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1 big thing: Understanding the Seattle "Smug"

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

In a city that's got a chilly reputation for being a place where it's hard to make friends, add the Seattle "Smug" to the list of things newcomers and old-timers alike must navigate.

Why it matters: We knew we weren't the only ones feeling the sting, and we're glad so many of you validated our experiences when we asked you to share them.

Zoom in: Clients who are new to the area and other counseling professionals have told Seattle-based psychologist Sheppard Salusky that Seattle and Portland are the "epicenter of judgmentalism."

  • "There are so many rules about what you can and cannot say and a correct and incorrect way to do everything," he told Axios.
  • You're supposed to compost, recycle, drive a Prius and be a vegan, or you may be treated like you're "killing the Earth," he said.

Cases in point: Some of you admitted to being part of the problem.

  • "Whenever I see someone using an umbrella when it's not raining or barely raining, I'm tempted to ask: 'How long have you lived in Seattle?'" wrote Xavier Barrera Gonzรกlez.
  • "The problem is NOT that people are judging you for putting cow milk in your coffee or not separating your recycling," wrote Andy Forrest. "The problem is that you are practicing anti-social and anti-environmental behavior."

The other side: One reader born and raised in Seattle, who asked not to be named, said she faced significant Seattle smug after moving to Shoreline.

  • "I am quick to tell them that it's not as if Shoreline is out in the sticks," she said. "We have running water, electricity and cars, folks. Even high-speed internet and coffee and Trader Joe's!"
  • Brynn Biddle had just moved to Seattle in 2021 and was walking outside, drinking coffee with a friend sans mask, when someone went out of their way to cross the street and give them "a dirty look."

What's next: The Seattle smug is spreading, and no Puget Sound locale is immune, said Ron Judd, executive editor of the Cascadia Daily News in Bellingham.

  • "I remember the exact day I saw two Teslas in town and said to myself, 'They're here.'"

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2. Girls flag football is having a bright moment

The Emerald Ridge High School girls flag football team appeared on stage with Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett in Detroit. Photo: Courtesy of the Emerald Ridge High School Jaguars

The Seattle Seahawks are backing an effort to make girls flag football a sanctioned sport in Washington.

Why it matters: The push to recognize and support the sport is growing as interest in women's sports skyrockets nationally.

State of play: Late last month, the Emerald Ridge High School girls flag football team appeared onstage with Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett when he announced the NFL team's third-round pick.

  • The Jaguars were chosen by the Seahawks to be the faces of the sport after they won the Western Washington Championship in their first season, per The Seattle Times.
  • The Seahawks have now donated more than $324,000 in grant funding since 2021 to launch girls flag football teams, per the Seahawks.
  • There are now more than 80 high schools across the state scheduled to offer girls flag football during the 2024โ€“2025 school year, the team says.

What they're saying: "My girls have been great trailblazers, but it's not just about them," Emerald Ridge coach Ayanna Arceneaux told Axios.

  • "It's important to all the young girls growing up, a golden movement for change, and a chance for girls to ignore the stereotypes and stigmas, and enjoy the sport."

What's next: The 53 members of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Representative Assembly are slated to vote soon on whether girls flag football will become sanctioned.

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3. Morning Buzz: 30% more electricity needed

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

โšก A regional utilities committee reported yesterday that electricity demand is likely to increase over 30% within the next 10 years, and is recommending power grid expansions to keep up. (Washington State Standard)

๐Ÿ“š Mayor Bruce Harrell hosted the second in a series of public safety forums this week at his alma mater Garfield High School, where attendees raised concerns about gun violence and pedestrian safety. (Northwest Asian Weekly)

๐Ÿ•๏ธ The "Gaza Solidarity" encampment at the Evergreen State College has reached an agreement with the college, which will establish a task force to divest funds from "companies that profit from gross human rights violations and/or the occupation of Palestinian Territories." (Cooper Point Journal)

4. Seattle-area ZIP codes where home values are rising the most

ZIP codes with the greatest home appreciation in the Seattle metro area
Data: Zillow; Note: Typical home value refers to the average of the middle third of Zillow home value estimates for every home in a given region with a county record, including single-family, condominium and co-operative homes; Table: Axios Visuals

Kirkland ZIP code 98034, which includes Totem Lake, Kingsgate and Inglewood-Finn Hill, saw the highest jump in typical home values compared to a year ago in the greater Seattle metro area, per Zillow data shared with Axios.

Why it matters: With fewer homes on the market, prices continued to grow in most areas, even as affordability dwindled, according to Zillow chief economist Skylar Olsen.

By the numbers: Homes in King County's 98034 ZIP code, where the typical home value is $1,037,527, saw 11% appreciation year over year, per the data.

  • The 98012 ZIP code in Snohomish County, which includes Mill Creek, saw typical home values rise 10% to $1,010,654.
  • ZIP codes 98011 in Bothell and Woodinville, 98224 in Baring and 98241 near Glacier Peak in Snohomish also saw a 10% increase in typical home values, per Zillow.

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This newsletter was edited by Rachel La Corte and copy edited by Nicole Ortiz.