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Photo courtesy of Volunteer Park Trust: People working during Volunteer Park Trust's Fall Restoration Day.
Photo courtesy of Volunteer Park Trust: People working during Volunteer Park Trust's Fall Restoration Day.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 11:36 AM
Volunteer Park Trust chairman Brian Giddens shares what's been going on in the park and what's ahead.
  • Your story in the June 15 issue about the expansion of the art museum in Volunteer Park gave a lot of space to the opponents of the expansion.  Permit me to give another take.
  • Changes needed for Pride on Hill
    Because of the division and confusion Capitol Hill Pride Festival, March & Rally organizers created this year by — unsuccessfully — changing up the annual event when seemingly no one wanted it, plans are in the works to find another group to put on next year’s festivities.
  • NW Folklife to remain free for admission
    I would like to respond to a few of the opinions offered in Mark Taylor-Canfield’s opinion piece, “Keep NW Folklife affordable.”
  • Keep NW Folklife affordable
    Wikipedia claims Northwest Folklife is the “largest festival of its kind in North America,” but after 45 years, this long tradition may be coming to an end. The alarm bells are now ringing and, for folks who love Folklife, you have been warned!
  • Murray right to end campaign, shouldn’t resign
    In this clown car of candidates for Seattle mayor, we certainly didn’t want this race to be shrouded by the allegations against incumbent Ed Murray.
  • SDOT increasing paid parking hours, mum about benefit district
    Capitol Hill on-street paid parking will soon be raised from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., which the Seattle Department of Transportation believes will help free up more spaces for residents and those visiting the neighborhood’s myriad nighttime haunts.
  • Seattle's 2017 May Day protests did not produce the kind of exploitative corporate news media coverage we normally see. Relatively little property damage or violence was committed by demonstrators. Lacking were the usual videos of dumpster fires, broken bank windows and vandalism at Starbucks.
  • “I will be the greatest jobs producer that God ever created,” the POTUS boasted on inauguration day, promising 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years.  While God has had no comment to date, troubling signs and portents of job losses have begun appearing instead.
  • Assessor: Why property taxes are going up
    It’s that time of year again: property tax statements have recently come out from King County. Taxes are going up, and it’s important to understand why, and it’s also important that we begin discussing some of the problems that are emerging with our property tax system.
  • Recent statements made by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions have many local residents asking this question:  Is Washington state’s legal recreational marijuana law in jeopardy?
  • First a soda tax, then a property tax, and now a countywide sales tax? Why are you considering every tax option except one that would fundamentally transform our unequal tax structure?
  • For the birds: CHS blog takes a break
    Reflecting on a well-deserved break for Capitol Hill Seattle blog's Justin Carder after a decade of service to the neighborhood, and also sharing favorite memories of his competitive pecking.
  • A reoccurring story I keep hearing from my friends and acquaintances in Seattle is what I call the “Big Move.”
    As Seattle grows and develops, the cost of real state and rents have gone through the roof, leading to the displacement of an entire population of people who have lived here all of their lives.

  • Sawant not likely going anywhere
    There are definitely some very sharp differences between supporters of socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and Donald Trump. They can complain all they want, but she still accomplished something the so-called president did not — winning the popular vote.
  • From Russian Seattle with love
    As we grapple with the question of possible influence by Russian President Vladimir Putin over Donald Trump, I became curious about our Russian-American neighbors. Growing up in New York, one couldn’t avoid the influence of the millions of Poles, Jews and other Eastern Europeans who had fled their czarist or communist rulers, but retained an abiding love for Russia’s people and culture.   
  • The schedule for a draft EIS for upzone proposals to coincide with Seattle's Mandatory Housing Affordability program has been extended, meaning two more months to solicit feedback. Unfortunately, renters shouldn't expect anyone from the city to knock on their doors.
  • Seattle has been famous for major protests since the mass demonstrations against the World Trade Organization attracted worldwide attention in 1999. There have been numerous anti-war marches, Occupy Wall Street encampments, civil rights rallies, Black Lives Matter protests, etc., over the last two decades. Our annual Martin Luther King Celebration Day marches remain some of the largest in the country.
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