Avoid 99 and spend Saturday walking an Uptown Jane’s Walk

This Saturday, May 7th is the annual Jane’s Walk event, taking place in neighborhoods across Seattle. Named after Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), these walks celebrate urban communities. Jane was an urbanist and activist who championed a community-based approach to city building – and what better way to explore the community than by foot?

Jane’s Walks are free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The goal of the free walks is to not only explore a neighborhood, but to also share stories about the community, the city, and meet neighbors.

This weekend’s Jane’s Walk features Uptown (aka Lower Queen Anne to some). Local residents Katherine Idziorek, co-President of the Uptown Alliance and Debi Frausto, former Chair of Friends of Lower Kinnear Park and current Uptown Arts and Culture District focal point, will lead the walk.

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Walk Route

A) Lower Kinnear Park: Meet at the entrance to Lower Kinnear Park (at the end of W Roy Street) – learn about recent park renovations and improvements

B) Counterbalance Park: Uptown’s urban stage

C) The Labyrinth: Walk the labyrinth at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

D) UpGarden P-Patch:Visit a community P-Patch garden on the roof of the Mercer Parking garage!

E) EXPO Apartments: Learn how the community worked together with developers to shape the EXPO Apartment building.

F) KEXP: Visit 90.3 KEXP’s new home at Seattle Center!

G) Queen Anne & Mercer apartments: Learn how the community worked with developers to help a new project fit into the neighborhood.

H) Uptown Parklet: Visit Uptown’s tiniest park, a park”let” at SIFF Cinema Uptown

I) South Korean Consulate: See the future site of the South Korean Consulate

J) Nielsen’s Pastries: Pop in for a coffee or authentic Danish kringle at Nielsen’s Pastries

K) Selig Office Building: See the construction of a new half-block office project

L) Thomas Street Pedestrian Bridge: Walk from Uptown over busy Elliott Avenue to enjoy beautiful Sound views and a connection to Seattle’s waterfront parks

Stop by the W Roy Street entrance to Lower Kinnear Park to join the walk at noon on Saturday. Katie will be wearing her red KEXP t-shirt, and the walk will take about an hour. Happy walking!

Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Toby

Toby 3Are you ready to go out and embrace Spring? Toby sure is!

Toby is a big, handsome, high energy dog who is seeking his forever home. Toby loves the ball, going for walks and has the gift of gab.

With his John Wayne cowboy swagger and shiny black coat, he has movie star looks and appeal.

Toby 1At four years old, Toby is past the crazy puppy stage and ready to make up for the lack of training in his early life. He’d love a buddy that is willing to continue working on his manners and teach him some tricks. (Training is a great way for you to bond with your new dog, too!) He would prefer to be your one-and-only canine companion.

Toby 2Toby will thrive in a home where he will get lots of play time and exercise. He is happy-go-lucky, eager to please and can’t wait to meet his forever family.

Come on down to the Seattle Animal Shelter to meet Toby (SAS ID#31180923). He can’t wait to meet you!

Updates on previously featured pets:

Vinnie (fun mini poodle) – available for adoption
Rusty (young, playful cat) – adopted!
Biscuit (sassy calico cat) – available for adoption
Jude (active white kitty) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Monica (sweet happy cat) – available for adoption
Raja & Grace (elegant feline couple) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Walter & Jesse (friendly pair of rats) – adopted!
Olly (social and curious bunny) – available for adoption
Regi (the Dora the Explorer of rabbits) – adopted!
Pence & Penny (wonderful grey bunnies) – available for adoption

Disclaimer: Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet. Happy adopting!

OP-ED: Councilmembers’ statement on ST3 Light Rail options

Below is an op-ed from Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, where they advocate for the “West is Best” option for light rail through Interbay. This proposal is for a light rail running 4 blocks parallel to 15th Ave West, crossing the ship canal via a tunnel.

