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Entries from September 2016

Maxine’s is latest Maple Leaf storefront to close

September 26th, 2016 by Mike

Maxine’s Floral Design, in business since 1983, is the latest Maple Leaf business to shut its doors.

Although the retail store at 8811 Roosevelt Way N.E. will close this week, the business will remain open online and with the same phone number, (206) 523-4200, an employee said.

There is some possibility of a restaurant opening there.

That block of Roosevelt is seeing a lot of change.

Across the street, Wild Root Salon closed in early summer (and is apparently being replaced by a private business) and the Maple Leaf Pharmacy closed last October (it’s being replaced by The Little Gym).

In previous years, on the same block, Between Cultures gallery closed, as did Snow Goose gallery.

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Update on things that aren’t happening (Pronto!) – and one that is

September 18th, 2016 by Mike

A quick update on issues we’ve previously written about.

Pronto! bike sharing, a half-year after the Seattle City Council rescued it (for $1.4 million and counting) appears dead.

And not in a good way.

A Danny Westneat column in the Seattle Times is here.

“Talk about misrepresentation,” says City Councilmember Tim Burgess, one of only two to vote against the buyout (seven voted in favor.) “In the spring they’re telling us they need this money to save the system. ‘We need these assets so we can expand,’ they said. And now they’ve turned around just a few months later and said ‘this system is crap, we need to start over from scratch.’ ”

Bottom line: All three of the bidders to fix the current system – which has fallen to one rider per bike per day on our city owned 500 bikes – say Pronto! will never work. And the city should buy electric bikes instead.

Councilwoman Debora Juarez, who represents most of Maple Leaf, was one of the seven who voted to spend the $1.4 million.

The new $149 million North Seattle Police Precinct – aka The Bunker – also appears dead despite majority support last month.

Now it’s this month.

We’re not going to run a special levy to pay for this project, which has been in the works since 1998. We have spent millions planning it, during which time it has risen to $160 million from $88 million, then shrunk a bit.

From PublicCola: “The council member who represents the north district, Debora Juarez in District Five, voted for the August resolution and—in a scene reminiscent of a 2016 college campus—was shouted down by Black Lives Matter activists as Juarez, who prides herself on her Native American roots, played the unfamiliar role of the out-of-touch, white Baby Boom liberal professor.”

Juarez is now against the new project, which would replace the existing North Precinct station near North Seattle College. In a press release this week she said:

Plans to re-evaluate the project will be done with a commitment to rebuilding a useful and productive North Precinct station. Constituents…deserve a cost-effective proposal that is responsive to racial justice issues and will provide for north end public safety reliably over the long-term. I hope you will join me in supporting this proposal to take the time to do this project right.

Good news dept:

Introducing Roosevelt Jazz Band 1

Roosevelt Jazz Band 1 will play with special guest, D’Vonne Lewis. D’Vonne Lewis Limited Edition will also perform as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival on October 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in the Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Theatre. D’Vonne Lewis is a Roosevelt graduate and former drummer in the Roosevelt Jazz Band. Tickets are available online through Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students. A “Family Pack” is available for $50 and includes two adult and two student tickets.

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Crime updates from neighbors – UPDATE

September 15th, 2016 by Mike

Since our last crime report at the end of August:

* Neighbors at Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf reported a 4 a.m. prowler in their back yard on Wednesday. Police arrived within five minutes and took the man into custody. This occurred at Northeast 90th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

UPDATE Friday morning: Overnight the homeowners posted that they were burglarized Thursday, every room ransacked and numerous items stolen. This would have occurred during the day between 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

* Another neighbor at Northeast 89th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast reported a burglary in process – of a bicycle – at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

* Zack emailed on Tuesday:

My vehicle on Northeast 98th Street between 15th and 12th avenues northeast was “broken” into last night. They went through glove box, trunk, etc and threw everything around. Nothing was actually broken…I may have left it unlocked as I sometimes do with no valuables…keeps them from breaking locks/windows I guess.

I don’t keep anything in there…but worth noting I guess.

Probably the 4th time in 5 years.\

Also, several people have reported hearing a gun shot today at around 2:18 a.m. near Northeast 91st Street and 17th Avenue Northeast. There is nothing on the Seattle crime maps, though.

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Metro brings expanded commuter service to Maple Leaf

September 12th, 2016 by Mike

Beginning this week we have expanded bus service from Maple Leaf to downtown Seattle.

Thanks to Caroline Young Ullmann for the following notes.

Route 77

Two morning southbound trips to downtown Seattle arriving at Second Avenue South & South Jackson Street at 5:48 and 9:25 a.m. will be added. Also, two northbound trips to North City leaving Fourth Avenue South & South Jackson Street at 3:10 and 6:40 p.m. will be added.

These changes will extend the span of service by 30 minutes in the morning and afternoon.

Route 67

During the weekday morning peak period, southbound Route 67 service frequency to the U-District will improve to every 10 minutes between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. During the afternoon peak period, northbound Route 67 service frequency to the Northgate Transit  Center C will improve to every 10 minutes between 3:15 and 5:45 p.m.

On Sunday, service frequency will improve to every 20 minutes between about 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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