Posts for 'Environment'

Lake Union Cleanup returns July 5th

June 30th, 2011

Independence Day draws near, and it’s a great time to gather with friends and family to celebrate. But it’s something else when you show up on a weekday morning to meet with like-minded folks and get down to the business of cleaning up after everyone else’s good time the night before. On July 5th of […]


Dedicating your open space can save you $$! C.U.T. program yields a benefit to property owners and our community

June 2nd, 2011

Today’s Parks & Seattle Center Committee featured a presentation on Current Use Taxation (CUT) program. In the year and a half I’ve chaired the committee, only three Seattle property owners have applied for the program.  This is a lost opportunity for many.  The County-wide CUT program benefits both property owners and the City, as it contributes to […]


Of turkey sandwiches, personal responsibility, and emergency preparedness

April 20th, 2011

Thomas Goldstein (of Washington Bus fame) and I had lunch together Tuesday, and although it may sound like a  snore-inducing discussion, we talked about Seattle’s emergency preparedness opportunities. We met at Bakeman’s on Cherry Street, where a typical disaster only involves dribbling cranberry sauce off a turkey sandwich  down my front. I am sure you […]


Spring Clean events tomorrow in Pioneer Square and Lake Union

April 15th, 2011

I had a great time participating in last year’s Spring Clean of Pioneer Square and I’ll be there again tomorrow. There’s opportunities for participation. Just check the information provided below by Seattle Public Utilities. Spring Clean—held each year in April and May—is Seattle’s premier clean up event. Spring Clean provides opportunities for citizens to clean […]


Neighborhood Greenways: Questions, Possible Answers, and Food for Thought – The FAQ’s.

April 11th, 2011

Following my ride last weekend with a number of bike advocates, Cathy Tuttle from Spokespeople invited me to provide further information about my vision for Neighborhood Greenways. The answers that follow are mine and only meant to provide information and inspire discussion. I welcome your input and further refinement, as these ideas could become the […]


Pedaling toward proposed Bicycle Greenways

April 11th, 2011

I spent last Saturday pedaling neighborhood streets with two dozen bicyclists in Northeast Seattle. Our goal was to identify a few residential streets that could become part of our first Neighborhood Greenway, much like what we saw in Portland last month. Many of these riders brought their kids, who rode in trailers, wagons, and some […]


Help shape the Seattle Parks and Recreation 2011 Development Plan

March 14th, 2011

Seattle Parks and Recreation is planning its acquisition and development projects for the upcoming six years and identifying the demands, needs and priorities in a park development plan. The latest plan, the Seattle Parks and Recreation 2006 Development Plan, is being updated and it is anticipated that this 2011 Plan will be completed by the […]


Portland’s Neighborhood Greenways worth emulating

March 9th, 2011

Last week we joined our fellow Councilmembers, the Mayor, and several local business leaders on a trip to Portland to learn more about their transportation system. One of our favorite parts – and not just because we got to ride our bikes – was a tour of Portland’s “Neighborhood Greenways.” Portland has connected specific neighborhood […]


Groundswell NW: people, projects, participation

March 3rd, 2011

  I joined Groundswell NW at their annual meeting and dessert potluck last night, and it was an excellent event with great conversations about our parks and the outlook for open spaces in Northwest Seattle. Groundswell NW’s focus is on accomplishing major goals for community parks and habitat, and they help organize neighborhood participation in […]


Spotlight: Parks highlights from 2010

January 24th, 2011

Seattle Parks & Recreation Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams joined us at Thursday’s Parks & Seattle Center Committee. As the year ended, 10% of Parks employees were laid off or had their hours reduced. Notwithstanding these budget whacks, Parks is regrouping. Here are some of the departmental accomplishments from 2010 and a look ahead at select […]


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