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

 

SDOT hosting community meetings for new east-west neighborhood greenway from Crown Hill to Northgate

January 31st, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is hosting three community meetings to present its new east-west neighborhood greenway, the North Seattle Neighborhood Greenway & School Safety Project. The greenway will be built in 2018 and will connect Crown Hill, Greenwood, Licton Springs, and Northgate.

You can see a map of the route here.

Meetings are scheduled for:

  • 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave. NW, and will focus on plans to get people safely across Holman Road NW and NW 92nd St. Coffee provided.
  • 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at Lantern Brewing, 938 N. 95th St., and will focus on safely crossing Aurora Avenue North at North 92nd Street with a new crossing signal. All ages are welcome; soft drinks provided; beer available for purchase.
  • 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Monkey Business Preschool, 9728 Greenwood Ave. N. #B, and will focus on safely crossing Greenwood Avenue NW at NW 100th Street with a new crossing signal. Coffee provided.

The route emphasizes avoiding the steepest hills and prioritizes streets with lower vehicle speeds and volumes.

All of the neighborhood greenway streets will prioritize people walking and biking, and improve crossings of busy streets. We are responding to the requests for reduced cut through traffic with changes to the intersection of N 100th St and Greenwood Ave N and calming traffic along the route with speed humps where feasible.

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Level 3 registered sex offender moves into Phinney/Fremont area

November 28th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Police Department says a Level 3 registered sex offender recently moved into the south end of the neighborhood.

Kevin Houser moved to the 100 block of North 46 Street and is no longer under Department of Corrections supervision. According to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs website, Houser was convicted in 2003 of first degree child molestation.

More info from SPD:

Level 3 sex offenders pose the highest risk to re-offend. It is normal to feel upset, angry and worried about a registered sex offender living in your community. The Community Notification Act of 1990 requires sex offenders to register in the community where they live. The law also allows local law enforcement to make the public aware about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. As all of these offenders have completed their sentence, they are free to live where they wish. Experts believe sex offenders are less likely to re-offend if they live and work in an environment free of harassment. Any actions taken against the listed sex offenders could result in arrest and prosecution as it is against the law to use this information in any to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders. The SPD Sex Offender detectives will check on these offenders every 3 months to verify our information.

You can use 9-1-1 to report any and all suspicious activity.

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Crown Hill/Whittier Heights ‘Find It, Fix It Walk’ is Saturday

November 16th, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that Mayor Murray and other city officials will participate in a Find It, Fix it Community Walk from 10:30-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, in neighboring Crown Hill/Whittier Heights. (This walk was rescheduled from Oct. 15 because of weather.)

The walk begins at Baker Park on 14th Avenue NW just south of NW 85th Street. Refreshments will be provided by Starbucks beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the walk scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Neighbors and business owners will take the mayor and other city officials on a two-hour walk through the neighborhood, talking about streets, sidewalks, crime and other neighborhood issues.

And remember that community members can report safety needs or city maintenance issues any time through the Find It, Fix It mobile app.

Here’s the walk route:

  • North on Mary Avenue NW
  • North on 13th Avenue NW
  • Southwest on Holman Road NW
  • West on NW 90th Street
  • South on 17th Avenue NW
  • East on NW 85th Street
  • Walk concludes about 12:30 p.m. at NW 85th Street and 15th Avenue NW

In partnership with Cities of Service, the City will offer up to $5,000 in grants for community-led projects to each 2016 Find It, Fix It Walk neighborhood. The Crown Hill/Whittier Heights Community Project Grant Application will be available in seven languages at www.seattle.gov/finditfixit from Thursday, November 10 to Monday, November 28. If you have an idea for a project in Crown Hill or Whittier Heights, please apply!

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Crown Hill ‘Find It Fix It Walk’ rescheduled for Nov. 19

October 31st, 2016 by Doree

Mayor Murray will participate in another Find It, Fix it Community Walk from 10:30-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, in neighboring Crown Hill/Whittier Heights. (This walk was rescheduled from Oct. 15 because of weather.)

The walk begins at Baker Park on 14th Avenue NW just south of NW 85th Street. Refreshments begin at 10:30 a.m., with the walk scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Neighbors and business owners will take the mayor and other city officials on a two-hour walk through the neighborhood, talking about streets, sidewalks, crime and other neighborhood issues.

In addition, Crown Hill/Whittier Heights community members are invited to apply for up to $5,000 to complete community projects that improve the safety or appearance of their neighborhood. To apply for a Crown Hill/Whittier Heights Community Project Grant, community members can find the application at seattle.gov/finditfixit beginning Friday, October 21 through Monday, November 7.

Lastly, community members don’t have to wait for the walk to report safety needs or city maintenance issues. They can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app.

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Seattle University asking for your thoughts on public safety

October 17th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle University is conducting a citywide online Public Safety Survey, to find out your safety and security concerns, whether you live or work in Seattle.

The survey will provide Seattle Police Department with detailed reports of concerns in each neighborhood, so police can update community policing plans.

