Seattle is a city of neighborhoods.
Our neighborhoods in northeast Seattle – from Wallingford to Wedgwood – are treasures we can rediscover when we just explore outside our front door. This is “4 to Explore,” a treasure map to 4 of the best things each season: 1 shop or restaurant to visit, 1 meeting to connect with neighbors, 1 fun activity to enjoy, and 1 neighborhood issue to engage. Enjoy exploring!
Alex Pedersen

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1 Store to Adore

Fireworks Gallery in U Village

“I enjoy getting giggles from customers,” says the “Chief Firecracker” of this season’s Store to Adore. “Practical objects with a playful edge” is how the longtime owner Michele Manasse describes her fun, eclectic store near the frog fountain in U Village. Where else can you get a “Hillary Clinton Action Figure,” “X-Ray Knee Socks,” and an iPhone case adorned with great white sharks? This season’s “Store to Adore” is FIREWORKS GALLERY in U Village. It’s as if Archie McPhees in Wallingford collided with Pottery Barn. Fireworks won “Best Gift Store in Seattle” for four years in a row, thanks to people voting for KING 5’s “Best…

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1 Meeting to Connect

Concerns Raised with Upzones on Steroids

When communities realize City Hall is not listening, they turn up the volume. When City Hall refuses to compromise, communities have little choice but to oppose an entire policy, even when it has some positive attributes. This is becoming true with the Mayor’s backroom bargain for developers (H.A.L.A.) and the related upzones of the U District and surrounding Northeast Seattle neighborhoods. Trust is lacking for good reason. First, Mayor Ed Murray dumped the all-volunteer Neighborhood District Councils that questioned his aggressive land use changes. Then City Hall tried to dupe neighborhoods into developing more accessory dwelling units. While some elements made sense (e.g. more affordable housing and…

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1 Fun to Enjoy

ArtVentures at the Henry Museum

Rainy and cold weekends can make parents fret, “What fun things can I do with my kids in Northeast Seattle? Explore ARTVENTURES AT THE HENRY MUSEUM. You may have never noticed this modern-looking museum on the western edge of UW’s main campus, just south of the Burke Museum. Venture into ArtVenture with the family on the 2nd Sunday of each month. You might build a toy that reflects your individuality, create a skit or game that stretches your perspective, or draw a portrait of your favorite person without showing their face. WHAT: ArtVentures for families. WHEN: 2nd Sundays of each month 1:00 to 3:30 p.m….

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1 Issue to Engage

Just Say No to Trump (HUD Appointment Hurts Seattle)

Let’s tell the Senators:  Just Say “No” To Donald Trump. TRUMP’S IRRESPONSIBLE APPOINTMENT TO H.U.D. WILL HURT SEATTLE. Only a qualified expert in affordable housing or city management should lead this important national agency. Many Americans are already horrified by Trump’s appointments to lead other agencies. The person Trump selected to head Health disparages women’s health concerns. The person Trump selected to head Education criticizes key principles of public education. As residents of a major city with an affordable housing and homeless crisis, we Seattleites must also confront Trump’s reckless choice to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development…

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