There are other options, and it’s up to you to decide on what you prefer. The Councilmembers are seeking input and feedback, which you can provide via an ST3 survey or by contacting the Seattle City Council (click on Councilmembers to access their individual pages, where email addresses are provided) and King County Council.

Here’s the map of the ST3 section referenced in the Op-Ed below.

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Light Rail to Serve Our Northwest Seattle Communities
Joint Op-Ed by Sally Bagshaw and Jeanne Kohl-Welles

Northwest Seattle voters will soon have an exciting opportunity to consider a ballot measure asking whether we will support a light rail line connecting Downtown to Ballard, with stops at South Lake Union, Seattle Center, and Interbay. The most recent openings of the Capitol Hill and University District light rail stations have brought Seattle into the 21st century of transit, and the coming wave of transit investments contained in Sound Transit’s next package, known as ST3, will revolutionize how we live and get around our region. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity we must not take lightly.

The ST3 package, as it stands, proposes a second downtown tunnel, stretching from Royal Brougham Way to Elliott Avenue before the tracks move to street-level along 15th Avenue West, posing challenges to a critical freight, transit, and commuter arterial. As any of us who have attempted to commute on 15th from 4 to 7pm can attest, the traffic conditions are already untenable. We can only imagine conditions if two lanes are fully dedicated for rail. But what if the light rail route didn’t need its own lane on 15th Ave West? What if we could place it farther west, saving everyone who uses the corridor from ever-increasing gridlock?

Currently, the ST3 proposal suggests the line be at-grade, but that’s what this package is at the moment – a proposal. The Sound Transit Board of Directors, consisting of elected leaders from around the region, are currently accepting feedback before they make changes and ultimately send a final for voters to consider at the ballot this November.

The communities in our Northwest Seattle districts are deeply invested in shaping this plan, and have begun to speak with a united voice about how this plan can best serve our neighborhoods. The Northwest Seattle Coalition for Sound Transit 3 formed not months ago, and is composed of community leaders and more than a dozen organizations from Ballard, Interbay, Magnolia, Queen Anne, and Uptown. This group is gaining traction to advocate for the fastest and most reliable alignment.

The Coalition is advocating for an alignment we like to call the “West is Best” option. This proposal would run light rail parallel to 15th Avenue West (the equivalent of four blocks to the west) and cross the ship canal via a tunnel. This plan will ensure speed and reliability, preserve the existing lanes on 15th, and create an underground station in Ballard that would be the best option for future northern and eastern expansion.

Why should we make this kind of investment in the Downtown-Ballard line? The expected ridership in the Downtown-Ballard corridor is projected to be roughly 140,000, the highest of any sub-area in the entire Sound Transit region. It is critical this corridor is done quickly and done right. The Downtown-Ballard line will be a regional corridor—that is a fact. Our communities deserve infrastructure investments to meet the demands of regional ridership.

We have voiced our support for the “West is Best” option, and the coalition of voices continues to grow. Before the Sound Transit Board closes the public outreach period this Friday, let’s ensure they’ve heard our voices. Go to soundtransit3.com, fill out the survey, attend a community meeting, or send an email with your thoughts.

Imagine a 15-minute commute from Ballard to Downtown at 5:30pm on a weekday. While less time in traffic may mean less time to listen to public radio, we think it’s worth it.

Carmageddon starts tonight when 99 shuts down for 2 weeks

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 10.09.51 AMIf you haven’t heard the news, surprise! 99 is going to shut down starting tonight for 2 weeks. 99 will be closed at 12:01am Friday, April 29, between South Spokane Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel.

Will it be bad? Remember the fish truck incident on 99? And, consider that 99 is the preferred route for 90,000 cars each day. Even with preparations and a heads up, traffic will be bad. It’s still unclear how it will affect Queen Anne, but don’t be surprised if there are extra cars on the surface streets and Elliott/15th Ave W.

Here’s the official news from WSDOT:

Alaskan Way Viaduct closes Friday – It’s not too late to make a plan

SEATTLE – On-ramps to the State Route 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct will begin closing at 10 p.m. tonight, Thursday, April 28, and the road will be fully closed at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 29, between South Spokane Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel.

