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									Advocacy Update
October 5, 1007

In This Issue
        Historic Seattle's Learning from Historic Sites and Fall Members Meeting
        Crosscut Online: Amazon plans a headquarters move to South Lake Union
        Candidate Forum
        Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Old Ballard's new hero digs in as retail project envelops her home
        Daily Journal of Commerce: Bellingham hotel gets rehab for lower-income housing
        South Lake Union Neighborhood Plan Priorities Completed
        Mayor Seeks Candidates for Seattle Center Advisory Commission
        American Planning Association Selects Pike Place Market as One of 10 Great Neighborhoods in
        Madison Park Times: House moving saves home from demolition
        Washington State Archeology Month Program
        Honor the Trees You Love with Seattle's Heritage Tree Program
        Ballard News-Tribune: Mayor wants city hall to do most planning work
        Seattle Heritage Custom Bike Tours
        Gates Foundation profiles former Cooper High School adaptive reuse
        The Daily UW: Brooklyn Building to be demolished
        November ballot initiative, referendum and constitutional amendments
        Seattle Fire Station photo gallery online
        2007 Wallingford Home Tour
        Puget Sound Business Journal: Muckleshoot Tribe buys Salish Lodge
        Pike Place Market online exhibit
        City Council Public Hearing on Proposed 2007 Amendments to Seattle's Comprehensive Plan
        Preservation Action Grassroots Poll 2007

Historic Seattle's Learning from Historic Sites and Fall Members Meeting
Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Washington Mutual Meeting Room, Level 4

Monday, October 22
      6:30 pm: Short business meeting
      7:00 pm: Program
      Free and open to the general public

While the new downtown library has garnered the attention of the press and huge numbers of tourists since its
opening, it is the treasures housed under its roof that Historic Seattle members and the general public will
explore on this evening. Jodee Fenton, Manager, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room, will provide some
background about the development history of the collections in the library over a century and share some of its
most important books, maps, and ephemera. Treasures that will be shared include Bungalow Magazine, pattern
books, and scrapbooks in the Local Architecture Collection; Camerawork, Indians of North America, and
Lewis and Clark Journals in Rare Books; Baist atlases, Sanborn Fire Insurance atlases and early Seattle maps;
historic photographs from various collections; the World War Poster Collection; and the Postcard Collection.

Amazon plans a headquarters move to South Lake Union
October 1, 2007
By David Brewster

Amazon, the iconic online retailer, is "within days" of announcing a move of offices to Seattle's South Lake
Union neighborhood, according to sources in the company and at City Hall. The move would be staged over
several years, but the end result could be nearly all of Amazon's Seattle-area employees, estimated at about
5,000 and growing fast, working on one urbanized campus. According to a well-placed City Hall source, the
new "Amazon Zone" would straddle two blocks of the Terry Avenue North stretch of Seattle's new South Lake
Union Streetcar line, extending south of Mercer Street.

No one at Amazon, or at Vulcan or Schnitzer Northwest, owners of the property expected to be the new Amazon
campus, would comment about a pending deal. Questions to Amazon, the landowners, the architects, and the
real estate brokers all produced a similar, brusque answer: "We never comment on rumors." One source, while
confirming the closeness of the deal, cautioned that there were still details to be negotiated.

Downtown property interests say that the Amazon move would be a blockbuster, giving a huge employment
anchor to the somewhat scattered development of the emerging area. If it were to happen, remarked Kate Joncas,
president of the Downtown Seattle Association, "it would turn on the switch" for other projects in the area and
provide an impulse for still more startups, as well as providing needed customers for some pioneering retail
concerns in the area, such as Whole Foods.

The move, if it happens, would signal a shift of the expected employers in the South Lake Union neighborhood
from mostly biotech businesses and University of Washington Medical School facilities to a broader mix of
technology companies. Microsoft recently leased 126,000 square feet at the Westlake Terry Building, one block
south of the expected Amazon campus. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is building a campus on 12
acres just east of Seattle Center, with about 420,000 square feet of space. Meanwhile, biotech growth is proving
to be slightly slower than hoped, observers say. Three of the unbuilt buildings expected to be part of the
Amazon project were originally planned for bio-tech firms.

