Your “4 to Explore” newsletter connects you with 15 neighborhoods in Northeast Seattle from Wallingford to Wedgwood — from the shores of Gas Works Park to the shores of Magnuson Park. One neighborhood that seems to be confronting a lot of pivotal issues — all at the same time — is Roosevelt. The issues bring hope and excitement as well as fear and frustration.
- massive cranes installing a new light rail stop,
- slumlord buildings rotting for years on a main thoroughfare,
- a difficult upzone where busy neighbors did their best to deal with top-down city officials, for-profit developers, and density idealogues
- new bike tracks being installed on Roosevelt Way with practically no opportunity for meaningful neighborhood input,
- competing proposals to re-use the top of Roosevelt Reservoir (housing, hockey rink, or open space?)
- a large homeless encampment springing up with a city government not sure what to do
- a contest to design a gateway (Weedin Place) to the business district
The best way to work with all of this change is to connect with your neighbors — build friendships, stay informed, and get ready for collective action to support good ideas or to rally against bad ideas (usually floated by out-of-town, profit-motivated developers). If you want to connect, but have limited time, attend the ROOSEVELT NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION. Those who live in adjacent neighborhoods within Ravenna, the U District, Maple Leaf, and Green Lake are welcome, too.
Connect with your neighbors at this month’s meeting:
- WHEN: Tues,
Feb 23Feb 24, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
- WHERE: Calvary Christian Assembly at 6801 Roosevelt Way NE (northeast border of business district)
The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association is one of the many “community councils” that joins together every month to form the Northeast District Council (NEDC), co-chaired by Gabrielle Gerhard and Tony Provine, CLICK HERE for a list of community councils in NE Seattle or contact Tony Provine directly at email@example.com.
As neighbors pointed out at the most recent meeting of the RNA, we will soon be able to vote for a neighborhood-based City Councilmember who will need to understand and be responsive to these neighborhood issues.
There is so much to enjoy in Roosevelt, from Rain City Burgers to Teddy’s Tavern to yummy Indian cuisine to all of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt High School. CLICK HERE for a map and listing of neighborhood businesses.
NOTE: The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association is different than the Roosevelt (Way) Neighbors’ Alliance, which is also abbreviated as RNA. The Alliance represents the Roosevelt Way area directly south of Ravenna Blvd to NE 45th Street.