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!
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1 Store to Adore

14 Carrot Cafe in Eastlake

Hungry for an informal and delicious brunch, but you’ve already enjoyed most breakfast places between Wallingford and Wedgwood? Jaunt across the University Bridge to explore the Eastlake breakfast joint 14 Carrot Cafe. 14 CARROT CAFE, this season’s Store to Adore, bucks the trend of social media and relies instead on word-of-mouth and neighborhood newsletters like Eastlake News and this here 4 to Explore.org. When we asked why they have no website, they said, “We are super old school, so we have little online presence. We just serve anything you can possibly imagine for breakfast.” Well said, When you have anything you can possibly imagine, who…

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1 Meeting to Connect

Ravenna-Bryant Annual Meeting and other Community Councils

No matter which neighborhood you call home in Northeast Seattle, there is a Community Council of active volunteers who track important local issues, lead frequent meetings to inform the public, and raise concerns to government officials. The community council covering one of the largest geographic areas in Northeast Seattle is the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association (RBCA). To learn about RBCA’s key accomplishments for the neighborhoods in 2017, CLICK HERE. Most recently, the RBCA has been advocating for traffic-calming, pedestrian safety measures on Northeast 65th Street. This season’s “Meeting to Connect” is the annual gathering of the RAVENNA-BRYANT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION. WHAT: general membership annual meeting of the Ravenna-Bryant…

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1 Fun to Enjoy

Fiddler on the Roof in Roosevelt

Couldn’t score tickets to Hamilton? The next best thing is performed by Roosevelt! That’s Roosevelt High School here in Northeast Seattle. Bring the entire family to a show.  Avoid downtown traffic for a low pressure outing that supports the budding thespians in your neighborhood. During Roosevelt High School’s open house, we heard the teachers and students proudly announce the upcoming performances including their epic Spring musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” While you may already know about Roosevelt High’s Jazz Band and their annual performance of the Jazz Nutcracker, our neighborhood high school also boasts a top-rate drama program. This season’s “Fun to Enjoy” is “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF”…

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1 Issue to Engage

A Sustainable City

As the spring weather brings forth sunshine and blossoms, it would be wonderful if City Hall could re-craft some of its more controversial policies to reduce the dramatic discussions dividing our communities. So many discussions are dominated by the “D” word: “Density.” Communities and interest groups battle each other every week over former Mayor Ed Murray’s backroom deal for real estate developer upzones. Our own Councilmember in Northeast Seattle carries the torch for that divisive policy. If you’re a fan of legendary urban thinker/activist Jane Jacobs, you know that she viewed density (“concentration”) as just one of four necessary elements for vibrant communities (“exuberant diversity”). In her…

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