The Amazon move would be large enough to cause other real-estate ripples. One likely impact would be the
company's home office in the converted PacMed tower on Beacon Hill, where it occupies 189,000 square feet
under a lease that expires in 2009. Other large leases are in two buildings in the Union Station development near
Chinatown, where Amazon leases 445,000 square feet, and 180,000 square feet in the 76-story Columbia Tower
at Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street.

According to a City Hall source, Amazon is focused on two large parcels in South Lake Union. One is a five-
building complex known as Interurban Exchange, which sits on property owned equally by Vulcan, the Paul
Allen company that controls a large part of the land in South Lake Union, and Schnitzer Northwest, the Portland
real estate developer. The Interurban Exchange project, once described as 572,000 square feet of bio-tech office
development, began in 1999 with a small Rosen Building leased to the University of Washington for medical
research. A second building of 133,000 square feet was built in 2004 and is leased by Rosetta Inpharmetrics, the
bio-software company. These two existing and occupied buildings lie on Terry's west side, where come
December the South Lake Union Streetcar will rumble right alongside.

It is unclear whether the two occupied buildings will become part of the Amazon campus, as space in them may
open up later. But there are three unbuilt buildings, originally designed for medical research labs, that could
easily be reconfigured. One is Exchange 2, with 107,000 square feet and planned for the parking lot at Mercer
and the west side of Terry. Exchange 4 and Exchange 5, pictured in a large real estate sign on the site, would
occupy the entire block between Terry, Boren, Republican, and Harrison streets. An historic brick warehouse,
once owned by C.B. Van Vorst Company and now boarded up, would be preserved as a 14,000-square-foot
"amenity center," with fitness and meeting facilities, fronting on an interior plaza of 24,000 square feet.
Exchange 4 and 5 have 258,430 square feet of rentable space, according to the real estate broker, Pacific Real
Estate Partners. It's not known whether the Amazon proposal would follow the plans for the original buildings
or significantly alter those designs.

Those Vulcan-Schnitzer properties make up one full and two half blocks. The third block said to be in the
Amazon deal is owned by Vulcan and bounded by Mercer, Terry, Republican, and Boren, except for three
parcels in the southwest corner, which are not included in the property. A proposed development of the block is
seeking design approval from the city, and the Land Use Information Bulletin describes the project as two office
towers, below-grade parking for 287 vehicles, "pending street vacation" (probably the north-south alley), and
59,000 square feet of street-level retail. LMN is the architect for the project. Zoning allows a height of 65 feet,
and there is no application to make the "towers" higher than the current zoning allows. Those involved in the
project would not comment on who the tenant might be for the proposed project.

The area along Terry has a look of great expectations. Workers are finishing up the streetcar tracks, which run
alongside relics of old railroad tracks still snaking along the roadway. Many old buildings are shuttered, and
workers in some of the other worn offices say they expect to move in a year or so, but haven't learned why.
Nearby on Westlake are some venerable antique stores that will probably have a hard time holding on as rents
escalate. New five-story buildings holding labs and offices and smart coffee shops resemble office-park
architecture with a soft-urbanism accent. If the "Amazone" happens, it would go a long way to solving
Amazon's problem of dispersed office locations, tied together by shuttles. Two years ago, stories began
circulating about how the company was quietly talking to developers and building owners to find a consolidated

Landing Amazon is obviously a huge catch for any real estate concern, as well as a great prize for the South
Lake Union area. The likely campus is just east of where a 61-acre commons would have gone, had voters not
rejected the idea in 1995 and 1996. The area was in a kind of limbo for some years, then started filling with
expensive condominiums and biomedical facilities. Just as in Portland's Pearl District, the new streetcar is
proving to be catnip to developers even before it opens in December, and rents along the route are said to be

City planners hope that if Amazon does locate there, drawing other high-tech companies, it will be a force for
creating amenities like theaters and nightlife. The surge of new office workers would also have a big impact on
traffic, already a problem on Mercer Street. Planners hope that the arrival of Amazon would accelerate efforts to
solve the "Mercer Mess" and possibly revive talk of putting Aurora Avenue North in a trench so that it would no
longer bisect the neighborhood.

Of course, Amazon and other new construction will keep driving up rents, which might price funky retail places
out of the market. In-city office parks, such as the one just south of Union Station, tend to push out service retail
(dry cleaners, funky bars, medical clinics), replacing them with upscale retailers. Rapid development of high-
tech campuses will probably create a rather suburban feel for the neighborhood. Already, retail rents along
Westlake are in the $25 to $30-per-square-foot range, which is tantamount to suburban mall rates.

