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Entries from January 2013

Moonpaper Tent – “where dream worlds exist” – moves to Maple Leaf

January 24th, 2013 by Mike

This month Maple Leaf became home to a longtime Roosevelt business.

Moonpaper Tent – whose motto is “where magic is alive and dream worlds exist” – has moved to 8503 Roosevelt Way N.E., just by the Reservoir Bar & Grill and in the location that recently housed the Maple Leaf Coworking Office.

When we stopped by the director wasn’t in, but we left a card and asked her to email.

From the Moon’s web site:

Our Mission is to provide unique theatrical and art based experiences, to people of all ages that spark the imaginative process, cultivate personal creativity, and validate the power of diversity, originality and community.

Through a combination of creative drama, unique arts and crafts, interactive theatrical encounters, and surrounding visual dreamscapes, we are able to encompass guests in a rich and whole experience.

For years the non-profit business was just a few doors across Roosevelt from Whole Foods. Learn more at its Facebook page.

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Moonpaper Tent – "where dream worlds exist" – moves to Maple Leaf

January 24th, 2013 by Mike

This month Maple Leaf became home to a longtime Roosevelt business.

Moonpaper Tent – whose motto is “where magic is alive and dream worlds exist” – has moved to 8503 Roosevelt Way N.E., just by the Reservoir Bar & Grill and in the location that recently housed the Maple Leaf Coworking Office.

When we stopped by the director wasn’t in, but we left a card and asked her to email.

From the Moon’s web site:

Our Mission is to provide unique theatrical and art based experiences, to people of all ages that spark the imaginative process, cultivate personal creativity, and validate the power of diversity, originality and community.

Through a combination of creative drama, unique arts and crafts, interactive theatrical encounters, and surrounding visual dreamscapes, we are able to encompass guests in a rich and whole experience.

For years the non-profit business was just a few doors across Roosevelt from Whole Foods. Learn more at its Facebook page.

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Big turnaround in 2012 for Northeast Seattle housing market (sponsored story)

January 24th, 2013 by master

(This is a sponsored story written by John Madrid, Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate).

What a difference a year makes … sale prices continue their climb and time on market continues to drop. It is definitely turning into a seller’s market.

For the 10 out of the last 12 months median sale price for single-family homes sold in Northeast Seattle, including Maple Leaf, University, Wedgwood, View Ridge, and Laurelhurst met or exceeded the sale price for the same period a year prior. Much of this trend can be attributed to a decrease in the supply of new listings in 2012 compared to 2011.

In addition to a shortage of inventory, record low interest rates, continued strong hiring by Amazon, Microsoft and a slew of smaller to midsize companies and a general belief that the market has hit bottom has resulted in strong appreciation for most Seattle home owners and sellers in 2012.

The median sale price for single-family homes sold in 2012 in NE Seattle was $442,000 compared to $410,000 for 2011, an almost 8% increase. The average time on market decreased to sold 29 days in 2012 from 55 days in 2011.

A less than a 3 month supply of homes is generally considered a Seller’s market. The overall supply of NE Seattle homes averaged around 1.6 months of inventory for 2012 relative to a little more than a 3 month supply for 2011.

Expected trends for 2013 include continued low interest rates and inventory as well as multiple offers situations for competitively priced homes in popular neighborhoods including most of NE Seattle with its great walkability, popular schools and proximity to downtown.

More stats on other Seattle neighborhoods can be found here.

Tip: Even in a strong home Seller’s market amazing photos and professional marketing materials (including a custom website and full color two sided flyers) can result in a quicker sale and the best sale price.

John Madrid is a Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate – University Village and is a 2005-2012 Seattle Magazine “Five Star” Agent. His clients include both home buyers and sellers. He can be reached at 206-498-1880, john@live206.com or www.live206.com.

(Statistics are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed. All information should be verified to the users own satisfaction.)

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Northeast 105th is now truly a one-way street

January 22nd, 2013 by master

One-way streets abound throughout Maple Leaf in an effort to keep non-locals from jetting through our neighborhoods to and from Northgate Mall and our various arterials. But one of those one-way streets, Northeast 105th,  has been unique in that it allowed cars to travel both directions despite being large enough for only one car at a time.

Looks like those days are over. This weekend, we noticed that there’s now a “Do Not Enter” sign at the corner of 105th and Eighth Avenue Northeast for cars traveling west.

In the minute or so that we were in the area, we also saw two cars drive right past the Do Not Enter Sign and up the road in the wrong direction. Perhaps they didn’t see the sign, or perhaps they just didn’t know where else to turn if they’ve been traveling up that road for years.

What are your thoughts on the new truly one-way version of 105th? Did you even notice it?

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"Images of China" opens at NW Puppet Center

January 18th, 2013 by master

Starting tomorrow, Dragon Arts Studio is bringing a two-weekend run of “Images of China” to Maple Leaf’s Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E.

