The past week has been amazing both globally and locally. First off it has been stunning to see the people led uprisings occurring in the middle east. Nationally the budget deficit debates in our own country are just heating up. Here in Seattle we were all left feeling stunned by the decision of prosecutors to not pursue criminal charges against Ian Burk the police officer who fatally shot the Native American wood carver. And just when you feel the ground under you stabilize the Divas walked up to On the Boards under the rising full moon to be blown away by Kidd Pivot’s Dark Matter. Whew!
Other News ->
Roosevelt Neighborhood Held Hostage By Developer: A very revealing story was released thanks to the Roosiehood Neighborhood Blog about developer Hugh Sisley and his boarded up buildings in the Roosevelt neighborhood. According to a recent PI article via the Rossiehood Blog “Sisley has a vision for the “maturing” Roosevelt neighborhood, including finding the “right developer” to take advantage of future light rail, potential “increased zoning” and the “more than 150,000 square feet and more than four city blocks available for development.”
The neighborhood will drastically be changed by this huge development. It will increase traffic, change the usability of the hood and all of this without any account of the hood’s character and charm. In the mean time Sisley is holding the hood ransom to move forward with the development by boarding up and putting ugly chain link fences around the properties. Unless the community agrees with the developer’s zoning changes the neighborhood will be continued to be blighted by these abandoned buildings. Home values will be impacted and true modern urban design progress will not occur! Read more on the Ravenna-Roosevelt Zoning Issues Blog->
If you care about development and design in Seattle PLEASE speak up and follow @rossiehood on twitter and check out the Rossiehood Neighborhood Blog.