Seattle Architecture Foundation hosts a walking tour of Queen Anne this Saturday

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 8.05.56 PMSeattle Architecture Foundation is kicking off its summer series of Queen Anne walking tours this Saturday, May 21st. The walk runs (or walks, rather) from 10am to noon, and features a look at the architecture of Queen Anne.

From residential homes to historic apartments, with some repurposed buildings thrown in for variety, the tour should satisfy architecture buffs, visitors, and Queen Anne residents alike.

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 8.09.34 PM[Side note: if you like architecture, our Instagram feed is full of images like the ones in this post, plus gardens and hidden Queen Anne gems…]

The tour is $15 per person, with tickets available online. It starts at the old West Queen Anne Elementary School (now condos) at the corner of W Galer St & 6th Ave W.

Here’s the info you need from SAF:

Tours are approximately 2 hours and run rain or shine, dress accordingly! Advance registration is strongly encouraged; walk-ups are limited to space available for a cost of $25 (cash only/exact change required). For more information on SAF tours, visit our FAQ page or call 206-667-9184. Interested in discounted tickets? Members get discounts on all SAF events and receive a free tour  just for signing-up ($40-level and above). Learn more about our membership program here. Join us. Shape Seattle!

If you can’t make this weekend’s tour, the same tour will be repeated on June 18th, July 16th, August 20th, September 17th, and October 15th. Tickets are available online for upcoming tours, so you can plan ahead for summer guests!

Viaduct traffic to slow during “major film production” shoot

projector-64149_960_720After the Viaduct closure, the next slowdown planned will be for a “major film production” that will feature scenes shot on the Viaduct.

UPDATE: Looks like the film is “Fifty Shades Darker” and will be primarily filmed in Vancouver BC. This week’s filming will likely be establishing shots for the sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey” – per usual, Vancouver will be Seattle’s stand-in.

Filming will take place starting this Thursday, May 19th through Thursday, May 26th. Filming will occur between 9am and 3pm, with rolling slowdowns for traffic (meaning: the Viaduct will not be closed, but traffic will slow with the assistance of uniformed SPD officers).

Per Kate Becker, Director of Film + Music + Special Events:

“We are thrilled to host another major film project in Seattle. The project will have a significant economic impact on the city and create high-paying jobs for our local cast and crew.  The competition for film production is fierce, and we are thrilled that our reputation as a film-friendly city helped to secure this project which will be seen by audiences in theaters around the world.”

No word on the film production company, other than that it’s a “major” player. Also no word on the film. The company is hiring over 100 cast and crew during the 6-day filming and 20-day production schedule in Seattle. Additional scenes will be filmed in Pioneer Square.

Learn more about the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) and its impact on Queen Anne on Monday


Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 3.26.12 PMIf you have questions or comments about the City of Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), mark this Monday on your calendar. The Queen Anne Community Council is hosting a Land Use Review Committee meeting on Monday, May 16th at 7pm, with the sole focus on HALA.

The meeting is open to the public, gathering city hall planners, SDOT, residents and community leaders from Queen Anne, Fremont, Wallingford, Ballard, and Magnolia. The meeting will be hosted at the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W.

The Queen Anne Community Council’s statement on HALA is as follows:

HALA is being promoted by city leaders as a lovely way to open the door to affordable housing in single-family neighborhoods.  But really, it’s a tool to cater to developers’ interests to over develop and choke our quality of life.  Taller height buildings with no parking are a problem already.  Zero-lot line backyard micro houses and over-the-garage apartments are more likely to become Air B&B rentals than low income mother-in-law units.  We need to stop this foolishness now and speak loudly that HALA guidelines to change the planning code in Seattle is not welcome.”

If you have concerns or questions about HALA and how it may or may not impact you and the neighborhood, plan on attending Monday’s meeting.

Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Charlie

Charlie 1Charlie is a sweet senior Beagle, looking for love and a happy home. He is gentle and calm, loves leisurely walks, and gets along with everyone.

Charlie is very well behaved on his leash, and rides well in the car. He would be happy in a quiet home with plenty of snuggle time. If you are looking for a sweet, cooperative and affectionate companion, Charlie is your guy.

You can find Charlie (SAS ID# 31483727) at the Shelter. Come down and meet this great guy today!

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Updates on previously featured pets:

Toby (playful black lab) – adopted!!
Vinnie (fun mini poodle) – available for adoption
Biscuit (sassy calico cat) – adopted!!
GG (trusting and loving tabby 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
Pence & Penny (people loving 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!

Queen Anne is #1… in car prowls!

Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 7.16.55 PMIt’s not your imagination, car prowls are not only up on Queen Anne, we’ve taken over the top spot for all Seattle neighborhoods. That’s right, we beat out downtown, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Ballard… well, every neighborhood! That’s right, we now have bragging rights for car prowls.

You can see the stats below for car prowls for the year-to-date, click for a closer look. And, yes, if you’re curious, I too have been a victim of car prowlers. What can we do? REPORT all car prowls to SPD. You can use the online tool for car prowls (and other offenses).

Imagine how high that blue bar would be if everyone on Queen Anne reported every car prowl? No neighborhood could touch us! Queen Anne for the win!


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Clothing donations, electronics to recycle, or papers to shred? Free event this Saturday can take care of it all

It’s time for Ken Graff’s annual free shredding event, and this year the event has expanded to address all of your Spring cleaning needs. This Saturday, May 14th, from 10am to 1pm you can take household items and clothing for donation to the event as well as the usual paperwork for secure shredding and electronics for recycling.

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 9.51.16 AMKen has partnered with Northwest Center for the donation portion of the event. The local nonprofit will be on hand to take donations of clothing, housewares, and sporting equipment.

For electronics like CRT monitors and old TVs, they will either be properly recycled or, if salvageable, these electronic items will be reused via Interconnection, a nonprofit that helps get technology to both nonprofits and low income families. Two great nonprofits on-hand at the event!

For the paperwork shredding, a large shredding truck will be on-site for secure shredding while you watch. A perfect way to clean out paperwork post-tax season.

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 9.56.32 AMThe event will also have food on-site – coffee, doughnuts, and Dante’s Inferno Dogs. Plus, the location lends itself to views – the event will be on Lake Union, in the lower parking lot of McCormick and Schmick’s parking lot at 1200 Westlake Ave N. Free parking makes it all even easier, and signs will direct you down the ramp to the lake level.

Start scouring your home now for any paperwork, old electronics, clothing, household items, sporting goods – load them up and head to the lake this Saturday between 10am and 1pm. Secure shredding plus donations to two local nonprofits and lake views, a great way to kick off your weekend!

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