Jim Mueller and another photographer were busy documenting the mural (featuring paintings of Dean Falls and other Central Area celebrities) in the bar at Club Chocolate City, prior to demolition.
I showed Jim the persistent lake in the street outside the Madison Inn work release building at 21st & Denny. A neighbor has dubbed the water "Lake Denny". The "lake" half-fills the street on rainy days, and makes pedestrian travel impossible. We've had no success in getting the City to follow through on promises to make the lake go away: maybe Jim will have better luck.
Jim agreed that it would be useful for him to host a public meeting, similar to the one he held at the Central Cinema about the 23rd & Union project, to share his plans for his two projects on Madison, and to hear our concerns.
Dean Falls and helpers were removing assorted useful items from the bar, including a cooler for Mr. Falls' farm. Darnell Parker, the former manager of Club Chocolate City bid me a cheerful "Good Morning", but I didn't get to hear what he was up to.
I got to return to Dean a book he'd lent me a while ago: "Let's Take a Walk: A tour of Seattle's Central District as it was then: 1920's and 1930's". In the book was this picture (courtesy of the Black Heritage Society of Washington State), showing the site in the 1950's when it was Aaston's Meat Market and Grocery.
May 31, 2008
Jim Mueller and another photographer were busy documenting the mural (featuring paintings of Dean Falls and other Central Area celebrities) in the bar at Club Chocolate City, prior to demolition.
May 29, 2008
Last Fall, Central District News came on the scene: Scott Durham and his brother Matt are perfecting a very user-friendly multi-user blogging system ("Instant Journalist") and are showing off its capabilities with Central District News (which I wrote to Jerry Large about).
Now Justin has adopted the Instant Journalist system, has retired CHS Seattle and has unveiled: www.capitolhillseattle.com as a multi-user blog for all the little sub-areas of Capitol Hill.
Give it a try, sign up to become a contributor (there's a Miller Park section awaiting your entries): it's vey easy to post text, pictures, movies, links etc.
Note that, as the Madison-Miller area (of Urban Village and neighborhood planning fame) is pretty much bisected by East Madison Street (which is where the action is going to be), you'll probably want to sign up as a Central District News contributor as well and use their Miller Park section.
I hereby thank Justin for getting me into the world of blogging, and wish him well in this new neighborhood venture (as well as in his candidacy for the chair of the Capitol Hill Community Council, where there has been a long interregnum). I've signed up to be a Capitolhillseattle user, and will muse about what to post there and what to put here (your guidance would be welcome!).
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 9:36 PM
Jim Mueller's company has purchased all of Dean Falls's property on East Madison Street: grocery store, bars (old Twilight, Club Chocolate City), apartment building and the two houses on Denny. Here's a link to the "Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit", confirming that the sale has taken place!
The property has already been fenced, and will be demolished pretty soon, after asbestos abatement, etc. I gather that the development there will not differ much from the old plans for the property. Here are pictures of the architectural models.
Watch Jim Mueller interviewed on KING-TV about his development plans.
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 8:28 PM
May 27, 2008
CENTRAL AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATES
JUNE 19TH AT OUR 26TH ANNUAL “2008”
JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL & PARADE EXTRAVAGANZA
Three Days of Fun - June 13, 14, 15
Pratt Park from 12 p.m. to Dusk
Workshops at Local High Schools
• Entertainment (hip-hop, rappers, dancers, singers, spoken word, etc.)
• Barack Obama Look-A-Like Contest
• Vendor Booths
• Good Food
• Looking for Ms. Juneteenth Queen
We’re Star Searching for New & Upcoming Entertainers!!!!!!!!!
If interested in participating in this fabulous, outrageous, fun celebration of love, joy and peace, contact Chairpersons DeCharlene Williams or Victoria Richardson at 206/325-2864.
DeCharlene Williams, owner of DeCharlene's Beauty College on Madison, has been organizing Seattle's Juneteenth celebrations for many years (see this Seattle Times article), through her involvement with the Central Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber's website describes the origins of Juneteenth (see also Wikipedia) and gives details of the Obama look-alike contest that is part of the celebration: note that, as well as looking like Mr. Obama, you'll also have to give a 7 minute speech about "Change" as part of the contest. See the celebration flyer for full details of all the events.
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 8:25 PM
May 22, 2008
Developer Jim Mueller is busy developing mixed-use properties at 23rd & Union and 22nd & Madison (site of the Twilight Exit) and is busy negotiating to buy Dean Falls' properties on Madison (pictures of proposal).
