A village is defined as bigger than a hamlet, usually smaller than a town. Urban is defined as characteristic of a city or town, or citified. But put together, what does urban village really mean? It is a term used in urban planning since the 1980's to describe a community that ideally offers medium population density, mixed use zoning, good public transit, access to public space and community institutions, and pedestrian only zones. For purposes of future growth targets and amenities Ballard is a designated Hub Urban Village by Seattle's Department of Planning and Development.


Community members pleaded with Seattle City Council members last week to consider more money for human services in the 2009-2010 biennial budget process, but the residents were told the city is facing a potential steep loss of tax income.

While there were many Ballard residents in attendance, people spoke about concerns relating to all areas of the city, but in particular, services for the poor, elderly, homeless and infirmed.

Based on results from 58 instant polling devices that were distributed amongst the more than 100 people who filled the Ballard Senior Center cafete


West Seattle residents can forget about a streetcar as a means of getting in and out of the neighborhood to downtown Seattle - at least for now.

A West Seattle-downtown route was one of nine potential routes the Seattle Department of Transportation considered to be part of a citywide streetcar network, but operating and constructability issues on the West Seattle Bridge proved too expensive to work around.

It would also be difficult and costly to build tracks on the bridge without the addition of stop signals for other traffic to allow the streetcar to successfully merge


HOW WILL WE GET THERE FROM HERE? With the viaduct still muddled in bureaucratic mish-mash, and no hope for a West Seattle streetcar, what will it be? A bridge, a tunnel? Your car, the water taxi? Questions remain ever thus.
Photo by Dean Wong

A streetcar route connecting the heart of Ballard with Fremont and downtown is one of four "promising" trolley routes the Department of Transportation is unveiling this week to spur off the South Lake Union line.

The Ballard/Fremont streetcar line would journey 4.4-miles down the center of Westlake, cross the Fremont Bridge, wind its way through Fremont and travel up either Leary Avenue Northwest or Ballard Avenue before it crossed Market Street on 22nd Avenue Northwest and ending in front of the Ballard Library.

In a few different scenarios, the streetcar could run on tw


Seattle Department of Transportation

The confirmed monorail lover in us makes us wonder at this latest idea to float out of the city wonderland, a 4.4 mile streetcar that would connect the Ballard Library with downtown, via Fremont.

The idea wafted into reporter Rebekah Schilperoort's view when a Seattle Public Utilities senior construction engineer, Shaunie Cochran, came before the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board. Cochran made it clear, "We are really just coming to you with concepts."

Why the Ballard Avenue Landmark board?


If you need a smoke detector, the Seattle Fire Department will giving them away to low-income and elderly people during the Ballard Lions White Cane Days fundraiser on May 2 and 3.

The smoke detectors will only be available in front of the Fred Meyer Store. In addition, the fire department will have light flashing smoke detectors available for people with hearing problems.

White Cane Days is a tradition for the Lions Club to raise funds for sight and hearing programs.


Do you own an old home in Ballard and want to learn more about its history? The Ballard Historical Society's spring lecture "Ballard Residential Architecture from 1880 to 1930," is coming up on May 8.

Caroline T. Swope, PhD and architectural historian is back again for her fifth discussion on the topic.


The Ballard Historical Society is focusing on something it doesn't do all that often; looking to the future instead of the past as it loses long-term members, and with them, a wealth of institutional knowledge about the once independent city.

Ten-year member and former president of the society Mary Fortino left in December. Current vice-president Martha Obenauer is resigning this summer after eight years on the board.

Both women's personal lives caught up with them.


Have you always wanted to write a book?

Ballard writer Robert J. Ray is ready to help get your story in print.

Ray is holding a workshop "Start Your Novel Today!" that will be more structured than Ray's "Writing Practice" sessions.

"All kinds of people come. Some have taken courses. They bring friends," said Ray.

In past classes, people writing memoirs, stage plays and poetry have attended.

The Greenwood class is more structured than the meetings at the caf/. Participants get 30 minutes to write something, followed by a reading.


LEARNING TO WRITE. Ballard author Robert J. Ray is teaching a free writing workshop on April 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Greenwood Library. Here he looks through a folder of writing exercises that he has developed.

Photo by Dean Wong

After reading your article "Homelessness Kills" plus "Community Spirit Lives On," and "Save Old Ballard Buildings" in the March 12 edition (of Ballard News-Tribune) along with an article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Under The Needle: They Have Vehicles, But Nowhere To Go," we agree with you, that "we should do something."

These articles, almost all on the same day, in your paper and the P.I., direct us all into immediate action.

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