Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

This past Saturday was Neighbor Day, a long-standing Seattle tradition that pays homage to neighbors and neighborhoods throughout the city. This day promotes random acts of kindness. This could take the form of a fire station being opened to the public or pancakes being flipped for breakfast at a community center. It is as simple or as elaborate as you want it.

For me, it entailed a variety of acts - from writing cards thanking individuals for their time and efforts, to picking up trash that had collected on a sidewalk, to toasting friends and expressing gratitude for their constant support. The act took mere minutes, but the impact lingered.

A kind act can be small, but the effects can be large and lasting. Random acts of kindness shouldn’t be limited to a day, they should be everyday. And it feels like such acts are needed now more than ever.

If you didn’t have a chance to indulge or pay it forward, there’s still time! February 17 happens to be National Random Acts of Kindness Day. And if you miss that opportunity, you always have tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that, and so on.

Here’s to kindness and paying it forward. Today and every day.

- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
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Mayor Durkan Announces $1.2 Million for Neighborhood Business Districts to Help Small Businesses Thrive: Local business communities in 23 neighborhoods are developing, have developed, or are launching comprehensive, multi-year strategies, in which the city is investing $1 million in 2018. (more)

West Seattle and Ballard Light Rail Link Extension Open Houses:
 Attend one of Sound Transit's in-person open houses in February or access their online open house 24/7. (more)

Learn About the Seattle Promise: Mayor Durkan and the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning will host a community event on February 26 to discuss and learn about the Mayor’s initiative to provide two years of free college tuition to Seattle Public Schools graduates and help build economic opportunity for everyone in Seattle. (more)

Share Your Thoughts on the Wheelchair Accessible Taxicab (WAT) Program: The City of Seattle and King County will use survey responses to help improve the WAT program so that it continues meeting the needs of riders and those who support them. (more)

Restaurant Success Workshop Provides Free Guidance for Entrepreneurs: These workshops are an opportunity for those interested in starting or expanding a food business to get information, ask questions, and meet peers who are facing similar situations. Next workshop is February 15 at the Rainier Beach Branch Library. (more)

Fair Chance Housing Workshop: Learn about this new ordinance which prevents landlords from unfairly denying applicants housing based on criminal history. The Seattle Office for Civil Rights will be hosting this workshop on February 26, 4pm at El Centro de la Raza. (more)

Get Training to Protect Natural Resources in Seattle and King County:
 The Tilth Alliance is offering two different sustainability trainings this spring to empower community members to take action to protect the environment – get involved. (more)

Don't Forget to Take Advantage of the New Night Owl Bus Service: The newly expanded Night Owl service runs between midnight and 5am every day. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation Launches 2018 Major Projects Challenge Fund: Does your community group have a proposal on how to renovate, expand, or upgrade a Seattle Parks and Recreation facility or park? Apply for a funding match by March 30! (more)

Community Involvement Commission Meeting - February 26, 6pm: This commission advises the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and other City departments on coordinated, Citywide outreach and engagement activities. (more)


The City of Seattle wants your feedback. The projects listed below are currently open for public comment. Let us know your thoughts.

  • Puget Sound Regional Council VISION 2050 (Learn More)
  • Seattle Department of Transportation On-Street Parking Survey (Learn More)
  • North Downtown Transportation Improvements (Learn More)

For a full list of projects open for public comment, visit our website.

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
West Seattle and Ballard Light Rail Link Extension Open Houses: Attend Sound Transit's in-person open house on February 15 in Ballard or access their online open house 24/7. (more)

Attend the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) Open House for Council Districts 5 and 6: Join us on February 28 at Whitman Middle School to look at the revised Mandatory Housing Affordability maps and learn more about livability in Seattle. (more)

Share Your Input on the Greenwood Park Addition: Seattle Parks and Recreation is expanding Greenwood Park! Attend a public meeting on February 13 to review design elements and provide input on what you would like to see in the expanded site. (more)

