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Entries from October 2010

Roosevelt and Ravenna named best ‘hoods for trick or treating

October 19th, 2010 by master

When it comes to the best neighborhoods in Seattle for trick-or-treating, Roosevelt and Ravenna score high. They’re number four and five according to the online real estate site Zillow.

Zillow looked at several factors when determining the top neighborhoods for kids to get Halloween loot. They looked at walkability, population density, the Zillow Home Value Index and local crime data from Relocation Essentials. Here are the top five ‘hoods:

1. Wallingford
2. Ballard
3. Queen Anne
4. Roosevelt
5. Ravenna

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Roosevelt and Ravenna named best 'hoods for trick or treating

October 19th, 2010 by master

When it comes to the best neighborhoods in Seattle for trick-or-treating, Roosevelt and Ravenna score high. They’re number four and five according to the online real estate site Zillow.

Zillow looked at several factors when determining the top neighborhoods for kids to get Halloween loot. They looked at walkability, population density, the Zillow Home Value Index and local crime data from Relocation Essentials. Here are the top five ‘hoods:

1. Wallingford
2. Ballard
3. Queen Anne
4. Roosevelt
5. Ravenna

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Crime prevention coordinators face layoffs

October 19th, 2010 by master

Unless the budget changes, three of the seven crime prevention coordinators in Seattle will lose their jobs. As for the remaining four coordinators, including the one serving the U-District, no one is sure if they’ll be forced to cut back on their hours or cover larger areas to fill the holes.

Crime prevention coordinators, civilian employees in the Seattle Police Department, work directly with residents doing everything from setting up block watches to going door to door to warn about recent crimes. They’d been part of the police budget up until last October, when the positions then became paid for with federal grant money that runs out in the spring.

With the help of the nonprofit Common Language Project and communications students at the University of Washington, we take a closer look at what the loss of these coordinators could mean to our neighborhoods.

Continue reading “Crime Prevention Coordinators Face the Budget Axe”.

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Humans vs Zombies on UW campus

October 19th, 2010 by master

Almost 1000 UW students are getting caught up in a fad sweeping college campuses.  It’s a game called Humans vs Zombies Tag, where participants try to stay human as long as possible.  The number of students taking part has jumped by about 300 since fall quarter of last year. 


Photo by Sang Cho, The Daily

The zombies are targeted with nerf guns and rolled up socks.  Some college campuses have actually banned nerf guns fearing they could be mistaken as the real thing.  Rebecca Lee and our news partners at The Daily have the full story here.

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Would you support an evening closure of The Ave?

October 18th, 2010 by master

City Councilmember Sally Clark continues to float an idea of regularly closing stretches of some streets to traffic, turning them into pedestrian boulevards during the evening hours.  She mentioned the idea during a City Council walking tour of University Way back in June, and once again brought it up in a recent newsletter.  One of the streets she’s talking about is University Way:

I’ve been talking with the Capitol Hill Community Council, the Capitol Hill Chamber, and I’ve now begun connecting with business owners on the hill to talk about how an evening closure might work. Maybe Capitol Hill isn’t the best venue. Maybe Ballard Ave. Maybe University Way. Mayor McGinn’s staff has been warmly receptive to exploring this idea. We’ll likely work together through the winter with the hopes of a possible test next spring or summer.

 

Sally Clark tours The Ave with other councilmembers in June

Clark says she’s not proposing the streets be closed off during the day.

Don’t get me wrong. We’re not ready to shut down Rainier and Greenwood weekly during the workday. Our city’s roadways are essential to moving people, freight and services through our city and, at this stage of our development as a city, for the small businesses we love. However, we can push ourselves to think of the street network more creatively.

What do you think?  Would closing part of The Ave regularly during the evenings build a better sense of community or create even more problems?  You can read more about the idea in Clark’s newsletter here.

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Husky Homecoming weekend traffic alert

October 15th, 2010 by master

It’s Homecoming weekend on Montlake and that has SDOT issuing a traffic alert.  Tonight (8/15), the Husky Band will hold its regular Friday night rally and procession through Greek Row.  Seattle Police will escort more than 500 band members and fans from 8:55pm to 10pm.

Saturday’s football game against Oregon State kicks off at 7:15pm.  You can find more Homecoming activities here.

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Jimmy Carter to visit University Book Store

October 15th, 2010 by master

Former President Jimmy Carter will sign copies of his book White House Diary at the University Book Store.  The signing is scheduled for October 27 at 7pm.  A signing ticket is required and is only available by purchasing Carter’s book from University Book Store.  For more information, call 634-3400.

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New sushi restaurant opens on The Ave

October 14th, 2010 by master

A new sushi restaurant has opened at the site where another sushi place recently closed.  Sushi Thai Yummy Yummy is celebrating its grand opening at 4545 University Way.  As the name suggests, the menu features both sushi and Thai food.  The space was formerly occupied by Sushi Aoi.

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UW Police organize walk against domestic violence

October 14th, 2010 by master

The University of Washington Police Department invites the public to take part in a memorial walk for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The walk will honor six members of the UW community who lost their lives on campus as a result of domestic violence. The walk, which takes place Wednesday, October 27 at noon, will go from Red Square to Gould Hall Memorial Garden.

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Woman maced and beaten by stranger

October 13th, 2010 by master

A bizarre attack in the middle of the afternoon left a woman covered in blood.  According to a police report, the woman was walking near the intersection of 15th Ave NE and NE 45th Street around 3:45pm on October 7.  That’s when a man came out of an alley, sprayed mace in the woman’s face, and then started hitting her on the head with either a stick or baton.  The attacker said nothing as he carried out the beating.  A person waiting at a bus stop also witnessed the crime.

When police arrived, the victim had blood coming from her head.  Seattle Fire crews arrived and treated the woman at the scene, but she declined to go to the hospital.  Police conducted a search for the man but he got away on foot.  There is no description given in the police report, which you can read below.

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