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TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017

It's the 47th anniversary of the arson fire at the Ozark Hotel on Westlake Avenue. 

It killed 20 people. Even more importantly, it led to serious new regulations on "single room occupancy" residential buildings. Most of these buildings' operators chose to close down rather than comply. 

By 1980, the population of greater downtown shrank by half, and the city's first homeless crisis was underway.

Downtown's residential population has more than come back in the past decade, but the homeless problem just keeps on.

WEATHER

Showers on and off for the next two or three days.

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GO BIG OR…

It's not just along Alki Boulevard anymore that you can see big apartment and/or office buildings next to old single-family homes. (PI.com) 

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IN THE RESISTANCE

Given that another Federal district judge put a for-now stop to Travel Ban 2.0, a Federal district judge here has chosen not to rule on Wash. state's similar suit. (KUOW)

Tribal leaders, including tose of Idaho's Nez Perce, are asserting their treaty-endowed rights against the DC regime. (NWNews) 

THE RACE IS ON

On Saturday, about a hundred supporters of Omari Tahir-Garrett and his Umoja Peace Center staged a protest outside the building, which was evicted by the new managers of the Midtown Center block. The protesters then went to a Madrona home apparently owned by the manager's family, and then (just becuase it's a symbol of Central District gentrification) to outside the Uncle Ike's pot store. It ended with arguments and "racial epithets" between protesters and Uncle Ike's (Jewish) owner. (Weekly) (Slog) (Capitol Hill Seattle) (SeaTimes) 

Tahir-Garrett supporters have started a crowdfunding campaign to "Save Umoja."

"We're more racist than we think." (SeattleMet) 

CITY HALL FOLLIES

The Seattle Renters' Commission is officially a proverbial "thing." (SeaTimes) 

Money from the 2015 "Move Seatle" levy will go toward 50 blocks of sidewalks and Rainier Ave. improvements. (SeaTimes)

Signature gatherin' for the big anti-homelessness levy is underway. (KING) 

Meanwhile, County Exec Dow Constantine's "state of the county" speech lauded a new homeless shelter and treatment centers. (KIRO-FM) 

Constantine also proposed two non-jail centers for youths "accused of minor crimes." (SeaTimes) 

POLICING THE POLICE

An ex-Tukwila cop who "doused a man strapped to a gurney with pepper spray" now complains that prosecutors are "piling on" him. (PI.com)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The latest building to be named a "landmark" by the City: the 1919-built former washing-machine warehouse on Westlake, on a site where developers want to build an 81-unit hotel. (Daily Journal of Commerce) 

A planning commission approved the "urban design merits" of the Convention Center additon. (Capitol Hill Times)

VANISHING U DISTRICT

The Knarr Tavern on upper University Way has closed. The lot's tentatively set for "aPodments." (Crosscut)

Meanwhile, the City could have given a reprieve to new "micro-housing" projects, but didn't. (Sightline)

ECO

The microbes that could help revive the West Point Treatment Plant? They're "hibernating." (KUOW) 

So what exactly caused the diesel oil "sheen" on the Columbia River? (KNKX)

FIGHTING BACK

You can now take the same anti-assault course taken by the woman who famously fought off an attacker in a Seattle park restroom. (GeekWire) 

TEK TALK

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the legal minutae of a decade-old case against Microsoft by consumers who say they got faulty XBox 360 game discs. (GeekWire) 

SPORTS

Kelsey Plum set a single-season national scoring record as UW women's basketball slew (ugh!) Oklahoma 108-82. Next: Mississippi State in Oklahoma City (double ugh!) Friday. (Art Thiel) 

The preseason Mariners fell 3-2 to Oakland. Anahaim today.

TONIGHT

Panic! at the Disco. (CenturyLink Field) 

Wayne Horvitz, Beth Fleener. (Spite House) 

Isaiah Rashad. (Crocodile) 

Wayne "The Train" Hancock, Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys. (Tractor) 

Dr. Frederick L. Brown on "How Animales Helped Make Seattle a City." (MOHAI)

"A Tale of Two Cities: "Portland and Seattle," 20 films by experimental filmmakers. (Grand Illusion) 

Old 97s, Ha Ha Tonka. (Neumos)

Xenia Rubinos. (Barboza) 

Xiu Xiu, Newaxeyes, more. (Kremwerk) 

Social Distortion, Jade Jackson. (Showbox, thru Wed) 

Jonathan Rosenblum and Steve Early discuss the books "Beyond $15" and "Refinery Town." (Town Hall)

Novelists Matt Ruff and Nisi Shawl. (Elliott Bay Book Co.) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

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