Three years ago Briana Barrett moved into an apartment in the South end of Phinney Ridge, an area neighbors have called “SoZoo” (South of Zoo) for a decade. Pregnant and far away from home, she was eager to collaborate with neighbors on a project that would bring her community together.
With the help of five families, Barrett transformed her garage into a clubhouse. The community building project was inspired by her longing to live among neighbors with varied interests. The clubhouse, equipped with bulletin boards and neighborhood maps, hosts workshops and also functions as a research center.
Briana Barrett shows off the new clubhouse.
“I needed to express who I am uniquely, honor my neighbors, and find out how we could work together,” Barrett said.
Wanting to learn more about her community and to connect others, Barrett interviewed neighbors she knew casually. She prepared three interview questions about the neighborhood culture and what neighbors could offer each other. The response was so positive that Barrett gave nine months notice at her job.
“People were so happy that I was asking,” she said. “I love my job but I thought, this is my calling.”
Thanks to Mayor McGinn’s Seattle Nightlife Initiative, five new late-night taxi stands are going up all over the city and one of them will be coming to Fremont.
The new taxi stand will be located at the corner of N. 36th Street and Francis Avenue, outside Ballroom and Caffee Ladro. It will be in operation between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. There will be space for three-to-five cabs to line up at a given time.
For those who drive to Fremont but need to take a taxi home, you’ll also be able to get a sticker from the meters that allows your car to be legally parked until 10 a.m.
The stands were originally supposed to go into affect during the summer but the program was delayed.
The other stands will be located Downtown and in Ballard, Capitol Hill and the University District.
Mayor McGinn introduced the new initiative during a press conference at the Fremont taxi stand spot on Tuesday.
If you’ve walked along Fremont Avenue heading south recently, you might have noticed a page stapled to every-other electrical pole along your way. Some of the pages have already fallen or been racked by the weather but most remain for now.
I’m not entirely sure when they were posted and how long they’ve been there but once you notice them, you can’t un-notice them.
Best I can tell they come from The Spoon River Anthology, a collection of short free-form poems that collectively describe the life of the fictional small town of Spoon River.
Next time you’re walking your dog, waiting for the bus, standing in line at Paseo or just ambling along Fremont Ave. for no reason, give one of them a read. Who knows, you might keep walking in order to read the next one…
At some point on December 1st, you’re going to be walking around Fremont and suddenly you’ll hear it. It sounds like a chorus off the distance somewhere. But where? Is it all happening in your head?
Not quite. It’s the The Argosy Christmas Ship™ festival.
Each night, through December 23rd, 2011 the Argosy Christmas Ship™ sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, over 45 in total. Choirs onboard sing 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via state-of-the-art speaker system.
Between 8:20 and 8:40 pm on Thursday, December 1st, the ship will end it’s opening night by pulling up alongside Gas Works Park and letting the Con Brio Women’s Choir do their thing.
The Ship returns to Gas Works for the Parade Finale on Friday, December 23rd. The Seattle Girls’ Choir’s Prima Voci will sing from 9:45 – 10:05 pm.
You can find out more information on how to be aboard the ship here. Or you can head down to Gas Works and enjoy the music from there. And if you own your own boat and want to get involved, throw some lights up the mast and join the floating parade.
Check out this video of last year’s finale performance:
The B.F. Day Elementary School grounds are ready for a makeover.
The Playground Design Steering Committee is working with Landscape Architects to develop a vision and a plan for transforming B.F. Day’s outdoor spaces and they are looking for your help.
Join the first of three Community Workshops to generate and share ideas. Bring your own ideas and bring your children as their input is appreciate as well. Even if you don’t have children at B.F. Day, you’re input is important. After all, the school playground is open to the public any time school is not in session.
The meeting will be held Wednesday, November 30 between 6:00-8:00pm in the B.F. Gym. The schedule looks like this:
6:00 pm Presentation by Design Team
6:20 pm Break into groups to generate ideas
7:00 pm Groups present and share ideas
Snacks will be provided. For project updates over the coming months, please check out www.bfdayptsa.org
Fremont vs. Mexico. It’s a rivalry as old as time itself.