On the other hand, Amazon's move to South Lake Union could transform an area from a kind of piecemeal
neighborhood into one with a dominant character. Amazon employees are likely to favor a fairly rich street life,
built around the Portland-style pedestrianism that the streetcar will bring. It's a company where many employees
bring dogs to work, and it hires lots of creative eccentrics.

Nothing's simple in Seattle development battles, and it's possible that the Amazon move out of PacMed will
reopen old wounds. The company, founded in dowdy quarters in SoDo in 1994, grew so fast that it was in
desperate need of office space in the late 1990s, when there was little downtown office space to be had of that
size. Then-Mayor Paul Schell pushed through a controversial deal that converted the handsome art-deco former
U.S. Marine Hospital to offices for Amazon, with only the first floor kept for PacMed clinics. The pace of the
deal left many advocates for community health services angry. Further, Amazon's plans to occupy a new
building to the north of the old hospital faltered as the company went into a period of layoffs in 2001.

A new Amazon campus would push at some other hot buttons in Seattle politics. Those would include the old
commons war and the role of Paul Allen's Vulcan holding company in buying up much of the land; the Mercer
Mess of backed-up traffic trying to get on and off Interstate 5; and the still-simmering questions about the South
Lake Union Streetcar, which some critics feel is jump-starting real estate development in an area that needs no
such stimulus — much less a neighborhood emulating the famous Amazon motto: Get big fast.

Candidate Forum
City Council, Seattle School Board and Port Candidate Forum
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Time: 6:30–9:00 p.m.
Place: Sunset Hill Community Center
        3003 NW 66th Street, Ballard, Seattle
Sponsors: Sunset Hill Community Association
        League of Women Voters Seattle

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 2, 2007
Old Ballard's new hero digs in as retail project envelops her home - 86-year-old woman refuses $1 million
to sell
By Kathy Mulady

Edith Macefield is stubborn. Man, is she stubborn. That's what her mother told her when she was a little girl
back in the 1920s. It's a characteristic that has followed her all her life. Now that unrelenting stubbornness has
won the 86-year-old woman admirers throughout Ballard. Macefield refused to sell her little old house where
she has lived since 1966 to developers, forcing them to build an entire five-story project, which includes a
grocery store, fitness club and parking garage, around her. She was offered $1 million to leave. She turned it
down flat. "I don't want to move. I don't need the money. Money doesn't mean anything," she said last week.

                                                       So there she is. Standing at the front door of her 108-
                                                       year-old house, tossing seeds out for the birds, just as
                                                       she always has. But now, gravel and cement trucks
                                                       rumble by, beeping loudly as they back up to deliver
                                                       their loads. A massive concrete wall looms within feet
                                                       of her kitchen window. Yellow construction cranes
                                                       hover over her roof. A chain-link fence wraps around
                                                       the 1400 block of Northwest 46th Street. Once there was
                                                       a scattering of neat homes with front yards and gardens
                                                       occupied by millworkers and their families Now the
                                                       block is in the shadow of the Ballard Bridge, on the way
                                                       to Office Max and Fred Meyer. "When she digs her
                                                       heels in, there is no changing her mind, she is set in her
ways," said her friend, musician Charlie Peck, who has known her for more than 20 years.

Ballard residents, lamenting the loss of their blue-collar, Scandinavian-
rooted neighborhood as it disappears beneath swanky condominiums,
sprawling grocery stores and trendy restaurants, see Macefield as a symbol
of the rough-and-tumble Old Ballard, and they cheer her on. "People with
money are going to push wherever they can to get what they can. It is nice
to see somebody resisting," said Ben Anderson, who drives by the place on
his way to work and first noticed Macefield's little house with the brown,
faux-brick siding, a few months ago. "There was just this lonely house
surrounded by the construction pit," he said. "It was obvious in a visual
sense that they were trying to force her out." Scott Clark, the contact person
for the developer, declined to comment.

Macefield's house is the last home on the block, but not the only survivor of
the past. Mike's Chili Parlor stands defiantly on the northwest corner of the
block, just as it has for 80 years. Fourth-generation chili man Mike
Semandiris respects Macefield's pit bull determination. "We have been neighbors forever," he said. "My father
knew her longer than me. "Everyone asks me about her all the time," he said. "You see her house tucked into
the project like that, it is pretty obvious what is going on."

