Seattle Public Schools Covid-19 Dashboard

Seattle Public Schools has launched a Covid-19 Dashboard. See it here:

So far, 9 students and one staff are in the database in our Northeast area:



Art Walk and Meet the Artists – Temporary Art Installations

Some temporary art installations have popped up in Lake City! Taking a walking tour to see them all might be a fun thing to do some nice fall day! Here’s the one in front of Lake City Library. It’s called Orca – Wolf Transformation, and the artist is Micah McCarty
Orca – Wolf Transformation, mounted on the Traditional style Box that represents the wealth of the royal families of the Lake. In a tribute to the hereditary legacy and Living memory of the Lake “Lake Washington” and presented to the diverse community of Lake City with respect to indigenous relatives.
They are a result of the city sponsored Seattle Art Book Camp. A Lake City Art Walk and “Meet the Artists” event is Saturday, October 9,  at 2 pm
Walking map and information is available at the Lake City Library Plaza
You can see thumbnails of all of them here:…/public-art-boot-camp…/

Lake City Library Update – Sept 2021

Updated Lake City Library information –   As of Sept. 1, the library at NE 125th St & 28th Ave NE is now open 6 days a week. Hours are:  12-8 on Monday & Tuesday. 10-6 on Wed, Thur, Fri, Saturday

Librarians are noticing that library usage is less than before the pandemic; don’t be shy!

Masks and social distancing are required, but most things are open.  You can browse the book stacks, do self-check-out, and use the computers. Books and DVDs will be automatically renewed. The parking garage is open during open hours.

You may make 10 free black and white pages printed or photocopies per week.

Meeting and study rooms are still closed, and in-person programming is on hold until the end of 2021 for health & safety reasons.

This year the Lake City Library bought around 8,000 books that were distributed to teens in our neighborhood.

Expanded digital resources during the pandemic include:

Kanopy and Hoopla streaming resources are popular.

‘Your next five books’, and ‘your next skill’ are helpful resources, too.

Digital service for students: from 2pm-10pm for free live help with tutors for kids of all ages and teens.


Minutes for North Precinct Advisory Council – September 2021

Here are the minutes from the September North Precinct Advisory Council meeting. The guest speaker was the executive director of the criminal justice training center where all state police agencies get basic training before getting further local training.

Crime stat-wise, citywide crime is up 6% year-to-date compared to last year year-to-date, but only up 3% in our precinct. Car theft is down 8%, but there are still many car thefts.

The Q&A part of the meeting revealed great citizen frustration with current crime and disturbing/disruptive behavior in the city. Captain Stampfl explained what SPD can and cannot do, given City Council’s changes to how it functions, the transfer of some functions to social services, and the loss of about 300 officers. He is sympathetic to complaints about the level of crime, frustrated with how things are, and also in agreement that eliminating racism from SPD is important.

His advice for what we can do – 1) vote for city leaders you think will best solve our problems; 2) keep calling 911 even if you are cynical about response, because the reports are put in a database that helps SPD allocate scarce resources; 3) join with your neighbors and create a large voice to tell current city leaders that the current situation is unacceptable. Also, of course, we as individuals can write or call our representatives.

Here are the minutes:

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

September’s art in Pinehurst Pocket Park is a wonderful bird painting made by eight year old Leif. It’s cheerful colors really perk up the park! Check it out in the kiosk at NE117th St & 19th Ave NE. Leif is a student of artist Victoria Raymond, who offers art lessons in her Pinehurst studio for both youth and adults.
If your child (or you!) would like to show art in the park, contact

98125 Comparison of 2010 & 2020 Census Data

The chart below shows some data comparing demographics of our zip code, 98125, between 2010’s census and 2020’s. 98125’s boundaries are NE 100th St, 1st Ave NE, NE 145th St, and Lake Washington.

There are still many more white people living here, to an extent due to systemic racism and its legacy. For instance, a real estate plat containing more than 400 properties in the southeast corner of Pinehurst actually had a covenant that said, “Said tract shall not be sold, leased, or rented to any person or persons other than of Caucasian race nor shall any person or persons other than of Caucasian race use or occupy said tract.” Olympic Hills had a similar restrictive covenant. The 1968 Fair Housing Act voided these kinds of covenants, but you can still see them on the original plat documents. Here’s a map of tracts that had restrictive covenants: Not all the plats in 98125 had such covenants, but many real estate agents would steer people of color away from these white areas in north Seattle.

The chart below, showing percent change of different demographics, indicates progress is being made in overcoming both social and legal impediments in real estate in our neighborhood.

Lake City Customer Service Center Reopens

The city’s Lake City Customer Service Center has reopened. It was closed for a long time due to covid-19. It’s in the Lake City Library building, at 12525 28th Ave NE, on the 2nd floor. 206-684-7526. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm.
There, you can apply for a passport, pay for utility bills, pet licenses, or parking tickets; get information about the city, including job opportunities, crime prevention, food banks, and public transit schedules; attend a free legal clinic; GET A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM; access the internet for free … and more.
For other reopenings of service centers, public counters, libraries, etc, click here.

Know the Signs of Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

Here are the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. For information about staying cool and safe in high heat conditions from King County:…/preparing…/hot-weather.aspx

Taste of Eritrea – August 28, 2021

St. George Church Property Update

After I posted an update on the property on NE 125th St that the city bought to be a park/floodplain, a reader in the comments section wondered about the status of the vacant property that housed St. George Episcopal Church at 2212 NE 125th St. The most recent info I’d seen was in this 2019 article:
Here is an update today from the Episcopalian Diocese property manager:

The diocese is still trying to develop the property as a community of homes.  It’s still waiting for the City to give it building permits.  The process began in 2016.  The site has some challenges because of Thornton Creek, mature trees, and the usual sort of city planning concerns.  The pandemic slowed the work of the city planning department considerably.

The diocese has paid for twice-daily security patrols since 2016.  It fenced in the property to reduce illegal uses and camping.  It also stopped permitting the property to be used by any group in 2019.

Once it receives the building permits, the existing building will be demolished and it will begin the process of building nine (9) homes on the property.  There will be a memorial garden to remember Saint George that will have parts of the church incorporated into the common garden area.  The city prohibits any alteration to Thornton Creek, and no earth moving work can take place during the rainy season.