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Entries from July 2010

Portals being installed on walls of UW light rail station

July 30th, 2010 by master

You’ll soon be able to see what’s going on behind the massive wall outside Husky Stadium.  Viewing portals are being installed on the construction wall of the UW light rail station project. 

Meanwhile, starting this Saturday (7/31) through August 10, the sidewalk on the east side of Montlake Blvd. between NE Pacific St. and NE Pacific Pl will be closed. During this sidewalk closure pedestrians/bicyclists are encouraged to cross Montlake at NE Pacific Place and Street and use the sidewalk on the west end.

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On schedule: NE 45th Viaduct update

July 29th, 2010 by master

Just a few days after a big rig ended up lost while trying to navigate the NE 45th Street Viaduct detour, we’re getting an update from SDOT on the project.  They tell us the walls of the new structure are more than 30 percent complete, and the project is still on schedule to reopen to all traffic, pedestrians and bicycles by September 10. 

SDOT photo.

SDOT also says the connection from 22nd Ave NE to NE 45th Street is now set to reopen in early August.  You can track the project here.

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Demolition day nears for Brooklyn Building

July 28th, 2010 by master

Construction around the UW campus continues in force this summer.  The old Brooklyn Building at the corner of Brooklyn Ave and NE 41st St is about to bite the dust.  We’ve learned the building that used to house UW offices and some 70 employees will be demolished in mid August.  Campus officials say the structure, which was built in the 1920’s, had simply worn out. 

Eventually, the site will become a new residence hall housing more than 400 students (pictured below).  A huge 90-foot elm tree at the location will be spared.  In fact, it will be the centerpiece of something called Elm Plaza.  The Brooklyn Building site is part of a major student housing project by the UW.

Image from Mahlum Architects and UW.

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Big rig hits trouble navigating NE 45th Street construction

July 27th, 2010 by master

The Northeast 45th Street viaduct renovation has taken its first hit: a jackknifed 18-wheel rig just two blocks north of the bridge.  Tuesday afternoon, an American West Worldwide Express truck got tangled up with a car while the driver tried to navigate the streets north of the bridge, which are especially narrow due to the bridge closure.

Photos by Sang Cho, The Daily.

The driver, Daniel Cabez, was trying to deliver a load of furniture to Miller-Pollard in University Village when he became lost after learning that the Northeast 45th Street bridge was under repair. Heading east on NE 47th Street, and knowing that he could not turn right onto 21st Avenue Northeast, Cabez tried to take a left, and the back end of the truck swung out too far.

Cabez had a feeling, though, that he was in trouble.

“I was trying to make it, because this [street] is too short, too,” Cabez said, adding that driving in Washington with a large truck is difficult because of the hills and narrow streets.

He ended up lodging the back of his truck into the hood of a gray Mercury Sable, whose owner was not immediately available.

The crash was especially unfortunate for Cabez, since he had traveled all the way from his native Los Angeles and was just a couple of blocks away from reaching the destination. Cabez, who was traveling with his son and small dog in the cab of the truck, said he usually drives a 48-foot rig.

Cabez was ticketed by one of the two officers who responded to the scene. One officer said that although he doesn’t see accidents on these particular streets often, the police respond to “semis stuck on Ravenna (Boulevard) all the time.”

By 4:45 p.m., the rig was in the process of being extricated and should be removed by this evening.

This story was written by William Dow, new site editor of UDistrictDaily and reporter for The Daily.

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Another U-District bank robbery

July 27th, 2010 by master

UW Police just sent out an alert about a bank robbery that happened yesterday around 11:50am.  This time, the Key Bank in the 1300 block of NE 45th Street was the target.  The robber was a white man in his late 30’s, 6’3″, with messy gray/partially gray hair.  He was wearing glasses, a striped shirt and a black jacket.  After the robbery, the man got away on foot westbound from the bank on NE 45th and was seen carrying a Fireworks shopping bag.