Semandiris said they weren't contacted by the developer. He said his father, who still owns the business, has
never been interested in selling. However, he added: "Edith is more stubborn than us." Macefield is still weak
from a fall that broke three ribs last year. Most of her friends and family are gone. Her 17-year-old Lhasa apso,
Mimi, died about six months ago. "She wasn't a personable dog, but she was my lone companion," Macefield
said sadly. "When my dog died, I bawled my eyes out."

For all of her tough talk and cranky attitude, Macefield is full of surprises, and a grudging softness. She lived in
Europe for years, traveled, speaks seven languages, loves opera, follows national politics and writes. She is
chatty, and even succumbs to a hearty laugh now and then, despite herself. She likes old movies, from the 1930s
and 1940s. She adores Charles Boyer, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo. Yes, Garbo, the one who wanted to be
alone. Her thick white hair is neatly combed. She wears an autumn-colored acrylic sweater she bought years
ago. Some of the construction workers at the site look out for her, particularly the project's senior
superintendent, Barry Martin. He drives her to her doctor appointments and to get her hair done. He brings her a
hamburger for lunch and hangs around at dinner time to make sure she doesn't burn herself on a kitchen stove
that's older than most of the guys on his crew. "It's like having your grandmother here," Martin said. "Once you
get to know someone, you can't just walk by without saying hello."

She's small and has lost weight recently. Two gold wedding rings she wears dangle on her finger. She doesn't
say much about her husbands. "Don't ask," she said firmly. Macefield bought the house for her mother in 1955,
and much of the furniture around the same time -- the couch, lamps and table. According to the King County
assessor, her patch of land is now worth $120,000. The two-story, two-bedroom house is worth about $8,000.

Inside, the place is clean and organized. Pictures of herself as a girl, posing with her mother and brother at Alki
Beach, stand on bookcases. There are framed pictures of opera singer Enrico Caruso and composer Giacomo
Puccini on one wall. A collection of glass animal figurines are lined up along every windowsill and sash. A
bookcase is neatly stacked with old movies on video. She has no regrets about refusing to sell her house. She
said she doesn't mind the noise at the construction site. She turns the television up, or plays her opera so loud
you can hear it outside. "I went through World War II, the noise doesn't bother me," she said. "They'll get it
done someday.

Macefield said she was born in Oregon, and raised in Seattle and New Orleans, by her mother and two doting
godfathers who shared their talents with her. One was a writer, the other sang and danced, and taught her
French. "I spoke French before I spoke English," she said.
Some wonder at her stories, especially when she hints about her days as a spy and touring with the era's big
band leaders. But most admit if she was as incorrigible at 20 as she is now, they could well be true. "I'm her
friend, I never question her," Peck said.

Macefield's trademark stubborn streak pushed her to join the service while still in high school. She told her
mother she was going to college. "I was young and gung-ho to fight for America," she said. The young woman
was already in England when officials found out she wasn't 18 and threw her out of the service, she said. But in
love, she remained in England. Her tenacious spirit kept her going as she raised 27 war orphans. It sustained her
after her only biological child died of meningitis when he was 13. And when her husband, 30 years older than
her, died at age 57.

She returned to the U.S. to care for her mother until she died. Macefield worked at the Washington Dental
Services, when it had its office on Market Street in Ballard. "I liked the old Ballard," Macefield said. "The new
one -- you can have it."

Daily Journal of Commerce
October 4, 2007
Bellingham hotel gets rehab for lower-income housing
By Shawna Gamache

With downtown Bellingham becoming a haven for new condos and retail, the city's housing authority has started
a $5.6 million project that will save a historic building and provide a home for lower-income residents. The
Hotel Laube on State Street opened at the turn of the century in the newly incorporated town of Bellingham,
which was formed from the towns of Whatcom, Sehome, Bellingham and Fairhaven in 1903. The railroads had
just come, and lumber, shingle and coal mines were bringing jobs and new residents. Over time, people moved
to surrounding residential neighborhoods and other hotels were built closer to Western Washington University
or the mall. The Hotel Laube is on the historic register and has not had guests in more than 20 years. “We've
been watching that block with interest for quite a few years,” said John Harmon, the executive director and CEO
of the Bellingham Housing Authority. “It's transforming from a bar district to a more residential and restaurant

The housing authority bought the space from a developer two years ago and, with the whole block developing,
Harmon said now is the time to revitalize it. Plans call for 20 lower-income apartments in the former rooms of
the hotel and two redesigned commercial spaces at street-level. “What we're trying to do in Bellingham is turn it
from an 8-to-6 ‘commuterville' to a 24-hour downtown with people living there,” Harmon said. “There is a lot
of higher-end condo building and we try to balance that with a lower-income mix.”