The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all drivers to consider alternate commutes as the closure takes 90,000 vehicles off one of Seattle’s two north/south highways. The website 99closure.org has resources and ideas for commuters throughout the Puget Sound region.

“Whether you drive or take the bus or train, everyone should have a backup plan,” said Dave Sowers, WSDOT Alaskan Way Viaduct deputy program administrator. “And make sure you have a plan for the weekend as well. Seattle has Mariners games, a Sounders game and Sunday’s May Day activities all scheduled this weekend.”

WSDOT, the Seattle Department of Transportation, King County Metro and many other public agencies are working together to help lessen the effects of the closure. They will provide real-time traffic monitoring, police officers at key intersections to keep traffic moving, additional water taxi runs, additional response vehicles to clear accidents and more.

Tips to create a viaduct closure plan:

The SR 99 tunneling machine Bertha will build more than 350 feet of tunnel past Yesler Way to clear all the foundations of the viaduct. WSDOT is closing the road to better monitor the structure and avoid any unplanned closures.

GiveBIG until May 3rd and help your favorite Queen Anne non-profit

 

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 6.14.21 PMIt’s that time of year, time to GiveBIG to your favorite Seattle-area nonprofit and have that donation matched by the Seattle Foundation. Many Queen Anne area nonprofits are participating, so it’s a great chance to support a local non=profit and have your dollars go even further via a stretch pool:

“All donations made through Seattle Foundation’s new GiveBIG website, hosted by Kimbia, will receive a percentage of the matching funds (or “stretch”) pool. This percentage depends on the size of the stretch pool and how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day. In 2014, the stretch pool was $1,000,000 and the total amount of stretch-eligible donations was $12,800,000. The stretch percentage worked out to 8.3% (or approximately 8 cents on the dollar).”

The Seattle Foundation will “stretch” all donations up to $2,500 per donor, per organization. And, you can donate to more than one organization, the Seattle Foundation allows donors to give up to 30 organizations in a single transaction. The one-day online charitable giving event, GiveBIG raises money for nonprofits, and you can donate from now up until Tuesday, May 3rd to have your dollars matched.

Here’s a selection of Queen Anne nonprofits that are participating this year:

  • Queen Anne Helpline
  • Queen Anne Food Bank
  • Queen Anne Farmers Market
  • Queen Anne Historical Society
  • Picture Perfect Queen Anne
  • Seattle Center Foundation

You can search for nonprofits and GiveBIG here.

Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Olly

Olly 2Meet Olly!

Olly is a sweet young bunny who was brought to the Seattle Animal Shelter over the winter holidays in very bad condition. He has since made a full recovery and is not only healthy, but also very sweet and loving.

Two of Olly’s favorite things are companionship and food, and he gladly comes to his foster parent when called.

Olly also likes to follow people around the house, and gets along well with the easy-going dog and cat in his foster home.

Olly 1Olly is looking for a forever home where he will get plenty of attention and have room to roam around and explore!

Olly is a very curious bunny! He’ll make a great addition to the right home.

Olly (SAS ID#30475050) is being lavished with attention in a foster home; you won’t find him at the Shelter. If you are interested in meeting Olly, please call the Foster Care hotline at (206) 684-0685.

Updates on previously featured pets:

Primo (affectionate male boxer) – adopted!
Vinnie (high energy mini poodle) – available for adoption
Rusty (young, playful cat) – available for adoption
Biscuit (sassy calico cat) – available for adoption
Jude (active white kitty) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Monica (sweet happy cat) – available for adoption
Raja & Grace (elegant feline couple) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Walter & Jesse (friendly pair of rats) – available for adoption
Regi (the Dora the Explorer of rabbits) – available for adoption
Pence & Penny (wonderful grey bunnies) – available for adoption

Disclaimer: Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet. Happy adopting!

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