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Queen Anne Greenways helps bring four-way stop to W McGraw and 7th Ave W

August 11th, 2014 by Laura

If you’ve been following the activities of Queen Anne Greenways, then you know that they’ve been advocating a 4-way stop at W McGraw and 7th Ave W. Located just a block away from Coe Elementary on a busy arterial, the intersection poses risks to pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike.

Thanks to the efforts of Queen Anne Greenways, SDOT has proposed 3 options for the intersection – all result in a 4-way stop. According to Queen Anne Greenways, “elements in the three concepts can be mixed and matched based on community preference”.

The 3 preliminary options are all preliminary and subject to change. The proposed changes are listed below:

Option 1: the Plaza:

McGraw Option 1

  • extends the curb on the southwest corner
  • creates a small area for shrubs and plantings
  • maintains two of the three street trees at the corner
  • installs a mini plaza with decorative paving and a bench for seating
  • maintains the existing sidewalk in its current alignment
  • adds sidewalk extensions to the new corner

Option 2, the Nature Spot:

McGraw Option 2

  • extends the curb on the southwest corner
  • maintains two of the three street trees at the corner
  • creates a larger area for plantings and additional street trees
  • installs boulder/granite seating within the nature spot
  • removes the existing sidewalk and replaces with vegetation / bio swale
  • extends the sidewalk to meet the new corner

Option 3:

McGraw Option 3

  • all of the Nature Spot options at the southwest corner, plus the following at the southeast corner:
  • extends the curb
  • creates space for new plantings / bio swale
  • creates a new mini plaza with decorative paving and benches
  • creates space that could be used for bike parking
  • may displace two car parking spaces

Queen Anne Greenways has grown from a small meeting in a Queen Anne living room to a community group that is impacting change in the neighborhood. The group is happy with SDOT’s proposed changes and points out that SDOT is proposing greenery and a potential green storm-water infrastructure (GSI), at the corners rather than concrete, a more environmentally friendly approach.

This particular arterial crossing is on the planned Queen Anne Crown Greenway, which is noted in Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan. It’s one step closer to Queen Anne Greenways goal, and an improvement that will increase safety for both residents and visitors.

Stay tuned for more news from Queen Anne Greenways on the option chosen and progress in the future. If you’d like to get involved, check out the QAG Facebook page or attend one of their regular monthly meetings, all are welcome.

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Nail through electrical wiring sparks house fire on 5th Ave N

August 9th, 2014 by Laura

House Fire 5th AveWe had several readers ask us about the fire response on top of Queen Anne last night (Friday) around 9pm. Firefighters responded to a fire in a home on 5th Ave N. The cause of the fire was a nail through electrical wiring in the roof of the home.

According to our Seattle Fire Department contact:

Seattle Fire Investigators determined a Queen Anne roof fire was caused by electrical wiring.

Just minutes after 9 p.m. a neighbor called 911 to report smoke coming from the eaves of a 3-story home located in the 2300 block of 5h Avenue North. The first arriving engine company found smoke pouring from the roof.

Firefighters extinguished the flames within 40 minutes. The fire was limited to the roof and attic space.

Fire investigators discovered a nail through electrical wiring in the roof caused the fire. The damage estimate is $40,000 to the structure and $20,000 to the contents.

There were no injuries.

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Umbrella Tree hosting backpack drive for Northwest Center Kids

August 6th, 2014 by Laura

Local Queen Anne business Umbrella Tree is hosting a backpack and school supply community drive for Northwest Center. Umbrella Tree creates and hosts kid-focused social and play development classes at Twirl Café.

Umbrella Tree backpackTo help out Northwest Center’s Kids Program, Umbrella Tree is running a community drive to get 45 backpacks and supplies “adopted” for the upcoming school year.

Northwest Center has had a tough year, as the organization was faced with a late notice to vacate its long-time Queen Anne home. As of June, it found a home in Greenwood, but it still has many strong ties in the Queen Anne community.

