This weekend there was a write-up in the Seattle Times about Seattle’s “Last Chance High School”. The last chance high school program is called the Interagency Academy, and it offers troubled teens a second chance at getting their high school diplomas. Madrona K-8’s former principal, Kaaren Andrews, has worked extensively in order to keep the program around for these teens. She believes in the students abilities and believes that keeping the students off the streets and educating them will lead them not only out of trouble, but to success later down the road. Click the link to read more about the high school on the article from the Seattle Times.
What did the Madrona neighborhood look like fifty years ago when desegregation was first implemented in Seattle School districts? According to the Seattle Times, a group of folks who were actively involved, either as parents, kids or teachers gathered together to reminisce and preserve their memories so that we can learn from what worked and what was difficult to know.
The group gathered at a residence in Capitol Hill to watch a film that presented the struggles constantly evolving desegregation efforts, which was the plan that was implemented in 1962, geared to attract middle class white families to accept integration. In 1968 the Madrona neighborhood experienced the Madrona-Lowell exchange, which some of the folk attending expressed “caused alot of grief from the white parents when children were bussed though the mostly black neighborhood,” (The Madrona Elementary School was 87% black at the time). At a time when Seattle School districts were taking a stance to end segregation, the Madrona neighborhood was at the heart of the experimental phase. To learn more about what the historical neighborhood experienced, take a look at the full article here.
Last week, Seattle Public Utilities began construction of local sewers and storm water improvements and work will close a section of Harrison Street between 30th and 31st off for the next several months. Construction will include a 35,000 gallon underground storm water storage tank and a new 18″ combined sewer pipeline on East Harrison Street between 30th and 31st Avenue East. This work will greatly reduce the potential for sewer backups and storm water flooding along 31st between E. John St and E. Republican St, an area experiencing heavy problems.
Given the extent of the construction that is needed, work is scheduled to be completed in October, and work hours are scheduled typically between 7:30am-6:00pm, Mon-Fri. Construction will include installing a new fencing and mobilizing equipment on the site, removing pavement on E Harrison St, removing soil, installing the new 18″ sewer pipe among other things. Traffic will be detoured off of E. Harrison St between 30th and 31st for the duration of the construction work. Pedestrian access will be permitted during construction, please be aware of the traffic congestion this may cause for the duration of the summer!