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GCC May Meeting: Walking and Biking in Greenwood

Greenwood Community Council
May Meeting
7:00 PM Tuesday May 21
Greenwood Public Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N

Topic: Improving Greenwood for Walking and Biking

Agenda:

• 7:00 – Welcome and Introductions

• 7:05 – Round robin updates and announcements

• 7:15 – Discussion: what is the experience of walking and biking around Greenwood?

• 7:45 – Short presentations on specific projects/proposals

• 8:15 – (Separate topic): Presentation on proposed project at 1st NW and NW 85th (Pizza Hut)

• 8:30 – Adjourn

This meeting will provide an open forum about pedestrian and biking and how to improve the experience of walking and biking in our neighborhood.  We are also inviting people who have specific proposals or agendas to make brief presentations.

We’ve also been asked by the developers of a proposed project at the old Pizza Hut site across from Fred Meyer for an opportunity to share their thinking and get your feedback.  They are still at the planning stage, when new ideas can be incorporated.

The Greenwood Community Council usually meets on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months at 7PM in the Greenwood Library.

GCC March Meeting: Greenwood Town Center

Greenwood Community Council
March Meeting

7:00 PM Tuesday March 19
Greenwood Public Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N

Topic: Looking Back-and Forward-on the Greenwood Town Center Plan
and also A report from the 2013 legislative session by Rep. Gael Tarleton

Agenda:
7:00 – Welcome and Introductions
7:05 – Panel Discussion on the Town Center, including:

    • Councilmember Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council
    • Gary Brunt, Greenwood Shopping Center and
    • Scott Nolte, Taproot Theatre
    • Matt Anderson, Heartland LLC

8:05 – Report from the Legislature

    • Rep. Gael Tarleton, 36th District

8:30 – Adjourn

Eight years ago the Greenwood Community Council joined with the (former) Phinney-Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, representatives from city departments, the Greenwood Shopping Center and Fred Meyer to develop a plan for Greenwood’s Town Center. It was a pro-active approach by the Community Council to develop a vision for new development, and the focus was on things that would make the Town Center more active and pedestrian-friendly, uniting the pedestrian downtown with the more car-friendly shopping center. Consultants were hired to look at the mix of businesses that could be attracted to the area, the urban form and transportation system, and their work was discussed in large public forums. The plan called for new design guidelines (since adopted), mixed use development on the shopping center site, and a walkway or street connection between downtown and the shopping center among other things.

The new Fred Meyer is completed, the first stages of Piper Village are done, a new street connecting Greenwood and the shopping center is shaping up, and the Taproot is getting ready to construct their theatre expansion. So the questions for this meeting is: What still needs to be done to make the Town Center active, walkable and economically healthy? How can the Fred Meyer be an anchor for activity throughout the Town Center that results in a better downtown Greenwood?

The Greenwood Community Council usually meets on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months at 7PM in the Greenwood Library.

GCC January Meeting: Emergency & Crime Preparedness

Below is an agenda for the next Greenwood Community Council (GCC) meeting, happening at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, at the Greenwood Branch of the Seattle Public Library— 8016 Greenwood Ave. N

We’ll discuss Emergency & Crime Preparedness during January’s meeting. Please join us and share your input on this topic!

Agenda

  • The current state of emergency and crime preparedness in Greenwood and neighboring communities
  • What can be done about it and other next steps

 

Guest Speakers

  • Terrie Johnston, Seattle Police Department, Crime Prevention Coordinator
  • Penny Fulmer / David Gordon, Seattle Police Department, Community Policing
  • James Manning, Seattle Police Department, Community Outreach
  • Tracy Connelly, Seattle Office Of Emergency Management, Community Planning Coordinator

 

GCC January Meeting: The Greenwood Preparedness Action Network wants YOU!

Agenda – January 15, 2013:
Preparedness: A Call To Arms.

The Greenwood Preparedness Action Network wants YOU!

The Greenwood Community Council will be hosting a “call to arms” on January 15, 2013 for those interested in participating in a Greenwood Preparedness Action Network to spread

individual, block, & neighborhood

Emergency/Crime Preparedness throughout Greenwood.

What can be done?

Preparedness has several levels, none of which is a replacement for another, and each takes work.

Your Neighborhood — (when at your residence or business).
Your Block — (when at your residence or business).
Yourself — (when at your residence and when traveling).

Many neighborhoods in Seattle have advanced noticeably farther than Greenwood regarding preparedness.

Many neighborhoods have networked their blocks via block captains.

Some of the blocks had been “block watch” blocks, others had been “SNAP” preparedness blocks… Regardless, they were blocks that had organized themselves to some extent.

These block captains convened to map the status of the neighborhood’s blocks, creating a network of communication between the organized block captains and identifying the unorganized blocks as a result. This exercise has resulted in more blocks getting organized (prepared).

These networks have also taken on the task of aiding preparedness at the individual level and preparedness at the neighborhood level and have established hubs, which aid the dispersal of information and such in a big emergency.

This is “Emergency/Crime Preparedness“.

Both “emergency” and “crime” are addressed together here under the umbrella of
“Emergency/Crime Preparedness” or
“Preparedness”.

Preparedness is being ready for emerging situations. These situations can range from the arrival of a criminal to the simultaneous arrival of a blizzard and an earthquake.
Modifying a wall to reduce its chance of collapse during an earthquake and modifying a door to reduce its chance of collapse during an attempted break-in are similar and acts of individual preparedness.
Informing your neighbor of your whereabouts in the event of a suspicious noise and informing your neighbor of your whereabouts in the event of a suspicious smoke are similar and acts of block preparedness.

The team is, wants, and needs, YOU.

On a unified team, there are many ways to participate. There is a task to match any interest…

but driving this task forward will take many drivers.
If too few drivers come forward,
then instead of asking them to each make an unreasonable effort,
the reasonable thing will be to abandon the effort.

SO,

while many like the idea of the neighborhood being prepared,
the question at hand is,
how many are willing to help drive?

There are a great many examples for Greenwood to borrow from, but nothing happens without effort.

The aim of the 15 January meeting is to either launch the program or to declare that there is not the critical mass to do it. It will be very clear that volunteering is contingent on there being critical mass. No one will be asked to carry an unreasonable load.

It can now be Greenwood’s turn.

Ready to take unified action?

See you…

(Tuesday) January 15, 2013 @ 7pm. (3rd Tuesday)
@ 8016 Greenwood Avenue N (Greenwood Public Library).

[Additional details to be provided via this webpage as the date approaches.]

NOTE:
Greenwood Community Council general meetings occur on the 3rd Tuesday of odd numbered months.
For more information, contact any board member listed @ http://www.GreenwoodCommunityCouncil.org