News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood

 

Entries from July 2010

Parking on Roosevelt isn't going anywhere for now

July 28th, 2010 by master

At this point, bike lanes are imminent on much of Roosevelt Way Northeast as it makes its way through Maple Leaf, but the plan is on hold for now from Northeast 75th Street to Northeast 85th Street.

The majority of the project, which aims to add bike lanes to the uphill portions of Roosevelt and shared car-bike lanes in the downhill portions from Northeast 75th to Northeast 115th streets, is slated to take place later this year.

However, adding the bike lanes and “sharrows” to the narrower portion of the road from Northeast 75th to 85th streets would require taking away parking on the west side of the street, and it looks like that part of the proposal is on hold until at least 2011. (Read more about the project on our earlier post.)

From the Seattle Department of Transportation:

In order to conduct additional traffic and parking analysis over the fall and winter months, SDOT is postponing implementation of the plan between NE 75th Street and NE 85th Street until 2011.  We anticipate the 15th Avenue Bridge will reopen by that time and traffic on Roosevelt will normalize.  We will return to the community in early 2011 with an updated proposal.     

The department said it received more than 100 comments on the project, which in addition to residents lamenting the loss of parking from Northeast 85th to 75th streets, also included concerns about transit losing its extra southbound lane where parking now is prohibited just during the morning commute.

But commenters also spoke in favor of additional bicycle facilities, more marked crosswalks and traffic calming, including a request from the Maple Leaf Community Council for additional crosswalks at the intersections of Northeast 92nd Street, Northeast 91st Street, Northeast 89th Street, Northeast 94th Street and Northeast 97th Street. The project already includes the addition of a marked crosswalk at Northeast 90th Street.

What do you think about the plan to now add the bike lane and sharrows only from Northeast 85th to 115th streets?

→ 5 CommentsTags: , ,

Maple Leaf's biggest event of the year is tonight

July 28th, 2010 by master

UPDATE, 1: 30 p.m. Setup at the playground has begun! And, it’s not 103 degrees, like it was last year.


Photo courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography

The event we’ve been waiting for all year is here.

Tonight, from 7-11, is your chance to get to know your neighbors as well as many of the issues that involve your community at the annual Maple Leaf Summer Social, which takes place at  Maple Leaf Playground, 1020 N.E. 82nd St.

During the first half of the evening, there will be ice cream bars sponsored by Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, music by marimba band Tumbuka sponsored by Maple Leaf Life (that’s us), face painting sponsored by the Maple Leaf Community Council, a clown/balloon artist sponsored by neighborhood resident Dawn Porter, and balloons by residents Cathy and Richard Boyce.

And if all those festivities aren’t enough for you, Sidewalk Cinema will show the 2006 romantic comedy “Outsourced” starting around 9:30 p.m., including free popcorn and prizes.

As many as 40 tables are expected to be at the event, but please find time to stop by the Maple Leaf Life booth and introduce yourselves. Hope to see you tonight!

→ No CommentsTags: ,

Maple Leaf robber arrested

July 27th, 2010 by Mike

The suspect in the robbery last week at the Maple Leaf Moneytree check cashing service has been arrested in the Portland, Oregon, area, Seattle Police said today.

He is Todd Lucas, and officers considered him armed and dangerous. The Moneytree is at 551-B N.E. Northgate Way.

“Seattle Police Robbery detectives will be interviewing Lucas soon.  Thanks to everyone who called in with information and tips!” a police press release states.

→ No CommentsTags: , ,

Save Maple Leaf’s giant tree?

July 27th, 2010 by Mike

Over on our Maple Leaf Life Facebook page, Patrick LoCicero wants to save a giant tree in the neighborhood just a block off busy Fifth Avenue Northeast.

SAVE THE TREE!! There is a 200 to 300 year old Sequoia Tree on the corner of 105th and 8th Ave NE down from the NorthGate Community Center. It sits right on Thornton Creek and is a beauty. It would make a wonderful addition to the park!!! Go see for your self!!! The wooden fence that hid it is gone!!!

He’s talking about Thornton Creek Park No. 6, the park where the Maple Leaf beavers live. We’ve most recently written about trouble at an abandoned house there that the Seattle Parks and Recreation plans to tear down.

We’ll ask the the parks department what it plans for the tree. Which is so big it’s hard to take a photo of.

→ 1 CommentTags: , ,

Save Maple Leaf's giant tree?

July 27th, 2010 by Mike

Over on our Maple Leaf Life Facebook page, Patrick LoCicero wants to save a giant tree in the neighborhood just a block off busy Fifth Avenue Northeast.

SAVE THE TREE!! There is a 200 to 300 year old Sequoia Tree on the corner of 105th and 8th Ave NE down from the NorthGate Community Center. It sits right on Thornton Creek and is a beauty. It would make a wonderful addition to the park!!! Go see for your self!!! The wooden fence that hid it is gone!!!

He’s talking about Thornton Creek Park No. 6, the park where the Maple Leaf beavers live. We’ve most recently written about trouble at an abandoned house there that the Seattle Parks and Recreation plans to tear down.

We’ll ask the the parks department what it plans for the tree. Which is so big it’s hard to take a photo of.

