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Is the U-district Safe? A week of Crime, Accidents and Mayor Ed Murray

February 25th, 2015 by master

Amid Shootings, attempted abductions at gunpoint, and collisions with metro busses, the U-district has unfortunately been keeping local law enforcement busy.

Living the city life comes with a lot of nightlife options, walkability, and public transit, but when these perks become threats it’s time to look at more safety measures to ensure that we get a chance to enjoy where we live.

It’s been a busy week in the Udistrict! Some highlights include:

Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb 22, Police officers were called after reports of shots being fired in a parking lot outside a U-district nightclub near 8th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street. Three people were reported being taken to area hospitals with life threatening gunshot wounds. This is the same area that another man was shot in the leg back in January.

Also, on Sunday night around 10 PM near the University of Washington, detectives were called to investigate a report that an armed man tried to abduct a woman at gunpoint as she was walking home along NE 55th street near 15 Ave NE. Luckily the would be abductor was startled by people walking by and the woman was escorted to safety where she could call 911.

And in other tragic news, a motorcyclist incurred life threatening injuries in a collision with a Metro bus on NE 55th and 15th Ave NE in the Monday morning commute.

This seems to be a wake-up call to our neighborhood that we need to be more diligent about knowing our surroundings, keeping homes secure, and with increased traffic, be more vigilant on the road.

All these happenings occurred just after Mayor Ed Murray did his Community Safety Walk know as “Find it, Fix it” on Saturday in the Udistrict. These walks, one of many he will do, are to help identify safety issues present in the built environment of Seattle’s neighborhoods as part of his Summer of Safety Initiative.

With the “Find it, fix it” App, Murray is hoping citizens will report issues by snapping photos with a smartphone, adding detailed information, and hitting submit. With this easy reporting app he hopes that more awareness to their surroundings will help neighborhoods clean up trouble spots and help people feel better about where they live. When people love their neighborhood it thrives.

So, how can you help our neighborhood and yourself stay safe?

Check out the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Page on the Website.

The University of Washington has this page to help students with safety issues. also encourages residents and business owners to report criminal behavior, get involved in programs like Block Watch and Night Out, and talk to your neighbors.

Of course, living in the city, there is always the chance that crime, accidents and other unnerving incidents will feel a little too close to home. We would love to hear what you do to feel safe in our city, advice for people and any other resources you want to share in the comments!

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Metro changes start Saturday for U-District and beyond

February 2nd, 2011 by master

Starting Saturday (2/5), King County Metro Transit is updating its bus service. This includes routing and bus stop changes for approximately two dozen bus routes from various areas of the county that pass through downtown Seattle.  

Here are the highlights of the February changes for bus riders traveling to and from the U-District and nearby areas:

  • Northbound Route 16 and Route 66 trips to Northgate will leave downtown Seattle from new bus stops at the Colman Ferry Dock on Alaskan Way south of Marion Street;
  • New Route 309 will connect Kenmore with First Hill via Lake City and South Lake Union – with stops in Lake City – for commute-time express service;
  • There are more trips on routes 255 and 311 as part of the additional bus service for the State Route 520 corridor to provide more alternatives to driving when bridge tolling begins this spring;
  • There is a trip deletion and schedule changes for the Route 45;
  • There are schedule changes for Route 46;
  • In downtown Seattle, there are bus routes shifting from First Avenue to Third Avenue;  from Third Avenue to Second/Fourth avenues; and new bus stop locations on Third Avenue for several routes; and
  • Route 99 will loop to travel north on First Avenue and south on Alaskan Way, and buses will no longer be “wrapped” to look like the old waterfront streetcars. 

You can visit Metro Online at, or call Metro Customer Information at (206) 553-3000.

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Metro bus route rerouted through U-District

June 1st, 2010 by master

A head up for those of you who use Route 25. The closure of the 45th Street Viaduct is forcing Metro to reroute the 25. From June 14 to September 10, the Route 25 to downtown Seattle will be rerouted through the UW campus via Pend Oreille Rd and Stevens Way (southbound) to 15th Ave NE and the regular route. To Laurelhurst, it will also be rerouted through the UW campus via Stevens Way (northbound), Pend Oreille Rd and Montlake Blvd NE to NE 45th St and the regular route.

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