Support Youth Scholarships at the Loyal Heights Pancake Breakfast: Come enjoy the company of friends and neighbors over a tasty meal! This annual fundraiser will be taking place on Sunday, March 4 from 8am - 12pm. Kids’ activities and crafts will be provided and children ages 3 and under eat for free. (more)


  • Greenwood Park Addition Public Meeting: February 13, 5:30pm (more)
  • City University Community Advisory Committee Meeting: February 13, 6:30pm (more)
  • D5 Community Network - Conversation with Debora Juarez: February 13, 7pm (more)
  • SR 520 Noise Variance Public Meeting: February 15, 4:30pm (more)
  • West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions Open House: February 15, 6:30 - 8:30pm (more)
  • Meadowbrook Pond Work Party: February 17, 10am (more)
  • Tiny Houses Northlake Work Party: February 17, 10am (more)
  • Broadview-Bitter Lake Community Council Meeting: February 20, 6:30pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: February 20, 7pm (more)
  • Disaster Preparedness Workshop: February 22, 6pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Crown Hill): February 23, 6:15pm (more)
  • Bitter Lake’s Annual Pancake Breakfast: February 25, 9am (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (U-District): February 26, 6:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Lake City): February 28, 1pm (more)
  • Citywide Open House featuring Districts 5 + 6 MHA Maps: February 28, 6pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Give Your Feedback on the Pioneer Square Pilot Streetlight Project: Seattle City Light is working to improve customer safety, reduce carbon emissions and conserve resources by installing LED light fixtures in Pioneer Square. Two manufacturers have been selected and your comments are needed to decide which fixtures will light Pioneer Square. (more)

Share Your Thoughts on the SR 520 Montlake Phase Noise Variance Application: Washington State Department of Transportation has resubmitted an application for Montlake Phase noise variance. Public meeting on February 15 and public comment period open through February 20. (more)

  • The Urbanist Monthly Meet-up: February 13, 5:30pm (more)
  • Belltown Community Council Meeting: February 14, 6:30pm (more)
  • SR 520 Noise Variance Public Meeting: February 15, 4:30pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop in Montlake: February 15, 6pm (more)
  • Lunch and Learn for Mandatory Housing Affordability: February 16, 12pm (more)
  • State of Africatown 2018: February 17, 10am-1pm (more)
  • Capitol Hill Tree Walk: February 18, 9:30am (more)
  • West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions Open House: February 20, 5:30 - 7:30pm (more)
  • Magnolia Community Council Board Meeting: February 20, 7pm (more)
  • State of the Hill 2018: February 21, 6pm (more)
  • Affordability and Housing Panel Discussion: February 22, 6pm (more)
  • Community Work Day at Danny Woo Garden: February 24, 10am (more)
  • Urban Poverty Forum - Police Interactions in Communities of Color: February 25, 1pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Montlake): February 27, 5:30pm (more)

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
West Seattle and Ballard Light Rail Link Extension Open Houses: Attend Sound Transit's in-person open house on February 13 in West Seattle or access their online open house 24/7. (more)

Support Outdoor Education at Camp Long:
Seattle Parks and Recreation is trying to meet their goal of raising $2,500 for their Leaders in Equity, Environment, and Facilitation (LEEF) program as well as for their Campership fund. (more)

UW Air Pollution Study Seeks Community Partners:
The University of Washington seeks to partner with childcare organizations in South Seattle with the goal of collecting neighborhood-level air pollution data. (more)

  • West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions Open House: February 13, 6:30pm (more)
  • Rainier Beach Community Club Meeting: February 14, 7pm (more)
  • West Seattle Timebank Gathering: February 15, 6:30pm (more)
  • Georgetown Work Party: February 17, 10am (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (West Seattle): February 26, 5:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (Georgetown): February 26, 6pm (more)
  • Wing Luke Elementary School Departures Advisory Committee Meeting: February 26, 6pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting (South Park): February 27, 6pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop (Columbia City): February 27, 6pm (more)
  • Highland Park Action Committee Meeting: February 28, 7pm (more)

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