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Entries from October 2010

Nickelsville could get permanent home on city land

October 26th, 2010 by master

The Nickelsville homeless tent camp is supposed to move out of its current location in the U-District on November 15.  But instead of being forced to find another temporary home, it could soon have a permanent one.


Nickelsville camp currently in the U-District

A citizens panel appointed by Mayor McGinn recommends that Seattle put a permanent homeless encampment on city land within a month and open up parks and the basement of City Hall to people with nowhere else to sleep.  Our news partners at the Seattle Times report  that the Deputy Mayor will come up with a list of potential sites for the citizens panel to look over.  KING 5 reports those locations include Magnolia, an area near Northgate, West Seattle, and South Seattle.

Nickelsville moved back to the U-District on August 14 in the parking lot of the University Congregational United Church of Christ at NE 45th Street and 15th Ave NE.

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Distraction on 520 at Montlake on Tuesday

October 25th, 2010 by master

WSDOT is warning about a big distraction that could cause delays across 520 on Tuesday (10/26). From 10am to 4pm, crews will use a crane to lower and assemble a barge and drill rig from an unused 520 ramp next to the westbound off-ramp to Montlake Boulevard. The equipment will be used to drill into the lakebed and shoreline to test the conditions for design work on the new 520 Bridge. You can track the project here.


Simulated view of new Montlake lid looking west (From WSDOT)

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Where do you feel unsafe in the U-District? New survey reveals top areas

October 25th, 2010 by master

The U-District has its fair share of crime, but are there certain parts of the neighborhood where you don’t feel safe?  A student who helped create the safety committee for the Associated Students of the University of Washington sent out a survey.  Almost 1000 people, mostly UW students, responded to the survey by selecting up to five perceived unsafe areas around campus.  Here’s a look at the top five:

1.  Wall of Death (under the University Bridge)

2.  The Ave

3.  Staircase leading down to the Intramural Activities Bldg

4.  Memorial Way

5.  Greek row area (north of NE 45th)

Once the results are finalized later this quarter, they’ll be handed over to UW administrators and UW Police to see if any safety improvements can be made.  Reporter Nick Visser and our partners at The Daily have the full story.

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Why are UW researchers walking around in caveman masks?

October 24th, 2010 by master

No, it has nothing to do with Halloween. Here’s a fascinating video that shows how UW researchers are studying crows on campus. The research team put on caveman masks and caught several crows. After releasing them, the team found out the crows were a lot smarter than you might think. Crows have facial recongnition, allowing them to pick individuals out of a crowd up to two years after first seeing them.

The short video clip below is part of the Nature series “A Murder of Crows” premiering tonight (10/24) on PBS at 8pm.

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Weekend road work on Roosevelt Way and University Bridge

October 22nd, 2010 by master

SDOT will close part of Roosevelt Way on Saturday (10/23) from 7am to 3pm to do paving work. The street will be closed between NE Campus Parkway to the NE 40th Street on-ramp to the University Bridge. Traffic will be detoured at NE 42nd Street to Seventh Avenue NE, and back to the University Bridge. Traffic headed toward the UW campus will be able to turn onto NE Campus Parkway. The bike lane will be closed. Sidewalks will remain open.

SDOT crews will also be doing maintenance work on the University Bridge this Saturday and Sunday (10/23 and 10/24) from 9am to 3pm. One lane will remain open in each direction. Bike lanes and sidewalks will remain open.

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President Obama headlines rally on UW campus

October 21st, 2010 by master

A crowd of more than 10,000 packed Hec Ed Pavilion this morning to see and hear President Obama during a rally for Senator Patty Murray.  Some people even camped out all night to make sure they had a seat. But even those who had to sit in the overflow area at Husky Stadium got a treat when the President stopped in to say hello before heading into Hec Ed.


President Obama surprises the overflow crowd in Husky Stadium. Photo by Robby Delaware.

“We were all stunned,” said UW junior Gina.  “I decided to come at the last minute and had no idea he’d take the time to greet all of us who couldn’t get in.”

