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Entries from July 2014

Results of the non-comprehensive Maple Leaf Life survey at the Summer Social (plus more pictures!)

July 31st, 2014 by Mike

Chickens.

We got ’em. We like ’em.

(Actually, raccoons seem to have gotten a few of them. Nonetheless, we like keeping them. Alive. A lot.)

That was a standout result of our completely unscientific survey at the Summer Social on what interests our  Maple Leaf neighbors.

The Maple Leaf Life high-tech, interactive, hands-on survey tool.

The blog’s WordPress software provides a list of the most popular “tags” we use on posts. It looks like this:

But those are the tags WE put on the posts.

We wanted to find out what YOU thought. More or less.

It appears, besides chickens, a lot of you want to know about crime. (Except for those who don’t. But nobody checked that box – possibly because we forgot to create it. But you could have written it in….)

We also forgot to make a box specifically for prowled or stolen cars – the most common crime in Maple Leaf and Seattle as a whole.

Here’s what we got, though:

We were a little surprised at the interest in transit – which might have been a write-in. But we enjoy generally good bus service – remembering that the Northgate transit area and mall rank highest in juvenile petty crime in the city.

We also like dogs (and the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis!)

Cats, too. We’re big on finding lost pets and getting them home.

We post frequently on weather – in part because we’re like that and in part because there’s a Davis Vantage Pro2 on the roof of Maple Leaf Life South, so, why not?

More people were interested in snow, though.

With that report out of the way, here’s some more photos from Wednesday’s night’s Summer Social. (Click on “more” to go there.)

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Black cat lost from N.E. 89th St. and 15th Ave. N.E.

July 30th, 2014 by Mike

Update Aug. 1: He’s back.

We found Devin a few hours ago! We would have had no idea which direction to begin looking if it weren’t for the quick blogger response. Really… words simply cannot express my gratitude!

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Brooke emails tonight:

“I was hoping you could put this flyer for my lost cat on the blogsite?

“Thank you for your help, I’m going to paper canvas the neighborhood tomorrow, but am doing any internet stuff I can right now. THANK YOU!”

The flyer says Devin Foss, 15 years old, snuck out after a bath July 28th between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. He lives at Northeast 89th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast.

He is neither collared nor chipped, but has a healing cyst on his left ear.

Call 206-708-1680 or 206-549-3865.

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Hundreds attend 19th annual Summer Social

July 30th, 2014 by Mike

Face painting at the social by Moonpaper Tent.

On a warm, sunny evening, with a sliver of moon overhead, hundreds of Maple Leaf residents (and their dogs!) attended the 19th Annual Maple Leaf Summer Social.

Congratulations to the Maple Leaf Community Council for their success.

More photos coming on Thursday. Plus a report on the entirely unscientific poll we conducted on what neighbors want to hear about.

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Maple Leaf Reservior Park = “peak park experience”

July 30th, 2014 by Mike

5:30 p.m. Setting up for the Maple Leaf Summer Social

As the neighborhood is heading to tonight’s Summer Social, 7 – 9 p.m. at the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, it’s nice to hear it’s one of the best places in the city for kids.

That’s the word from ParentMap, in a post this week entitled Summer in the Cities: 6 Cool Communities to Explore Around Seattle.

Have you heard the loving raves about Maple Leaf Reservoir Park (1020 N.E. 82nd St.), the renovated two-story park in this northeast Seattle neighborhood? The upper section, located at one of the highest points in the city, covers the old reservoir and boasts a .5 mile circular bike path, pickleball and basketball courts, and a vast field that bustles with action.

The photo they took is exactly where tonight’s social takes place.

They also suggest visiting Cloud City Coffee, the Snappy Dragon and Math ‘n’ Stuff.

ParentMap’s other recommendations include Issaquah, Renton (the Wave Pool), Greenwood, Richmond Beach and Beacon Hill.

ParentMap’s picture of our park. Photo: Emily Johnson

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Maple Leaf Reservior Park = "peak park experience"

July 30th, 2014 by Mike

5:30 p.m. Setting up for the Maple Leaf Summer Social

As the neighborhood is heading to tonight’s Summer Social, 7 – 9 p.m. at the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, it’s nice to hear it’s one of the best places in the city for kids.

That’s the word from ParentMap, in a post this week entitled Summer in the Cities: 6 Cool Communities to Explore Around Seattle.

Have you heard the loving raves about Maple Leaf Reservoir Park (1020 N.E. 82nd St.), the renovated two-story park in this northeast Seattle neighborhood? The upper section, located at one of the highest points in the city, covers the old reservoir and boasts a .5 mile circular bike path, pickleball and basketball courts, and a vast field that bustles with action.

The photo they took is exactly where tonight’s social takes place.

They also suggest visiting Cloud City Coffee, the Snappy Dragon and Math ‘n’ Stuff.

ParentMap’s other recommendations include Issaquah, Renton (the Wave Pool), Greenwood, Richmond Beach and Beacon Hill.

ParentMap’s picture of our park. Photo: Emily Johnson

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Come to Wednesday’s Summer Social in the park (and bring a couple cans of food)

July 29th, 2014 by Mike

The 19th Annual Maple Leaf Summer Social kicks off Wednesday, running from 7 -9 p.m.