Architect Andy Phillips of Seattle's SMR Architects said he enjoyed the challenge of modernizing the building
while honoring the design, a requirement for its historic designation and the associated funding and tax credits.
Phillips looked through old pictures of the hotel, read historical accounts of the space and walked through the
halls. “The design is really based on the old hotel,” Phillips said. “We took the inspiration directly from that and
thought about how (it) could be modernized.” SMR has done several historic rehab design projects, including
the Cadillac Hotel and Corona Hotel in Seattle.

Common spaces will be restored to their 1903 look and feel. Most of the original windowpanes will be used.
Curved wooden staircases and fir wainscotting will remain the focus. Period-looking lights are being added
along with new skylights in common areas. The apartments, which will be mostly studios with a few one-
bedroom units, will have a more modern feel. Interior walls are being taken out, and modern lighting and
bathrooms are being added. The work includes an HVAC system, sprinklers and electrical system upgrades.
Modern seismic requirements mean the hardwood floors will be covered with a plywood diaphragm and carpet
on top. Phillips said he is sad to see the hardwood covered up, but carpets coordinated to match the fir panelling
and wainscotting will work better.

The ground-floor commercial spaces, now boxy and outdated, are being restored to the open, glassed-in look
they had in earlier days of the hotel. Harmon said a restaurant is interested in one of the spaces and the other
may be leased by a non-profit organization. The apartments will likely attract service-sector employees looking
for a way to live closer to the restaurants, coffee shops and stores where they work. Full-time students are not
eligible to live in the apartments.

The project is scheduled for completion in May of 2008. The structural engineer is Geiger Engineers, the
electrical engineer is Seattle's Cierra Electrical Group and the mechanical engineer is Bothell's Pressler
Engineering. The contractor is Dawson Construction of Bellingham. Just down the street, Harmon said the
authority is seeking funds for a new 100-unit building on State and Champion streets called the Walton
Building. Design is underway and the authority is negotiating with a builder. For more information on this and
other projects, go to

South Lake Union Neighborhood Plan Priorities Completed
October 29 Open House Will Highlight Projects to Implement Plan - South Lake Union neighborhood residents,
businesses and non-profits have been working to prioritize the recommendations of the South Lake Union
neighborhood plan. Join community organizations and City departments on October 29 for a celebration of the
completion of the plan, and learn about some of the exciting projects already underway and next steps to
implement it.

Monday, Oct. 29, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
South Lake Union Armory
(Naval Reserve Building at Lake Union Park)
860 Terry Ave. N
For more information about the South Lake Union Neighborhood Plan, check out the DPD website at:

Mayor Seeks Candidates for Seattle Center Advisory Commission
Mayor Greg Nickels is inviting candidates for the Seattle Center Advisory Committee. The board consists of 15
members, who are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council to serve a two-year term. Board
members must reside in Seattle and serve without compensation. The Seattle Center Advisory Commission
represents the interests of the people of Seattle by advising Seattle Center staff, the mayor and the City Council
on policy matters that may affect Seattle Center. The Seattle Center Advisory Commission also provides Seattle
Center staff, the mayor and the City Council with an ongoing assessment of operations, performances, plans and
policies of the Seattle Center Department.

Individuals selected must have perspective, experience and talents which will enhance the board’s expertise and
effectiveness. If you are interested in being considered, send a letter of interest and resume which demonstrates
your knowledge, experience, and insights into current issues. Applicants must reside within the city limits. The
board meets the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m. Interested applicants must be Seattle
residents, and board members serve without compensation. Those interested in being considered should send a
letter of interest and resume by Monday, October 24, 2007.

In keeping with Mayor Nickels’ “Paper Cuts” program, electronic submissions are preferred. E-mail your letter
and resume to: The Nickels Administration is committed to promoting diversity in
the city’s boards and commissions. Women, young persons, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, and
persons of color are encouraged to apply.

