Posts for 'Memorials'

Seeking Safety in Rainier Valley

December 20th, 2011

Sunday night I participated in a safety walk with four officers from SPD and about 40 Othello-area neighbors. We walked and talked through the streets surrounding the Othello Light Rail station – the area where Danny Vega, a beloved member of the city’s Filipino and gay communities, was beaten leading to his death. There’s a […]

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They took my Alden Mason!

November 10th, 2010

OK, it’s not my Alden Mason, it’s our Alden Mason.  It belongs to all us City Light ratepayers. For decades the City of Seattle has spent 1% of the cost of capital projects on art. The program improves the look of things like substations in neighborhoods and makes it possible for our city buildings to […]

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Adios, Mi Amigo

September 23rd, 2010

That will be said over and over in the coming days as friends and acquaintances from many countries hear the news about the passing of Roberto Maestas.  Once of the “Four Amigos” who shook up Seattle in the 1970’s, Roberto could have both a playful lilt to his voice and an angry hammer in it. […]

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Robert Hansen, 1959-2010

May 10th, 2010

Many of us knew Robert Hansen, but many people still don’t know that he passed away at the end of last month.  Robert was one of the most recognized and most-welcome of Real Change vendors around town.  He could be seen either Downtown here near City Hall, usually on the Forth and Cherry corner of […]

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Memorials Day

July 23rd, 2009

Tough day. One memorial gathering this afternoon for Bob Markholt, a great community and workforce advocate in Southeast Seattle who passed away recently from lymphoma. Bob was crusty at times, always willing to tell you what was what, and always quick with a smile. He helped countless people move from poverty and no-possibilities into pride […]

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Loss of a great neighborhood reporter

April 30th, 2009

Russ Zabel, the great reporter for the Queen Anne/Magnolia News, passed away April 12. In these days when major print media is “contracting” (that’s what the economists call it, but most of it just call it going bankrupt), I’ve found the smaller neighborhood newspapers in Seattle to be more important than ever. Russ did a […]

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RIP P-I

March 16th, 2009

With the shutdown tomorrow of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer this city loses part of its common dialogue, part of its history, and a necessary part of its democracy. I lose my morning routine, a way of checking in with the world and the ideas of others. Others lose their jobs in the best career there is. […]

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Thank you, William Yardley

December 31st, 2008

William Yardley writes for The New York Times and had a piece from Seattle in last Sunday’s edition that captured the striving ambivalence of Seattle’s growth boom. The article was about Edith Macefield, the recently deceased woman who held out against the forces of redevelopment in Ballard by refusing to sell when all around her […]

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Thank you, Doug

March 6th, 2008

Many volunteers on City panels and commissions over the past 10 or more years know Doug Lorentzen. Doug gave countless hours to neighborhood projects, neighborhood planning, Neighborhood Matching Fund project application review, City Neighborhood Council, transportation debates, and to his contemporary favorite, the annual Friends of Seattle Public Library Book Sale. Doug passed away Tuesday. […]

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