Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Grown Folks Coffeehouse Building to Be Replaced by 4-Story Structure?

I have not been diligent about combing through all my DPD mails. And I haven't noticed a proposed land use action sign at the site. Anyone know what's up with this?

Looks like there's a city meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m., and the design proposal will be made available then. Anyone plan to go? I may go.

Four stories seems out of scale with the surrounding one-story area -- I certainly hope the plan isn't for four ugly stories.

Design Review, Early Design Guidance Meeting for a four story, 18 unit residential building with 3,700 sq. ft. of retail located at grade. Parking for 15 vehicles to be located within the structure. Existing building to be demolished.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
4878 Beacon Ave S
Design Proposal available at review meeting
Reviewer: Southeast Design Review Board
Review Meeting: 6:30 PM, Rainier Vista Neighborhood House (see notice)
Review Phase: EDG--Early Design Guidance
Project Number: 3009384 (see permit status)
Planner: Holly Godard

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Random Photos from Around the South End

I've been told to take it easy these last couple weeks before the baby comes (one of her due dates is today; the other is Monday). Here are some photos from this weird, boring downtime, which all the new parents I know say I should be profoundly thankful for.

Lunch at Via Tribunali in Georgetown.



Sunset on Airport Way.


Followed by moonrise on Beacon Hill.


Dinner at Pig Iron BBQ in Georgetown.


Fried green tomatoes and chop salad.



Sedum and feather grass in the rock wall at home.


The creeping green plant is Point Reyes Ceanothus, which has proved outstandingly useful to us. It seeks out all the spaces where weeds used to grow.


For some reason, not nearly as many apples (or plums) as last year. But some.


Might we get a second crop of raspberries?


And the incredible growing Eucalyptus. My husband is 6'4, so it's what, 10, 11 feet tall?


Here's the same plant in the back of our truck, standing just a couple feet high, on 9/2/07 -- less than a year ago.


Duwamish Festival Today

You should go! After all, how many party invitations do you get that advertise both "face painting" and "Superfund cleanup"?

Friday, August 22, 2008

Respect the Spirits of Comet Lodge Cemetery

I just noticed a beautiful, thoughtful comment on a post I'd made about a visit to the Comet Lodge Cemetery back in March.


It deserves its own post. Here it is.

Anonymous said...

In 1952 my parents bought a house on 23rd and Orcas, one block down from Beacon Ave. At that time the cemetery now known as Comet Lodge, covered a much wider area.

The border of the cemetery is now a Korean Christian church and many houses stand where once there were sunken graves and tombstomes made of wood, carved so long ago they were petrified.

My brother Rick and I played in that cemetery and often ate our meals there. Our lives were hard and our parents were neglectful alcoholics.

We spent every spring, summer and fall in this peaceful and safe place. Every day it seemed to welcome us to play there in the trees and unkept cemetery. We loved it and we both have very happy memories there.

It had been 45 years since I'd been there but always thought of the happiness my brother and I got from being there.

In the spring of this year I was with my daughter and two grandchildren on our way to visit my aging parents who still live on Orcas, and as we went by Comet Lodge, I said "I would love to walk through this place again."

We stopped the car and went into the cemetery, my daughter, my two grandkids and I.
I felt so welcomed and happy to be back in a place that brought me so much comfort and peace and acceptance again.

It was a beautiful warm day and we brought fresh cherries and pennies for offerings to the spirits that dwell there.

I sat under the big tree in the middle of the graveyard and a warm gentle breeze blew acrss my face and it made me smile inside and out. This wonderful feeling had not aged as I had, but remained loving and peaceful as though it had been waiting to see me again, this time with my child and grandchildren. My 7 year old grandson found a deflated ball on the grave of a young boy and played as though he was playing with the spirit of this child.

I just obsereved with deep appreciation, reliving happy memories with my brother. We were there for a long time and what a dear feeling it brought to me and I hope that I left that feeling with "Them" as well.

Don't be afraid because this resting place is for children as well as adults...there is "something special" that watches over children there.

It watched over me and my brother for many years and still watches over the ones who remain there. So, if you go to this place in the future, remember to be respectful and leave offering of some kind (cherries and pennies). This place that has been desecrated and abandoned by the cities is now and always will be SACRED land. When I am only a memory...my ashes will be scattered here in this place that gave me joy as a child and adult.

So when you come here in the future and you see a woman and children playing there, remember that things that frighten some...bring joy and life to others. Respect this sacred place.


August 21, 2008 10:57 AM

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Georgetown Police Officer Started a Blog

Officer Sylvia Parker is writing about her police activities around Georgetown here.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Illegal Speed Bumps Removed from NewHolly

Did anyone read this Seattle Times story about illegal speed bumps at NewHolly without cheering for the neighbors who took matters into their own hands?

