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Thanks for the info SB and ironymaiden – what a crazy time it is on ND right now, it makes me laugh! People get so serious about what they believe is right.
Glad that a couple of you are still logging into this site. :)
Personally I think the ND site is starting to get a little out of hand! What do you say?04/15/2016 at 9:30 am in reply to: This has to stop, we have to do something as residents #83874
Shane – The NextDoor Ballard is where all the talk about this is going on. People have been complaining to SPD, SDOT and BNSF about this mess under the 57th st bridge and along 37th Place for months. SDOT cleaned up along 37th twice in the last couple of months and BNSF took a while to get to the mess under the bridge but they did a great job and for now that area under the bridge is clean. I noticed that there are drug users moving back in there during the day and hanging out!
But you can be assured that there are many people that are on top of this and we are complaining to the authorities all the time.
Interesting Gracie – I can’t find anything on the web so far. Having once driven for Metro, I would love to know what happened!
JM – ha, ha, that is a funny image to think of. When I think of this idea of drone delivery I imagine a sky full of little flying machines and people trying to hijack them all over the place. Could be easier than stealing from a porch! I can imagine people complaining “my weed shipment got hijacked again!”
Marigold – I didn’t intend that to be a “snark” in any way, shape or form! So sorry that it came over that way, I was just being cheeky!
And I was not aware of your situation with your friend. Please accept my apologies, I really did not mean to upset you.
I agree that there should be a recreational shop on Ballard Ave if they can afford the rent!
Marigold – there is a shop on 17th and 50th and one on 65th near 6th ave! How far was your “trip” ? :)
GAM- it is actually not that bad, you can select the neighborhoods that yo participate in and block others and you only have to make your name and your street visible to others. You can limit the amount of info other people can see but you do need to use your “real” name and give the manages your real email and other info to be able to participate. I really like it and it is working, people are connecting with each other in a positive way and getting things done. Like the guy who works at Windermere office on Market that has been using his own truck to collect the abandoned shopping carts along the Burke Gilman trail and returning them to the stores or the people that have organised meeting to talk about the homeless situation in Ballard etc. Great community activism that all came about from people sharing info and comments on the Nextdoor forums.
Something like that did happen here a few years ago but not any more.
I will add that a few years ago, maybe 3 or 4, MayBallard was a fun forum to be a part of. People had a sense of humor and interacted in a fun way. I made quite a few friends from being active here, but then the trolls started dropping by and I think people got fed up with the lack of response from the web support team and also the software upgrade that they did which resulted in people being unable to log in or post and all kinds of problems contributed to the demise of the forum.
I do miss the quirky posts and the odd characters that posted here and the helpful, knowledgeable folks that would post great info. But I really do not miss all the nasty comments and attacks the went on over the years.
Anyway, Nextdoor is where it is at for now. Things are getting done there, people are organising and positive change is being made in our communities because of the ability to communicate with others in a safe online environment.
I still check the posts here, if there are any! but the truth is that Nextdoor is a much better conduit for sharing information about the neighborhood. You can’t be anonymous, the people that run it are on accessible and respond to complaints and suggestions, (sorry Geeky Swedes) and people are willing to share information, make comments and not be afraid that some idiot is going to attack them/ As far as I am concerned Nextdoor is a wonderful asset to the local communities.
FWIW the posts and interactions that have been going on on Nextdoor Ballard and Magnolia have resulted in SPD, SPU and the Mayors office actually doing something about the problems.
Marigold – those folks with the grill, sometimes 2 grills, are there every once in a while. SPD does clear them out but they come back. They do cook on the grill, at least I saw them cooking once, so possible they are not breaking any laws.
And you are probably right that they are not members of the Nickelsville camp that will be moving into the Market Street site tomorrow!
Hi oldguybc – I am still here and I suspect a lot of the old members are still checking the messages but there is not a lot going on with this site anymore.
The “https://ballard.nextdoor.com” web site is where it is all happening at the moment. It is managed and has rules that have to be followed or you are kicked off. I like it as it is a great resource for the community.
Hope you are doing well down there in the warmer climes, although it is very nice up here in terms of the weather right now, beautiful warm, sunny fall days. Are you talking about “summer” 2016? Because I think you missed “this summer”! :)
JM – I agree. Have any of you noticed the number of tents and campers along 45th from Fred Meyers to the Ballard Bridge? There is the huge pile of stuff right at the intersection of 11th and 45th, both side of the street on the North side of the intersection have shopping carts with piles of trash and the South West side has a large camper and piles of trash, pallets and shopping carts. I asked the two guys what they were doing and the younger one told me that they were moving in “all over”!
When is the city going to crack down on this type of behaviour? What are we paying our taxes for anyway?
JM98107 – I am sure it will be the city that cleans up the mess, that is what normally happens at these locations. Last time I saw a cleanup under the Ballard Bridge down by NW 46th, there was a HUGE pile of stuff with a couple of transients sitting in it with about 6 SPU workers removing the mess and two Seattle Police officers looking concerned. We pay for all of that.
