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Don’t let Greenwood become Seattle’s next “Urban Village”!!!

April 19th, 2016 · Uncategorized

Don’t miss out on an explosive Greenwood Community Council meeting this week – representatives from Crown Hill, Aurora-Licton Springs and Lake City will present on how each of their neighborhoods is was impacted by Seattle’s government to turn into an “urban village”.  Each has taken a different approach to engage neighbors and neighborhood groups for protection.

Seattle’s comprehensive plan attempts to guide development into designated urban villages. Originally this policy was intended to prioritize Seattle’s investments into designated urban village areas to make them great urban places; more recently policies focus more on incentivizing developers to invest in these areas by making zoning more flexible and reducing regulation. The implications for being in a designated urban village will depend on many pieces of legislation to implement the Comprehensive Plan and Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) initiatives, but neighborhoods are being asked now to weigh in on their boundaries.
Please, please l attend this weeks’s community council meeting to hear how our neighbors in nearby urban village areas are responding to these issues.  The meeting may take action to support the Crown Hill Urban Village, Committee for Smart Growth recommendations (link) and to endorse a grant proposal that will be presented during the Transportation Committee report for the Aurora Crossings project (link).
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The Urban Village Strategy
What is it and how should we redefine?

The Greenwood Community Council’s monthly meeting will be devoted to the urban village strategy, which forms the backbone of Seattle’s growth plans as outlined in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.  Guest speakers from nearby Lake City, Crown Hill, and Aurora Licton Springs will be present to share their experience engaging their community and developing a vision for potential changes to the zoning, boundaries, livability, infrastructure, and neighborhood planning in the urban village.

Please join at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19th, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.


7:00   Welcome and introductions
7:10   Committee Reports

7:20  The Urban Village Strategy

  • Introduction
  • Lake City – Sandy Motzer
  • Aurora Licton Springs – Leah Anderson
  • Crown Hill – Deborah Jaquith

8:05   Open Question and Answer Session
8:25   Action Items
8:30   Adjourn


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Good Samaritan Susan is a REAL Neighbor

July 28th, 2014 · Community Benefits

On Saturday morning, July 12, I was running Phinney/Greenwood area from my home near Ballard HS. At 73rd St and Greenwood, (across from the fire station), I fell and injured myself. Ended up with a broken elbow/arm in 6 places, 4 hours of surgery and 18 screws/plates in my arm.

A woman named Susan was walking her black labs and helped me by getting the medics and ultimately an ambulance for me.

She even left a note on my front door, telling my sleeping son what happened.

He lost the note and I have no way of contacting her.

Can you guys publish a thank you to this wonderful woman with the black labs who “like to lick faces”?

Thanks much,


Mike T


Readers – Do you know “Susan”?  She deserves a huge thanks for this good deed.

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Buses, Bikes, and Cars: Greenwood Avenue is Getting Sidewalks?

April 15th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Get ready for a project that would bring long-desired sidewalks to Greenwood Avenue!  It includes funding to build sidewalks on the east side of the street, and to design sidewalks on the west side that would be well-positioned for funding.  Sidewalk design will likely reduce street parking.

The transit improvements are intended to remove the need for buses to wait for traffic to clear before they pull back into traffic after stopping for passengers.  Instead of pulling out of traffic, the buses would stop in-lane, and cars would wait while passengers get on and off the bus.  Bicycles would be routed behind a bus “island” so they could continue without stopping behind the buses, similar to the operation on Dexter Ave. N.  This is a controversial approach across the community.
Speak out and be heard!
Tuesday April 22 – 2014, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Greenwood Public Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N
City-Authored Project Summary:

The City is developing plans to improve bus zones, access, and transit speed and reliability on Greenwood Ave N between N 85th St and N 105th St. Bus service on this corridor includes routes 355, 5x and 5 which carried over 2 million riders (6,500 per day) in 2011.  The bus stop element of the project involves upgrading bus stops and sidewalks adjacent to bus stops, closing some stops, and relocating others to improve bus stop spacing (the distance between stops) along Greenwood. (Click here to see SDOT’s 2012 Greenwood Corridor Concept Plan, which led to this project.)

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The project will also include the installation of sidewalks, primarily focused on the east side of the street, and will provide long-sought continuity between existing sidewalks along this part of Greenwood.  As funds become available, the City will pursue design and construction of sidewalks on the west side of the street.

