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How Does HALA Affect Lake City? Workshop this Saturday!

HALA reportThere’s been a lot of press about the Mayor’s new Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). Much of that press has focused on the elimination of single-family zoning. Feeling confused? The report itself is long and complicated (65 recommendations and 76 pages long). However, it’s critically important to understand as Seattle grapples with the very real problem of housing affordability and livability. Wondering how HALA will impact Lake City?

Please join your Lake City neighbors for a workshop this Saturday, Aug. 1st, co-hosted by the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA)Lake City Future First (LCFF), and North District Council (NDC).

All are welcome!
12509 27th Ave NE (in the downstairs ADA-accessible meeting room)
8:30 am – Coffee available
9:00 am -12:00pm – Workshop


Goals of the Workshop?

LCNA logo with PEOPLE copyLCNA Chair, Sandy Motzer notes, “We are not attempting to seek unanimous support for any recommendation but rather to convey Lake City’s support and/or opposition and/or concerns in five areas:

  1. How-to achieve the Mayor’s stated goal of 20,000 affordable units over the next 10 years
  2. Housing (and small business) displacement
  3. Proposed single-family zoning changes
  4. Proposed development/construction requirement changes
  5. Infrastructure requirements for livability.”


Workshop agenda includes:
Brief introductions to the workshop and to the 5 topic areas, small-group discussions. There will be time for everyone to attend two of the 5 small-group discussions of choice. Discussion leaders will summarize each discussion topic for the large group. That content will be what is sent by LCNA to the Mayor and others on behalf of Lake City. LCNA is encouraging each neighborhood organization and all individuals to write letters as well. Workshop sponsors ask that anyone attending the workshop read the HALA Report as submitted by the Committee to the Mayor. You can find the report here.


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Seattle Night Out 2015

Seattle Night Out is next Tuesday, August 4th. Each summer, thousands of Seattle residents close their streets to celebrate Night Out with block parties. Whether you live in a single-family or multi-family units, it’s a great way to meet your neighbors and enjoy Seattle’s summer weather. These events can be simple potlucks or elaborate affairs with entertainment – it’s really up to you and your neighbors.


To find Night Out events already scheduled nearby you, visit the Night Out event map. To register your own event, click here.  Ready-to-print fliers are available here. Police, fire and city representatives spend the evening visiting events throughout the city. If you’d like to include them, opt-in during your registration.


Night Out 2015 mapIf Night Out doesn’t work for you and your neighbors, consider hosting a Living Room Conversation as an alternative. Arrange a small gathering of neighbors – this can be in your home or in a community area of a multi-family dwelling. Invite a Seattle police officer to join you. This program allows community members to discuss safety concerns directly with officers working in their neighborhood. It’s simple to arrange and doesn’t take much time. Find out how you can host a Living Room Conversation here.


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Lake City Passport Program Underway


Last year’s winners surrounded by program supporters.

Want to support local businesses? Celebrate Lake City’s diversity? In it’s second year, this “World of Tastes in Lake City” program is designed to help do just that. Many of the participating businesses are family-owned by local Lake City residents.


To participate, grab a passport from Kaffeeklatsch.  Visit the other participating restaurants and markets any time between now and August 9th. Once you’ve completed your passport, return it to Kaffeeklatsch. Winners will be drawn at random from completed passports. First prize this year is a $250 Visa gift card!


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What is a “Community Conversation” (and Why Should I Care?)

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A design concept presented as a possibility for redeveloping property owned by the Pierre family.

Do you ever feel like you’re the last to know? Where did all those speed bumps come from? Wait, there’s a new brewery opening?

Neighborhood changes are often planned for years before the public actually sees the results. A Community Conversation is a great way to find out about upcoming changes AND a way to give input while your opinion can still count!

What is a Community Conversation?
These events are sponsored by Lake City Future First – a group of neighborhood volunteers working to support economic diversity in the Lake City area. While volunteers run the event, they also work with city officials to help bring current information about proposals and upcoming changes .

Why Should I Care?
Lake City is going to be experiencing a great deal of growth and development in the very near future. Lake City Future First wants to ensure everyone is involved in that conversation. Some favorite local establishments will be faced with issues regarding development. How do we retain our unique neighborhood assets and cherished gems? What new assets are desired? NOW is the time to be heard and get involved.

Public engagement liaisons help make it easier for community members to find out what's going on. Translation services are available too!

At the April Community Conversation, public engagement liaisons helped reach out to community members. Translation services are available too!

Please join your community on June 24th at the Lake City Community Center from 6 – 8 PM for the next official Community Conversation.

What will be there?
Free food from some of Lake City’s wonderful restaurants, in honor of the launch of this year’s “World of Tastes in Lake City Passport Program” which helps celebrate local restaurants.

Many representatives will be on hand to discuss everything from zoning to the need for open space in Lake City. The Urban Design Framework document will be on hand too. If you’re wondering whatever happened with the Pierre Visioning Project… you’ll find your answer there.

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Lake City Farmers Market is Back!

Lake City Farmers MarketRemember last year? When we almost lost our Lake City Farmers Market? Well, thanks to your support, it’s opening again this year and the first market day is this Thursday, June 11th from 3:00-7:00pm!

What’s New?
Look for several exciting new vendors, including Yellow Belly Honey , wild-caught salmon and a vendor selling artisanal chocolates. Old favorites like Martin Orchards, Tiny’s Organic Fruit and Hayton Berry Farms will be back. For a complete list of vendors, visit the market page. Oh, and you know how Elliot Bay offered growlers a few times last year? There will also be new wine & beer selections on certain days, including White Heron Wine, Wilridge Winery and Lowercase Brewing.

Prepared Foods
Expect a few new food trucks this year too. Market manager, Molly Burke, said she’s coordinated several food trucks to rotate once a month. The Fish Basket will return as well as several new trucks, including Napkin Friends, which specializes in latke press sandwiches and a new African food vendor, Jikoni. Don’t worry, old favorites like 314 Pie, Patty Pan Grill, and the pizza guy will be returning too. The best way to find out what’s coming each week is to sign up for the market’s newsletter, which you can do at the market, or here.

It’s Not Out of the Woods Yet
Market coordinators were very pleased with last year’s growth, but indicate more is needed this year for the market to remain viable. While Lake City’s attendance went up significantly last year, spending at the market is still low compared to other area markets.

New vendor Yellow Belly Honey

New vendor Yellow Belly Honey

A latke sandwich from new food truck vendor Napkin Friends

A latke sandwich from new food truck vendor Napkin Friends

Old favorites return to the market too!

Old favorites return to the market too!

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