.  I just got the picture.

–  Mike Wang; on colleagues’ responses to some of his documentary photography work

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