July 7 - Doorbelling in Blue Ridge

Last night I went doorbelling in Blue Ridge. A woman who answered the door asked me, a bit wearily, if I was soliciting. I replied, "I'm politicking." That brought a smile to her face. Still, I thought she was tired, and I decided to excuse myself. Ten minutes later, after I had finished talking with some folks on the next block, she caught up to me ⁠— flyer in hand. "I came to tell you that I read your flyer and love everything you say. It represents much of what our family believes. I'm glad you stopped by," she said.

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July 6 - Doorbelling in Northern Greenwood

A few of the people I have met while doorbelling the past few days...

Sonja, who brought out a pitcher of water at the end of a long day. From Georgia, she exudes Southern hospitality. She works at the Greenwood post office counter. If you go there, please tell her hello for me.

Andy, who with his family has run a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant in Greenwood named Banh Town for nearly five years. I had an excellent sandwich during a break.

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On Backyard Cottages in Ballard

In Ballard, backyard cottages and in-law apartments (“granny flats”) are on people’s minds. This is no doubt because earlier this week the City Council passed an ordinance intended to make it easier to build these. The Mayor has yet to sign it or not.

While doorbelling the other night, I met two households that already have these extra units on their lots...

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July 3 - Doorbelling in Greenwood, Fremont and Ballard

Recently I’ve been doorbelling in Greenwood, Fremont, and Ballard. I did some steep stair climbs in Fremont that reminded me of the training I did years ago hiking up Mt. Si with phone books in my daypack to prepare for a climb of Mt. Rainier. And one evening was pretty soggy, which reminded me that, well, we do live in Seattle after all.

In upper Fremont I heard concerns about a proposed 32-unit micro housing project. I spoke with five households about this project. They described a battle that has been going on for 2 ½ years among residents, the developer, and the City. Some of them formed a group and hired an attorney. The ongoing saga has caused stress, uncertainty, and discord. Afterwards, I researched the public record for the project. Here are comments from two residents that were submitted:

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