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Young gardeners return to U-District Farmers Market

July 27th, 2010 by master

You may have noticed Seattle Youth Garden Works (SYGW) selling produce and plant starts at Seattle Tilth events and at the University Farmers Market in years past, but we hadn’t seen them this year.

We learned from Seattle Tilth that SYGW suspended operations temporarily in January, after it became fiscally independent from the Church Council of Greater Seattle. Recently Wallingford-based Seattle Tilth announced that it’s adding SYGW to its programs.

We are joining forces to ensure that the valuable job-training in urban agriculture that SYGW provides for homeless and at-risk youth in Seattle will not only continue to operate, but will be able to grow and expand…

The two organizations discussed combining forces and determined that the partnership between Seattle Tilth and SYGW will enhance both organizations’ missions. As part of Seattle Tilth, SYGW will continue working with homeless and marginalized youth, concentrating on job skills development at our mini farm at the UW Botanical Gardens, and selling our fruits and vegetables at the University District farmer’s market.

Seattle Tilth is throwing a party tomorrow evening at the Center for Urban Horticulture to welcome SYGW. Take a tour of the ¾ acre plot, aka “The Farm,” hear a program update from both organizations, and enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Get more information about the Farm Party here.

Learn more about the Seattle Youth Garden Works program and how to support it on the Seattle Tilth site

This story was written by Marina Gordon from our sister site My Wallingford.

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Medic One unit makes a move to U-District

July 26th, 2010 by master

The Seattle Fire Department is moving one of its Medic One units from Green Lake to the U-District’s Station 17.  There are only seven Medic One units in Seattle.  Our sister site My Green Lake reports fire officials felt Station 17 would be a better home for the medic unit, especially after Station 17 was remodeled with extra room.  Medic One units provide advanced life support and respond to approximately 28,000 Basic Life Support alarms and 25,000 Advanced Life Support alarms each year, as well as all working fires, hazardous materials and rescue responses across the city.  Thanks to Amy at My Green Lake.

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Special cupcakes send kids to Bumbershoot

July 26th, 2010 by master

If you like both Trophy Cupcakes and Bumbershoot, here’s a way to get your sugar fix and help kids go to the music and arts festival in September.

Stop in to any of Trophy’s three locations, including the one at U Village, to pick up limited-edition cupcakes, featuring designs by some of the artists whose work adorned Bumbershoot posters and artwork over the past 40 years. The cupcakes will be available through September 6.

The Bumbershoot cupcakes sell for $3.50 each, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Send a Kid program, which partners with Art with Heart and Arts Corps to help send underserved youth to Bumbershoot with an accompanying adult. 

This story was written by Marina Gordon from our sister site My Wallingford

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Horror/Fantasy editor visits U Bookstore

July 25th, 2010 by master

Editor’s note:  This story was written by Kat Salazar, a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.

“Didn’t you get the memo to wear black?” joked one person in the back row to a friend. Most of those attending the event July 20 at the UW Book Store actually were wearing black, probably unintentionally.

But the predominant wardrobe color spoke volumes about the sort of crowd that editor Ellen Datlow attracts. And members of that crowd are largely fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror books – people who gravitate toward the weird or the eerily enigmatic. They sat patiently awaiting Datlow, a well-known editor in the genre’s publishing world.

Ellen Datlow (left) answering a question from interviewer author Nancy Kress.

Read more of Kat’s story by clicking the link below.

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Reports of possible gunfire on The Ave

July 24th, 2010 by master

One reader dropped us an email after hearing what he thought were two gunshots early this morning.  He then heard on the police scanner that officers were responding to the 4200 block of University Way to check out reports of gunfire.  The 911 log shows that police responded to a disturbance in that area around 12:40am, but it doesn’t appear anyone was injured since the fire department didn’t respond.  We have messages out to SPD more for information, but it may be Monday before we hear back.  Thanks to Shawn for the tip.

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