Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

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Seattle Histories: My Grandfather’s Queue by Elana Lim

Local writer and curator Elana Lim recounts her experience of discovering a piece of her grandfather's past from a Wing Luke Museum display, unlocking the history of the brick buildings on Canton Alley where she grew up, and a loophole that gave Chinese settlers an opportunity to own property at a time when it was illegal.

Read the full story on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board Announces Candidates for Annual Election: The annual election of board members will occur by mail-in ballot only with ballots being mailed to registered voters. Ballots must be received by Tuesday November 1. See what positions are up for election.

More than $4.5 Million Awarded to Expand Child Care Access: The Seattle Human Services Department has announced awards to renovate or develop six programs and increase licensed capacity in preschool and child care facilities. Learn more about the funding and award recipients.

Mayor Harrell Proposes Unified Care Team to Make Public Spaces Clean and Accessible: The formation of the group will bring together a dozen City departments and partners to drive a collaborative approach to supporting housed and unhoused residents and ensuring public spaces are accessible to all. Read more about the Unified Care Team.

Be Part of Naming Seattle’s Newest Park: Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking community suggestions for a name of the new Lake City park. The deadline for submitting a name suggestion is Oct. 31. View naming criteria and learn how to submit a suggestion.

Seattle Conservation Corps Helps Adults Experiencing Homelessness Develop Employment Skills: The Conservation Corps is a comprehensive work development program that offers on-the-job experience leading to long-term employment, housing and personal stability. Read more about the program’s success.

In The Community

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Social Justice Leader Garry Owens Dies at 77

Garry Owens dedicated his life to social justice, working to bridge racial and political differences in the community. He served 25 years working at the Department of Neighborhoods, hired as one of the first community organizers to help underrepresented and less affluent parts of the city organize their own neighborhood associations. As a manager for the Neighborhood Matching Fund, Garry supported applicants and helped people understand how to navigate the application process. Much of his work also centered around empowering youth where he supported projects like the creation of a queer youth magazine and a peer mediation group.

Read more in the Seattle Times.

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Pham Family Reopens Original Phở Bắc in Little Saigon

In 1982, Theresa Cat Vu and Augustine Nien Pham opened their first restaurant in Seattle. Over the past 40 years the couple grew their business to multiple locations, allowing them to close their original location temporarily. After briefly reopening in early 2020, the pandemic forced the family to reclose the renovated location for an unknown amount of time. On Thursday, October 20, the Pham’s will reopen the original location now formally known as “The Boat” serving a single dish of traditional Vietnamese street food with a bit of an American spin.

Read more in the Seattle Times.

Share Your Feedback

Help Shape the Next Steps for Link Light Rail in the Chinatown International District: Sound Transit is seeking community input to help shape the direction of their research efforts and the engagement process centered on reaching communities in the Chinatown International District and Pioneer Square neighborhoods. Share your feedback.

Share Your Thoughts on Phase 2 of the Seattle Transportation Plan: Help the Seattle Department of Transportation in their commitment to build a safe, efficient, and affordable transportation system for all by reviewing the Seattle Transportation Plan and sharing your vision for the future of local transportation. Take the survey.

Be Part of the Community Revisioning Process for Lake Washington Boulevard: Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking community members to help co-create design concepts for the street that promote pedestrian and bicycle uses and increase safety for everyone using the corridor. Provide your input on this safety enhancement project.