If you’d like to help out, sign-up on Umbrella Tree’s site to adopt a new, or donate a “like-new” backpack, and they’ll also let you know of the recipient’s school supply needs to help fill the backpack.

Backpacks can be dropped off at the Queen Anne Eat Local (corner of Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw) and Twirl Café (2111 Queen Anne Ave N) now through next Friday, August 15th.

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Mayor Ed Murray to visit Queen Anne Farmers Market this Thursday

August 5th, 2014 by Laura

One thing’s for sure, the Queen Anne Farmers Market celebrates our community. This week, farmers markets across the country are being recognized with National Farmers Market Week, and ours is no exception. In fact, it’s going to be exceptional!

Mayor Ed Murray

Mayor Ed Murray, photo courtesy of the Mayor’s Office

Mayor Ed Murray will be visiting the Queen Anne Farmers Market this Thursday in honor of National Farmers Market Week. It’s a great chance for the Mayor to see our market in action, and speak with residents about how important farmers markets are to building healthy, vibrant communities.

The Mayor is expected to speak at the Community Table at 5pm. He’ll also be taking a tour of the market and visiting the Big Tree fundraiser.

QAFM will have tasty samples, recipe cards to give away, live music, and a kid’s activity to go along with the celebration. You can check out the full schedule below:

2014PosterQAFMSample Fresh Farmers Market Recipes for Kids & Adults / Event Tent
4pm: Pick up recipe cards that celebrate National Farmers Market Week and check out samples of a tasty summer beet salad and a kid-friendly fruit fizz.

Special Market Visit by Mayor Ed Murray
5pm: See above!

Live Music: PK Dwyer
5-7pm: PK was the very first busker at the Pike Place Market, he’s a Seattle institution. He’s been entertaining audiences with his heartfelt  folk music for more than 30 years!

Featured Winery:  Stomani Cellars
Featured Food TrucksHow Pickle Got Out of a Jam, Buns, Anchorhead Coffee
Regular Vendors: click here

So, go along with your usual plans to shop at the QAFM this week, but make a special note to stop by the Community Table at 5pm to hear the Mayor and show our community’s support for the Queen Anne Farmers Market!

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Add more trees to Queen Anne! Seattle reLeaf free tree program opens Monday

August 3rd, 2014 by Laura

Queen Anne Boulevard trees 7th Ave W

Queen Anne Boulevard trees

It’s that time of year, Seattle reLeaf is kicking off its free trees program! As some of us dodge from one side of the street to another as we seek shade on daily summer walks or runs, the idea of more trees is nothing but goodness.

The application process for the Trees for Neighborhoods program opens at 10am tomorrow, Monday, August 4th. Seattle households can receive up to four free trees via the program.

The program has been operating since 2009, planting more than 4,000 trees in yards and along streets. You can check out this year’s available trees online.

Trees for Neighborhoods participants receive:

reLeaf Tree Program

  • Free trees (up to 4 per household) – includes a variety of small, medium, and large trees appropriate under power lines, along the street, and in the yard.
  • A watering bag for each tree
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • Assistance applying for street tree planting permits
  • Ongoing care reminders and workshop opportunities, such as pruning

If you’d like more info on the program, visit reLeaf online, call 206-615-1668, or send e-mail.

If you’re interested in adding trees to your yard or parking strip, mark your calendar for tomorrow at 10am for the best selection of free trees!

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Fionia Apartments nominated for Seattle Landmark status

August 2nd, 2014 by Laura

Fionia EntranceBuilt in 1922 at 109 John Street, between 1st Ave N and Warren Ave N, the Fionia Apartments has been nominated for Seattle Landmark status. The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board put together the nomination for the property owners, which details the building’s history and recommendation for Landmark Status.

Fionia ArchiveThe Landmarks Preservation Board will consider the nomination at a meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

The meeting will be held at 3:30pm in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor, Room 4060. The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments.

