Councilmember Clark left office on April 14, 2015.
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Posts for 'Neighborhoods'

Dog blog

July 23rd, 2013

This is a fun one.  Every year Dog Fancy Magazine (you flip through it at the vet checking out the super cute dogs) holds a Dogtown USA Best Dog Town in America contest.  They ask readers of the magazine to send in nominations and editors select a winner based on the presence of dog-friendly activities, […]


‘Spoke too soon

July 12th, 2013

Last week I sent out an e-newsletter in which I profiled some great small business stories. These were stories of the City helping to solve small but significant problems experienced by small businesses in different parts of the city. One of these quick bits told of a café in the Othello neighborhood that was avoiding […]


Mid-point check-in

July 6th, 2012

Somehow we got into July and I’m not sure how that happened. At the top of this year the Council went through our annual agenda priorities exercise which yielded this 2012 Action Agenda and I thought, “Great. We finished this relatively quickly at the start of the year. Now we have the year ahead of […]


Don’t mess with Beacon

March 14th, 2011

Seattle Magazine earned the scorn of Beacon Hill residents with a recent mock love letter from a frenemy.  The writer feigns disappointment in Beacon Hill, but in an oddly condescending way. “And we had such high hopes for a special friendship… You have your very own superslick Link light rail station and are just so […]


Thank you, NPAC

January 19th, 2010

Councilmember Mike O’Brien and I are attending the final meeting tonight of the Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee. This has been a hard-working, sometimes stressed out, outspoken group of neighborhood and community representatives committed to making neighborhood plan update work successful. They’ve met monthly (plus sub-committee meetings) for a year and produced an impressive amount of […]


Food bank robbed

November 19th, 2009

Is there a worse blow to your karma than robbing a food bank the week before Thanksgiving? I guess it could be worse if you rob a food bank in the part of Seattle with the lowest incomes. I guess that would be a worse blow to your karma. The Rainier Valley Food Bank had […]


Backyard cottage consideration begins

August 12th, 2009

The waiting is over – backyard cottages legislation has arrived and is in play. In a nutshell, the proposal delivered to Council would take the rules in place in Southeast Seattle since 2006 and expand them out to the whole city. You would be eligible to build a backyard cottage if: You’re in single-family zoning;You […]


The Corner

June 16th, 2009

Over the past few days I’ve driven 23rd crossing Union a few times and noticed beautiful poster-size portraits of people in house-like wooden frames on the vacant corner kitty-corner from the old cheese steak place. The southwest corner of 23rd and Union used to be the old Colman Building. The Nisqually earthquake shook that brick […]


Never think neighborhood planning is easy

May 11th, 2009

This past weekend’s neighborhood plan update town meeting in the Othello/New Holly neighborhood illustrated that neighborhood planning can be difficult, uncomfortable work. Several participants had pointed questions about who was running the show, where the process was headed and whether the day was really a cover for a city rezone agenda. The good news is […]


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 […]