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Seattle is truly 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

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Best Pizza in Northeast Seattle

High-carb breads, dairy, and fruit have been demonized by popular new dietary books like The Paleo Diet and Why We Get Fat. But what if we toss all of those foods together into a cool-sounding word? PIZZA ! (Yes, a tomato is technically a fruit.) So if you are going to treat your body temple to some caloric carbs in Northeast Seattle, make sure it’s worth the sacrifice. Fortunately, Northeast Seattle boasts some of the best pizza palaces in the city. To celebrate the summer season, pick 1 pizza palace for your own Store to Adore. Here are our favorites: Delfino’s – offers deep dish (U Village) Elemental (U Village) Flying Squirrel (Maple…

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1 Meeting to Connect

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Endorsement Meeting: 43rd Legislative District

Our state govt reps have a lot of work to do — from funding our public schools to reforming our tax system to providing more for affordable housing. That’s why the August 2 election is so important. I have endorsed Nicole Macri (pictured here) for our 43rd Legislative District, because Nicole has real experience creating affordable housing (results rather than rhetoric). Nicole also knows how to empower the homeless into homes (using proven best practices, rather than making up stuff). There is another attribute that sets Nicole apart: She “speaks Truth to Power” — a refreshing and meaningful approach because “Seattle nice” and conflict-averse incumbents often let problems linger. To get a…

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1 Fun to Enjoy

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Summer Story Time

Summer fun in NE Seattle means BBQs, music festivals, swimming, and the neighborly National Night Out. But as much as you think you crave Vitamin D, sometimes you and the kids want to escape the sun and stay as cool as an indoor cat. That’s why 4 to Explore is featuring SUMMER STORY TIME. Did you just yawn? Well, let’s make it not only cool, but also easy.  Here is The (clickable) List of Summer Story Times in Northeast Seattle: Mockingbird Books (Green Lake): daily 11 a.m. (except Sundays) University Bookstore (U District): Tues & Sat 11 a.m Green Lake Library: Toddlers: most Wednesdays 11:15…

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1 Issue to Engage

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Reject and Re-Do Sound Transit 3 (ST3): Make Corporations Pay Fair Share

We want more extensive public transit, but should Big Business get a free ride while the poor pay more? Of course not. Shockingly, that’s exactly what the $54 billion Sound Transit 3 (ST3) ballot measure would do. ST3 would shovel unfair, regressive taxes onto the people while several large corporations reap the benefits. Example: Sound Transit 3 would increase Sales Taxes on the general public to build a new light rail extension that benefits Microsoft Corp headquarters in Redmond. (This is the same Microsoft that already uses off-shore accounts to avoid other taxes.) (Existing Sound Transit 2 taxes are already building a light rail TO Microsoft headquarters.) The politicians deciding who pays…

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