Each of the new bus stops will include what is known as a “bus island,” which makes the stops more efficient by keeping the bus in the travel lane while stopped to load and unload passengers.  In addition, it reduces conflicts between buses, bicycles, cars, and pedestrians.  (Existing bus islands are located on Dexter Avenue North on the east side of Queen Anne Hill below Aurora, on South Jackson Street along the route of the new First Hill Streetcar, and on Fourth Avenue South at Main Street.)

The existing bike lanes on both sides of Greenwood will be improved as part of the project.  These bike lanes are currently located on the right edge of the street, between the parking lane and the travel lanes.  With the installation of bus islands, the bike lanes will run between the planting strip and the bus island at bus zones.  Bus riders will cross the bike lane to get to and from the bus island.  Signage will alter bicyclists as they approach the bus island of the need to slow down and to watch for pedestrians.  Crosswalk markings in the pavement will reinforce the expectation that bikers are to yield to pedestrians.

The project is about half designed.  The goal is to begin construction in late 2014 or early 2015.

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Missing Cat – 60th @ Phinney – FOUND

January 6th, 2013 · Pets

Emily’s tuxedo cat Rosie has been found!


She is very shy and nervous, probably nearly impossible to get if you see her but what would be really helpful would be to know if anyone has seen her and where and what time. Any information would be very helpful. Thank you. 
if you think you see her or have seen her or if you know anything that would be helpful please contact Emily

  • Location: 60th and Phinney

Also if anyone is willing it would be very helpful if they could check hiding places around the houses….under decks or porches, inside cars or sheds, garages… especially areas with hiding places that are not heavily frequented since she is “a scaredey cat”. Anything Helps.Thank you SO Much !

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Stroll Green Lake’s Pathway of Lights and Music

December 3rd, 2012 · Christmas, Green Lake

Join thousands of families, friends, and neighbors in the beloved Green Lake Pathway of Lights and travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.  Seattle continues a Green Lake tradition with the 36th annual Pathway of Lights. This year’s FREE event will take place from 5 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012 rain or shine.

pathway lights green lake

Photo by Carl Bergquist

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:

  • ·         The Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • ·         The Green Lake Small Craft Center (the Aqua Theater) on the south side
  • ·         The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side
  • ·         The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool

Warm drinks and treats will be available at those locations, as will donation bins for nonperishable food items for local food banks.

Volunteers are needed to help place and light the thousands of luminaria, and to clean up after the event. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and school and scout groups are welcome to participate. Setup takes place from 3:30 – 5 p.m., and the lighting of the candles takes place at 5 p.m. Cleanup is from 8 – 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact Jeff Skinner at 206-684-0780 or by e-mail at



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Traffic Zoo Mess in Phinney / Greenwood

October 1st, 2012 · Phinney Ridge, Zoo

The Zoo will be starting up a new event/fundraiser called Wildlights. This is a light show (and other entertainment) that will start November 19th and run nightly through New Years Day. The hours of admission are  5:30 to 8:30 pm. The nightly attendance at this event is unknown. The Zoo estimates 50,000 over the season. Similar events at Tacoma Zoo and Portland Zoo attract many times that number. A similar light show at the Bellevue Botanical Garden also attracts many more than 50,000.

Where will the guests park?

  • How will the zoo monitor and manage the additional peak hour traffic impacts on major intersections along North 50th St.?
  • How will the zoo manage ticket sales to control parking impacts over such a long period of time?
  • How will residents preserve parking near their homes for holiday guests if zoo visitors are expected to use street parking for nearly 40 consecutive nights?
  • How will the zoo handle complaints about illegal parking or driveway encroachments?
  • Will this event become permanent?

Zoo Traffic

ALSO the Zoo has requested $2 Million in city funds to expand a parking lot somewhere on the “west” side of the zoo.  We don’t have any details about this but presumably this could be an expansion of the existing interior NW lot which was converted from employee parking to paid guest parking. However that lot is only around 80 spaces.  The budget proposal refers to 180 spaces. What other park land will be converted to parking?  Recall that several years ago the City Hearing Examiner ruled that the proposed 700 stall parking garage was not a legal land use. And the Council passed a Comprehensive Plan resolution banning parking garages from taking over park and open space land.  We will ask the zoo for more details about this proposal on Tuesday.

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meeting on TUESDAY Oct 2nd will be of particular interest to all people who live within 4 blocks of the Zoo and / or who use North 50th St. and Phinney Avenue in the evenings.