→ 1 CommentTags: , ,

Parfait to park at Blue Saucer on hot summer nights

July 27th, 2010 by master

On those hot summer nights when you want nothing more than some nice, cool ice cream, you’ll be in luck if it’s a Wednesday in August.

Throughout the month, Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream will be parking Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. at Blue Saucer, 9127 Roosevelt Way N.E., and the Maple Leaf cafe also will stay open to accommodate customers.

Blue Saucer owner Billie Bryan has been working toward such a partnership since Parfait first started parking regularly outside the cafe earlier this summer.

“I have people coming in almost every day and asking, ‘When’s the ice cream truck coming again?’ ” Bryan said.

So just how organic and artisan is the ice cream that Parfait serves? Our partners at MyBallard explain the process that owner Adria Shimada follows to make her sweet delights:

Shimada, who lives in Ballard with her husband and 7-month old son, makes all her ice cream from scratch, something you don’t find with all ice creams. The base of her custard has four basic ingredients – milk, cream, sugar and eggs, all of which are organic. The milk, cream & eggs are from local farms and she uses fair trade, organic sugar. “My profit margins are a little lower because my ingredients are so expensive. But I feel really good about the way I make my ice cream and I feel really good about what people are eating.”


Shimada in her commercial kitchen slicing vanilla beans for vanilla ice cream.

[Read more →]

→ No CommentsTags: ,

Library fines could go up

July 27th, 2010 by master

That overdue library book may soon cost you a little more. The Seattle Public Library is considering a hike in fines to help offset its budget woes. Here’s a look at some of the proposed fines:

  • The daily fine for an overdue book, CD, or DVD would change from 15 cents a day to 25 cents a day.
  • The daily fine for an overdue interlibrary loan (an item borrowed from outside The Seattle Public Library) would change from 25 cents a day to $1 a day.
  • The daily fine for an overdue reference resource would change from 15 cents a day to $1 a day.

The Library Board will take public comment on the proposed changes at its 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25 meeting at the Central Library on 4th Avenue.


→ 1 CommentTags:

Where to put an electronic speed sign on 15th Ave.

July 26th, 2010 by Mike

Closing the bridge over Thornton Creek has dramatically slashed traffic on 15th Avenue Northeast, but residents have long complained of speeders on the road.

Before the bridge reopens next year, the Maple Leaf Community Council hopes to have a new tool to fight speed, an electronic speed sign similar to the one show here.

Other cities have had success with radar speed signs in slowing traffic. Two years ago, we won a city funds competition to have one installed on 15th Ave NE. These signs will say “Speed Limit 30 mph. Your Speed is ____”. A radar unit in the signs fills in the passing car’s speed. (Note: This is not a photo radar speed enforcement unit.)

Unfortunately, we only received funding for one sign. We need your input on where on 15th NE the sign should appear. Installation is planned for later in 2010.

You can leave suggestions in the comments here or e-mail them to the Community Council at MLCC@MapleLeafCommunity.org.

At least one reader certainly agrees with the council. In a comment on an earlier story on Northeast 125th Street, Pinehurst.Resident wrote:  “The 15th Ave arterial is in more desperate need of traffic modification than 125th, in my opinion. 15th Ave NE from 125th to Northgate is entirely residential – condos and apartments, but all residential, except a small strip mall. Cars race each other down the street on a regular basis and motorcycles think it’s a raceway.”

→ 12 CommentsTags: , , ,

Push is on for more crosswalks on Roosevelt

July 26th, 2010 by master

The Maple Leaf Community Council isn’t about to let the city put in a bike lane through much of Maple Leaf’s portion of Roosevelt Way Northeast without at least trying to get some of its own concessions, namely crosswalks at some of the arterial’s busiest intersections.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is planning to add a dedicated bike lane to the uphill portions of Roosevelt, with a shared car-bike lane on the downhill portions. The project also is slated to eliminate parking on the west side of Roosevelt from Northeast 85th Street to Northeast 75th Street.

The department is taking comments through Wednesday on the project, including input on where residents would like to see additional crosswalks in addition to the marked crosswalk it plans to add at Northeast 90th Street.

Here’s where the Community Council would like additional painted crosswalks:

  1. Northeast 92nd Street, south side
  2. Northeast 91st Street, south side
  3. Northeast 89th Street, south side
  4. Northeast 94th Street, north side
  5. Northeast 97th Street, south side

Where would you like to see additional crosswalks not only on Roosevelt, but also at other intersections throughout Maple Leaf?

→ 15 CommentsTags: , ,

Weekly on Roosevelt Ale House: 'Older and Wiser'

July 26th, 2010 by master

Check out this “First Call” review in Seattle Weekly of Maple Leaf’s own Roosevelt Ale House, 8824 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Reviewer Nick Feldman at first appears thankful that his “roommate arrived in the nick of time to keep me from drinking alone,” then follows up with this:

But with over 50 different bottles, 10 taps, a delicious menu and a perfect warm-night patio, I probably wouldn’t have minded.

He also praises barkeep Brian Bloom’s Manhattan if you’re looking for a change from Kenji’s oft-praised margarita.

And for those of you who haven’t heard, another Maple Leaf watering hole is on its way after Divine closes up shop later this week. More details to come …

→ No CommentsTags: