Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New energy for East-West transit serving Delridge?

Martin H. Duke has a new post over at Seattle Transit Blog taking another look at the advisability of the previously shelved route 50, an east-west transit route connecting North Delridge to the Junction and connecting West Seattle to Southeast.

This would be a significant step in increasing Delridge residents' access to jobs, goods, and services; reducing the historic separation between Delridge and the rest of West Seattle; and knitting together the set of South Seattle communities that share so much in common.  I would personally advocate strongly for it. 

Head on over to Sound Transit Blog for the whole story. Leave comments!

Derek


"One early component of Metro’s Southeast Seattle service reorganization proposal was replacing Route 39, running from Seward Park to downtown, with a Route 50 that would run from Seward Park to the Junction in West Seattle. The 50 would have had a sizeable diversion through Sodo to improve connections from both neighborhoods to jobs there... Crosstown connections between West Seattle and Southeast Seattle are atrocious, often requiring a trip all the way downtown; connecting West Seattle’s transit hub with a route that crossing all the key corridors in the Rainier Valley would solve this problem."

Monday, April 25, 2011

NDNC Selects Project Prioritization

This year's proposed projects for the Delridge District were all contributed by residents of the North Delridge.  Way to go, everyone!  The hard part is now prioritizing those projects for review by the city. 

North Delridge Neighborhood Council met this Saturday morning to review the proposed projects and have selected the following three projects to proposed to SDOT.

Traffic Light at Genesee & Avalon


Traffic light with pedestrian crossing signals for the intersection of SW Genesee St and Avalon Way Sw. Intersection has extremely poor sight lines for pedestrians and drivers. Major Metro and school bus stops as well as pedestrian crossings from adjacent multifamily apartment and condominium buildings. Very steep incline of SW Genesee makes it difficult.

Reasoning:  Delridge residents are currently cut off from the rest of West Seattle by bus. By car, bike and foot, this intersection is the way many Delridge residents access West Seattle's commercial district and Alki. In our discussion we see a traffic light here relevant for safety, to reduce neighborhood "cut-throughs" which have become problematic for residents and to encourage an eventual and much needed bus stop at this site.

A well traveled intersection, this is a high priority for our neighborhood who is dependent on accessing the rest of West Seattle to get to our banks, grocery stores and other necessities. We see supporting traffic at this intersection as a key step to supporting existing needs as well as growth and accessibility of Delridge as Delridge itself grows and becomes more of a commercial center.
Crosswalk at Delridge & Edmonds 


Crossing Delridge Way is dangerous with no crosswalks except at signals in North Delridge. At the intersection of Edmunds St and Delridge Way SW there are two bus stops located at opposite corners of the street, plus a local coffee shop, Pearls. This intersection sees a lot of foot traffic as a result. On the north end of Delridge Way, there is a slight turn, which creates poor visibility for pedestrians wishing to cross the street. We want to have a cross walk light on SW Edmunds to help make crossing Delridge safer.

Reasoning:  This is a dangerous place for pedestrians to cross Delridge. Many do walk across with traffic flying by while others walk several blocks to try to locate a safer crossing. We see this as an important project to support the growth of a commercial district on Delridge, to encourage walkability, a shared aim of many Delridge organizations, and to support one of the few businesses in our neighborhood.

We feel strongly that this must be a pedestrian light, not just white stripes on the road; during much of the year visibility is poor and cars drive fast on Delridge Way.
Crosswalk at Delridge and Findley


Project proposes a crosswalk that crosses the intersection of Delridge and Findley.

Reasoning:  This is another dangerous and well traveled intersection. The recent Pho Aroma restaurant is popular and drawing a crowd from both Delridge and beyond. Next door, Olympia Pizza, and hair salon, the Super 24 across Findlay and a new business going in soon make this an up and coming hub for commercial activity on Delridge. We want to encourage this growth.

Again, we see this as an important project to support the development of a commercial district on Delridge, to encourage walkability, a shared aim of many Delridge organizations, and to support one of the few existing businesses in our neighborhood so they can succeed and encourage others to set up shop here in our neighborhood where so few services are offered currently.
We will keep you apprised of the developments, but this is a lengthy process.  As soon as the top three projects are selected, they will be submitted to SDOT for review.  SDOT makes thier recommendations and then the City will have to make a selection based on the recommendations and input from residents.

If you feel passionately about any of the above projects, then please come to our next meeting on Monday May 9th at 6:30pm at the Delridge Branch Library.  It may take all of voicing our opinion to get these projects approved by the City

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Delridge Skatepark Construction Begins!



Construction site fencing was delivered and installed Monday morning, April 18th. It's been a long haul, but the park is on it's way to a reality.

Clean-up Follow-up: "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers"


The morning of last Saturday's North Delridge Adopt-a-street, held in conjunction with other clean and green activities, had me watching the St. Crispin Day speech from Henry V with Kenneth Branagh.

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers" so well describes our modest efforts cleaning along Delridge. Six of us cleaned from Spokane St. to Graham.

The more people who join us, the better we can tidy and care for our neighborhood. More than 20,000 people commute thru each work day. Do we want them to know we care or think us uncaring?

I'd dearly love to see more people join us at our next clean up, which will be in June. Won't you join us?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Update: Delridge Green Up April 16th!


There are three projects we want to tackle, and one is ready to roll with a donation of paint and two dedicated volunteers!

We also got word from longtime volunteer, Sharon Peck, that the entrance to Greg Davis park by the park bench is loaded with litter. Anyone willing to lead that side project as part of the Adopt-A-Street clean up?

So, what were those three projects you ask?

1. Refresh the Welcome to Delridge Sign - Ready to roll.

2. Adopt-a-Street - Our quarterly adopt a street trash pick up on Delridge from Andover to Brandon Street. We need 8 people to break the road up in to small portions that can be completed in 1-2 hours. Grabbers and trash bags are provided.

3. Gardening at the Community Center - With spring flowers comes spring weeds. If you love to work in the dirt, we would love to help out the community center and pull some weeds.

Don't want to pick up trash, or want to spend time in the woods? Join Jay Mirro in the Brandon Street Natural Area from 10am-2pm as he continues the stewardship project to clear invasive plants. Meet up at the corner of 29th ave SW and SW Brandon Street.

If you are interested in any of these projects, please contact Amanda Leonard at amanda.leonard.wa@gmail.com, or join us on Facebook - look for the group: North Delridge Neighborhoods - or click the button on our website: www.ndnc.org

Hope to see you on April 16th!
Where: Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way S.W.
When: Meet up at 10am and work until you can or when we wrap up at 2pm.