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Please stop by the Greenwood Community Council booth at two community events this weekend!
We will have new cool swag thanks to a Small Sparks grant from Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods – including magnets with our new logo and contact information and tattoos with the “Give Greenwood Some Love” graphic that was designed by a parent at Greenwood Elementary School. Please stop by and let us know what you’re thinking about the neighborhood.
We’ll be at both events this weekend:
- The Car Show on Saturday: We’ll be at the site of the new park just north of the Greenwood Library. If you come between 11:00-1:00 you can also participate in the Parks Department’s open house to kickoff planning and design for the new park!
- Celebrate North Seattle on Sunday: This is a big fun event you may not have heard of that takes place in the Oak Tree parking lot. We’ll be sharing a tent with the newly-formed Aurora-Licton Urban Village (A-LUV) group and others.
If you’d like to join us at the table and meet your neighbors, send an email!
If you’re a fervent fan of community council meetings you know that our regular meeting would be this Tuesday May 17, and you will be crestfallen to learn that we have canceled this month’s meeting. I don’t know how to console you, except to note that you now have an evening free that you hadn’t planned on!
The GCC will meet as usual on the third Tuesday in June, June 21. Mark it on your calendar! Hope to see you then.
We have a really interesting Greenwood Community Council meeting this week – representatives from Crown Hill, Aurora-Licton Springs and Lake City will present on how each of their neighborhoods is engaging with Seattle on how their urban villages should be defined. Each has taken a different approach to engage neighbors and neighborhood groups.
The Urban Village Strategy
What is it and how should we redefine?
The Greenwood Community Council’s monthly meeting will be devoted to the urban village strategy, which forms the backbone of Seattle’s growth plans as outlined in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Guest speakers from nearby Lake City, Crown Hill, and Aurora Licton Springs will be present to share their experience engaging their community and developing a vision for potential changes to the zoning, boundaries, livability, infrastructure, and neighborhood planning in the urban village.
Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19th, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.
7:00 Welcome and introductions
7:10 Committee Reports
7:20 The Urban Village Strategy
- Lake City – Sandy Motzer
- Aurora Licton Springs – Leah Anderson
- Crown Hill – Deborah Jaquith
8:05 Open Question and Answer Session
8:25 Action Items
We now have a Greenwood Community Council page on Facebook! (Actually we’ve had one for awhile, but haven’t advertised it until now.) Please visit and subscribe to get notifications for meetings and events – and post and respond to thoughts about the neighborhood. Visit us at: https://www.facebook.com/GreenwoodCommunityCouncil/
Reminder – this event is this Tuesday night.
This post has also been updated to include the meeting agenda and links to news and resources. Please help get the word out by forwarding to anyone you think might be interested.
How to Stay Safe, and
What Steps are Needed to Rebuild?
The Greenwood Community Council’s monthly meeting is devoted to the aftermath of the blast that leveled part of our downtown. The response by our public servants and neighborhood volunteers has been amazing, and we honor everyone who has contributed.
This meeting will focus on the way forward:
- What steps do we all need to take to prepare for and avoid future disasters such as gas leaks, and
- What are resources for recovering and rebuilding after over the longer term.
Please join us Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at a special location: St. John’s Egan Hall, 120 N 79th St. just off Greenwood Avenue. The program for this event is still coming together, but we have confirmed speakers from Puget Sound Energy, the Mayor’s office, Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods and Office of Economic Development. We will also set aside time and ask for tributes for those who have stepped up this week to help the community, its businesses and their employees who have been impacted.
7:00 Welcome and introductions
7:10 How to stay safe from gas leaks and prepare for disaster
Speakers from Puget Sound Energy,
Greenwood CC Safety/Health Committee,
7:40 Steps and resources to recover and rebuild
Speakers from Phinney Neighborhood Center, Dept.
of Neighborhoods, Office of Economic Development,
8:20 Testimonials from the audience for those who stepped up
to help neighbors in a time of crisis
Here are some useful links and resources:
- Ongoing reports are found on PhinneyWood
- A list of fundraising and volunteer opportunities from PNA (and kudos to businesses that have participated!)