Jim was interviewed by KING-TV last Saturday, during our regular monthly MaDCAP cleanup. If you missed it, you can view it at this link, kindly provided by Jim (turn off pop-up blockers, and click on "Play Hit"). And yes, you will see me picking up trash and saying a (mercifully) few words.
- 22nd & Union project upzone (to 65') tentatively approved (pending a Hearing Examiner's hearing and then a City Council hearing).
- City DPD info on 2o51 E. Madison (Twilight Exit) project.
- City DPD info on 2203 E. Union (Coleman building site) project.
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 7:34 PM
(this just came my way: not a local issue, but thought you might be interested. Andrew)
They're everywhere. At parks, shopping malls, and supermarkets, on ferry boats and street corners -- wherever the good citizens of Washington gather. They're heavily armed with clipboards and pens, and they're coming for you....
That's right. It's ballot initiative season, and the signature gatherers are out in full force.
Believe it or not, more than 50 initiatives have been filed with the Secretary of State this year. The vast majority of them won't make the ballot, but three of them look like they could gather enough signatures to earn a public vote.
We have assembled a brief preview for the three candidates most likely to make it to the ballot, and we would love to hear what you think.
Mina Hashemi Mercer, Fuse
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Posted by Andrew Taylor at 6:06 PM
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 5:27 PM
There is a new P-Patch in the Central District at 25th and Spring!
For those of you who did not know, folks in the community have been hard at work obtaining a vacant lot at the corner of 25th and Spring and working with the city to get the permits to turn it into a P-Patch (aka neighborhood garden). The P-Patch is officially the communities and we are now in the development stage of the garden (for example, determining layout and design, etc).
As a community space, we would love as much community involvement and input in the creation of this new green space. We invite you to attend a public meeting on Friday, May 30 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the Garfield Community Center, Kid’s Place Room. Following the meeting there will be a Neighbor Meet & Greet with refreshments.
Even if you aren't able to attend the meeting we encourage anyone who is interested in getting involved (there are many tasks with varying skills levels that we need help with) to come be a part of it. If you aren't able to attend the meeting but want to get involved, email or call Rich MacDonald at email@example.com and 206-684-0264.
(from a neighbor) By the way, they aren't "Pea Patches" as in green things you eat, they are "P-Patches", named after Mr. Picardo who gave Seattle the site for the first one, now called "Picardo P-Patch". Everywhere else in the world they are called "community gardens".
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 11:34 AM
May 21, 2008
May 20, 2008
Have you noticed townhomes propagating in your neighborhood? Not thrilled with much of what you see? Curious why this happens? If you're like me, you answered "yes" to each of those questions. So, in my ongoing effort to take the Planning, Land Use & Neighborhoods Committee (PLUNC) into the neighborhoods once a quarter, I bring you: "Townhomes – Can the Patient Be Saved?" This will be a special PLUNC meeting slated for Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m.-noon at the Capitol Hill Arts Center (1621 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122).
She cites this Seattle Times article which illustrates and describes many of the perceived problems with townhouse developments. Here's a similar Seattle P-I article.
The City Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is presently revising the zoning rules for multifamily housing, which includes the rules governing townhomes. This document summarizes the proposed changes, with lots of diagrams and illustrations. Here's a P-I article about the proposed zoning changes.
A newly formed neighborhood group (the Livable Seattle Movement) has a long, well illustrated article about their concerns with the multifamily zoning update, and about the issues with townhouse developments.
Our neighborhood is part of the Central Area Neighborhood Plan, so the best way for you to make your voice heard is to became part of the Central Area Stewardship Land Use and Housing Committee. Contact Committee Chair Kathryn Keller (firstname.lastname@example.org)for more information
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 10:26 PM
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 10:13 PM
I'd like to personally invite you to attend the next East Precinct Crime Prevention Coalition general meeting at 6:30 PM this Thursday, May 22nd.
In order to promote accessibility to our Capitol Hill residents and stakeholders, we will be meeting in the community room at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption on 13th and Howell, 1804 13th Ave, 98122.
Please note that there is free parking on the north side of the building, accessible from the alley between Howell or Denny.
We plan to address issues relating to the recent Capitol Hill bias crimes and harassment, the Police Department and the City Attorney's office have been working hard to mitigate situations that compromise your safety. We need to hear about your concerns and experiences so they can effectively address these issues.
Also, we will highlight the Light Rail project- in preparation for construction of the Broadway station, Sound Transit is in the process of vacating buildings on the east side of Broadway from John to Howell street. These buildings will remain vacant through January of 2009- how will they prevent these vacant buildings from attracting negative activities?
There will be representatives from Sound Transit to address your concerns, and, of course, the SPD East Precinct.
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!