Now that I know that in a couple years I'm going to have a toddler whom I may not always be able to stop from running into the street while trying to corral her into the car, I've worked with folks in my area to look into installing traffic mitigating devices around here. Because, even though my residential block is not a thoroughfare, I think some drivers speed down it because it's wider than nearby blocks. (And others speed down it because they're assholes.)

Here's the official city webpage on how to get traffic-calming measures in your neighborhood. (Yeah, good luck!)

A neighbor of mine looked into it further and was told that if our neighborhood proved that it had a whole lot of time to burn by first applying for other small grants for community improvements, we would be taken more seriously when it came time to try to get people to slow down. Huh?

A commenter at Rainier Valley Post recommends skipping the $900 trip to Costco for speed bumps and just making speed craters instead.

Hear, Hear

OK, my posting "slowdown" is really more of a hiatus. I'm fine and the baby's fine, but until she arrives, I'll be on bedrest (with short breaks for sustenance down the hill at Via Tribunali, Smarty Pants, and Jules Maes). I have all sorts of time to post about the neighborhood, but I just don't feel like it. (This might change when I run out of episodes of "Rome, Season 2.") Anyway, Blogging Georgetown and the Rainier Valley Post are going strong -- if you haven't checked them out yet, you definitely should.


I usually don't post media articles in their entirety, but this one's only two paragraphs, and I don't want to cut a word. A letter from today's P-I:


Once again, I would like to ask for accuracy and precision in reporting covering Seattle's South End neighborhoods. Is the article on Southeast Seattle real estate covering the area east of MLK to the water, south of I-90 to Rainier Beach, or is it the 98118 ZIP code? They are not the same. The real estate agents quoted statistics pulled from ZIP code areas. If 98118 is the area (and it definitely seemed to be the reference), by referring to MLK as a boundary, you have omitted at least 25 percent of the housing area covered by the 98118 ZIP code, which extends up south Beacon Hill on the west side to 32nd Avenue South.

You really should get some better maps, and look at them. I use the Thomas Guide and other maps put out by the Kroll Map Co. -- a local, reputable and, most important, accurate producer of maps. Otherwise, your reporting reads like hearsay -- and leans toward gossip. In which case, it belongs on the editorial page because it is not news -- it is opinion. We deserve better.

Tristin Pagenkopf
Seattle (Hillman City)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

SE Seattle Housing Slump

There's an article in the P-I about declining housing sales in SE Seattle (defined as south of Interstate 90 and east of Martin Luther King Way -- the area just east of Beacon Hill).

Agents offered speculation for southeast Seattle's slowdown.


Buyers also are less willing to take a chance these days on a less-established area, Hamilton said.

"I think when things start to slow down, people like to stick with what they're comfortable with," he said. "They want something familiar."

I also wonder if they want something safe. Not an area where:

On Friday a police officer confiscates a semi-automatic weapon from a young teen. (Rainier and Henderson)

On Saturday, a woman in her car is raped at gunpoint by a stranger. (Rainier and Rose)

On Tuesday, a teen is shot to death on the street. (Rainier and Graham)

On Wednesday, a man is shot in the leg while hiding from additional gunshots behind a car. (Othello and 43rd, five blocks west of Rainier)

Anyway, I wonder if the slowdown is not so much because of people's lack of familiarity with the area, or if it's because they're all too familiar with what's going on south of I-90 and east of MLK.

(Though the police make it hard to find out all that's going on. The city still hasn't published any of its mixed-up neighborhood crime statistics for 2008 yet.)

Sorry to sound so negative about South Seattle today. All the crazy nasty health statistics here in 98108, and mercury emission reports to the west of us, and the all-too-frequent reports of violent crime to the east of us are getting me down.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Don't Read This If You're Having a Nice Day

Just came across a nasty little Beacon Hill story in the P-I's crime blog. The gist:

After dragging a 14-year-old girl by her hair from Holly Park in south Beacon Hill on June 28, two men "forced the girl into a white Cadillac sedan ... [and] took her to Aurora Avenue North and told her 'to have sex with people for money or she and her family would be killed,' the investigating officer said in a statement."

After a while, the girl escaped. One of the creeps is in jail; the other remains at large.

Friday, August 1, 2008

North Beacon HIllers to Be Limited to Two Parking Passes?

The North Beacon Hill parking zone is not mentioned in this excerpt from today's P-I, but it is on the proposed list of the two-passes-per-household neighborhoods.

Faced with more cars than places to park on Seattle streets, the city's Transportation Department is considering restricting the number of residential parking permits people can have.

In the densest areas – the heart of Capitol Hill around Denny Way, First Hill, Lower Queen Anne, the Pike-Pine corridor, and the Cascade neighborhood – households would have to make do with only one permit.

In others – Wallingford, the eastern part of the University District, Eastlake, less dense areas of Capitol Hill, Ravenna and near Lincoln High School – a household would be allowed two permits.