- Lists of recovery resources from PNA and the Department of Neighborhoods
- News articles from NY Times, CNN, NBC,
Seattle Times (1 2 3 4 5), King5, KIRO, KUOW, Q13 (1 2), KPLU, Puget Sound Business Journal, MyBallard, and the Stranger
- Photos of the explosion and aftermath from SeattlePI.com (1 2), Seattle Times, KIRO
- Statement from Mayor Murray
- Support for firefighters and Greenwood business recovery from Governor Inslee
- Another loss for Greenwood: its food bank (Seattle Times)
- How the Greenwood explosion created a pressure wave (curbed.com)
- Know the warning signs of a gas leak before things explode (Everett Herald)
- Green Lake community council donates to Greenwood
Dear Greenwood Neighbors:
All of us are shaken by the blast last night in our downtown. We thank the firefighters and responders for putting their lives on the line and their shoulder to the wheel today. When they’re finished, a sustained effort will be needed to help the businesses and neighbors affected, to reassure us that we’re safe from explosions in the future, and to rebuild downtown Greenwood with the strength and character that’s been lost.
If you want to help, read on. Here are two places you can turn right away. Tomorrow night you can help raise relief funds for businesses hurt by the blast at Naked City, and the Phinney Neighborhood Center has stepped up to pull together a website with a list of opportunities to donate or help. Please take a look. Thanks also to PhinneyWood for keeping us informed when it matters most.
The Greenwood Community Council will also try to pull a meeting together next week on Tuesday as usual, and we will work to bring city officials to answer your questions about what happened, how we can keep it from happening again, and what resources will be brought to bear to help rebuild and restore what’s been lost. Please stay tuned for more.
Rob Fellows, President
Greenwood Community Council
Greenwood Emergency Fundraiser at Naked City
Greenwood is resilient. Greenwood is strong. Our neighborhood has fought its way through adversity before, and we will do so again. Together, we are a phoenix.
Naked City and Taproot Theatre are teaming up to raise as much money as possible in a single day for those affected by the explosion in Greenwood.
100 percent of proceeds from every pint of Greenwood Phoenix Golden Ale sold at Naked City on Thursday, March 10th, open to close, will go directly to the PNA (Phinney Neighborhood Association) tax deductible support fund.
Additional donations are encouraged!! Please help us help our friends and neighbors.
Greenwood will rise up from this as we always do!
And to find out other ways to help the Greenwood Community:
The Phinney Neighborhood Association has set up this community page, which they are updating to include opportunities to donate or volunteer to help the community and affected businesses recover from the blast.
Open GCC Board Meeting – All Welcome
Tuesday January 19 at 7PM
Greenwood Public Library
This month’s Greenwood Community Council meeting will be an open board meeting covering a number of topics. Anyone is welcome, and there will be time in the meeting to speak to any issue you feel the community council should be following.
We will also vote on proposed correspondence about pending legislation on backyard cottages. You can see a draft here, and your opinion will be welcomed at the meeting.
- Committee business and meeting plans
- Safety and Health
- Engagement (no report)
- Land Use
- Proposed letter on accessory dwelling units/background cottages
- Aurora-Licton Springs urban village expansion?
- Plan to engage community in discussion of HALA and Comp Plan
- Discussion – is committee structure working and how to improve/change it
- Open mike for community concerns
- Review upcoming membership meeting plans
- Volunteer opportunities and board openings
The GCC land use committee will meet 7:00 next Tuesday at the Flying Bike brewery. The topic is Housing Affordability.
The debate over housing affordability rages on as rents, property values, and cost of living continues to rise for most people in Seattle. Affordability and livability have increasingly become drivers of public policy as terms like “Grand Bargain”, “living wage”, “HALA”, “rent control”, “incentive zoning” and “equity” join the vernacular. We will explore the recent trends in housing cost and availability to inform a discussion of solutions and tradeoffs that have been proposed by community groups, the City, and developers alike.
