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There has been talk on ND about this in Fremont/Ballard recently. I found this article insightful:
I’m not 100% sure if this is the activity that is happening in our neighborhoods, but based on my experience two nights ago and having seen the kids get dropped off in a van has me fairly convinced. Overall a sad tale.
Well Vegan Biker, I was on foot with my friend who has mobility difficulties but still likes to get out and about. In and out of the car is tricky and those two shops are in fact out of walking range for her. So yes, we were shopping in old Ballard and I see no reason why there shouldn’t be a shop there too.
Thanks for your snark and congratulations on your health and mobility! May the force be with you!
Thanks for the head’s up! I would love to see a cannabis shop in the historic district. It would have saved me a trip this past weekend!
Yes Edog, yes! We need to accept that we are a big city with big city problems. Pretending the status quo will continue to work isn’t cutting it any longer.
Do they have have these meetings in the evenings so folks with 9-5 jobs can participate?
If I was able to attend and if you or any other person there blamed developers for displacing people all by themselves and not also the people who sell their buildings for massive personal profit, I would have issue with that. Sure, it’s a real problem, but demonizing developers for having sole responsibility for the issue is short sighted and unfair.
You want affordable housing then incentivize the sellers, buyers, builders etc. It’s a cohort that causes these issues not just one entity.
SB, I like your thinking. How about this: Every car should require a city permit sticker (costs $), zoned by neighborhood, and no parking should be allowed from 2am until 5am for non-registered vehicles (trucks and RVs included). You park it, you live there, you pay for it. No more car farming, no businesses using residential neighborhoods to park their fleet (I’m talking to you Frelard) and no living in your vehicle on city streets. Now, since it is not illegal to be homeless in Seattle, then the city uses the parking sticker revenue to host safe places for folks to sleep in their cars or tents which includes community policing costs and access to social services. And tiny homes.
CR, I saw that article but my take was that those other sites were taken off the table because of various reasons. The site by bright Street for example is in a right-of-way, Ballard Blocks II is private property, one was up next to Ballard Terminal Railroad.
I guess we’ll find out but if the Market Street site is abandoned because of public outcry then the example the city sets is that the next site can be challenged and overturned as well. It’s nothing but a hot potato now…
CR, according to whom? What committee? Who is on it? Has there been a public announcement? Are they going to just spring an “alternative” site on another neighborhood without public discussion again?
Yes, I heard that last week. Time to do some more spring cleaning and get rid of more stuff before that drop-off location is gone. And no, I don’t know who/when, just yes, it will be closed and redeveloped.
This site was chosen because of proximity to services and transit, right? And because it is city owned as well. It’s a far better location for actual people to live than an industrial area, is it not?
As for the public process, I think we are finding out why the city has to move forward regardless. Sure, we can slow it all down by having contentious meetings but the outcome remains the same. It’s happening. And as for a public vote? Sure, okay, but make sure it’s city wide. I bet lots of Seattleites would agree that an encampment within walking distance of services is a pretty good deal.
Now, are these tent cities a good idea? I don’t know, but when they move in I may have to bring a box of donuts and meet some people and get a little more context.
I think a playground is an excellent idea and I don’t have kids. If you want a park cleaned up, get the kids to come. They tend to bring their parents and in my experience nothing beats a smack down than one delivered by momma and papa bear. And so what if the candy guy benefits by selling more sweets? Should we just leave it to the drug dealers instead? Yeesh.
I’m only by that park weekly so I only see it sometimes. I did see the tent business this past weekend, which seemed like a new one. Have you seen those particular folks using the Bridge Care Center? I think those are just the ones “living off the grid” and getting away with it, but I could be mistaken. Is this an unintended effect of the 9 1/2 block crime sweep downtown that they are doing?
I fear it will get worse before it gets better. Check out this piece on heroin use in Seattle: http://kuow.org/post/seattles-heroin-use-through-eyes-street-sweepers.
Stay vocal, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. But if no laws are being broken, there is nothing SPD can do. Do we change laws? It would be nice if we had more beat cops, but who will pay for them? Another property tax levy?
Quest Church recently bought the Mars Hill Church near Ballard Blocks and are moving in later this summer to be closer to the Bridge Care Center which will stay where it is. The location in Ballard where it stands is beneficial to the homeless because of all of the central services. Shuffling the homeless off to an industrial area doesn’t really sound like the compassionate thing to do. A patch of grass is a nice thing for everyone!
There are a few folks who may be taking advantage of the lack of policing, ie drinking beer in the park or worse, but how exactly to handle the bad eggs? I say if you don’t want those folks to feel too welcome then get to the park more often. A heavily used park by community members is a good thing! Croquet flash mob anyone?
