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Lucile Street Stairway closed for repairs

September 30th, 2010 at 6:21 pm | 3 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) reports that they have temporarily closed the public stairway that runs between 18th Avenue South and 20th Avenue South at South Lucile Street, through the greenbelt east of Cleveland High School. During the next two months, SDOT crews will rebuild a lower portion of the stairway which does not meet current standards. A pedestrian detour is in place.


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Happenings around the Hill: Fall Festival, Mayor’s forum, and more

September 30th, 2010 at 7:52 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The bake sale at last year's Rainier Valley Co-operative Preschool Fall Festival had lots of tasty goods, and this year's should too. Photo by Jason.

There are a few activities (and a cancellation) in the Beacon Hill Blog events calendar over the next few days you may want to take notice of.

Plant and Art Sale at ART’s on Beacon: Today through Saturday, a sale of plants, collectibles, art and antiques at ART’s (we wrote about ART’s in February). The sale runs from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm each day through Saturday. ART’s is located at 4951 13th Avenue South.

Slightly off the Hill in Rainier Beach, Mayor McGinn is hosting a public forum tonight, billed as “an opportunity for residents and business owners to discuss their concerns directly with city leaders.” Police Chief John Diaz will be there too, as will representatives from other city departments. They’ve only scheduled 90 minutes, though—will that be time enough for everyone to gripe? Find out at 6:30 pm at Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Avenue South.

Friday, October 1, the Beacon Merchants Association will meet at Baja Bistro, 2414 Beacon Avenue South. On the agenda this month: finalizing bylaws, and approving the board trainer and the date for board training. The group asks, “Please come, give us your input, and help Beacon Hill business grow strong!”

Saturday the Rainier Valley Co-op Preschool, which is actually up on the Hill at 1720 South Forest Street (near the Library), is holding their Fall Festival and Rummage Sale from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. There will be a DJ Dance Party for kids, a bike parade, a bake sale, a treasure hunt, face painting, and more merriment.

Unfortunately, the Kai-Lan story time which was scheduled for the Beacon Hill Library on Saturday afternoon has been cancelled.

Don’t forget ROCKiT space has an Open Mic on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Last but certainly not least, don’t forget that Monday is the deadline to apply for free trees for your neighborhood!


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Bus service changes for Beacon Hill begin Saturday

September 30th, 2010 at 6:01 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Route 38 makes its way up South McClellan Street. But it won't be doing that before 9:00 am anymore. Photo by Oran Viriyincy.

King County Metro Transit will be making service changes to some of the routes serving Beacon Hill, starting on Saturday, October 2.

According to Metro, revisions include:

  • Route 36 will return to its regular routing between Beacon Avenue South and South Myrtle Street, and South Myrtle Street and 39th Avenue South. It will no longer operate on Beacon Avenue South between Myrtle Street and Othello Street. The Route 36 shuttle will be discontinued.
  • Route 38: All service before 9:00 am will be discontinued.
  • Route 39 will return to regular routing between South Othello Street and 38th Avenue South and South Myrtle Street. It will no longer operate on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and Renton Ave South between South Othello Street and South Henderson Street.
  • Route 60: On weekends, all trips will be extended from Georgetown to White Center, and service will be improved to a 30-minute frequency.

The online Trip Planner will help you see if your route’s schedule has changed. Be sure to input a date of October 2 or later when using the Trip Planner, or you won’t get the new schedule.

The new RapidRide “A Line” will debut on Saturday, replacing Route 174 and running between Federal Way and the Tukwila International Boulevard Link light rail station. If you’re interested in trying it, you might want to take Link from Beacon Hill down to Tukwila on Saturday or Sunday, because all trips will be free on the A Line for opening weekend.


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Neighborhood plan update moving forward tomorrow

September 27th, 2010 at 8:07 pm | 1 Comment | Posted by Melissa Jonas

The Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee (SPUNC) is meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, September 28, at 2:00 pm. One of the items on the agenda (item #5) is “recognition of the North Beacon Hill, Othello, and North Rainier Neighborhood Plan Updates,” including briefing, discussion, and a possible vote.

Key items in the proposed update include changing the zoning around Beacon Hill Station to 65 feet, and encouraging more residential development in our Urban Village.

The committee will consider and discuss Resolution 31245:

A Resolution recognizing the extensive efforts of the North Beacon Hill neighborhood to update their vision and plan for the future; approving an action plan for the neighborhood and City to undertake actions to advance neighborhood priorities and authorizing the submittal of proposed amendments to the North Beacon Hill Neighborhood Plan for consideration as part of the Comprehension Plan amendment process.

You can read the  entire resolution online.

City Councilmember Mike O’Brien chairs SPUNC, the committee responsible for neighborhood planning (among other things).  To share your thoughts on whether the North Beacon Hill Neighborhood Plan is ready to move forward, please attend the meeting tomorrow or contact Councilmember O’Brien via email at mike.obrien@seattle.gov or by phone at 206-684-8800. SPUNC meetings are held in Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue.

The proposed Neighborhood Plan Update was drafted during one of the worst budget crises the city has ever seen. North Beacon Hill residents will benefit from projects and goals in the plan, and will also be able to pursue funding for other projects in the future.  Action teams will be forming soon to work on specific items in the plan—stay tuned to the Beacon Hill Blog to learn how to get involved!

