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Metro Bus Changes to Impact Kirkland

By Dan Ryan The downtown Seattle tunnel will close to buses sometime in 2019. This brings revisions in bus service between Seattle and Kirkland. Metro and Sound Transit are preparing with a public outreach process. There is an online survey and a series of open houses (including one in Kingsgate Library on Monday June 26th, […]

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LETTER | Hidden Ways Architecture Affects How We Feel

Hi Rob, I am sending you a copy of a serious article (copy below) about how various types of urban environments physically affect people, in case you’ve not seen it.  I did sent it to the Kirkland City Council last week, along with my own suggestions to them regarding how to deal with future growth […]

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LETTER | City proposal to adversely impact our community

Dear Council Members, City Planning Commissioners and City Planners,   It appears that the unwelcomed push from self-serving politicians and developers for disproportionate urbanization of the currently rare and ideal Houghton/Everest communities is not ceasing, despite Kirkland already meeting its growth management goals and the clear message from residents to hold off growth or limit […]

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LETTER | No Optional Density; No Transportation on the CKC

Dear City Council:   Apparently, your various committees and “focus groups” are having difficulty hearing clearly, the collective voice of your constituency that continuously cries out “No increase in density” and “no motorized transportation on the CKC”.  PLEASE, PLEASE, listen carefully to us and consider the wishes of the people you serve – we, the […]

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LETTER | Seaplanes and Ordinances

Editor: With the hearing examiner effectively green-lighting the Seaplane Scenics SEPA and SCUP permits for a commercial seaplane touring business out of Carillon Point, we should review what has transpired and why.  Despite many objections raised by residents living in the surrounding neighborhoods, the Kirkland Planning and Building Department deemed the environmental impact of this […]

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LETTER | A Shout-out to Shawn

On any given day you might see a tall, thin man dripping sweat while hauling old tires, bottles, and half-buried debris out of thickets next to the Cross Kirkland Corridor. Shawn Etchevers has been volunteering for parks and greenbelt cleaning, or doing it quietly on his own, for at least 15 years. “I detest trash […]

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LETTER | Car Thieves are getting high-tech

Editor: Apparently, car thieves are getting really high-tech: On Sunday night a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe was stolen from a “secure,” gated downtown Kirkland condo garage. The car doors were locked and the key, an electronic “proximity fob,” was in the owner’s condo unit 2 floors above the garage. The car requires the fob to […]

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LETTER | Concerned about Houghton Everest Center

Editor: I am very concerned about the proposed Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center plan- the plan that will massively increase density, traffic and congestion in our beautiful city. Most of us moved to the Houghton and Everest neighborhoods because of the natural beauty and livability of the area. Lake Washington, the Olympic Mountains, smallish neighborhoods and […]

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