You may have seen some photos at the Rainier Valley Post of snowboarding down Holgate. Now, thanks to our Beacon Hill neighbor Olav, here’s some video!
- Just north of Beacon Hill, the Yesler Terrace low-income housing project is set for big changes. Dominic Holden reports that the Seattle Housing Authority has released plans to build a denser mixed-income Terrace, with buildings from six to 60 stories, increasing the number of units from 561 to between 3,000 and 5,000 while theoretically maintaining the presence of low-income units, as in the NewHolly redevelopment. (We note that tall buildings on that site would have some of the best views in Seattle.) Office space and retail space would be included, as would up to eight acres of park space. It won’t be finished too soon, though; breaking ground is planned for 2011, but the project won’t be completed until 2026. The Google image here shows a bit of what the current site looks like — Slog
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- Ever wonder about the people behind Beacon Hill’s street names? Here’s the story of John Holgate — P-I Northwest Law blog
- In a terribly sad story of neglect, Seattle Police officers found an 83-year-old woman covered in maggots and lying in her own filth in a house on the 4900 block of 26th Avenue South on December 6. (There are even more horrific details at the Slog post. You have been warned.) The woman’s daughter showed up later with a bag of adult diapers to tell the cops that she lives at the house with her mother. The mother was taken to Harborview and the police are investigating the case — Slog
- On a happier note: we mentioned Deb Manuma a few weeks ago — she’s the Beacon Hill renter who faced eviction because her landlord didn’t pay his mortgage. David Albright tells us she now has a new place to live and a new mission: to increase awareness of renters’ rights — dalbright.com/blog