As we all know, Fremont was originally known as San Fremont, founded by Mexican explorers. They ruled with an iron first for many years until The Great Fremont-Mexican War of 1907. Many lives were lost but from the ashes rose The People’s Republic of Fremont. To commemorate our victory, we erected the Fremont Troll in honor of General Augustus Trollio, commander of the Fremont armed forces. And we ride bicycles naked on the Solstice to commemorate the naked cyclists that distracted Mexican troops long enough so that we could win the deciding battle.*
* – Some, or all, of this may or may not be true.
We thought our battled with Mexico were over. However, we knew deep down that it was only a matter of time before they were back.
And so, the bloody gauntlet has been laid down. It’s up to the folks back here in Fremont to figure out a way to get 10,000+ zombies into Fremont next year if they want a chance at reclaiming the record.
If you thought 4K zombies was too much, gird your loins. Literally.
Kylie’s Pizza (3601 Fremont Ave N #101) celebrates its two-year anniversary today, 11/23, and they’ve got some specials to entice you to help them celebrate.
All large pizzas on Wednesday will be $20.09, all beers are $2.00 and they are “selling” gift cards for free pizza’s for $20, with 100% of that money going to the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Washington.
In the two years Kylie’s has been open we have established ourselves as one of Seattle’s most popular pizza places, winning two awards – AOL’s Seattle’s City’s Best – Pizza in December 2010 and last month we were named Citysearch’s Best Pizza in Seattle. With a 98% on urbanspoon (224 votes), 4.5 stars on yelp (one of only a few pizza places to have over 100 5 star reviews) and the highest rated restaurant on Next Door Media’s – Fremont Universe website it’s surprising that people still have never heard of us.
We’ve only had a few press mentions, usually around our charity work like in 2010 when had an event that raised over $1000 for breast cancer research or more recently our participation in Dine Out for Life or Peace Winds America’s – Red, White, Unite for tsunami relief among other pizza donations to smaller local events.
We display local artists in our restaurant, all of our beers on tap are local, most of our wines are from Washington and we source produce as local as we can through our partner Charlie’s Produce. Our current thin crust special features Bosc pears from Washington paired with Gorgonzola, light cheese and light sauce. Our previous deep dish pizza special featured Bratwurst from Bob’s Quality Meats in Columbia City.
Kylie’s is open Monday through Friday from 11am to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday from 4pm to 10pm. They also offer pick-up service (206-632-2266). You can find our more about them at www.kylieschicagopizza.com or on Twitter at @DeepDishSeattle.
Don’t have any plans this Thanksgiving? Why not join the 99%?
Occupy Seattle has announced that they will host a community Thanksgiving potluck on Thursday at Gasworks Park at 2:00pm until 6:00pm.
We celebrate the community we have created, the kindness and support we have received, and the hope we are inspiring by our work to shine the light on economic injustice. We gather as a community in support of Occupy Seattle and Occupy Wall Street. There is room for everybody at this Thanksgiving table, all 99% of us!
You can RSVP and claim a dish to bring at this site.
Seattle Public Utilities is urging people to help clean out leaves and debris from the storm drains in front of their house before heavy rains hit.
When bad weather hits this time of year, storm drains can easily become overwhelmed with leaves and the summer’s accumulated street debris, resulting in backed up gutters and drains, and localized flooding. In Seattle, there are about 80,000 storm drains — far more than city crews can clear quickly.
Safely adopting a local storm drain or drainage ditch—that means staying out of the road when raking—by keeping it clear of leaves, snow and other debris is the single most important thing that residents, businesses can do to protect their property.
Know the emergency hotline number for your local drainage utility, to report sewer backups, major flooding and landslide issues. The Take Winter By Storm website,www.takewinterbystorm.org, provides a one-stop emergency preparedness center that includes safety tips and regional resources for information about the weather, power outages, flooding, shelters and assistance agencies. In Seattle, that number for reporting flooding issues is 386-1800.