This year, it’s back in the Maple Leaf Family Terrace (the playground area of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park).

That means sprinklers probably won’t interrupt the fun. This time.

This year, also bring along a can or two for the North Helpline food bank, which will have a table at the social, as will North East Seattle Together.

We’ll be there, too.

For more information on what to bring to the food bank, click here.

For more information about the social, try the Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park Facebook page.

The playground is at Northeast 83rd Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

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Come to Wednesday's Summer Social in the park (and bring a couple cans of food)

July 29th, 2014 by Mike

The 19th Annual Maple Leaf Summer Social kicks off Wednesday, running from 7 -9 p.m.

This year, it’s back in the Maple Leaf Family Terrace (the playground area of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park).

That means sprinklers probably won’t interrupt the fun. This time.

This year, also bring along a can or two for the North Helpline food bank, which will have a table at the social, as will North East Seattle Together.

We’ll be there, too.

For more information on what to bring to the food bank, click here.

For more information about the social, try the Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park Facebook page.

The playground is at Northeast 83rd Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

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Two cars crashed – one naked man – early Saturday

July 27th, 2014 by Mike

Deborah emails overnight:

Awoke this (Saturday) morning at 5 a.m. to a loud crash and went to the window to see a car crashed into the back of my SUV at Northeast 97th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

The driver was already outside the vehicle and by the time I came back to the window after calling 911 he had taken off, apparently last seen running north on 12th. The police said the car had been stolen yesterday in Pinehurst, just north of Maple Leaf.

Remember to lock your cars.

Also at 5 a.m. Saturday a naked driver flipped a stolen car on Interstate 5 near Northgate.

From The Seattle Times story:

It appears the whole thing may have begun with a burglary in Lynnwood. Lynnwood Police think the naked man could be the same man who broke into several Lynnwood businesses in the 18900 block of Highway 99 around 4:30 a.m. Police say the man, in his 20s, apparently found keys to one of the businesses’ vehicles, loaded up the car with stolen merchandise and drove off before this morning’s crash.

He was taken to Harborview Medical Center. It is not known why he was naked.

Prowled and stolen cars are the most common crimes in Maple Leaf, and in the city.

Washington State Patrol

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Problem: We don’t see a single Subaru on this map

July 25th, 2014 by Mike

Do Northgate residents really read GQ?

Do people who live along Lake City Way “have it all?”

Do northern neighbors within easy walking distance of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park really live the “American Dream?” While to the south we are a neighborhood of “Young Digerati?”

Our news partner The Seattle Times today has a fascinating piece based on census tracts and Nielsen marketing data.

“This data is intended to help marketers target likely customers — but it’s also pretty entertaining,” writes Gene Balk, the Times’ FYI guy.

His story, “What your Seattle address says about you,”  is here. The interactive map, a chunk of which is posted above, is here.

According to the marketing experts, who use a sorting hat to come up with  66 demographic categories into which we are digitally put:

Northgate residents are 32.4 percent “Big City Blues” living in older apartment complexes, and 23.3  percent “Urban Elders” who read GQ.

East of Northgate, toward Lake City Way, we are 30.7 percent “Money & Brains” – advanced degrees, sophisticated tastes and driving Mercedes Class E autos, and 27.4 percent “American Dreams” who go to the zoo and drive VW Tiguans.

In the middle of Maple Leaf (including Maple Leaf Life South) we are 35.1 percent “American Dreams” and 22.8 percent Money & Brains, traveling often for business.

South of the park we are 40.5 percent “Young Digerati” – driving Audi A3s, living the trendy micro-brew lifestyle and flying to Asia now and then.

The problem here is obvious. The national car of Seattle is nowhere mentioned.

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Problem: We don't see a single Subaru on this map

July 25th, 2014 by Mike

Do Northgate residents really read GQ?

Do people who live along Lake City Way “have it all?”

Do northern neighbors within easy walking distance of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park really live the “American Dream?” While to the south we are a neighborhood of “Young Digerati?”

Our news partner The Seattle Times today has a fascinating piece based on census tracts and Nielsen marketing data.

“This data is intended to help marketers target likely customers — but it’s also pretty entertaining,” writes Gene Balk, the Times’ FYI guy.

His story, “What your Seattle address says about you,”  is here. The interactive map, a chunk of which is posted above, is here.

According to the marketing experts, who use a sorting hat to come up with  66 demographic categories into which we are digitally put:

Northgate residents are 32.4 percent “Big City Blues” living in older apartment complexes, and 23.3  percent “Urban Elders” who read GQ.

East of Northgate, toward Lake City Way, we are 30.7 percent “Money & Brains” – advanced degrees, sophisticated tastes and driving Mercedes Class E autos, and 27.4 percent “American Dreams” who go to the zoo and drive VW Tiguans.

In the middle of Maple Leaf (including Maple Leaf Life South) we are 35.1 percent “American Dreams” and 22.8 percent Money & Brains, traveling often for business.

South of the park we are 40.5 percent “Young Digerati” – driving Audi A3s, living the trendy micro-brew lifestyle and flying to Asia now and then.

The problem here is obvious. The national car of Seattle is nowhere mentioned.

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