Turtle and crane puppets
“Crane and Turtle” courtesy Northwest Puppet Center.

“Images of China” is a a collection of vignettes drawing from Chinese culture and literature, including “Crane and Turtle,” shown above, which is a traditional puppet act inspired by a classical poem.

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“Donkey’s Best Friend” photo courtesy Northwest Puppet Center. [Read more →]

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Police report robbery at gunpoint in Maple Leaf

January 17th, 2013 by Mike

Seattle Police report that earlier this month a woman was robbed at gunpoint at Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 104th Street.

The robbery occurred at about 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 10. Details are now available through the city’s crime map.

According to the police report, the woman was walking on 104th street when a man pointed a semi-automatic handgun at her and demanded, “give me your phone.”

She gave him the phone, worth about $40, according to the report. The man ran off.

So far this year, the map also shows five home burglaries in Maple Leaf, and six stolen or prowled cars.

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Grand opening Saturday of NE Seattle Tool Library

January 17th, 2013 by Mike

A new tool lending library serving northeast Seattle is having its grand opening on Saturday.

We will officially start lending tools at our Grand Opening on January 19, 2013. The building will open at 10 a.m. for new member registrations and meet-and-great, followed by the official speeches and ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. We’ll stay open until 2 p.m. for tool lending, plus “Taste of the Tool Library” demonstrations.

The library is in space leased from the North Seattle Friends Church, at 2415 N.E. 80th St. For an inventory of tools, click here.

Membership is free, but donations are encouraged. “Anyone over 18 is welcome to use The NE Seattle Tool Library, whether you live in NE Seattle or anywhere else in the region. Members are just required to fill out a membership application and a liability waiver as well as present two forms of ID to Tool Library staff.”

For more information click here.

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Next Maple Leaf Community meeting is Jan. 30

January 17th, 2013 by master

Join your neighbors on Jan. 30 to discuss some of the issues that are important to fellow Maple Leafers!

The January Maple Leaf General Community Meeting is from 7-9 p.m. at the Olympic View Elementary School Cafeteria, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free licensed child care service will be provided.

The main topic of the meeting will be transportation challenges, which are front and center in many Maple Leaf neighbors’ minds after last week’s bus fire on Interstate 5 that brought traffic both on the freeway and through Maple Leaf to a standstill.

But cars aren’t the only topic bound to come up in the transportation discussion, which likely also will include pedestrians, bicycles, buses and more. You’re invited to share you concerns with the Maple Leaf Community Council’s executive board, along with representatives of local government agencies who have been invited.

Other topics at the meeting will include:

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We’re number 3 – in school-zone camera speeding fines

January 14th, 2013 by Mike

In just two weeks in December, after the new school-zone speed cameras west of Olympic View Elementary School went live, they generated 437 speeding tickets at $189 apiece.

In a story published Sunday, our news partners The Seattle Times indicates fines totaling $82,593 were issued along that stretch of Fifth Avenue Northeast between approximately 94th and 96th streets.

There are four school-zone cameras sites – on Martin Luther King Jr. Way (1,510 tickets), Greenwood Avenue North (881 tickets), Fauntleroy Way Southwest (435 tickets), and here, the Times reports. The tickets were issued between December 10 and 21.

The  last time we wrote about this, in November before fines were being issued, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn told the Times he was “surprised” at the high number of trial citations the cameras were generating – up to $2-4 million in fines annually, he said.

Now, though, should tickets continue at the current rate the city projects it could issue $1 million in fines a month.

The cameras were expected to bring in around $800,000 this year, and McGinn said the city would spend any excess on public safety improvements near the schools. The city also pays the Arizona-based operators of the cameras a fee of $456,000 annually.

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We're number 3 – in school-zone camera speeding fines

January 14th, 2013 by Mike

In just two weeks in December, after the new school-zone speed cameras west of Olympic View Elementary School went live, they generated 437 speeding tickets at $189 apiece.

In a story published Sunday, our news partners The Seattle Times indicates fines totaling $82,593 were issued along that stretch of Fifth Avenue Northeast between approximately 94th and 96th streets.

There are four school-zone cameras sites – on Martin Luther King Jr. Way (1,510 tickets), Greenwood Avenue North (881 tickets), Fauntleroy Way Southwest (435 tickets), and here, the Times reports. The tickets were issued between December 10 and 21.

The  last time we wrote about this, in November before fines were being issued, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn told the Times he was “surprised” at the high number of trial citations the cameras were generating – up to $2-4 million in fines annually, he said.

Now, though, should tickets continue at the current rate the city projects it could issue $1 million in fines a month.

The cameras were expected to bring in around $800,000 this year, and McGinn said the city would spend any excess on public safety improvements near the schools. The city also pays the Arizona-based operators of the cameras a fee of $456,000 annually.

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