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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

Blue Star Cafe and Pub in Wallingford

Alienated by the uppity chic restaurants serving high-falutin foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce? Yearning to go “Old School” at a friendly neighborhood joint with no pretension? Hungry for grub you can afford to adore without a high-tech salary? This season’s “Store to Adore” is BLUE STAR CAFE & PUB in the Wallingford neighborhood. As the local owners say more eloquently on their website, “Blue Star is Seattle’s perfect Wallingford restaurant spot to meet, eat, and be social. Enjoy our easy casual dining experience and find what you love to eat amongst our large menu selections ‘featuring fresh local ingredients and scratch recipes’…Our pub favorites just happen to compliment any…

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1 Meeting to Connect

The Last Forum for Seattle Mayor

21. While 21 is the drinking age, it’s also the number of candidates running to become Seattle’s next mayor — which could lead some observers to drink, as they try to keep track of them all. This season’s Meeting to Connect is THE LAST FORUM FOR SEATTLE MAYOR. You’ll receive your ballots soon, so it’s time to make up your mind to VOTE. WHAT: Last Mayoral Debate before August 1 primary WHEN: Monday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m. WHO: the leading Mayoral candidates and you. HOSTED BY: Seattle City Club, KING 5, KUOW, and GeekWire WHERE: your living room in Northeast Seattle with neighbors ATTEND: If…

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1 Fun to Enjoy

Live Music at Wedgwood Ale House to Build Park

Have fun this summer helping to turn dirt into a park! Thanks to the old Parks & Green Spaces Levy from 2008, your taxpayer dollars enabled City Hall to buy a parcel at 35th Ave NE and NE 86th Street in the Wedgwood neighborhood for a future “Morningside Park.” Several years later, however, no park. (For the long history, CLICK HERE.) Despite their $5 BILLION annual budget, our leaders at City Hall can’t seem to find the money to create the park. City Hall has failed to get the job done in Ravenna and other neighborhoods.  After paying for multiple tax increases advertised as creating more parks, residents…

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1 Issue to Engage

Yes to Soda Tax; NO To Arts Tax

YES TO SODA TAX NO TO ARTS TAX. It’s important to compare these two measures, because they say a lot about how local officials try to implement programs with your tax dollars. Leadership matters. We have studied both proposals and offer our opinions here. In short, we think the Soda Tax is a good idea and the Arts Tax is a bad idea. But we also provide some principles and helpful links for you to decide on your own. Note: The Arts Tax is on the August 1, 2017 ballot.  The Soda Tax will appear on the November ballot only if the Soda lobbyists challenge the…

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