Posts for February, 2011

A Look Back at Events I Do Not Want to Repeat

February 28th, 2011

History repeats itself, so the saying goes.  But, we can also be smart and learn from history. On this day, the 10th anniversary of the Nisqually earthquake, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on some national and local events that have happened this past decade that we do not want to repeat. 2001 – […]

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Lake to Bay Loop – From Vision to Reality in Only 20 Years!

February 25th, 2011

One of my delights this year is to see our Lake to Bay Loop project getting underway. Along with Seattle Parks Department, Seattle Center, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Parks Foundation, Department of Planning and Development, Friends of Kinnear Park, the Uptown Alliance, my colleagues on Council, and several private property owners, we have made […]

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A Breath of Spring!

February 23rd, 2011

The 22nd Annual Northwest Flower and Garden Show starts today. The theme is “Once upon a Time.” Dodging hail outside, I left the cold front behind and was hit full force by the fragrance of hyacinths inside the 6th floor of the Convention Center. And what a welcome sight to see the jonquils in full […]

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Bradner Gardens: neighbor power at its best

February 22nd, 2011

Joyce Moty and a number of her neighborhood colleagues prevailed on the Powers That Be about fifteen years ago to preserve 1.6 acres in the Mt. Baker neighborhood for a community garden and multi-purpose park.  They are the quintessential community leaders who had a good idea, wrote grants, leveraged the grants, and have created a […]

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Waterfront Seattle highlights process to come

February 18th, 2011

Last night’s Waterfront Seattle event at the Seattle Aquarium was a great success and so well-attended that people were packed in like sardines. James Corner presented for an hour to the standing-room only crowd about his approach and thinking to our waterfront. To my delight, he is building on the work of our previous design […]

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Public hearing tonight on proposed renewal of Families & Education Levy

February 17th, 2011

The City Council is holding a public hearing tonight on the proposed renewal of the Families and Education Levy. Sign-in for public comment will be available at Council Chambers (second floor of City Hall at 600 Fourth Avenue) starting at 5:00pm. The hearing begins at 5:30pm. In 2007, Seattle voters approved a $117 million, seven […]

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My vision for our Waterfront

February 16th, 2011

I can just taste what our Waterfront will become. Imagine walking with me – or your best friend – just a few short years from now, from Safeco Field up to the Olympic Sculpture Park. Satisfied with another Mariner’s victory, we stroll down the new tree-lined Railroad Avenue-turned-pedestrian/bicycle corridor to the end of King Street […]

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Neighbor Appreciation Day should be every day

February 15th, 2011

Seattle celebrated its 17th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day last Saturday with 50 celebrations of varying scale all across this city of ours. It’s the day when we reach out, create new connections, and share our appreciation with those who live or work around us. The tradition started in 1995 when then-Mayor Norm Rice proclaimed the […]

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For the Boomers, a plan for our future

February 14th, 2011

Earlier this month, I spent an evening at the Nordic Heritage Museum for an event called Aging Your Way: Conversations for Community Change. This series of gatherings is the product of Senior Services, a non-profit agency dedicated to promoting the emotional, social, and physical well-being of older adults. Jim Diers was the moderator for the […]

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Wrap your arms (all 8 of them) around someone you love

February 11th, 2011

I attended a community recognition event last week at the Seattle Aquarium. It’s an institution with an increasingly important role on our Waterfront, both on the economic and educational fronts. One of the most interesting things I learned at the event is that on Valentine’s Day, the resident male and female Giant Pacific Octopus are […]

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