Robby Delaware, who took the photo above, even got to shake hands with the President.

“Shaking President Obama’s hand was a great honor,” he tells us.

Some anti-war protestors and opponents of Senator Murray carried signs through the crowd.  Other than a few verbal arguments, officers tell us there were no problems.


The President’s limo crosses the Montlake Bridge after the rally

While parking was hard to find, traffic around the area seemed to move smoothly.  The walk back to our parking space from Hec Ed across the Montlake Bridge took 10 minutes, and the President’s motorcade even passed by.  Less than 5 minutes later, we were on 520 heading toward downtown.


Crowd leaves Hec Ed after the rally

Earlier in the day, President Obama paid a visit to a home in Wedgwood for a backyard chat.  You can read coverage of that story on our sister site WedgwoodView.com.  Our news partners at the Seattle Times have a detailed look at the President’s day in Seattle.

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Traffic alert for President Obama’s visit to the UW campus on Thursday

October 20th, 2010 by master

Commuters are being warned about traffic delays during President Obama’s visit to the UW campus tomorrow (10/21).  A rally for Senator Patty Murray is set for Thursday at Hec Ed Pavilion with doors opening at 9am.  The President is expected to speak around 11am to a crowd of more than 10,000. While SDOT says there is little information on the routes and times of the President’s movements due to security reasons, you can expect closures on Montlake Boulevard before and after the event.  Rolling closures on major arterials and the interstate are also expected once the President leaves the UW campus.  Public transportation is highly encouraged.

King County Metro has more than 15 bus routes that travel to or near the UW campus and U-District.  They say buses may be crowded and subject to delays tomorrow, so give yourself plenty of time.  Also, due to heightened security around the rally location and for the presidential motorcade, some buses may be rerouted with short notice.  These type of reroutes will not show up on the Trip Planner, but should be displayed in Metro’s Alert Center.

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Traffic alert for President Obama's visit to the UW campus on Thursday

October 20th, 2010 by master

Commuters are being warned about traffic delays during President Obama’s visit to the UW campus tomorrow (10/21).  A rally for Senator Patty Murray is set for Thursday at Hec Ed Pavilion with doors opening at 9am.  The President is expected to speak around 11am to a crowd of more than 10,000. While SDOT says there is little information on the routes and times of the President’s movements due to security reasons, you can expect closures on Montlake Boulevard before and after the event.  Rolling closures on major arterials and the interstate are also expected once the President leaves the UW campus.  Public transportation is highly encouraged.

King County Metro has more than 15 bus routes that travel to or near the UW campus and U-District.  They say buses may be crowded and subject to delays tomorrow, so give yourself plenty of time.  Also, due to heightened security around the rally location and for the presidential motorcade, some buses may be rerouted with short notice.  These type of reroutes will not show up on the Trip Planner, but should be displayed in Metro’s Alert Center.

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Problem with street lights on Montlake Blvd fixed

October 20th, 2010 by master

Last winter, crews working on the new light rail station next to Husky Stadium noticed the street lights north of the Montlake Bridge were cutting off every now and then.  They started seeing the same thing recently and notified City Light.  It turns out, the outages were not related to construction.  City Light has now repaired the lighting in the area and the problem should be fixed.  Just a reminder that you can always report street light outages electronically through this link.


Street lights north of the Montlake Bridge

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Man says he was tackled and mugged on The Ave

October 19th, 2010 by master

This past Sunday (10/17), a man called police after saying he’d been robbed in the 5200 block of University Way.  He told officers he was standing on the sidewalk around 7:30pm when he was approached by three men.  After the men said something that made him feel intimidated, he ran away.  But he says one of the men tackled him from behind and then stole his wallet.  Officers say the victim had an abrasion on his leg and wrist from being tackled, but he declined medical attention.  There were no witnesses to the mugging.  The victim was only able to give police a vague description of the men.  You can read the full police report below.

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