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January 28, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Seattle pops some tags for Team Macklemore

Now the rest of the world knows why Seattle loves Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and their ode to Velour jumpsuits, gator shoes and flannel zebra jammies. The 2014 Grammys also celebrated their artistry, talent and tenacity. The night could have ended early with the seven nominations for the independent rap group, and Macklemore and Lewis no…

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August 26, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Macklemore, Clint Dempsey and Amazon exemplify Seattle’s creative spirit

Talk about an explosion of Seattle pride. One word comes to mind: zeitgeist.

Just consider what we’ve seen in the last 24 hours:

Mary Lambert, left, Macklemore, center, and Ryan Lewis accept the award for best video with a social message for "Same Love" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Mary Lambert, left, Macklemore, center, and Ryan Lewis accept the award for best video with a social message for “Same Love” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis rocked the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Here is a replay of the show.) Seattle’s golden boys won two Moonman trophies for best video with a social message and best hip hop video. Local singer Mary Lambert joined the duo on stage for a stirring performance of “Same Love,” which was released during last year’s Referendum 74 campaign to affirm same-sex marriage in Washington. Macklemore called it his most important song because “it’s a testament to what is happening right now in America, on the forefront of equality. Gay rights are human rights. There is no separation.” Beautifully said.

Here in Seattle, soccer star Clint Dempsey debuted with the Sounders and became the city’s newest hero. (Here is the news side’s story.) Since the kick-off, I’ve watched my Facebook and Twitter feeds blow up with proud fans wondering whether we live in Seattle or Europe. Soccer fans rejoice. The Sounders beat the Portland Timbers, 1-0. It takes a team to win a game, but Dempsey’s presence certainly added some momentum. Now is the time for our city to show America how to appreciate this truly global sport. (Yeah, I’m biased. I play a little recreational soccer on the side.)

Seattle Sounders fans hold up signs that read "Welcome Deuce" during the home debut of Sounders MLS soccer player Clint Dempsey, who's nickname is "Deuce, " during a match against the Portland Timbers, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Seattle Sounders fans hold up signs that read “Welcome Deuce” during the home debut of Sounders MLS soccer player Clint Dempsey, who’s nickname is “Deuce, ” during a match against the Portland Timbers, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Over the weekend, The New York Times highlighted Amazon.com’s role in reshaping downtown Seattle. The rest of the nation is catching on to what we’ve been watching happen right in our backyard. (The Seattle Times is locatedĀ  next to the Amazon compound in South Lake Union.)

Amazon is both local and global. By encouraging its employees to live within walking distance, it could help Seattle meet its goals for energy efficiency and conservation, city officials said. As part of its development agreement, Amazon also plans to buy a new streetcar for the light rail line that runs past its properties, and pay for a stretch of dedicated bicycle lane.

Indeed, hugely successful companies have an obligation to help their communities gain improved access to transit, innovative public art (I’d place Amazon’s interesting biodome concept in this category) and Tom Douglas-caliber restaurants. We could talk about the trade-offs, but I still tip my hat to Jeff Bezos and company for redefining the modern workplace in an urban city.

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