P.S. I see beer drinking kickball games weekly in the park in my microhood. Drink all you want, but if you play Journey’s “Can’t Stop Believing” one more time I’m gonna plotz. Or come over and steal your beer. In the park. No tent, but I’m bring a chair.
I had a crazy note obsessed roommate freshman year of college. I learned early on not to read the notes and to simply dispose of them unread. I have had a note left on my car once in 25 years in Seattle and the recycle container was right next to my car. I wonder what it said:)
Why oh why are people spending any emotional energy on parking? These notes are a crack up!
Here’s the link to the office building to go in along Shilshole:
It’s a long one, just copy and paste…
Zoning is already good to go, they just need to lease it up and then they’ll break ground. It will be interesting to see what happens to the missing link at that point. Isn’t it right along there? The fight could have deep corporate pockets to back up the plan to go forward then. Especially if it’s a tech company, they love them some bicycles.
So wait, you think street parking was created to provide one or two spaces for single family homes? Really? There is no designated street parking for single family homes, it’s first come, first served. You don’t get a claim to the area in front of your house. Do people actually believe that?
Residential permit parking would be great, but then where do the homeless people in living in their cars park? If every neighborhood becomes permitted, then what? The city won’t go for it, and should they?
There is no equity in parking. You park as close to your house as you can. If that means two blocks away, welcome to the big city!! Need a spot closer for you stroller or personal mobility issues? Move to a home with a dedicated parking spot. It’s the new normal. Get pissed if you want but parking entitlement is o.v.e.r.
And here’s what it looks like staged:
A couple of links for you regarding BK block. Martin Selig bought the block, along with the site that Trupanion now occupies. Selig is redeveloping the BK block and it looks like Trupanion will move there. Presumably Selig will then redevelop the Frelard space Trupanion is leaving.
Times they are a changing!
Ha! Renting out the house and traveling is our game plan too!
Our block is half rented out at this pint, mostly to youngs with tech jobs and oodles of cash but not interested in buying anytime soon. May as well rent our place out too.
CR-They looked in Ballard, Phinney and West Seattle. Their list of “needs” was huge, but it was still shocking to hear that everything seem to go for 100k over, and quickly.
Our neighbors who rent and are house hunting are having similar problems. Cash offers way over asking.
We are thankful too. The sad thing is we would be in the market to sell our bungalow and move but where to? So the house we bought, considered as a starter home to previous generations, will be our retirement home too. Knock on wood.
We have friends who make 300K as a couple and were out bid on ten homes for 100k over asking, most cash offers. Their threshold was 650k and they ultimately bought for 750k. Crazy.
The scary part for my friends/family is that they fear that their kids will never be able to afford to buy a house anywhere near them. Unless of course they pursue a career in computer science or something just as lucrative.
Meanwhile my young co-workers who earn 50k a year pay $1500 in rent which makes it hard to save up for a down payment for anything any time soon.
Sure you could sell high, and then what, get in a bidding war with cash buyers for your next place?
More folks are coming too people, this town is changing fast:
At my current employer I set up interviews. More often than not they are Skype interviews and hires are moving to Seattle sight-unseen. Welcome to the neighborhood!
Okay NW, I agree that a “major reason we see vehicles reappear in the same area is that there is no housing affordable to someone who has low or no income. Being homeless and trying to survive by living in your vehicle is not a crime.” I also think a major reason is that folks know they can car camp in Seattle is because the city officials allow them to. Why does Seattle have to absorb (the cost) of so many homeless? King County and the state of WA need to pony up with this issue and spend the money to build affordable housing.
BTW, I do NOT vilify developers who buy properties for top dollar and redevelop at market rates from folks who themselves make huge profits on properties they have willfully neglected over decades in the guise of offering affordable housing. BS. Those people are the true criminals.
Has any group ever discussed the possibility of creating a parking zone in that are? By that I mean residents get permits and all other parking is banned from 2am-5am? But then again that would just push the problem into another neighborhood, but it might be nice to “break up the band” that hangs in the park.
My corner of the neighborhood does not have it as bad, but believe me, I report every vehicle that I see parked for more than 72 hours that I know for sure it does not belong to a neighbor or their guests. The city has been very responsive to the on-line abandoned vehicle form and the find-it fix-it app.
CR-I’m curious about the vehicles you mentioned. By saying the city won’t do anything are you saying that they have been reported and sit forever, or they move a few feet every 72 hours and the city can’t do anything?
Too bad this city doesn’t require a city sticker for each vehicle like Chicago does. It cuts down on the car farming. As far as car camping goes, I am at a loss at what to do, besides report again and again if they are there over 72 hours. It is quite true that the city permits this behavior.
Perhaps a car camping flash mob in front of the Mayor’s house? City Council? The Commons?