A look at the live-aboard lifestyle

Imagine living in a home that had short ceilings, cramped spaces and was always moving. That’s the life of a live-aboard. MyBallard has partnered with the Common Language Project and the Entrepreneurial Journalism class at the University of Washington. In this multi-media presentation, Kristina Krug and Tessa Weber go behind the locked gates at Shilshole […]

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Codes to Dive By

With the cost of food going up, one group of Seattleites has figured out how to eat every meal for free. They call themselves “freegans,” more commonly known to outsiders as “dumpster divers.” As one freegan says, “People think that food that goes in the garbage is bad.” They disagree. But it’s not just about […]

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The changing face of our classrooms

A few years ago, changes were made to the English Language Learner (ELL, formerly ESL) program in Seattle Public Schools. These changes have taken non-native speakers out of one classroom and put them in the traditional classroom with native English speakers. Our sister site, MyWallingford, has more on these changes and how they’re affecting students […]

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Seattle grapples with redefining graffiti

It’s the question that always spurs heated conversation. Is graffiti vandalism or art? A recent survey showed Seattle residents are almost evenly divided on the issue. Now, there’s a push to start a photo database to track graffiti and amend the city’s municipal code to include stickers. With the help of the nonprofit Common Language […]

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After the Arson

One day after our sister site Phinneywood was honored with the Society of Professional Journalists award for its coverage of the devastating Greenwood arsons, we’re proud to roll out the fourth in a series of stories partnering Next Door Media sites with the nonprofit Common Language Project and students of the University of Washington’s Entrepreneurial […]

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‘The Homeless Neighbor’

Seattle’s homeless population stretches far beyond downtown. North Seattle residents and businesses are also struggling to deal with the issue. To see how the community is trying to find a balance, we take you to the streets of Ballard for a raw and compelling look at the problem. The Homeless Neighbor is the third in […]

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