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  • We hope to support and encourage responsible development for any building that replaces City People's Garden Store. But what does this mean?
  • Late in June, Mayor Ed Murray released a statement expressing his disappointment that the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild rejected the city’s labor contract proposal. 
  • The divide — chasm, really — between urban cops and their communities has been the defining feature of this month’s seemingly unprovoked killings of Anton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota and the slaying of five police officers in Dallas during a resulting protest. 
  • A childhood exploring Madison Valley
    The divide — chasm, really — between urban cops and their communities has been the defining feature of this month’s seemingly unprovoked killings of Anton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota and the slaying of five police officers in Dallas during a resulting protest. 
  • Fellow Washingtonians who attended the recent Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C., tell us it’s encouraging to know we are making progress in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • I love Seattle, too, but I have noticed that it’s changing so fast. Copy cat behavior is everywhere. Sincerity, not so much. 
  • Western State Hospital can't fit in essential services
    To view more of Milt Priggee's work, visit www.miltpriggee.com.
  • 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.
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