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Entries from November 2009

SDOT mistakenly labeled some street signs brown

November 24th, 2009 by Thea

A few weeks ago I wrote a story about the Seattle Department of Transportation replacing some tradition green street signs with brown ones in the neighborhood. As it turns out, this move is part of a citywide campaign to highlight Seattle’s historic Olmsted Boulevards – like the Queen Anne Parkway and Gilman Avenue.

Paid for by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap Levy, the city has so far replaced 3,645 signs at intersections around town, a move that has been somewhat controversial among many residents who feel the money could be better spent elsewhere. One reader, CutTheString, wrote in the comments to our last story,

This is a giant waste of money. They say that they change them out when the green signs “need’ replacing but it looks like they’re just swapping them out happenstance. We’ve got overcrowded schools and libraries we can’t keep open, but now I know where the oldest streets in Seattle are, Lord knows I couldn’t live with out that knowledge.

Others feel that if they’re going to replace old street signs anyway, they might as well use new ones that indicate some historical relevance – the brown signs cost the same amount to make as the green. However, there have been many noted mistakes in the green-to-brown swap. One reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, noticed that all the new brown signs along 6th Ave W – the ones that first attracted attention on Queen Anne several weeks ago – have now gone back to green.

She wrote,

I noticed that some of the street signs that were changed to brown. (6th W. and W. Crockett is an example) are now all green again?  Wonder why? Sort of an expensive experiment for the city, don’t ya think?


I took a look this morning and found that she was right, all the original new brown signs along 6th Ave W – at Blaine, Howe, Crockett and McGraw – have now gone back to green.

“SDOT made a couple of mistakes and our staff has corrected them,” said Dewey Potter with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation said. “They’re correct now.”

But apparently SDOT has made more than a few labeling errors around town. Benjamin Lukoff, who wrote a piece about the new street signs in Crosscut, also wrote in our comments. Despite that fact that overall he says he is for the changing signs, he wrote,

I’ve seen a lot of mistakes going up on the new green signs, and I’ve also seen new green signs ring Green Lake, even though Green Lake Drive and Green Lake Way are Olmsted roads.

Another reader found this example of how a mislabeling mix-up resulted in a very confusing intersection.

So there it is. The city said 6th Ave W was historic, and then took it back. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of other streets still donned with the brown signs on the Hill. Take a drive around McGraw and Smith to see if you can spot them!

Thanks to our anonymous reader for the tip!

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Emergency repairs on Alaskan Way Viaduct today

November 24th, 2009 by Thea

Today, Tuesday, November 24, SDOT will be making emergency repairs to an expansion joint on the southbound section of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, just past the First Ave. S exit.  This repair work will shut down the southbound lanes at various times today. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the left and center lanes south of the First Ave. off-ramp will be closed, and from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. the center and right lanes will be closed at the same location. Drivers are advised to proceed cautiously through the work zone, and expect slower travel times.

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‘Bloody brawl’ two weeks ago seriously injured two

November 23rd, 2009 by Thea reports that two men were seriously injured in a brawl on the south side of Queen Anne two weeks ago, on Saturday, November 14. Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, who runs the citywide crime blog, found the incident while sifting through police reports earlier today.

According to the report, the two men were driving down W. Highland Dr. when they stopped behind a yellow Porsche and a group of eight Asian men who were blocking the road. When the victims told the group to move the car, they reported that another group joined the eight men, who together attacked them. The victims told police that they saw a knife and heard one of the attackers yell, “Go get my 9!” The two men ran away, though they were seriously injured, and went to the hospital later. Jonah wrote on his site,

According to the police report, the men were stabbed – leaving one with a 6-inch cut on his left arm – and one man’s tops lip was “sliced and barely connected.” He also lost two teeth in the fight, the report says.

The victims told officers that the yellow Porsche looked relatively new. They remember that there was some slight damage to the driver side of the car and that the front headlight on that side was out.

According to the PI’s 911 blog, police are currently investigating the assault.

Thanks to Jonah for the report!

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Denali Fitness hopes to raise 10k this Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2009 by Thea

Denali Fitness will be offering two hours of classes on Thanksgiving day this Thursday, November 26 for their 4th Annual Turkey Drive to raise money for Northwest Harvest. Last year the fitness club raised just under $5,000, and this year they hope to pass the $10,000 mark.

Denali will be offering a variety of classes at both their Interbay and Madison Park locations, and have challenged The Fitness Lab, a personal training studio in Fremont, to run a simultaneous event.

“The heat is on,” wrote Tricia Murphy Madden, Group Fitness Director at Denali, in an email last week. ” If between the three clubs we raise 10K, we will provide almost 6,200 meals to adults and children who otherwise would go without.”

Here’s the schedule for the Interbay club:

  • 8:30 a.m. – cycling with Tommy
  • 9:00 a.m. – Turkey Burner Boot camp Andy
  • 9:30 a.m. – cycling with Don

Classes are filling up quickly, so if you would like to sign up be sure to get to it soon. Denali is asking for $20 donations, though members frequently give more. ” Last year we had a member write a check for $1000 at the end of the class because he was so moved by the experience,” Madden wrote.

Call (206) 282-7400 or email for more information or to register for classes.

Denali Fitness is a sponsor of QueenAnneView.

