A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Entries from July 2017

National Night Out is Tuesday, with hundreds of Seattle’s streets blocked off to traffic for neighborhood parties

July 31st, 2017 by Doree

National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 1, with thousands of Seattle residents closing off their streets to traffic to encourage neighbors to play in the street and get to know each other better to help fight crime.

Many neighbors have a barbecue, while some hire a band or the Bubbleman or some other kind of entertainment.

While the evening is meant to be fun, it also means many side streets will be blocked off to cars, making coming home from work a challenge for some. Drivers, please be nice to those at block parties, and realize they’re not trying to make your trip home harder. And block party folks should help out drivers who get hemmed in by too many streets blocked off.

Enjoy Night Out!

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12th annual Gumshoe detective walk through the neighborhood runs Aug. 4-13

July 28th, 2017 by Doree

The 12th annual Gumshoe detective walk through Phinney Ridge and Greenwood happens Aug. 4-13. Buy an entry form and follow the clues to discover interesting yard art, signs, and generally quirky things throughout the neighborhood.

This year, profits will be split equally between the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank. The Gumshoe has raised more than $49,000 in 11 years for neighborhood non-profits.

Click here to see last year’s clues and answers, so you get an idea of what you’re in for. It’s especially fun with a partner or group to help figure out tricky clues.

Starting Aug. 4, you can buy an entry form for $20 (or $15 each for two or more) at Ken’s Market, 7231 Greenwood Ave. N. (debit or credit card, cash or check payable to “PNA”); Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. (credit card, cash or check); or Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. (cash or check only).

Return your entry form to Ken’s, the PNA or Couth Buzzard, and be entered to win one of 10 $100 gift cards to local businesses (see the list on the website).

New this year, Illumination Learning Studio at 7720 Greenwood Ave. N. will let Gumshoers fill up water bottles and use the bathroom if they’re passing by during business hours. And show your entry form at Pete’s Egg Nest for a free drink or Gorgeous George’s for a free hummus appetizer with purchase of a meal — they’re both at the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 78th Street.

The annual “Procrastishoe” begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13, at Ken’s Market for anyone who wants to do it last-minute as part of a group. Gumshoe Guy Mike Veitenhans will follow behind, muttering clues if the group gets stuck.

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Tonight: Public Meeting to Design the Phinney Center Hillside

July 27th, 2017 by Robin Donovan

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is re-designing Phinney Center’s Hillside Concept and Master Plan and is looking for community input.

Basic goals include creating accessible connections, gathering spaces, play opportunities, and community gardens on the hillside between blue and brick buildings.

A landscape architect has been hired and will speak with community members, using feedback and ideas to develop a design and update the Phinney Center master plan.

There will be several opportunities for to meet with the landscape architects: Maggi Johnson and Scott Boetjer from Johnson+Southerland, and the first is at this first public meeting from 7-8:30 PM on Thursday, July 27, at the Phinney Campus Blue Building room 6.

Learn more about the project and more opportunities for involvement at phinneycenter.org/hillside.

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Apply by Aug. 18 to be a vendor for PNA Winter Festival in December

July 27th, 2017 by Doree

We’re in the middle of summer, but the Phinney Neighborhood Association is already thinking about its Winter Festival, set for Dec. 2-3.

All artists and craftspeople interested in being a vendor for the annual event, need to apply by Aug. 18.

About 115 vendors will be chosen.

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Appeal Stops Phinney Flats Project

July 26th, 2017 by Robin Donovan

Seattle Deputy Hearing Examiner Ryan Vancil has reversed and remanded the City’s approval of the controversial “Phinney Flats” project, which would have brought a 57-unit building with no onsite parking to the southeast corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 68th Street.

The city’s initial approval was challenged by a neighborhood group called Livable Phinney. The city held a five-day hearing in May.

“This Decision is a game-changer for making the City accountable for applying the Land Use Code properly,” Livable Phinney board member Irene Wall said in a press release.

The Examiner agreed with Livable Phinney that: 1) the building was too close to the rear property line and violated the required setbacks, and; 2) the building had an illegal rooftop structure that did not meet the definition of a clerestory, and that this structure was placed improperly on the rooftop. A revised building design will be required.

And, in a ruling with city-wide ramifications, the Examiner also agreed with Livable Phinney that the City was required to look at actual bus frequency, not just bus schedules, when allowing an exemption from onsite parking requirements. The Land Use Code allows a multi-use project in an Urban Village to proceed without any onsite parking, regardless of parking impacts, if the site is located within a specified distance of “Frequent Transit Service,” which requires 15-minute intervals between buses. The City insisted that a bus schedule showing 15-minute intervals was sufficient.

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Election Day is Tuesday, Aug. 1

July 26th, 2017 by Doree

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, Aug. 1. All ballots must be postmarked by midnight, or dropped in a King County Election Ballot Drop Box by 8 p.m. on Aug. 1 (they’re open 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. Aug. 1). See King County Elections’ website for more information.

Ballot Drop Boxes closest to our neighborhood are at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.; Green Lake Community Center, 7201 East Green Lake Drive North; and the Ballard Library at the corner of NW 57th Street and 22nd Avenue NW. See the website for a complete list.

For candidate information:

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Reminder: Greenwood Seafair Parade is Wednesday night

July 25th, 2017 by Doree

Remember, the 67th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade starts at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) with Grand Marshals the Seafair Clowns and the theme “Clownin’ Around in Greenwood.”

The Seafair Commodores help run all the Seafair events, including staging the entrants in the Greenwood Seafair Parade.

Thousands of people crowd the sidewalks of downtown Greenwood to see about 100 floats, bands, drill teams, community groups and the Seafair Pirates march and perform in the oldest Seafair parade.

The parade starts on Greenwood Avenue North at North 95th Street, heads south to 85th Street, then west to 6th Avenue NW.

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Opus Co. Restaurant opening at Greenwood & 74th on Wednesday

July 25th, 2017 by Doree

Opus Co. Restaurant is opening at 7410 Greenwood Ave. N. on Wednesday. Opus will be open for dinner from 5-10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday), cooking seasonal foods on a huge wood-fired grill.

Starting Aug. 1, you can make reservations through Open Table.

Its website is just a landing page at the moment, but there’s lots more information and photos of the inside on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

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Phinney Hub part of city-wide emergency drill on July 29

July 24th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle’s Emergency Operations Center downtown will activate on Saturday, July 29, for a city-wide drill emphasizing communication at 11 hubs. Hubs are designated neighborhood locations where people gather after a disaster to work together and share resources.

Saturday’s “emergency” will be a simulated earthquake.

In our neighborhood, the Phinney Hub will participate from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Participants will use walkie-talkies and will work together to determine the status of Swedish Hospital in Ballard and Northwest Hospital.

Just north of Greenwood, another hub will be at Broadview Lutheran Memorial Church, 13047 Greenwood Ave. N. And to the west, a hub is located at Loyal Heights Playfield, 2101 NW 77th St.

Hub volunteers invite you to stop by to observe and learn how you can help after a disaster. Information will be available and new volunteers are welcome! Part of their practice is to train people to be able to spontaneously step in and assist. You can help as a “citizen actor” or as a new volunteer.

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