First Meeting of the new Greenwood Community Council
Outreach and Engagement Committee
7:00 PM this Wednesday December 2
Chocolati, 8319 Greenwood Ave N
(If you’re getting this in your email, it’s because you’ve indicated an interest in neighborhood outreach and engagement sometime over the last couple of years. If you’re still interested, read on! If not, you can click on “manage your subscriptions” at the bottom of this email to remove your name from the mailing list)
This Wednesday we’ll have the first meeting of a new Greenwood Community Council committee on neighborhood outreach and engagement. This committee will focus on bringing new voices into neighborhood discussions, helping people who don’t normally go to meetings get their voice heard, and help develop common ground on issues that polarize people and problems needing resolution in Greenwood. That’s my clumsy way of introducing it – what we actually do will depend on the interests of whoever shows up.
Please join us – everyone is welcome! Whether or not you can make it Wednesday, if you’re interested let us know by filling in this survey monkey survey (though you can skip the questions about regular meeting dates because we’ve picked a regular meeting date – the first Wednesday of each month).
- Survey results – to get conversation started
- Interests and ideas – around the table
- Summarize, action items – what to focus on first.
- Future meetings, meeting location, etc.
Note that I have not reserved space at Chocolati; we’ll just try to carve out enough room to sit together where we can hear. If you arrive early, please see if you can find some defensible space for us.
Pedestrian Issues in Greenwood
- Welcome/overview of meeting agenda (7:00 PM)
- Overview of upcoming GCC meeting topics
- Overview of committees and Board
- Committee Report Outs – Committee Chairs
- Land use
- Health and Safety
- Outreach – call for interested volunteers
- Guest Speakers, Pedestrian Issues
- Pedestrian Master plan – SDOT
- Greenwood/Phinney Greenways – Lee Bruch
- Update on Interurban Improvement Project – Keith Bates
- Audience Q&A
- Poll areas of interest
- How to stay involved
- Meeting Close (8:30 PM)
I’ve had comments already from people having trouble linking to the survey monkey page from the email they received on “GCC Looking for Help in Community Engagement.” There are two problems, one of which I need help to fix.
In the meantime, let’s try a more direct approach I hope you’ll try. The survey is located at this address (if it doesn’t show up as a link, you’ll need to copy/paste into your browser): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y6YGSPJ
You can also go to the website (where this message will also be posted) and follow links from there. Links from the website are working fine; it’s only links from mail messages that are not. The website is located at http://greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org
In case you’re wondering what’s wrong, there are two problems. One is that people who follow the link from the mail message are getting a page of error messages in their browser. This seems to be happening all of a sudden for all links from GCC email, including the “manage your subscriptions” link. This looks like a website database problem that I’ll need help to fix.
The other problem some people are having is that links in community council email messages link to the GCC website, which then redirects to the website the link points to. Some people’s browsers give them a message in this case warning of spam. It isn’t, but I will look into whether there’s another way to embed links.
Sorry (and embarrassed) about the inconvenience!
The Greenwood Community Council exists to facilitate and amplify neighborhood involvement and engagement. I always have a slightly different answer when asked my personal opinion about what the Greenwood Community Council does, but this week I’m thinking we’re about place-making and community-building – which often involves dialogue and advocacy with the city and developers.
Ultimately we’re effective only to the extent that we engage all sorts of people and understand the many perspectives among our neighbors. And here’s a surprise — most people don’t like meetings! Face-to-face dialogue is still important and far more conducive to dialogue, learning and solutions than polarized, anonymous blog comments – but we also need to break out of the meeting paradigm and find other ways to engage people in the way they’re most comfortable, and to reach people whose voices may be neglected.
To that end, we are looking for people who are interested in helping to engage the community more broadly than we can through traditional meetings. If you’re interested, please take a few minutes to fill out this surveymonkey survey.
Sorry for the late note. The land use committee will meet in a working session this evening (Nov. 10), 7PM at the Flying Bike brewery, to review upcoming proposed projects at 90th, 84th, and potential urban village boundary adjustments that DPD has initiated.
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The Speed Candidating event planned for this month’s regular GCC membership meeting has been canceled. Please use the time to read the voters’ pamphlet, look at online resources and
You can find links to all campaigns, and to your voter pamphlet at the King County Elections website.