The survey is available now through Nov. 30, and is available in Amharic, Chinese, English, Korean, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

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UPDATE: POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER — Find It, Fix It Walk with Mayor Murray in Crown Hill/Whittier Heights Saturday

October 10th, 2016 by Doree

Update Oct. 13: This Find It, Fix It Community Walk has been postponed due to the severe weather forecast.

Earlier: Mayor Murray will participate in another Find It, Fix it Community Walk this Saturday, in neighboring Crown Hill/Whittier Heights. The walk begins at Baker Park on 14th Avenue NW just south of NW 85th Street.

Neighbors and business owners will take the mayor and other city officials on a two-hour walk through the neighborhood, talking about streets, sidewalks, crime and other neighborhood issues.

In addition, Crown Hill/Whittier Heights community members are invited to apply for up to $5,000 to complete community projects that improve the safety or appearance of their neighborhood. To apply for a Crown Hill/Whittier Heights Community Project Grant, community members can find the application at seattle.gov/finditfixit beginning Friday, October 21 through Monday, November 7.

Lastly, community members don’t have to wait for the walk to report safety needs or city maintenance issues. They can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app.

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Greenwood-Phinney Greenways joining other groups for Rally and Remembrance for Safer Streets on Sunday

October 5th, 2016 by Doree

Several Greenways groups, including Greenwood-Phinney Greenways, are joining together to host a Rally and Remembrance for Safer Streets at 12 p.m. Sunday at the Northgate Community Center 10510 5th Ave. NE. They’re calling on the Seattle City Council to fund $3 million in safety improvements next year.

Join Lake City Greenways, NE Seattle Greenways, Green Lake Greenways, Licton-Haller Greenways, Greenwood-Phinney Greenways, Maple Leaf Greenways and many other community groups and people to highlight the unsettlingly high numbers of serious injuries and fatalities on our streets in the past year.
We’ll gather on Sunday, October 9 at NOON in front of the Northgate Community Center to talk about the urgent need for safe streets.

There have been two tragic bicycle fatalities and a spate of serious-injury pedestrian, bicycle, and car crashes in North Seattle in the past few months. Lives have been taken and others irrevocably altered by these events.

Our City has committed to Vision Zero (zero serious injuries or fatalities by 2030), but the $2.4 million budgeted for this life-saving agenda is not sufficient. #WeCantWait for more serious injuries and fatalities to spur City action.

Gather with us, your North Seattle Greenways groups and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, as we mark these tragedies and needless injuries. Call on the City Council to add $3 million to the budget.

We need to implement safety improvements on major streets in our city, including NE 65th, Lake City Way, Greenwood Ave N, 35th Ave NE, and many others.

Seattle Department of Transportation must also tackle a backlog of 400 spot improvements across the city identified by communities and SDOT for which there is currently little funding.

Our October 9 gathering will be followed by a walk/slow ride to the site of a recent crash.

Please bring flowers from your own garden, or a homemade sign with your message about safe streets. We will have ready-made signs, a map for you to add your ideas and trouble spots, postcards for your messages to the City Council, and a petition (also available at http://bit.ly/2dp6hUR).

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Councilmember O’Brien to host forum on Health and Public Safety in Ballard on Thursday

September 27th, 2016 by Doree

District 6 City Councilmember Mike O’Brien is hosting a community forum from 6-8 p.m. this Thursday at the Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St., to discuss how the city can implement public health and safety solutions proposed by community members at the July 29 Safe and Healthy Communities Public Forum.

Councilmember O’Brien will provide an overview of the proposed solutions and their budget implications. Attendees will then convene in small work groups and provide feedback and input on the proposals and provide additional ideas.

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Aurora Avenue-Licton Springs ‘Find It Fix It’ Walk with Mayor Murray next Tuesday, May 31

May 24th, 2016 by Doree

Mayor Ed Murray will lead a Find It, Fix It Community Walk in the Aurora Avenue-Licton Springs area from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31. That walk will center on the area around Aurora Avenue North between North 84th and 110th streets. The walk begins at Oak Tree Village Plaza by the movie theater, on Aurora Avenue North between North 100th and North 103rd streets.

Click here for a map of the one-mile walk route with proposed topics at certain locations (i.e., lack of sidewalks, crime, scheduled park improvements, etc.) The walk ends at Lantern Brewery on North 95th Street. City staff will be available for followup questions.

The first 75 people who sign in at the walk will receive a gift bag of city swag. Refreshments will be provided. If you need more information or have questions, contact Hilary Nichols at 206-386-1907 or hilary.nichols@seattle.gov.

In addition, Aurora-Licton residents are invited to apply for up to $5000 to complete community projects that improve the safety or appearance of their neighborhood. To apply for the Aurora-Licton Community Project Grants, community members can find the application at seattle.gov/finditfixit beginning Wednesday, May 25 through Friday, June 10.

If you find safety needs or city maintenance issues, you can report them any time using the Find It, Fix It mobile app. Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.

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