Meeting time: 7:30 PM – Tues. Oct 2nd

Location          Phinney Neighborhood Center Blue Building Room 6 (PNC is at 67th/Phinney)

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Wild Zoo Traffic, Lights, and Parking Impacts – Holiday Season

September 18th, 2012 · Christmas, Community Benefits, Development Projects

Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo is a planned, nightly, light display from Nov19-Jan1 with live entertainment from 5:30 – 9 p.m nightly.

Learn about Woodland Park Zoo’s new annual Wildlights holiday event at a community feedback session scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Center

6532 Phinney Avenue N, Room 6

  The public meeting will include Woodland Park Zoo staff discussion to share plans for traffic, parking and other neighborhood impacts and allow the community to provide feedback and input into these plans.


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Seattle Bus Service Cuts: An Open Letter to the Council

July 28th, 2012 · Development Projects, Greenwood, Seattle Neighborhoods

With all the changes METRO has made and the increasing traffic, at this point it’s faster to take the bus from the north end of town to downtown than to take the bus from the Zoo to downtown and METRO considered making the 5 even slower.

Seattle’s bus 358 has a troubled history, check out blogs on the epic 358 bus here and here.

An Open Letter:

Dear Kevin Desmond, General ManagerKing County Metro Transit

I am writing in opposing to your plans to decrease bus service to the Phinney Ridge community.

Now, Route 358 makes three stops on Linden Ave. North between Winona Ave. (75th St.) and Woodland Pl. N. (64th St.).   It stops at 72nd-73rd Street, 68th Street, and 64th Street (Woodland Pl. N.).  These stops are used by people living on the eastern slope of Phinney Ridge for commuting and also for going downtown and up north at night and on weekends.

The current plan eliminates these stops.  Instead, the southbound 358 will make its current stop at Aurora Ave. and 75th St. and make no other stop until 65th and Aurora (unless the City doesn’t allow that stop, in which case it will be at 66th and Linden).  The northbound 358 will make a stop at 66th and Linden and not stop again until 75th and Aurora.

This eliminates easy access for those of us who live west of Linden and north of 68th, which includes several condominium and apartment buildings.

We used to have a bus – the #6 – that gave us access to Stone Way and Seattle Center; it was eliminated several years ago.  Now we’re losing our local bus route in favor of slightly faster commutes for those who live outside Seattle.  If Metro wants to encourage us to take the bus, it should make it convenient for us to do so, rather than making it more difficult and less likely that we’ll use the bus.  Interestingly, for most of its way north of 75th and Aurora, the bus will be stopping every five blocks.

We urge you to maintain the current stops on the 358 when you institute Rapid Ride Route E.


Marilyn S. Smith

Cc:    Councilman Larry Phillips

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Phinney Council In Session: Tuesday July 10th @ 7:30pm

July 9th, 2012 · Phinney Ridge

July 10 Phinney Ridge Community Council Meeting Agenda

Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Main Building, Blue room

Time: 7:30 p.m.


7:30 – 7:40 p.m. – Introductions

7:40 – 8 p.m. Meet 36th District state legislative candidate Noel Frame

8-8:20 p.m. Meet 36th District state legislative candidate Evan Clifthorne

8:20-8:30 p.m. – Pat Walker -Seattle Library Levy proponent presentation

8:30-8:35 p.m. – Reading of statement from Library Levy opponents


Old Business:

8:35-8:40 p.m. Zoo Lights update

8:40-8:45 p.m. Officers/Committees – someone to take minutes when Colleen is not there/new treasurer-needed/new president- if desired


New Business:

8:45 Inform people of July 18th – 1st community meeting on 59th & Phinney Playground Project

8:50 Neighborhood Parks issues in general (Ted Holden)


Note next meeting date August 14th to accommodate Night Out


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Families Supporting Kids, Family Coach Presentation

February 20th, 2012 · Community Benefits

Changes Parent Support Network Presents:
Parent Talk with Dr. Kathy Masarie
Raising our kids really does take a village

Monday, March 5, 2012
7:00-9:00 pm
Tickets $15

Great Hall
At Greenlake
7220 Woodlawn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

As our culture pulls apart families and
emphasizes “being cool,” we need a force to keep connected. You can create that force by building a village of people who care. Come learn ways to foster the connections, honesty, and trust that enable families to thrive and kids to become resilient, capable, responsible, and caring young adults.
Dr. Kathy Masarie is a pediatrician, parent coach, mom, and founder of Family Empowerment
Network ( Her
parenting guides, Raising Our Daughters and Raising Our Sons provide parents with proven tools to strengthen family through community.

Purchase tickets $15 at the door or online at

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