Stephanie Tschida, Chair
East Precinct Crime Prevention Coalition
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Posted by Andrew Taylor at 9:59 PM
May 14, 2008
Unveiling & Appearance by the Artist
PLUS Honoring the art of James Washington and Joe Max Emminger, AND
Meany’s Arts Initiative Success as Demonstrated by Student Visual, Dramatic & Musical Offerings
All This & More Free! (Dinner served free with suggested donation)
Thursday, May 15, 4-8pm Meany’s Jaguar Arts Festival
Seattle-- Meany Middle School will be celebrating the tremendous success of its Arts Initiative, the many talents of its students and the discovery of a treasure: the William Cumming masterpiece that once graced the halls of this central district school. Additionally, Meany will be honoring the work of James Washington and Joe Max Emminger.
The 91 year-old northwest legend will return to Meany where he put the finishing touches on his 4-by-8 foot painting as students passed through the school entry and watched the master at work. The painting, which was commissioned by the Meany PTA in the early 60s, was discovered last June in a storage room mingling with vacuum cleaners, buckets, mops and boxes.
On Thursday, May 15, from 4 to 8pm, Meany will transform itself from Seattle Public Middle School into the Jaguar Arts Festival. A full schedule of performance, art, and activities is planned for the free festival and community event including dinner by Flame Catering and these student offerings:
· Musical and theatrical performances
· Art, photography and technology, literary, science and math and special ed arts
· Interactive Art Stations for all, including Graffiti art hosted by student teachers
· DJ station – interactive
· Silent Auction
· “The Jaguar Performance Showcase”
· Unveiling of the William Cumming painting, introducing William Cumming
· Honoring the brilliant contributions of artists James Washington and Joe Max Emminger
As the topic of art as education is being hotly debated among our country’s educators and leaders, Meany Middle School is a front runner among schools embracing art as an important education piece.
Meany has been implementing a nationally re-known school arts initiative model that infuses the arts into every area of its middle school curriculum through visual art, drama and music. Seattle’s arts community has enthusiastically responded to Meany’s “Artist-in-Residence Program” and is engaged at many levels.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of Seattle Public School’s bright young minds at work and play, and to witness the return of William Cumming and his painting to Meany!
Jaguar Arts Festival & Community Event, Free
Meany Middle School
301 – 21st Avenue East on Capitol Hill
Thursday, May 15, 4-8 pm
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 1:40 PM
May 13, 2008
Jon Vandemoortel (the guy in red) notes:
The next MaDCAP neighborhood cleanup will be Saturday, May 17th, beginning at 10:00 am and ending at 11:30. We will gather in the open space behind the Prince of Wales apartment building at 1818 20th Ave. Starbuck's coffee will be available beginning at 9:40. We hope you can take the time to join us and stay involved in the continuing renaissance of our neighborhood.
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After the cleanup you could:
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 8:26 PM
WHEN: Thursday, June 5, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
WHERE: 1621 12th Ave (Capitol Hill Arts Center Upper level)
WHAT: Come vote for your favorite candidates and help inform the Council's post-election agenda.
Candiates will speak and answer questions. You can stop by and vote any time between 6:30 and (just after) the final speech (probably about 8 PM).
A great assortment of previous CHCC Officers (stretching back 25 years or more) will be there, to oversee the election and to help provide a historical background, continuity and resources.
Learn about the candidates:
Meet the candidates:
1) Meet the CHCC officer candidates at Smith
Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Street: 332 15th Ave E
2) Meet the CHCC officer candidates at the Sunday market on Broadway
Date: Sunday, June 1st, 2008 (Originally announced as the 24th!)
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: just behind the Broadway Bank of America
Street: 10th Ave East and East Thomas
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 1:30 PM
May 12, 2008
In the City's words:
In May, the Council will hold four community budget meetings throughout Seattle. At these meetings, residents can hear about current budget challenges and discuss their budget priorities directly with Councilmembers and staff. As the economic outlook for the City budget becomes increasingly uncertain, citizens can discuss how they want to balance the City’s need for public safety, parks, human services, and other programs. Designing a city budget is a mighty undertaking, one that requires a great deal of effort, careful ordering of priorities and considerable input from citizens. Passage of a balanced budget is one of the most important things your City Council does each year.
Several more opportunities to hear the Council's Budget show (May 2, 22, 29). Immediately below is information from Councilmember Godden's office, followed by my impressions. (And here's the information in assorted languages and a summary in English)
I'm attaching the three documents that were handed out at the Miller Park meeting. They are the meeting agenda, budget overview PowerPoint and Instant Polling questions. Feel free to distribute. People can still respond with comments and instant polling answers. Instant polling totals will be posted on the council web site. We will get these up as soon as we can. Please feel free to direct people to the council web site which has additional information and links relating to the budget. This page will be updated as we go through the process with useful information and resources for budget watchers.
