Whether or not you agree with the “broken windows theory” of criminology, you probably do not enjoy seeing graffiti, trash, or damaged signage in your neighborhood. Take action to fix things on your block by calling the city government’s Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489. When calling the Customer Service Bureau or when they transfer you to another department, ask for a tracking number and follow-up. You can also try the city’s new mobile phone app “Find It, Fix It” which enables you to pinpoint the location of the problem and upload photos. While calling is often quicker, we were able to have the city government remove the graffiti from these signs using Find It, Fix It. (To report graffiti on PUBLIC property, like these street signs, you can also call the city’s Graffiti line directly at 684-7587, press 2.)
Due, in part, to the frustration of not having a point person to Get Results for simple neighborhood problems, voters recently approved a new neighborhood-based method for electing 7 of our 9 City Councilmembers. Northeast Seattle includes districts #4 and parts of #5. Find your district on the City Clerk’s website. We will select these neighborhood Councilmembers in 2015. The Ravenna Blog will track the contests closely.