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International PARK(ing) Day brings three temporary park sites to Greenwood Friday and Saturday

September 14th, 2016 by Doree

International PARK(ing) Day Plus+, where small sections of streets are turned into temporary parks for a day or two, is happening this Friday and Saturday, with three sites in Greenwood.

Sustainable Greenwood-Phinney will put up a site at 8100 Greenwood Ave. N. on Saturday, and Green Bean Coffeehouse at 8525 Greenwood Ave. N., plans to “paint the neighborhood green” on Saturday.

Greenwood-Phinney Greenways and Coyle’s Bakeshop have teamed up for an installation at Greenwood Avenue North and North 83rd Street, with a pop-up park in front of the bakery, temporary curb bulbs at the intersection and other amenities across 83rd at Luso Food and Wine. The project is funded partly by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

In addition to providing a fun public space to hang out in our thriving local business district, our installation seeks to temporarily improve the safety of the unmarked crosswalk on Greenwood Ave at 83rd, particularly for pedestrians. N 83rd Street is a proposed future greenway in Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan and connects to other key routes as well as to two nearby elementary schools. Making the crossing safer and more visible will enhance our community by improving mobility options for those not driving (especially children and their families walking and biking to schools), and will support the growing business district by improving access to the businesses.

One way to make it safer for pedestrians to cross a busy street is to shorten the crossing distance and make them more visible to people driving. This can be achieved by creating curb bulbs, which we’ll be doing as a temporary demonstration project. The curb bulbs will bring the edges of the crosswalk out to the near edge of the bike lane, where cyclists and drivers are better able to see people waiting to cross the street. As it is currently designed, people waiting to cross are obscured by cars parked close to the crosswalk, creating a hazard.

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Solarize Seattle holding orientation meeting Wednesday

November 6th, 2012 by Doree

Solarize Seattle: Northwest is hosting a one-hour orientation meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6523 Phinney Ave. N., Room 6.

Solarize Seattle is a group purchase program that offers free workshops and solar assessments, plus discounts and financing help for homeowners who want to add solar power to their homes. The Northwest program is open to residents and businesses in the following zip codes: 98103, 98107, 98117, 98133 and 98177.

It’s funded by Seattle City Light, and managed by the nonprofit Northwest SEED (Sustainable Energy for Economic Development). It’s also supported by the PNA, Sustainable Greenwood-Phinney, Phinney Ridge Community Council, Greenwood Community Council, Green Lake Community Council, Wallingford Meaningful Movies, and Sustainable Seattle.

Solarize workshops will begin in early 2013.

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