Denny Blaine is a small, yet desirable neighborhood of Seattle. The neighborhood of Denny Blaine owes thanks to Madrona, since the developers, Elbert F. Blaine and Charles L. Denny, only began subdividing after Madrona’s trolley line was built adjacent to their land. In fact, the Denny Blaine real estate office was built at the trolley stop at the top of the last steep hill before heading down to Lake Washington. Today, Denny Blaine features some of Seattle’s most significant homes including fantastic waterfront real estate as well as view homes from the hillside above.
Visit http://dennyblaine.com/ to learn about Denny Blaine.
By now many neighbors in the Denny-Blaine, Washington Park, Madison Park, and Madrona areas are aware of the six-week traffic study that was conducted by the Seattle Department of Transportation on Dorffel Drive, which closed the eastbound lanes at the intersection of Lake Washington Boulevard East and 37th Avenue East. In response to concerns from Bush School students and parents, who identified the intersection as being a dangerous one for pedestrians and bicycles, and from Dorffel Drive residents who have seen increased traffic on the street, SDOT agreed to implement the temporary lane closure to test whether it would cut down on through traffic.
The study wrapped up on October 6, and so far response from neighbors has not been positive, citing decreased access to other parts of the neighborhood, and a confusing and dangerous situation for drivers who were not expecting the road blockage. Give SDOT your feedback on this issue by filling out this online form, or by commenting directly on SDOT’s Facebook page.
This month’s Madrona Community Council meeting is taking place next Tuesday, October 7, at 7:15 p.m. at the Shelterhouse. It will be a short meeting, addressing the traffic study in progress on Dorffel Drive in Denny Blaine (read more about that here), and a planned apartment development project at MLK & Union. The discussion will be followed by a meet and greet with community council members and an opportunity to learn about volunteer opportunities in the neighborhood. Volunteer opportunities include:
Photographer for Mutt Match Up for the Madrona News
Cyclists taking part in the 2nd annual Obliteride fundraiser benefiting the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will pedal down Lake Washington Boulevard through Madrona and Leschi as part of the 25-, 50-, 100-mile race routes on Sunday, August 10. Organizers are encouraging the community to come out and cheer on the riders as they make their way through the neighborhood, and are also suggesting that spectators make signs to display along the route honoring anyone they know who has been affected by cancer.
Participants in the ride commit to fundraising a set amount of money for each distance – $1,000 is the minimum – and 100 percent of funds raised will go to Fred Hutch and its efforts toward ending cancer. Last year’s event raised more than $2 million. Riders will start at Magnuson Park and head south on Lake Washington Boulevard, passing through Denny Blaine, Madrona, Leschi, Mount Baker, and on to Seward Park, so there is plenty of room for spectators to line the whole route along the lake. There is also a 150-mile ride that will take riders to Bainbridge Island and down the Kitsap Peninsula to Tacoma and back.
If you would prefer to ride instead of spectate, there is still time to register! Visit the Obliteride site to get all the details for registering, fundraising, and ride-day details. At the very least, head down to Lake Washington Boulevard on the 10th to give the riders some extra encouragement!
The colorful and springy Madrona Mayfair poster is getting us extra excited for everyone’s favorite spring event, coming Saturday, May 10! This 38-year-old Madrona tradition attracts as many as 500 families from the Madrona/Central District area, and provides a great opportunity to celebrate our beautiful neighborhood.
Here is the agenda for the day:
9:15 a.m. : Parade line-up at Al Larkins Park (34th & Pike)
9:30 a.m. : Parade begins!
10:00 a.m. : Charles the Clown Show @ The Shelterhouse
10:30 a.m. : Reptile Man show @ The Shelterhouse
12:00 p.m. : Recess Monkey Concert
Other activities for the day include, break dancing instruction, a yo-yo contest, pony rides, face painting, and a photo booth. Mayfair screen printing is also being offered, so bring a t-shirt or tote bag!
The program is designed to help Seattle residents plant trees around their homes and most importantly keeping Seattle Green! You must be a Seattle resident in order to apply. The trees that you receive can be planted anywhere on residential property, but they must be planted on the at the address on the application. Permits are required if you’re planting street trees. Permits are not guaranteed. Tree supply is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis, so apply early!
Rumor is that President Barack Obama is attending a political fundraiser (reportedly raising $17,000 per person) this weekend in the Madrona / Denny Blaine area. While I am not sure about the date, the Seattle Times reported earlier this month that Obama was to be in Seattle on May 10th. Thus don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse or see evidence of the president in Madrona / Denny Blaine this weekend or in the coming weeks.
A Seattle Times editorial blasts Madrona’s Washington State House Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (Democrat) while praising Madrona’s State House Representative Eric Pettigrew (Democrat) for their stances on how to fix the state’s school system. The Seattle Times editorial said Santos along with her counterpart in the State Senate blocked even a vote on educational reform involving both teacher evaluations and charter schools.
The Seattle Times praised Pettigrew who recently spoke about his struggles at school while growing up in South Central Los Angeles. Pettigrew wrote a bill to add limited charter schools to the state, but his counterpart Santos would not allow a vote on his bill.
If you have an opinion on this matter, you can click on the links above to either Santos’ or Pettigrew’s bios. Once on either of their bios you can click “email” and after adding your address you can contact your Madrona Representative. If you check the box on your email then it will go to all three of your State Representatives.
Santos and Pettigrew not only represent the Seattle neighborhood of Madrona, but Denny Blaine, the Central District, Leschi, Mount Baker, Seward Park, and most of southeast Seattle.
If you ride the #2 bus that services Madrona then you better take notice. Metro is considering changing a bunch of bus routes and the #2 is one of many that they are studying. The suggested change is to have the #2 still service Madrona, but it would only travel to Downtown Seattle and back. No longer would the service head to Queen Anne or Belltown before heading back to Madrona. The main problem I see is the #2 used to access all of Downtown Seattle; the proposed bus line would only go as far north as Madison before heading back to Madrona, giving little access to the rest of Downtown.
If you are concerned, you should take the Metro survey. The changes are planned for September 2012, but the wheels (on the bus) are already turning so you better speak now.
Click to learn more about the proposed Metro route changes, including those that will affect Madrona. Among other things, the website had a map of the current and proposed routes.