It really bothers me that these transients create so much mess and do not clean it up! I noticed last week a motor home/camper at 14th and 45th that had a huge pile of stuff in front of it and across the street from it and two guys sitting in chairs just having a good old time. What the heck is going on.
We have had a car full of crap on 29th by Adams for almost two weeks, the city has put an orange warning sticker on it but it is still there yesterday.
Crownhiller – thanks for posting the info that you received from the mayors office.
I attended the meeting tonight (8/12) but I left at 7:40 PM.
What I heard was the start with the Deputy Mayor, Hyeok Kim, addressing the large crowd and outlining the agenda for the meeting, she did not mention the three bulleted items in your original post as far as I could tell.
Then Mike O’Brien spoke briefly amid lots of heckling.
An 82 yo woman spoke and seemed to be cautioning the crowd to “behave”!
Then Rex Hohlbein, an architect that has helped homeless people spoke:
He was heckled many times because it appeared that the meeting was getting off topic.
This followed with an open mike and 3 very understandable and clear speakers making some good points for not having the site on Market and asking some good question none of which seemed to get answered.
This was followed by 3 homeless women that brought tears to the eyes but seemed to not be addressing the main issue, I personally felt like I was being guilt tripped about not wanting the site at this location, but that is just my feelings.
Some more folks talked and then Catherine Wheatbrook spoke to loud applause and I believe I will vote for her in the next election. She seems to understand the issue and is passionate about it and not afraid to say what she feels.
Some more local business people both for and against the site spoke.
Then someone shouted out “Is this a done deal?” and the deputy mayor attempted to answer that question and as I understood her she said that they were going ahead with it and would continue to have discussions regarding the site.
I decided that that was enough for me and left.
I hope someone can correct my errors and add anything else that I missed.
Oh BTW, I am definitely not an “aerodynamic” bike rider! :)
Kate – you can join the “club” if you want. :)
The OaP club that is, I am a fully paid up member and have been for years….
To follow up on this I will answer some questions that were asked.
The man I talked with was a contract worker for Safeway. He told me that he only collects Safeway carts and that makes sense as he is being payed by Safeway.
He had a pickup truck parked at NW 61st St. just where it meets Seaview Ave. NW so he did not have far to push them.
I asked him about the locking wheels and he told me that Safeway had looked into them but found that they were not effective because they can be deactivated by hitting them with a hammer in the right place or removing the wheel, so he said.
Sorry Kate, but are you assuming that those people you saw had actually stolen the bikes and trailer?07/16/2015 at 8:53 pm in reply to: One (and only?) community meeting on Ballard homeless encampments #81620
Well there goes the neighborhood then….
Monorail Driver – I used to operate the Monorail back in the 80s when I worked for Metro Transit and picked the extra board at Mercer Base and then at Ryerson.
Did you drive the Monorail for Metro or for the Seattle Center?
FYI I do work to get bicyclist to obey the law.
Trevor – You do not post your full name! And I would advise you not to on this forum.
You have not been active on here for very long and this forum has a history as the folks that have been on here for many years will know.
As for me, most of the folks on here know who I am and have met me but I will only give my email and name to people that I would enjoy meeting. You on the other hand have insulted me and made fun of me in this thread so I have no interest in you what so ever.
And FWIW I chose to move to the USA and live here in the early 70’s. This country is my home and I respect and love it, and I have enjoyed many other countries in the Americas, including Canada, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia and Chile all of them are in America, North and South.
So do not assume that I hate the USA just because I do not enjoy people breaking the law. I love this country.
So if anyone has any information about who this “MFJ” is I would like to know.
Trevor – FYI I rode home through the Ballard Playground this afternoon (Sunday) and there was a Parks Dept. employee meticulously picking up all the small pieces of those fireworks that people left behind! There was a load of it, mostly fragments of things that went bang! and small discs of cardboard. He told me they were having to do this at all the parks in Seattle. What an incredible waste of money, and you have the audacity to suggest that I am “whining”! No! I am strongly complaining and if by doing so I can help to get this insanity stopped then I will feel like I have accomplished something good.
Swedish Chef – I don’t believe I know you, however you are correct, I am a reasonable person. I just do not believe that setting off you own fireworks when our police department and fire department specifically ask you not to has anything to do with appreciating how great this country is or recognising our armed forces and public servants for the wonderful jobs they do to keep us safe.
This “freedom” costs the city (us tax payers) a lot of money and it is an annual headache for your police and fire departments so why do it?
And just to be clear, I have not always been a vegan. I grew up in a rural environment and hunted. Shot and cleaned and ate what I killed so when the apocalypse comes I am full prepared to survive, if you know what I mean.
I chose to be a vegan for ethical reasons and I have been one for over 30 years and at 68 years old I can still keep up with kids 20 years younger than me.