“Love thy neighbor.” That’s what I chant every time the sound of band practice from the house two doors down spills through my office windows. But the truth is, I rarely find it difficult to love my neighbors. Seattle is a city teeming with diverse, vibrant communities, each with its own charms. I adore living on Capitol Hill because the neighborhood’s density complements my decision not to own a car, but when I feel the need for a “field trip” I can hop on #60 bus and soon be in Georgetown, and while working on my 2010 book, The United States of Americana, I frequently drew inspiration from trawling the historic streets of Ballard.
Every neighborhood in Seattle boasts landmarks, small businesses, and individuals that make it a unique destination. In the years since KEXP launched its annual Hood-to-Hood Challenge, we’ve been thrilled to host victory celebrations in West Seattle, Ballard, and Capitol Hill. This year we changed the competition a little bit, and are conducting it tournament style, winnowing down the number of contestants over the course of the Summer Drive. Today is the final day, and we’re watching an exciting contest as boosters for Ballard go toe-to-toe with folks supporting the University District/Fremont/Wallingford area.
My beloved Capitol Hill isn’t in the race anymore, but I’m not despairing. Au contraire, I’m as excited as ever to find out who wins, because the Hood-to-Hood Challenge isn’t really about determining which Seattle neighborhood shows the most enthusiasm for KEXP. Rather, it’s about the entire KEXP community raising its voice and deciding where it wants to celebrate next year, with a full day of remote broadcasts and awesome performances that can be enjoyed by listeners all over the globe.
Please make a gift to KEXP today and help us finish the Summer Fundraising Drive strong. Whether you live in the (206) or Tasmania, Tacoma or Timbuktu, KEXP is always there for you, and while we can never fully express our thanks for the support you show us, we promise to channel our limitless gratitude into the next amazing Hood-to-Hood bash. When you power KEXP, everyone’s a winner!