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

 

Greenwood is subject of June 20 Center for Architecture and Design’s ‘Neighborhoods Matter’ talk

June 8th, 2017 by Doree

The Seattle Architecture Foundation is hosting a special talk about Greenwood as part of its Design In Depth Series, which is exploring neighborhoods throughout the city.

The talk is open to the public and will feature Rob Fellows, President of the Greenwood Community Council, and Chris Maykut, owner of Chaco Canyon Organic Café, who will discuss the architecture and community efforts that keep our neighborhood vibrant.

The talk is from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, downtown at architecture and design firm MG2, 1101 2nd Ave., #100. Tickets online are $15 general (plus service fee), $10 for Seattle Architecture Foundation members, and $5 for students.

The talk will be preceded by a free reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m, with light refreshments and beverages.

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Greenwood Community Council survey results

May 1st, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council recently put out a survey asking for input on a variety of neighborhood issues, from land use to transportation, safety and health.

You can check out the full results here, with plenty of bar charts showing what people think about our neighborhood’s access to parks, transit, the impact of housing developments, what issues the GCC should become more involved in, and more.

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Greenwood Community Council’s annual meeting and board election is Tuesday

April 17th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s annual meeting to set this year’s priorities and elect new board members is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library (which reopened today after two months of remodeling), 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

There’s a lot going on in Greenwood this year:

At least four six-to-seven story buildings are moving through the city’s process, including the site of last year’s gas explosion, the old DOL building, and the grassy area in the Greenwood Shopping Center east of Palatine,

Seattle’s changing its land use code to allow taller buildings everywhere in return for developers contributing towards affordable housing,

New schools will open next fall near Aurora, and safe pathways for kids to get there are still a concern,

Homelessness and opiate addiction is increasing with hundreds of unplanned encampments in Seattle,

while Seattle has just opened a new sanctioned encampment site nearby,

Seattle’s changing how it engages the public to get more voices to the table, and

Meanwhile sidewalks and better bus connections are still needed.

– What should the Greenwood Community Council focus its attention on over the next year?
– What issues would you like to learn more about, or find out what your neighbors think?
– How could we do a better job building community in Greenwood?

Please join us Tuesday to weigh in on the most important issues facing Greenwood, and set priorities over the coming year. You can also weigh in on issues and priorities by filling out our survey before Tuesday, whether you plan to attend or not. The survey results will be shared at the meeting to stimulate discussion. We have received 60 responses so far, and the free version of SurveyMonkey will accept another 40 more.

Please also consider joining our board. If you’ve ever thought about getting involved in the neighborhood, joining our board is a great way to do it.

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Greenwood Community Council Board meets tonight, stop by and chat if you’re interested in joining the board

March 28th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. The Board is looking for new members, so if you’re interested in working on neighborhood issues, come to the meeting and find out more before elections next month.

Then tomorrow (Wednesday), stop by Couth Buzzard again at 7 p.m. for the first meeting of the GCC Engagement and Outreach committee to find ways to increase community and participation in neighborhood issues.

Click here to read more from current GCC President Rob Fellows on why he believes in being involved in the community.

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Reminder: Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight will discuss business recovery and safety issues one year after natural gas explosion

March 21st, 2017 by Doree

Reminder: The Greenwood Community Council’s March meeting tonight will focus on reviewing the aftermath of the Greenwood natural gas explosion last year, recap the neighborhood’s recovery efforts, and discuss concerns over safety going forward.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. today (Tuesday) at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St., in Fellowship Hall. (Note: The meeting is in a different location than usual, because the Greenwood Library is closed for renovations.)

A representative from the Phinney Neighborhood Association will talk about the results of the neighborhood’s fundraising efforts; Chaco Canyon owner Chris Maykut will discuss the ongoing recovery efforts of affected businesses; and a representative from Puget Sound Energy will discuss natural gas safety issues and whether our neighborhood is safer now.

The Council also will take nominations for its annual election of officers. The election will be at the April meeting.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting Tuesday will review safety in the wake of last year’s natural gas explosion

March 19th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s March meeting will focus on reviewing the aftermath of the Greenwood natural gas explosion last year, recap the neighborhood’s recovery efforts, and discuss concerns over safety going forward.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St., in Fellowship Hall. (Note: The meeting is in a different location than usual, because the Greenwood Library is closed for renovations.)

A representative from the Phinney Neighborhood Association will talk about the results of the neighborhood’s fundraising efforts; Chaco Canyon owner Chris Maykut will discuss the ongoing recovery efforts of affected businesses; and a representative from Puget Sound Energy will discuss natural gas safety issues and whether our neighborhood is safer now.

The Council also will take nominations for its annual election of officers. The election will be at the April meeting.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting on homelessness is Wednesday

February 28th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council will host a special forum on homelessness at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

This meeting will discuss:

  • Who are the homeless?
  • Why is homelessness growing?
  • What would one-term solutions look like
  • How can communities help?

Speakers include:

  • The Mayor’s Director of Homelessness George Scarola
  • The Executive Director of Aurora Commons Elizabeth Dahl
  • A representative from Speak Out Seattle!

After their opening statements panelists will address questions from the moderator and from the audience. George Scarola’s introduction will include recent news announced by the Mayor last week about new initiatives to address homelessness in Seattle. Bring your questions!

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Greenwood Community Council hosts forum on homelessness next Wednesday

February 21st, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council will host a special forum on homelessness at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, March 1, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Hundreds of people are living on the streets in Seattle today, with more arriving all the time. There have been several local meetings on new encampment plans, but this one has a different focus: Who are the homeless, why is homelessness growing, what would one-term solutions look like, and how can communities help?

Our three speakers on the front lines responding:

  • The Mayor’s Director of Homelessness George Scarola
  • The Executive Director of Aurora Commons Elizabeth Dahl
  • Arepresentative from Speak Out Seattle!

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Help Greenwood Community Council decide on areas of transportation advocacy and action at tonight’s transportation committee meeting

February 20th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee meets tonight (Monday) at Flying Bike Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., to discuss what issues to advocate for and take action on this year. Everyone is welcome.

You can see feedback the committee has already received and add your own thoughts.

At tonight’s meeting the committee will look at the list of suggested items and drill down into specific actions it might take in the coming year.

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