If you can’t attend the meeting, but would like to voice your opinion, you can submit written comments to the Landmarks Preservation Board. Send comments to the following address by 3pm on September 16, 2014:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, Dept. of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle WA 98124-4649

According to the SLBP:

“Designated landmarks are those properties that have been recognized by the City as important resources to the community, city, state or nation. The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board is responsible for determining what properties meet the standards for landmark designation. Designated landmark properties in Seattle include individual buildings and structures, vessels, landscapes and parks, and objects such as street clocks and sculptures.”

Fionia currentYou can read more about the four-step Landmark status process online.

Stay tuned to see if Fiona Apartments joins other Queen Anne Seattle Landmark properties such as Seattle Pacific University’s Alexander Hall, the Ballard-Howe House on Highland Drive, Hay School (now housing Queen Anne Elementary), Kinnear Park, N Queen Anne Drive Bridge, the Pacific Science Center, Parsons Garden, Queen Anne Boulevard, Queen Anne High School, Queen Anne Library, the Monorail, the Space Needle, and West Queen Anne Elementary School.

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Celebrate community with your neighbors on Night Out Seattle this Tuesday

August 2nd, 2014 by Laura

Night Out block party sign

Queen Anne neighbors ready for a Night Out block party

This Tuesday, August 5th, is National Night Out, an evening to meet your neighbors, share a potluck or BBQ, host a kiddie parade, or compete in outdoor games. Anyone can organize a Night Out event for neighbors.

You can even have your non-arterial street shut down for the evening (6-10pm) to keep it safe and expand your community space for a neighborhood party. All you have to do is register your event online and if you want to close your street, officially register your Night Out event with the City of Seattle.

Summer weather continues for the week, so get outside and get together with your neighbors to celebrate community and build a support network. One of the best ways to deter crime in our neighborhood is to have watchful neighbors, and National Night Out is an effort to help reduce crime – and have fun at the same time!

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

July 31st, 2014 by Laura

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Happy Seafair weekend! Whether you love or hate the Blue Angels, they’re here to dazzle the crowds at Seafair and their practice tomorrow, Friday, and performances on Saturday and Sunday will close the I-90 bridge and snarl traffic a bit.

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our calendar.

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  • Blue Angels Practice and I-90 Closure: Friday 12:15 to 2:40pm
  • Blue Angels Performances and I-90 Closures: Saturday & Sunday 12:15pm to 2:40pm

Multi-Day Events

Friday, August 1

Saturday, August 2

Sunday, August 3

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

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Grab your bike! Spoke & Food comes to Grub on Queen Anne tonight

July 29th, 2014 by Laura

Spoke & FoodSummer weather continues, it’s a great time to get out on your bike! And, with the Spoke & Food event, you can ride your bike to dinner tonight (Tuesday, July 29) and have 20% of your bill go to a local non-profit that rotates each year.

Spoke & Food has partnered with Seattle restaurants for the event, with the host restaurants donating 20% of their evening’s revenues to Outdoors for All Foundation – a non-profit that provides instruction in outdoor recreation for people with physical, developmental, and sensory disabilities. The organization’s programs “encourage and enable more than 2,000 children and adults with disabilities to exercise their abilities outdoors.”

Grub is the only Queen Anne restaurant on the list, so grab your bike and head to Grub tonight. Additional Seattle restaurants are listed on the event’s web site.

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Blue Angels to fly by Space Needle on Monday

July 27th, 2014 by Laura

UPDATE: if you were like me and sat in the hot sun at Kerry Park… the Blue Angels were a no-show! Why? According to KIRO: “The F/A-18s were planning to fly over the waterfront and by the Space Needle before landing at Boeing Field but ran short on time.”

The Blue Angels are arriving tomorrow for their scheduled Seafair performances. They’re also going to be in the skies around Seattle (and Queen Anne) tomorrow, Monday, July 28th.

