UNIVERSITY DISTRICT ROOTS, a U-District youth shelter with 25 beds, has seen an increase in the number of homeless people they serve, despite higher city and state funding for homeless services. The beds in the shelter are first come, first served, and in 2005, the shelter turned away a total of 250 people; at the end of October 2006, it had turned away 500. Methods of calculating the number of homeless on Seattle's streets are all "very poor" according to Bill Block, the project director of the Committee to End Homelessness, consisting of the annual One-Night Count and anecdotal evidence from shelters. The fact that ROOTS reports a doubling of its turn-aways may be an indication homelessness is on the rise despite $3.3 million spent annually by the county for the last 2 years under the 10-year plan to end homelessness. Block says the increase, if it is widespread, could be the result of slashed federal subsidies and skyrocketing housing costs. Fremont Business owners and artists in Fremont are coming together to fund a large space-themed public art installation on the corner of North 36th and Evanston Avenue North that they hope will help the "funky, creative culture" return to Fremont. Designed by local artist Jessica Randall, the installation includes glass spiral galaxies inlaid in the sidewalk and a 30-foot metal "solar-system tree." Randall haggled with the city over Street Use permits for a year for the design, finally nixing a cement creature representing creativity that would have broken through the sidewalk from under the solar-system tree—officials were afraid pedestrians would trip on the beast. At least 25 businesses have donated a total of $33,000 toward the $100,000 project. —SM