Tom Van Bronkhorst
Office of Councilmember Jean Godden
Andrew's view. I got to welcome the Councilmembers to Miller Community Center, on behalf of the East District Council (represented by me), Lake Union District Council (represented by Chris Leman, who also spoke as Chair of the City Neighborhood Council), and the Northeast District Council. I then donned my Miller Community Center Advisory Council "hat", noted the 10th anniversary of the Community Center and delivered my budget one-liner: "if times are tough, first priority is to maintain what we've got".
Five Councilmembers ( Licata, Clark, McIver, Burgess and Godden [Budget Chair]) were there, as well as Council Budget expert, Ben Noble. The audience consisted of myself, a lot of people from social service providers, Chris Leman, and a couple of other civilians, as well as a bevy of City staff. The Seattle Channel taped the event, which will eventually be here.
We started with Claudia Gross-Shader of the City Auditor's Office explaining the "Instant Polling": she flashed questions up on the screen, we pushed the buttons on the little boxes that we'd been issued, and the answers appeared on the screen (and could be sliced and diced and plotted in an Excel Chart like manner). We started with some warm-up questions (Community Introductions). After we'd all mastered the little boxes, we moved on to Council Budget expert Ben Noble's Powerpoint Presentation. [Don't have Powerpoint? Try this free viewer].
The present concern is (mainly) that 25% of the City Budget comes from Property Taxes, which can only rise 1% per year, but expenses are rising faster than that. Couple that with expectations of lowered employment, and we may have budget problems.
We then all had a chance to talk to the Councilmembers, who commented on some of our issues. The assorted social service providers all advocated for funds for their projects, I spoke in favor of the Seattle Neighborhood Group, and Chris Leman chided City Council for not publishing their budget data on the City website in a timely manner (or ever). They had no comment.
Most of the Councilmembers then left and we then whipped out our Instant Polling boxes again, and answered the Budget Priorities questions . There were about 17 of us voting and I not sure I remember all the answers. As I recall, our budget priorities were Public Safety followed by Human Services. Our highest Public Services priority was general policing and our highest Parks/Libraries priority was Park Maintenance. I recall our transportation priorities being all over the place, our planning priority being neighborhood planning, and our next step being to "Work with a community organization on an issue" (which is what I am doing).
Is it worth a couple of hours of your time to sit through one of these? If you have a specific budget issue it's an easy way to get it out there early in the budget process (see the budget hints). If you're passionate about it, organize a lot of people to testify. And yes, resign yourself to sitting for hours in the Council Chambers with 100's of other impassioned people at the end of the budget process (Hint: they've got free internet access - you can get a lot done while you wait).
Oh, and there was food and coffee! And bottled water, despite the Mayor's desire to do away with same, and the several water fountains at Miller.
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 9:21 PM
TONIGHT—Pagliacci Pizza Dedicates a Night for Elise
Pagliacci Pizza is hosting a concert benefit for one of its own. “A Night for Elise” will take place TONIGHT, May 12 at Neumo’s on Capitol Hill and feature a silent auction and three Seattle bands; musicians include current and former Pagliacci crewmembers.
Elise Kinnamon was the general manger for one of Pagliacci’s pizzerias before she was diagnosed in February with terminal brain cancer. After two months in the hospital, Elise is home and trying to enjoy life with her husband, Cameron, and 4-year-old son, Jasper.
‘A Night for Elise’
Monday, May 12
925 E. Pike Street | Capitol Hill
Doors open 8 p.m. | Music 9 p.m.
“Many people who know Elise have asked how they can help show support for her and her family as they cope with her illness,” said Matt Galvin, owner of Pagliacci Pizza. “Pagliacci is a large fun-filled family, but at a time like this, we come together to help take care of one another. By hosting the ‘Night for Elise,’ I see it as the least we can do for her and her family.”
The ‘Night for Elise’ will feature the bands Iceage Cobra, Thunderbird Motel, and Rad Touch. The musicians include current and former Pagliacci crewmembers. Tickets are $5.00 and the event is open to the public with all proceeds going toward Elise’s medical bills and creating a trust fund for Jasper. Donations also can be made directly to Elise Kinnamon, c/o Pagliacci Pizza, 423 E. Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122. http://www.pagliacci.com/index.shtml
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 11:39 AM
1) A column by Jerry Large about the Central District News blog
2) A long Seattle Times article about cycling to work, inspired by "Bike to Work Day", this coming Friday, May 16th. The forecast for Friday looks great (Friday: Sunny and warm. Highs in the upper 70s and 80s), so this might be the year for you to give it a try!
