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Entries from June 2010

Visitor to Seattle attacked in U-District

June 19th, 2010 by master

A man visiting from Ohio was robbed and thrown to the ground as he got out of his rental car.  A police report says the incident happened aroun 11:50pm on June 14 in the 1600 block of NE 50th Street.  The victim had just opened the trunk of his car when three men approached him and pushed him to the ground.  Two of the attackers then went through the trunk and stole his messenger bag and suitcase.

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Could a mural stop the graffiti under University Bridge?

June 17th, 2010 by master

Graffiti is a common sight under the University Bridge, especially in the area across from the “Wall of Death.”  The city tells us taggers hit the underbelly of the bridge just about every weekend.  Crews try to clean up the mess left behind once or twice a month but nothing seems to stop it.  One of our readers Robby (who took the picture above as crews cleaned up the bridge recently) asked if the city might consider putting up a mural to deter vandals.  We asked SDOT, and here’s the answer:

We have not considered installing a mural under the University Bridge.  Murals by themselves are not sufficient deterrents to graffiti and often end up tagged.  This area also has an art installation so we would need the consent of the city’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs before creating a mural.

SDOT also tells us that they work through the Department of Neighborhoods to facilitate mural requests submitted by private groups.  You’d need a permit for the mural and have to commit to maintaining the art work.

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New twist in North Link light rail plan

June 17th, 2010 by master

It looks like the future North Link light rail line from the U-District up to Northgate could stay underground for a longer stretch than first expected.  More than 100 people turned out at Roosevelt High School last night for a “final design” kickoff meeting.  Our sister site Maple Leaf Life attended the meeting and has a very comprehensive story you can check out here.

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U Village sidewalk sale begins tomorrow

June 16th, 2010 by master

We’re all looking for bargains these days, and you’ll probably find a lot of them at the 53rd annual U Village Sidewalk Sale.  The big event runs June 17 – 20.  More than 40 merchants will be offering up to 50% off merchandise.  You can find a list of participating stores here.

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Another dumpster fire in U-District

June 16th, 2010 by master

Our friends at SeattleCrime.com report another dumpster was torched this past weekend in the U-District.  It happened early Sunday in the 4200 block of 11th Ave NE, the same general area where other dumpster fires have broken out recently.  No one was hurt and there’s no word on whether this may be linked to all the other fires.  You can read more here.

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University Heights Community Center wins grant

June 15th, 2010 by master

The voting is over and the University Heights Community Center is a big winner in the 2010 Partners in Preservation initiative.  The center will receive a grant of $60,000 to repair 255 original wood windows.  American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation decided to award $5000 to the other contestants who didn’t receive enough votes, including the Jacobsen Observatory on the UW campus.  You can see the entire list of awards here.

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U-District hosts farmers market feast

June 15th, 2010 by master

The University District Farmers Market will once again play host to this year’s “Incredible Feast” on August 22.  The event, put on each year by the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, will be held under a giant tent featuring over 30 gourmet dishes all prepared with fresh farm ingredients.  You can also enjoy country fair games, live music, and a dessert auction.  Tickets are $80 per person or $150 for a pair at brownpapertickets.

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Ravenna wading pool closed, community centers safe

June 14th, 2010 by master

The Ravenna wading pool is one of the casualties from the mayor’s mid-year budget cuts announced this morning.  The only areas that took a big hit in the Parks budget were wading pools and park maintenance.  Community centers and swimming pools will be open as normal.

The mayor also decided against any cuts to the fire department budget in the wake of the deadly weekend fire in Fremont.  You can see the complete list of cuts here

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Dusty 45’s and more: U Village “Sounds of Summer”

June 14th, 2010 by master

The Dusty 45’s will be one of six bands taking part in U Village’s “Sounds of Summer” Concert Series.  Every Wednesday from July 14 to August 18, you can hear free music from 6pm to 8:30pm.  Here’s a look at the full lineup:

 

July 14:  The Paperboys

July 21:  Vicci Martinez

July 28:  The Beatniks

August 4:  Dusty 45’s

August 11:  Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band

August 18:  Hit Explosion

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Dusty 45's and more: U Village "Sounds of Summer"

June 14th, 2010 by master

The Dusty 45’s will be one of six bands taking part in U Village’s “Sounds of Summer” Concert Series.  Every Wednesday from July 14 to August 18, you can hear free music from 6pm to 8:30pm.  Here’s a look at the full lineup:

 

July 14:  The Paperboys

July 21:  Vicci Martinez

July 28:  The Beatniks

August 4:  Dusty 45’s

August 11:  Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band

August 18:  Hit Explosion

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