the BNT trots out that old bogeyman of Ballard Oil, Warren Aakervik,
the Burke-Gilman bicyclist. (Note to new editor: Welcome to
Ballard, where the only controversy older than the Burke-Gilman Trail
is whether lutefisk is food or a divine joke.)
Sadly, the article in this past edition, Trail troubles,
contained nothing new. It simply rehashed the same arguments that were
If you have been paying attention to what has been happening to Burien in the last three years you have to be impressed.
Battered by competition from the retail boom in Tukwila that began with Southcenter 30 years ago, Burien also has been hammered and decimated by a rampaging airport, which ate up hundreds of homes and apartments plus a bunch of lively businesses where once upon a time we imagined there might be another Bellevue.
But like a pesky little terrier, Burien refused to dry up and blow away.
While prior generations of business l
Along with a basic silence on our ongoing question about how we in West Seattle will get to downtown if there is no monorail, there is a persisting muttering but little action on statewide and Puget Sound transportation plans.
We are gripped in a paralysis of inaction accompanied by a general desire to pay less and less for the infrastructures we all use, while blaming it on politics and bad government.
September 29, 2005 King County Executive, Ron Sims came to town and "County gives $15M for White Center projects", I was surprise that the project is making the headline now, where some of those projects circulated in White Center Community since early 2002.
The Greenbridge Hope VI.
A month after the completion of a new stretch of the Burke-Gilman Trail, a local business owner still has safety concerns about the trail running along industrial Ballard.
"I don't want to see anybody get hurt but the problem is the bicyclist...is the one that's going to get injured, and commerce, industry is going to get shut down," said Warren Aakervik, owner of Ballard Oil.
A central part of Aakervik's business is trucking fuel to his waterfront business.
The Ballard Locks stands to lose $2.1 million from its operating budget unless members of Congress can reconcile two different versions of a budget appropriation.
About 35 Ballard residents gathered last week to discuss possible improvements to 14th Avenue Northwest, a heavily used street that has caused many of the nearby residents concern over its safety and aesthetic value to the neighborhood.
Many of the people who attended the meeting at St. Alphonsus Parish School last Wednesday live near 14th and have for years discussed their concerns regarding the 100-foot wide, mile long section of the street that runs from the ship canal to Ballard High School.
Last spring a girl at Whitman Middle School tripped on the basketball court when her foot got caught between a crack in the pavement.
Fortunately a group of parents and staff were in the process of writing a grant to fund a playground resurfacing project that was turned into the City of Seattle a week after the incident.
The good news came in August when the school's Department of Neighborhood Small and Simple Grant for $8,000 was approved.
Since it is a matching grant, the school ASB (Associated Student Body) and PTSA (Parents Teacher Student Association)
The South Park Bridge, which is just as vital to South Park as the West Seattle Bridge is to West Seattle, could be damaged beyond repair in an earthquake, but there isn't enough money to replace it.
Some of the pilings that support the 75-year-old bridge over the Duwamish River were never driven deeply enough into the river bottom. As a result, the bascule piers now tilt and King County bridge crews struggle to keep the moveable span operating.
The South Park Bridge is in even worse condition than the Alaskan Way Viaduct and will likely fall down during the next big earthquake, if it doesn't stop working altogether first.
The Page One story in this week's issue says the South Park Bridge gets a "sufficiency rating" of 8 of a possible 100 points, while the viaduct is rated 9 of 100.
Does this make us feel safer when we use either?
A host of top Seattle corporation leaders, including Microsoft's Steve Balmer, Boeing's Alan Mulally and Safeco's Mike McGavick have joined a host of political and business l