According to KIRO, the Blue Angels will be flying over Seattle tomorrow afternoon. They’re scheduled to pass the Space Needle around 12:30pm – a photo opportunity for the media, fans, and both professional and amateur photographers. Expect views similar to this Queen Anne View photo from 2011, taken from Kerry Park:

Blue Angels QAV

The Blue Angels Seafair schedule is as follows (reminder: I-90 closed)

  1. Practice and I-90 Closures: Thursday 9:45 a.m. to noon; 1:15 to 2:40pm
  2. Practice and I-90 Closures: Friday 12:15 to 2:40pm
  3. Performances and I-90 Closures: Saturday & Sunday 12:15pm to 2:40pm

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Does Nielsen really know Queen Anne residents?

July 25th, 2014 by Laura

Consumer research company Nielsen has been using PRIZM since the 1990s to categorize US consumers. PRIZM segments US consumers into 66 different types based on demographics and behaviors.

Today, the Seattle Times published an interactive map of the city that you can hover over to see how Seattle neighborhoods fall into of Nielsen’s segmentation.

According to Nielsen’s data, Queen Anne is home to 3 types:

Bohemian Mix (blue):  A collection of young, mobile urbanites, Bohemian Mix represents the nation’s most liberal lifestyles. Its residents are a progressive mix of young singles and couples, students and professionals, Hispanics, Asians, African-Americans and whites. In their funky rowhouses and apartments, Bohemian Mixers are the early adopters who are quick to check out the latest movie, nightclub, laptop and microbrew.

Young Digerati (violet):  Young Digerati are the nation’s tech-savvy singles and couples living in fashionable neighborhoods on the urban fringe. Affluent, highly educated and ethnically mixed, Young Digerati communities are typically filled with trendy apartments and condos, fitness clubs and clothing boutiques, casual restaurants and all types of bars-from juice to coffee to microbrew.

Money & Brains (tan):  The residents of Money & Brains seem to have it all: high incomes, advanced degrees and sophisticated tastes to match their credentials. Many of these citydwellers, predominantly white with a high concentration of Asian Americans, are married couples with few children who live in fashionable homes on small, manicured lots.

Check out the interactive map by clicking on the image below:

Nielsen map

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Drone flown around Space Needle results in SPD visit

July 24th, 2014 by Laura

UPDATE: the full Space Needle drone video is back on YouTube (for now):

The Space Needle has hit a lot of web sites this evening, thanks to a “drone strike” reported on the SPD Blotter. From their write up:

Space Needle Still Standing After Reported Drone Strike
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Seattle’s famous sky-high tourist attraction is still standing after police received reports of a drone crash Tuesday at the Space Needle.

Space Needle security called police just before 8:30 PM after several guests reported seeing a small drone buzz the top of the Needle, and possibly crash into an observation Deck window. Witnesses then saw the drone—described as a white, quad-propeller unmanned aerial vehicle, equipped with a camera—glide to a hotel two blocks east of the Needle, where it landed inside a fifth floor room.

Police found no signs of damage to the top of the Space Needle.

Security staff pointed out the fifth floor hotel room where the drone had landed, and officers went and contacted a man inside. The man told police he’d just flown his drone past the Needle, but disputed he’d struck anything.

He then showed officers video he’d captured during the drone’s flight, which showed it hovering over the Space Needle’s observation deck as tourists waved. Nothing on the video indicated the drone had hit the Needle.

The man told police he was an Amazon.com employee visiting from out of state, and had recently purchased the drone at a hobby shop. Officers then gave the man a crash course on some of Seattle’s recent drone-related controversies, and he agreed not to fly his drone in public while in town.

The video footage the drone captured was posted to YouTube, but has since been removed. However, many images still hit online articles and Buzzfeed has short video images embedded in their site. You can see people on the observation deck waving to the camera, as well as shots of the city and the Seattle Center:

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