Cythina shares how context really matters. … Romanticized versions of the pioneer mythology exist today.

Rebranding of our neighborhoods as “emerging”, “up-and-coming” code words for gentrification.

About the speaker

Cynthia started Vanishing Seattle in 2016 to document the displaced and disappearing homes, small businesses, and communities of Seattle – often due to redevelopment and gentrification. She’s a member of the anti-displacement CID Coalition, has contributed to The Seattle Globalist, and worked as a nonprofit consultant in immigrant rights, online organizing, and arts & culture. Being from Seattle, she’ll readily admit to local clichés like playing in bands and once making espresso for a living – and is proud she went to high school where Bruce Lee first demonstrated his “one-inch punch.” You can find Cynthia on Instagram and Facebook @vanishingseattle and at

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