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It is a very disturbing trend to see the steep decrease in public safety/decency throughout the neighborhood and lack of proactive police support, especially when it is at its worst at a central neighborhood park that was designed to be family-friendly. I like Kate’s idea. Two other simple measures that might help raise awareness: (1) use the city’s “Find It Fix It” app if you have a smart phone. When I am walking the dog, I often report stolen/abandoned shopping carts and other public dumping, graffiti, abandoned cars, broken street signs, potholes, etc. It’s quick and easy; issues are routed to the correct city dept. Some respond faster than others. I would hope that increased reports from a certain neighborhood (Ballard!) might raise awareness with city govt that we need better services to match our exploding population. (2) Get an account with NextDoor.com and express your frustrations with crime/safety there because the police have begun participating in dialogue and it can only help if they are hearing directly from a variety of engaged citizens. I am also curious to see if the city’s micro-community policing plans have any positive effect over the coming months (http://www.seattle.gov/police/MCPP/) and look forward to seeing any reporting back and evolution of that program.
I’m sure there are many other ways frustrated citizens can help raise awareness and hopefully bring about positive change in public safety. Despite the wide spectrum of opinions about how to “help the homeless,” hopefully we can all agree that public safety for ALL citizens has certain levels that need to be encouraged and enforced.
Try the GreenLake Community Center program, with practices at lower Woodland. Queen Anne CC also offers a spring team with practices at Queen Anne Bowl, I believe. But we’ve done GL in the past and it’s friendly for all ages, just focused enough without being too serious/pressured. Kids can participate in meets at Nathan Hale high school and some in West Seattle.
VeganBiker, I started using the app a week ago and reported two of probably the same shopping carts (one along Seaview, south of the crosswalk/light by the railroad tracks, and one on the 37th/Greenway hill). I’m out dog walking a lot and it feels good to have somewhere to report flagrant dumping/vandalism. It’d be great if lots of Ballardites started using it — maybe frequency of reports will lead to faster/better response from city departments?
A single shopping cart pick-up service would be fantastic. Or just better enforcement/prevention, as others have suggested. (It is stolen property, right? Why is that difficult to enforce?)
Also on my wishlist: an adopt-a-block program for big new condo buildings, encouraging residents to help pick up and beautify the block they live on. Many neighbors do this informally and without prompting on single-family-housing blocks (because it feels more personal, I’m sure), but maybe a structured/supported program would encourage new high-rise residents to also feel invested in their own blocks?
We had a great simple, fresh seafood meal a few months ago at Chippy’s on Ballard Ave (Ethan Stowell). Worth considering.
This is a great question — sorry there aren’t more on-target responses but I can offer a few thoughts. We have a son at Salmon Bay middle school and really like the size (about 120 kids per grade in 6th/7th/8th, so just large enough while still being personal), the geographic proximity (great for a tween to be able to walk or ride bike, rather than bus, if feasible), the social/emotional focus (organizational skills, interpersonal skills, character-building/success traits, etc), the relationships that are formed by students looping with certain core teachers for 2 years, the project-oriented curriculum, and the drama and winter enrichment (ski/snowboard!) programs. Downsides include very few foreign language electives, not the strongest math (although they seem to be on a good path to improvement), and recent leadership instability (new principal and VP this year).
Whitman is much larger and offers a more diverse array of classes but could be overwhelming for a student who isn’t ready to swim in such a big pond or one who might be distracted by the greater options for negative influences. The sports teams are competitive so some kids might not make the cut to be on a school team and may need to find other rec sport opportunities outside of school. Hope this is helpful.
Chris, thank you for taking the time to attend the meeting and to share such a detailed report here. (It’s been awhile since this forum has felt like a helpful community resource.)
As a longtime Ballard resident and mom of tween-age boys, it would certainly be amazing if community support swirled around better funding/staffing for community-based policing where population hubs could count on regular beat cops who helped enforce basic safety and decency standards (everything from thefts to illegal dumping/camping to public drinking/drug use, etc.). Perhaps this could be a focus of getting their “house in order” that would help rebuild public support.
It’s extra sad seeing and hearing about flagrant abuses of the law (and general disrespect for community) on a daily basis when you’re viewing the world with kids’ perspectives in mind. We all know it’s a tough world and we each have to do our part to take care of our community and environment, but you gotta hope government can achieve a bit higher level of success.
My 2-year-old lab mix and 15-year-old cat are fine with all the noise, but I agree that it was quite the ruckus at the community center this year and we’ve heard no sirens all evening. My tween-aged boys went down to watch and scurried home after watching a full-size aerial misfire and scream into some folks in one of the baseball dug-outs. No one hurt from what we could tell, but left quite the impression. Back home we went. Hope all stay safe and sane with what remains of the night.
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I don’t know — I think the unease with this event vs. Syttende Mai sounds pretty understandable, actually. If it closed down a main arterial for the bulk of a Saturday during prime business season for that industry, with no understanding or support from community policing about actual permitted time allocations, that sounds like reason to be quite upset. And the bike race organizers loosely referring to last year’s painful business disruption as a “communication lapse” without offering any apology, might have come across as an incendiary, passive-aggressive start to the conversation.
I am a strong proponent of the bike trail and I have little background as to this company’s involvement in holding back its progress, but it seems far too black and white to lump this event in with that topic. The Syttende Mai parade seems to run like clockwork each year, with a very predictable window of evening time where the street is closed only just before the event actually occurs (not 4 hours prior!). So I can understand why they would support one event and not the other. The bike race is a cool but very niche event and it sounds like they need to really get their ducks in a row with timing and policing and such if they are going to steam ahead with an annual big block of street closure time in such a congested little community area.
Another happy client of Dr. Hilmoe’s, for over 15 years, both cats and dogs. Great, attentive care for all the regular stuff, and very kind and thorough when it comes to the tough decision-making moments. Sometimes front staff is a bit busy but they always come thru. Vet techs have all handled our animals with great care.
Try Seattle Countertops (www.seattlecountertops.com) in Frelard. They helped us out quite awhile back and it was affordable and good.