Bike not in good shape? Try 20/20 Cycles at 20th/Union, or REI or the place in Montlake [I've had good service at the latter two, haven't tried 20/20 yet]. Or you could let the Bikery help you fix it yourself at their regular Saturday clinics at Garfield Community Center, or at the Central Area Community Safety Forum this Saturday.
(I've been bike commuting on Seattle's streets since 1982).
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 7:12 AM
May 11, 2008
When: Friday, May 16, 2008 03:00 PM - 05/16/2008 07:00 PM
Where: Grocery Outlet parking lot--MLK & E Union
What: Madrona-Madison Farmers Market returns to Madrona Fridays from 3:00-7:00 bringing fresh veggies and other goodies right to the neighborhood.
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 11:34 PM
Dear Community Member,
Seattle Parks and Recreation is planning to redesign its website to better reflect current programs and services and to accommodate changing needs and demographics. Hearing about your experiences with our current website is critical to the development of a successful new site. Please tell us what you want to see more or less of on our website and what you've had difficulty finding by taking this short anonymous survey. To start the survey, click here.
If you wish to refresh your memory of the Parks and Recreation website before you take the survey, click here.
We will close the survey on May 25th.
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Dear Community Members:
As someone who lives, works and plays in Seattle, you have probably experienced some level of our service -- it could have been from a police officer on the street or a City employee answering the telephone in a downtown office.
Each year, the City of Seattle receives more than 10 million phone calls and thousands more e-mails, letters, and visits from people looking for help. Many are handled well. But over the years, some of our systems have become too bureaucratic and unresponsive. We can do much better.
The City's Customer Service Initiative seeks to ensure that we focus on our core job of providing high-quality city services. Whether its water and power, parks, or public safety, our customers are entitled to prompt, efficient and easily accessible service from the City of Seattle. We now have the capability to translate calls to our Customer Service Bureau line (684-CITY) into 160 languages, so we want to make sure people are getting the information they need.
First we should set standards and expectations, in a Customer Bill of Rights, which will be based on the following guiding principles:
Easy and understandable -- City products and services should be easy to locate and access.
Responsive -- City employees should be helpful, connecting customers with others who can help if they cannot.
Fair -- There should be no economic, social or cultural barriers to accessing City products and services.
Results oriented -- Customers should get results, not just process.
To help us develop a meaningful Customer Bill of Rights, we want to hear from you. Please take a few minutes and complete this brief online survey. We will be taking input from the public until June 30. I encourage you to share this survey with family, friends, and other members of the community.
Thank you for your participation.
Darby N. DuComb, Director
Customer Service Bureau
(206) 684-CITY (2489)
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 10:56 PM
May 10, 2008
(slightly outside our core neighborhood, but you might be interested. Note that "Administrative Design Review" is a process carried out at DPD offices, NOT the typical public meeting in a neighborhood. But you can send in your thoughts: see original notice.)
The Director of DPD is preparing early design guidance regarding a development.
|Address:||301 26TH AVE|
The proposal is for a two-unit townhouse structure with attached garages for each townhouse unit.
This proposal has been submitted voluntarily for Administrative Design Review in exchange for departures from the following development standards (based on the preliminary design concept).
OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:
The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through May 21, 2008. You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in developing a design for this multifamily dwelling unit project.
(Here's how to comment)
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 7:22 AM
May 7, 2008
Home Alive (self defense training) and the City's Emergency Preparedness office, and the Blockwatch program will also be offering information at the forum.
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 9:54 PM
Every Sunday from 11 till 3, behind the Bank of America on Broadway: This Sunday till 11/23/08.
Here are all the details. Yes, the picture does indeed capture the essence of a Seattle summer's day. That's the Jones Creek Farms stall, with owner Les Price standing ready to offer samples of the many types of apples he grows. He's my source for the Cox's Orange Pippin apples of my English youth.
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 9:11 PM
May 6, 2008
At last night's East District Council meeting, we met Lt. Sean O'Donnell, the new Operations Lieutenant at the East Precinct.
Lt. O' Donnell replaces Lt. John Hayes, who has been promoted to a citywide post. Lt. O'Donnell can be contacted by phone (206-684-4306) or E-mail: email@example.com.
He may refer you, for some issues, to Sgt. Jay Shin, who leads the East Precinct Community Police Team (CPT), or to Officer Tyrone Davis, the long-serving CPT Officer who serves our area ( firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-684-4373).
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 7:26 AM