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  • Western State Hospital can't fit in essential services
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  • Making lemonade from lemons
    Like so many families, my family traveled to locales far and wide for Dad’s World War II training. There was not one place I could call home until we returned to Seattle.
  • Development at City People's: Change must be thought out
    Save Madison Valley is a nonprofit group of neighbors that organized to bring responsible development to Madison Valley.  We want development that is responsive to the goals of our community, and fits architecturally with the unique plot of land where Madison Valley’s beloved City People’s Garden Store has stood for almost 30 years. 
  • Development at City People's: Change could be good for our community
    Yes, change can be hard, but sometimes change can be positive. I believe that the closure of City People’s and sale of the property on East Madison presents an opportunity for positive changes for those living in or driving through Madison Valley.
  • ST3 light rail plan won't serve outlying growth centers
    Before giving your support to Sound Transit 3, the $50 billion plan to expand light rail (and add $400-$500 to the average annual property tax), we ask you to closely review the arguments of those urging a no vote on this measure. 
  • Change is hard! | Another perspective on the proposed PCC Market
    The flare-up about the sale of City People’s and the effort to stop the construction of a building with a PCC market reminds me of a similar effort in Madison Park several years ago. The city wanted to remove the fence at North Beach (Swing Park) which is on 43rd Avenue East, just north of East Madison. The residents of the Park, particularly the ones in surrounding residences, were up in arms.
  • To the surprise of most political observers — and the utter shock of local media, which tends for financial reasons to be heavily enamored with the prospect of new sports teams — on Monday, May 2, the Seattle City Council dealt what is likely a fatal blow to developer Chris Hansen’s long-running plans to build a new basketball arena in SoDo. But for all the resulting headlines, the more interesting story happened immediately afterward.
  • I agree with local restaurant writer Ronald Holden’s last paragraph in his somewhat less than enthusiastic review of the BeachHouse restaurant in the May, 2016, Madison Park Times edition. Yes, “the real strong suit of the restaurant is its location overlooking the lake” is in itself a valid reason to enjoy the BeachHouse… but not the only one.
  • The more things change...
    You don’t know me yet but I’m the new editor of the Madison Park Times. Vera Chan-Pool was in charge of this fine publication for a long time and I’m sure she left some large shoes to fill. I haven’t found them yet, but the smell around my desk is… I don’t want to go into it, I just know they’re there, OK?
  • REVISITING THE PARK | It’s all about the food
    Madison Park has always maintained thriving food and bar businesses. In the years prior to 1980, the libations were limited to beer and wine; food offerings were the odd bar bite. 
  • When my first campaign for Seattle City Council began, the establishment said that the grassroots movement behind me would have little impact.
  • Here in Seattle, we want everything now. While that might not have always been the case, this constantly expanding metropolis now dictates we be in a constant state of impatience.
  • It was not the nonprofit housing developers or the “new urbanists” now linking arms with for-profit developers and backing the mayor’s so-called affordable housing strategy, but resident activists who first called for developer-impact fees, inclusionary housing requirements and a “no-net-loss” affordable housing requirement.
  • Rather than basking in the warmth of a beautiful Sunday in Seattle, a large number of people instead got heated during what has been described by many as a very frustrating Democratic legislative-district caucus experience.

  • The last week has shown us how local governments work — or rather, don’t work for the public good.

  • Local government officials must moonlight as comedians — or at least they should because Seattle traffic has become such a joke. But that doesn’t stop officials from making the city the punch line of even more new jokes.

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