Meet the candidates who would represent our neighborhood on the new district-based city council. Please help get the word out!
Candidates for City Council districts 5 and 6 will face off This Monday at the Taproot
The Taproot Theatre is located at 212 N. 85th Street in Greenwood. Sponsored by the Greenwood Community Council.
Response to Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan
The City (DPD) released the Draft Comprehensive Plan on July 8th for public review and comment through November 20th. On Sept. 15th, the GCC general meeting was primarily dedicated to presenting an overview of the draft comprehensive plan. The goal for next Tuesday’s meeting is to review the comments received from GCC members , discuss commentary and analysis by others, and develop a response to bring forward to the GCC for the general meeting on November 17th.
7:00 Begin Meeting and Introductions
7:10 Review GCC comments from Sept. 15
7:20 Review analysis and commentary by others (see links below)
7:40 Develop outline for response from GCC to DPD
8:15 Assign action items for individuals on responses
City website for background: http://2035.seattle.gov/
Policy Comparison by DPD: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cs/groups/pan/@pan/documents/web_informational/p2329332.xlsx
Analysis by others: http://eastlakeseattle.org/?page=CompPlan
[Please forward with reckless abandon!]
Candidate Forum at the Taproot
for City Council Districts 5 and 6
7PM, Monday October 12
Taproot Theatre, 212 N. 85th Street
This is Seattle’s first modern election of city council candidates to represent districts – meaning there will be a council member who’s job is to represent Greenwood and other nearby neighborhoods. Greenwood is split between two new council districts generally along N 85th St., with District 5 to the north and District 6 to the south of 85th.
Come meet the candidates who want to represent you and bring your questions! Here’s the schedule:
6:45 – Doors open
7:00 – District 5 Candidates
Sandy Brown and Debora Juarez
7:40 – Break
7:45 – District 6 Candidates
Catherine Weatbrook and Mike O’Brien
8:30 – Adjourn
Many thanks to the Taproot Theatre for again providing their fantastic space. Donations to offset their expense will be gratefully accepted.
- Provide an overview of the Comprehensive plan history for context, overall themes, and schedule for review and adoption.
- Summarize the proposed Draft Plan relative to the Draft Environmental Assessment Alternatives from earlier this summer
- Outline key points of the 2035 Draft Plan and related land issues
- Discussion of goals for Greenwood neighborhood for review of Comprehensive Plan policies
7:00 Introductions and Agenda Review
7:05 Speaker: Joel Darnell, GCC Land Use Chair
– Overview of the Comprehensive plan history for context,
overall themes, and schedule for review and adoption.
– Summary of the proposed Draft Plan relative to the Draft
Environmental Assessment Alternatives from earlier
– Outline of key points of the 2035 Draft Plan and related
7:45 Open Discussion: Goals for Greenwood neighborhood for
review of Comprehensive Plan policies
8:15 Update on Community Council Committees
– Land use
Social Event at Naked City
(No membership meeting this month)
I know what you’re thinking – you can’t come to a social event on the third Tuesday of the month because that’s when the community council meets. But the Greenwood Community Council is taking the month of August off – so what a great opportunity to have a night out! Please join the community council board and members in the screening room at Naked City instead. Open to all – please come even if you’ve never attended a community council function; this is a great time to find out who you’ve been getting all these messages from. Bring a friend. Hope to see you on Tuesday!
Greenwood residents and businesses –
Please note! This Saturday, 2:00-4:00 at the Greenwood Senior Center, Mayor Murray, his staff and department heads will here be in Greenwood to focus on city accomplishments and neighborhood needs.
Please don’t miss this opportunity to engage with Seattle to learn about city programs and activities – and make sure city leaders understand what’s great, and what needs improvement, here in Greenwood, in Phinney Ridge, and in Aurora-Licton Springs.
- Reply to this email so I know you’re interested, and
- Fill in this Doodle page so we can pick a meeting time that works for everyone.
- Improving our website – if you have ideas, send thoughts or a proposal
- Adding useful links to our website to make resources more easily available.
who represents Aurora-Licton Springs?