Councilmember Pedersen draws a crowd for January 30 Eastlake Town Hall

Councilmember Pedersen draws a crowd for January 30 Eastlake Town Hall

Nearly 200 people turned out on a damp January night for a town hall meeting with District 4 Councilmember Alex Petersen. Transportation issues were the big draw at the Eastlake Community Council-sponsored meeting, but other topics ranging from homelessness to a progressive tax system also came up during the 90-minute meeting in the TOPS Seward school cafeteria.… More

RapidRide will transform Eastlake – for better or worse that is the question

RapidRide will transform Eastlake – for better or worse that is the question

Seattle’s proposed RapidRide bus line and bike lanes will transform Eastlake Ave., the main street though Eastlake, by removing all parking and reducing the flexible four lane street to two lanes only. Pushing out cars, the proposed plan creates more capacity for moving people into and out of Eastlake and connecting them to major transit routes.More

Medieval France meets 21st Century Seattle

Medieval France meets 21st Century Seattle

It’s not very often that a gift to the King of France turns up on the shores of Lake Union. But it has at MOHAI.

The gift, a fantastic miniature replica of the real-life Mont-Saint-Michel, a medieval cathedral, abbey and village, built on an island in France between Normandy and Brittany, was created by monks in the 17th century for King Louis the XIV.… More

New Large Development at 3101 Eastlake Ave. E.

New Large Development at 3101 Eastlake Ave. E.

Did the psychic reader see this coming?  Her house, the place next to her, and places south and in back (basically all small structures on the block south of Lake Union Café) will be demolished to make way for a seven story building with over 120 units (98 efficiency units and 28 small apartments, mostly studios, including two one-bedrooms).… More

Ride the Ducks are out – an expanded park is in

Ride the Ducks are out – an expanded park is in

It happened ever so quietly after years of acrimonious debate and neighborhood lawsuits. Rather than build a private boat ramp next to Terry Pettus street-end park in Eastlake, Ride the Ducks sold its property to neighboring U.S. Seafood this year, who in turn is selling a portion, as planned, to the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department.… More

The Borders of Eastlake Photography Project

The Borders of Eastlake Photography Project

As a project for the Eastlake News, local photographer, Matt Maberry, is doing a series on the borders of Eastlake. The Eastlake News is the newsletter for the Eastlake Community Council; both came into being at the same time and will turn 50 in less than two years (2021).… More

Should Lake Union be an International Seaplane Airport in the Heart of the City?

Should Lake Union be an International Seaplane Airport in the Heart of the City?

By Peter Erickson

In a letter on August 14 of this year, Kenmore Air quietly petitioned the Seattle Police Department and City of Seattle for measures that would effectively turn the center of Lake Union into a dedicated seaplane runway. By way of background, in the 1970’s there were 7 to 10 flights (5 take-offs /5 landings) a week on Lake Union.… More

Green Building meets Boys in the Boat

Green Building meets Boys in the Boat

The first senior living center in Eastlake will also be the world’s greenest, according to its developer, giving Lake Union another notch on sustainable innovation around its shores. As the building looks toward the future, it also commemorates the past. Taking a page from the best seller Boys in the Boat, the building will pay tribute to the UW’s 1936 Olympic rowing team with a modern shell house design. … More

Trash Talkin’: a tour of Recology, is eye boggling and mind opening

Trash Talkin’: a tour of Recology, is eye boggling and mind opening

“I love talking about trash,” says Jennifer Power. And she’s got the perfect job for that. She’s our tour guide for Seattle’s Recology, a recycling facility or MRF (Materials Recovery Facility).

We were meeting in a large conference room at Recology before the tour to talk about safety and what we would be seeing because once inside the facility it would be too loud for Jennifer to be heard.… More

Say “goodbye” (for now) to the floating sidewalk on Lake Union

Say “goodbye” (for now) to the floating sidewalk on Lake Union

There are many gems on Lake Union, but one that mostly locals know about (and fiercely protect) is about to disappear. It’s the floating sidewalk adjacent to the Fairview bridge that is itself adjacent to the historic City Light Steam Plant building. … More