commented on The Always Ugly Beacon Hill Branch Library
Stop inside, Charles.It
's always full but never feels crowded. Library patrons represent the diversity of Beacon Hill: grandparents with magazines, babies gnawing board books, teenagers looking bored--speaking many languages and from a range of income levels.
It's sincere, and honest, and useful. Why would you want it to go away?
May 16, 2012
commented on West Seattle Blog's Tracy Record on PubliCola, Crosscut, and the Business of Blogging
I wanted to love Publicola, but the good, the bad and the ugly were always mixed together. I want headlines! Single stories! Follow up and in depth coverage. Morning & Afternoon Fizz often included interesting/relevant stuff with filler. Also, the comments were obnoxious.
Good writers, smart people with good connections, overall terrible website.
I rarely start by clicking on CHS or WSB, but get a lot of news from the twitter feeds and try to click through so they get the page views. Amber Campbell at Rainier Valley Post also deserves some attention--she works really hard and delivers great content. There's a lot going on in all three neighborhoods and these folks really hard to deliver the news (and opinion, and general "look a bunny") fast and accurately. They also reliably credit their sources.
Apr 5, 2012
commented on City Grants El Centro's Petition to Beef Up Property Height
@6 is correct--this isn't only about El Centro, it's the entire station overlay area. The majority if the community is happy with the 65' upzone and looking forward to responsible development. There are a few people who still wish we were getting 85', a few who wanted to leave things at 40', and some who hoped to extend the area of the upzone down the hill a ways. I guess you can call it in-fighting when neighbors attend dozens of meetings to hash out a compromise.
The appeal was part of a blatant attempt to stall development at all three of the ST stations undergoing Neighborhood Plan Updates--NOT a reflection of Beacon Hill community sentiment.
I'm disappointed there are parking lots right now, but I'm confident they're temporary.
@18 Some of the lots are privately owned by a family that isn't responding to offers.
Mar 15, 2012
commented on New Beacon Hill Eatery/Drinkery Threatened by 'Concerned Neighbors'
Does anyone know/understand/have source-able information about how WSLCB works? It's not clear how much letters of support help--only that churches & schools can veto and public comment is collected. http://liq.wa.gov/licensing/apply-liquor…
Beacon Hill doesn't have "a pack" of NIMBYs. Beacon Hill has a deep vein of very well informed people who know how to get attention when they're concerned about an issue. Some of them are NIMBYish at times and it can be frustrating to be on the opposite side.
The lots around the station are vacant largely because of private land owners not communicating with potential developers. I have to wonder if the zoning being undecided for so long might play a role--but I suspect it's more family politics than anything.
Oct 22, 2011
commented on SHARE Re-Opens 15 Shelters, Calls Off Homeless Occupation of the Gates Foundation
Giffy said it well--leave it to SHARE to make me angry/sad that homeless services got funded. Are there any stats about SHARE outcomes? Do they submit any reports to anyone to indicate that people are better off having stayed in their shelters?
I support programs like the Urban Rest Stop and Compass Housing Alliance that attempt to consolidate services and shelter AND offer transparency in their programs. SHARE only shares financial information & statistics when they're trying to extort money.
Safe, stable housing in community is important. Safe emergency shelter is a vital link in the housing continuum. AND support services are crucial in keeping people moving from the need for emergency shelter to permanent safe housing. Providing emergency shelter without connection to any other services only makes it harder for people to get housing.
What kinds of support services? Health care, food, financial services (Bank On is a great program), addiction services (including harm reduction programs like 1811), clothing, communication services--postal mail, telephone, voicemail, email, etc.
Bus tickets are important--sure. Transportation is an important support service. However, if your shelter is walking distance to your mailbox, your doctor's office, your storage unit and the office where you check on your housing application...your need for bus tickets is not as great.
Sep 10, 2011
commented on Hobble, Trek, Stumble, Trot
Whether you stroll/stumble the entire route or catch the train up the hill, here are going to be after parties all over Beacon Hill!
ROCKiT Space has fire throwers at 2336 15th Ave. S, you can see bands & a car show on Roberto Maestas Festival St. (between the Light Rail St & El Centro, just up the hill from NEPO), enjoy a beverage & polka music at the German Garden around the corner...
Walk, DON'T RUN to Beacon Hill tonight.
Aug 5, 2011
commented on King County's Largest Shelter Provider Will Close Next Week Without Help
Can we get some perspective? I'm confused on a couple of issues in this post.
1) Do you have some statistics on how SHARE/WHEEL is the biggest shelter provider in King County? There are so many HUGE providers in Seattle (DESC, Compass, Union Gospel Mission--just to name a few) and SHARE/WHEEL shelters don't seem to come close to the numbers these shelters serve. UWKC and/or SKCCH must have data on numbers of people served--how many people does SHARE/WHEEL help shelter? What kinds of outcomes do they report--how many people leave the shelters for more permanent housing?
2) I agree that access to transportation is a huge issue for everyone, but I'm just not seeing how bus tickets are the #1 make or break issue for any shelter. In all the years SHARE has used bus ticket shortages to get PR, have they helped the people who depend on their services sign up for other forms of transportation assistance? It's challenging, but not impossible for many very low income/homeless people (especially those with disabilities) to get bus tickets from medical providers and/or to get free or reduced fare permits.