Update: well, I guess my haranguing did something because the open windows in the Sisley home by Roosevelt High are now covered and nailed shut.
Yesterday, I did three major items on my "to-do"list.
One, I wrote a letter to the Mayor about the HALA report and my neighborhood of Roosevelt/Ravenna. I dropped the letter - with photos - off at City Hall for both the Mayor and City Council.
Two, I wrote a letter to the City Council about what I believe the City is doing to infiltrate the workings of Seattle Schools. I now realize I left out one important point (but I did tell the Board this point) - that this infiltration is likely being aided and abetted by senior management, primarily Superintendent Nyland. It is, in some policy cases, hard to discern who Nyland works for - the Mayor or the School Board.
Three, in taking photos to give to the City Council about the issue of the Sisley slumlords in Roosevelt, I discovered that one house (facing 65th, not RHS) has an open window, covered with opaque sheeting with open access thru the fencing. Which says to me "squatters."
(I took these photos to ask the City Council why my neighborhood - like U District, Northgate, Ballard and Capitol Hill -seemes to have to take most of the burden of both transit AND density while other neighborhoods will get the benefits but none of the pain. My point to the Council is that our neighborhood suffers this blight, day in and day out (and year in and year out) and now we are being asked to take on more? Seems unfair.)
You may recall that when I was co-president of RHS that I had one day left my house to go to RHS and came upon a scene on the corner of NE 66th and 15 Ave NE (directly across from RHS) where a building had squatters and one had OD'ed. On heroin. And the police, learning who I was, asked me to tour the building so I could get my community to do something. What a lovely memory of filth and rat dropping and, of course, junkies.
And now that may just be the case again.
So there are now less than eight weeks until school starts again. Let's see, I told the Mayor, the City Council, the City Attorney's office and I guess I'll call the police as well. But see, this has gone on and on in our neighborhood so I'm not sure who would really care at this point.
Maybe it will take the start of school to get something done.
I hope you understand that this isn't about density. It's about shared responsibility. It's about understanding that when the City enables bully land owners, it only empowers other bad actors to believe they can do the same in other neighborhoods.
As well, the Mayor says this ( about the HALA rec on changing single family zoning):
6 percent of the city’s single family zoning — or 4 percent of the
whole city — will be tweaked to allow for bulkier developments."
But see, he won't be able to single specific neighborhoods for this particular zoning change. The change in zoning would apply to all neighborhoods so no one should think, "well, not my neighborhood."
I'm not against density and I'm fine with MILs and backyard cottages. But, as Danny Westneat wrote in his column, there are many ways to get that density.
My belief is that we will fundamentally change the best thing this city has going - its vibrant neighborhoods - if the HALA recommendations go thru. (There were at least three HALA committee members at the City Council meeting yesterday, touting their 60+ recs. I have never seen people so sure of themselves for that many recommendations.) I also absolutely do NOT believe housing or rent prices will come down with more volume. Hasn't happened in NYC nor San Francisco and it generally never does for desirable cities.