Our community is strong and vibrant because neighbors like you get involved in the planning process and—most importantly—in the many ongoing projects happening on Beacon Hill. Whether you have five minutes to send an email or hours to devote to meetings, thank you for helping make North Beacon Hill an amazing place to live, work, play and learn!


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Opinion: Impromptu farmers’ market shows what could be

September 25th, 2010 at 2:08 pm | 20 Comments | Posted by Joel Lee

Photo by Joel Lee.

by Joel Lee

On Beacon Hill we are blessed with a wide variety of produce. From the overflowing displays at McPherson’s, to the tidy convenience of Red Apple Market, we have several opportunities close by. But I’m a firm believer that a healthy economy needs a wide variety of participants and part of that formula needs to be a way for individuals with little or no money to get their foot in the door. I do my best to shop locally but I also have an extra soft spot in my heart for micro-businesses. I have a strict personal rule to never pass a child’s lemonade stand without buying something.

It is with this spirit that I was happy to see an impromptu farmers’ market popped up on Beacon Hill this last Friday in the parking lot along Beacon near the VA hospital. I’m not sure how it got organized or if it will even happen again, but if you happen to see the tents set up there, it’s worth a stop to check it out. We bought a variety of locally grown vegetables from the half dozen stands that were set up including eggplant, corn, and green peppers, but they also had many foods that I was less familiar with, such as bitter melon.

Clearly, from the amount of foot traffic that was at this unadvertised event there is a sustainable demand for this type of service on Beacon Hill, but I would love to see a more permanent and accessible area created somewhere for such a market. Imagine a mini Pike Place Market where not only seasonal foods but handmade arts and crafts could be found. An area like this could become the heart of our neighborhood—and a boost for all of the businesses in our area if we are able to attract shoppers from other regions.

Joel Lee maintains the Beacon Hill Public Art website.

Do you have an opinion? We welcome opinion articles on topics related to Beacon Hill. Please email us your ideas.

Photo by Joel Lee.


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September sunset

September 24th, 2010 at 5:24 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

A gorgeous sunset last week from Dr. Jose Rizal Bridge on the north end of the Hill, photographed by kashgroves and added to the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr:


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How “southend” are you?

September 24th, 2010 at 5:06 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Currently on Twitter there’s a hashtag meme going around: #imsosouthend. Some of the tweets people are posting with that hashtag might bring back some memories:

keepheaven79: Real Charlie Brown Christmas trees from Chubby&Tubby EVERY year. #imsosouthend

NAMSAYIN: #imsosouthend I rode my lowrider bike on beacon ave

Gfunkology: #imsosouthend that i remember when beacon hill wasnt really considered the southend unless you lived in the hollys

yeloson: #imsosouthend Family dinners- either South China or La Cabana.

yeloson: #imsosouthend digging out golfballs from the edges of the driving range to sell back for candy money.

yeloson: #imsosouthend “Hold up, plane overhead” punctuating your phone calls.

antron5000: #imsosouthend I know this number by heart 2067257000 hahahaha!

BBOYWORTHING: #imsosouthend all the homies took school buses to the northend in middle school and elementary school

BBOYWORTHING: #imsosouthend when it snowed we used to sled down McClellan hill and that was live and dangerous

TheRealBJOng: #imsosouthend we used to have our bday parties at Imperial Lanes- and still do.


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S. Orcas to gain new sidewalks through Neighborhood Street Fund

September 24th, 2010 at 4:47 pm | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

On Wednesday, Mayor McGinn announced eleven neighborhood projects that will be constructed through the Neighborhood Street Fund Large Project program, funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy. One project is of note to Beacon Hill residents: South Orcas Street from Beacon Avenue South to the Chief Sealth Trail will receive new sidewalks, lighting, and other improvements. Other changes would be made between the Trail and Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, including making room for new sharrows on that part of the road.

The original project application stated that sidewalks on Orcas are currently “badly degraded or non-existent. Pedestrian access to Dearborn Elementary School is dangerous, especially when it is non-daylight hours. If the improvements are made, many will walk safely from Beacon Ave South to Lake Washington.”

See more about the Neighborhood Street Fund Large Project process here.


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Mayor McGinn to launch service plan at BHIS Friday

September 23rd, 2010 at 7:51 pm | 4 Comments | Posted by Jason

As part of the United Way Day of Caring, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn will join school Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson and United Way of King County CEO Jon Fine at Beacon Hill International School, 2025 14th Avenue South. Events get underway tomorrow, Friday the 24th, at 2 PM in front of the main school office.

The Mayor will be launching Seattle’s Citywide Service Plan, said to be a series of volunteer service initiatives to benefit education and youth development.

Thanks, David!


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Beacon Hill t-shirts feature a familiar sight

September 23rd, 2010 at 6:10 pm | 10 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

We noticed the very cool graphic pictured on right while reading Twitter the other day, tweeted by NAMSAYIN, who posted that the design is by Waffle Designs, and it’s for anyone who “grew up, lived on or even spent time on Beacon Hill.”

Want one? NAMSAYIN tells us “Tune in namsayin.com or twitter for an undisclosed location, date and time” if you want to pick up a shirt. Demand is apparently already high.


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