Before we jump into 2017, let's take one last look back, shall we?

By Rashi Bhogal
January 1, 2017


Well, 2016  has been an interesting year to say the least. Trump won, Hillary lost, and Bernie fans were left disappointed. There were storms that never happened. There were riots and rallies and sadly many deaths, of those with celebrity and not. It’s been a crazy, scary, chaotic ride and we’re finally at the end. But before we launch into 2017, here are some highlights that stood out…

Top 10 Memorable Moments of 2016

    1. Bob Santos passed away earlier this year at the age of 82. He was a progressive thinker, activist, and beloved leader among the Asian community and beyond. He worked endlessly to preserve the International District which flourished under his dedication. He brought Asian, African Americans, and Native Americans together to push the city to help fund all minorities alike. He will be missed.
    2. Seattle made national headlines with “Man in Tree” this year. Cody Lee Miller had a 24-hour standoff with police during which he threw branches, pine cones, and even an apple. Miller was sent to a hospital for an evaluation and is facing criminal charges.
    3. Seattle residents joined forces with other groups across the nation this year to protest the incoming president Donald Trump. Their goal was to create a social movement to fight racism, sexism, and Islamophobia under the hashtag: ResistTrump.
    4. Opioids have taken over as the number one cause of accidental deaths in Washington state and heroin deaths are at an all-time high in Seattle. The city is trying to find a solution and is looking to Vancouver, B.C.’s success by creating safe injection sites where users can freely take drugs while under medical supervision. If it happens, it will be the first in the nation.
    5. After eight years, the Sounders made history by winning the coveted Major League Soccer, or MLS, Cup while battling Toronto FC. The score was tied at zero even after going to overtime. The game was settled in a penalty kick shootout, Seattle winning five kicks to Toronto’s four. Naturally, a victory parade in downtown Seattle ensued.
    6. It seems like the amount of celebs that passed away this year was unusually high. From Prince back in April to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher just a few days ago, it does seem endless. It’s fair to say we lost some of the greatest and most talented performers.
    7.  Experts say at least five orcas have died this year making 2016 one of the worst years for endangered animals. The orcas, all grouped in the j-pod were listed as endangered in 2005, and with the latest death their population has dropped to 79. Scientists say the lack of their main prey, the chinook salmon is largely to blame as well as chemical pollution and vessel traffic.
    8. Seattle residents definitely felt the “bern” this year when it came to Bernie Sanders. The politician hosted one of the largest rallies at Safeco Field earlier this year. There were so many people waiting in line that his speech was delayed by almost an hour and people were ditching their bags into trash cans to gain entry into the event.
    9. The Capitol Hill and University District Link Light Rail stations couldn’t have opened at a better time and with more stops opening in the coming years, it’s only going to get better. It used to take at least 30 minutes to get from Capitol Hill to the University District—and that’s on a good day. Now it takes less than five. There’s less traffic, and it’s opening up different areas in Seattle by making neighborhoods more accessible. A win for 2016 transportation!
    10. 2016 was the year of the poke trend and we at Ethnic Seattle certainly took notice. This traditional Hawaiian dish has been popping up all over the city. From fancier establishments to hole-in-the-walls, owners are serving the dish up everywhere and Seattle can’t get enough. Restaurants like Sam Choy’s, Seattle Fish Guys, and GoPoke are taking over the Seattle scene in a very good way.  

On to the New Year…

Ethnic Seattle will be covering more community news than ever. We’re dedicated to sharing topics that mean the most to readers, which means…

More news about opening businesses in your area
More lifestyle pieces about the people and organizations making a difference in your communities
More information about activism and volunteerism, and how to be impactful this year
And in general, just more.