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Meet the new Mayor and King County Exec tonight

November 23rd, 2009 by Thea

McGinn & Constantine

Head over to the Paramount Theatre this evening, Monday, November 23, to meet the new Mayor and King County Executive elects Mike McGinn and Dow Constantine for a free public event.

The Seattle Theatre Group, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Washington State Arts Alliance, and 4Culture, are hosting the reception and inviting the public to join in welcoming the city’s newest elected officials.

The event will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Paramount Theatre, located at 911 Pine St. The reception includes a no-host bar and complimentary appetizers.

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Coyote spotted in Magnolia again

November 23rd, 2009 by Thea

The coyote spotted at Terminal 91 last week and the week before, may have made another appearance in the area. Our sister site, Magnolia Voice, has reported another coyote sighting in the 2800 block of 23rd Ave West, near the Interbay line between Magnolia and Queen Anne.

A reader sent in pictures of the coyote taken in their front yard at approximately 10:30 in the morning yesterday, Sunday, November 22. She says the coyote “doesn’t appear to be the least bit skittish about humans in its immediate vicinity,” and was able to get close enough to snap this picture. Read the whole story at Magnolia Voice.

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Mayor-elect McGinn to hold town hall next week

November 23rd, 2009 by Thea

Mayor-elect Mike McGinn is holding a town hall meeting on Monday, November 30 in north Seattle to give people a chance to share their thoughts about the future direction of Seattle.

“I ran for mayor to change the way we do politics in this city. Our transition is no different. We’re open sourcing it to the community — so that we get your best ideas, and so that you know what’s going on in your government. I have committed to making this the most transparent transition Seattle has ever seen,” McGinn wrote on the transition website,

The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Northgate Community Center, located at 10510 5th Ave. NE. This meeting is the first of three to be held during the transition. The other two will be in central and south Seattle. Read more about the transition here.

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Police looking for suspects in armed robbery

November 22nd, 2009 by Thea

At approximately 1:50 a.m. this morning, Sunday, November 22, officers were called to the scene of a reported assault and robbery outside a motel in the 2200 block of Aurora Ave N. According to the police report, the victim said he had been sitting in his motel room with his girlfriend and his friend, a man who later called the police, and had gone outside to have a cigarette when he was confronted by at least two men, one of which reportedly had a handgun.

According to the victim, when he walked down the stairs he heard someone say, “There’s one of them,” before he was grabbed by the man with the gun and struck several times with it. He also said he believed he was pepper sprayed. The suspects then reportedly robbed him of his personal items, including his wallet, cell phone, keys, his own gun (a CCW) and two magazines. The victim said he then went back to his friend’s room, where he heard a knock on the door followed by the suspects attempting to gain entry, though they were not successful.

When the police arrived there were no signs of the suspects. The victims could not provide descriptions for either suspects, who are still at large.

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The Queen Anne Artist Trunk Show is today

November 21st, 2009 by Thea

The Queen Anne Artists Trunk Show, an annual showcase of neighborhood artists benefiting the Sweet Pea Cottage Preschool of the Arts at the top of the hill is today, Saturday, November 21. Over 30 local artists will be featured, selling their work from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Queen Anne Community Center, located at 1901 1st Ave. W.

Admission is free and there will be activities for all ages, including face painting, herb collages, and family tree making for kids, and live music, raffles for pieces created by the artists, baked treats and a gallery of work created by students from Sweet Pea Collage.

“Over 30 jury-selected artists will be showcasing and selling their super-cool work (no kitschy stuff here!),” Sweet Pea Cottage Managing Director Michelle Stiller wrote. “You will find jewelry, bath and body products, child and adult clothing, purses, paintings, and more – something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.”

Check out some of the features artists here. Follow the action on their Twitter page.

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Coyote spotted at Terminal 91 this afternoon

November 20th, 2009 by Thea

One of our readers sent us a report of a coyote spotting near the Elliott Bay bike trail this afternoon. She forwarded us this mesage from a nearby office building,

There is a coyote on the campus of a biotech company near the elliot bay trail (terminal 91 bike path). The USDA has been called in and is trying to make the coyote go on its way. People have been asked to remain in the building while they work. 
“The USDA is working to drive the coyote off of the premises, and we expect activity at approximately 1:00 this afternoon, November 20. The USDA will use a variety of methods, and during this time you may hear loud noises. For your safety, and to allow the USDA to perform their work, please stay inside for the rest of the afternoon.”

This is not the first time a coyote has been seen at Terminal 91. Last week our sister site, Magnolia Voice, reported on a sighting and even got a photo. Maybe it decided to come back and visit.

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Brandi Carlile comes to Easy Street tonight

November 20th, 2009 by Thea

Brandi CarlileSeattle based singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is doing a free, all-ages show at Easy Street Records tonight. And Brandi’s rock, pop, country, folky, alternative tunes are definitely a great treat to start off the weekend. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Thanks to Jesse and Easy Street Records for the image.

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B of A Fishermen’s Terminal branch to close

November 19th, 2009 by Thea

Bank of America has announced it’s closing it branch in Fishermen’s Terminal in just a few months time, on February 26, 2010.

Our sister site, MagnoliaVoice, reports that the bank sent letters to its customers announcing the close, and referring them to the Ballard branch. There are also B of A branches in Magnolia and Lower Queen Anne, where nearby a BECU branch is also set to open.

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