American Planning Association Selects Pike Place Market as One of 10 Great Neighborhoods in America
October 2, 2007
The American Planning Association (APA) announced today that the Pike Place Market Neighborhood, located
in Seattle, Washington, is designated as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2007 through APA's Great Places in
America program. APA Great Places exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planners and
planning play in creating communities of lasting value. APA selected Pike Place Market Neighborhood as one
of 10 Great Neighborhoods in America this year for its functionality, memorable characteristics, and livability.
With a history as rich and colorful as the produce it sells, the community that is part of Pike Place Market is
Seattle's most compact, walkable, and diverse neighborhood.

APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live. They are enjoyable, safe, and
desirable. They are places where people want to be — not only to visit, but to live and work everyday.
America's truly great neighborhoods are defined by many criteria, including architectural features, accessibility,
functionality, and community involvement. Through Great Places in America, APA recognizes the unique and
authentic attributes of essential building blocks of great communities — streets, neighborhoods, and public
spaces. "APA is pleased to recognize Pike Place Market Neighborhood," said APA Executive Director Paul
Farmer, FAICP. "This neighborhood is the other side of Pike Place, the side that most of the millions of visitors
to the market each year don't realize exists. More importantly, the neighborhood shows just how convenient and
interesting urban living is."

The Pike Place Market Neighborhood, which encompasses roughly nine acres, includes upscale condos
overlooking Elliott Bay and seven below-market apartment buildings that are part of the historic market. There's
also a long history of community activism, going back to the 1920s when residents acted to preserve the
market's location and primary function as a major supplier of affordable food. Today the market accommodates
nearly 210 year-round commercial businesses, 210 crafters, 100 farmers, and 250 street performers. Besides
being an integral part of local sustainable agriculture efforts in the region, the market has a health clinic, food
bank, and senior- and child-care centers.

In 1971 the neighborhood was designated a historic district. To keep the historic features and character of the
area intact, all design and use requests must be submitted to the Pike Place Market Historic Commission for
approval. Pike Place Market Neighborhood also serves as an example for other Seattle communities. The
compact, pedestrian-oriented design and range of housing options found in the neighborhood were the
inspiration behind the city's Downtown Livability Plan, passed in 2006. Despite ongoing financial and other
challenges, Pike Place Market Neighborhood continues to fight to sustain its viability — a reminder that it is not
just a mix of buildings that define a place, but the people who infuse a neighborhood with a distinct voice and

Madison Park Times
October 3, 2007
House moving saves home from demolition
By Jessica Van Gilder

For a developer, the devalued house on a million-dollar property may instantly become landfill once they
demolish it, but demolition isn't always the answer. In Madison Park, with historically significant homes, the
tension between appreciating these homes and realizing the value of the property without the home has already
started to make an impact on the neighborhood. "In Madison Park, the value of the dirt is very high and far
exceeds generally the value of the home that sits on top of it, but people don't want to see towering homes built
in their community," said Madison Park resident and Historic Madison Park director Lisa Taylor-Molitch. "It's
a challenging, little scenario of people who want to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood and people who
are real new and say, 'That little cottage holds no memories for me," she said.

                                                               Reconciling the old and new habits can be
                                                               challenging, but for this neighborhood, incoming
                                                               residents and current property owners have more
                                                               options than they may think. On Sept. 9, Madison
                                                               Park neighbors bid their farewells to the last little
                                                               cottage left on 43rd Avenue East. But something
                                                               was different about this farewell.
                                                               They didn't say goodbye and watch a wrecking ball
                                                               slam into the house. Instead, they waved at the
                                                               house as it was put on a barge to be sailed away on
                                                               Lake Washington House moving - not necessarily a
                                                               new phenomenon, but perhaps not a widely used
                                                               one - saved the cottage from becoming construction
                                                               debris. "House moves have happened as long as
                                                               there have been houses built, but it is often
something that is forgotten that it can be done, so there are rediscoveries of the project," said Jeff McCord, who
helped saved this house as the Seattle representative for Nickel Bros. House Moving.

On the empty lot, which is zoned for condominiums like the rest of the street, property owners plan to build a
three-unit condominium, according to Taylor-Molitch. The house was relocated to the San Juan Islands so
another family can add to its own memories. Aside from saving memories, McCord said moving the house also
saved between 60 and 80 trees. "It was nice because it was a very conscientious owner who didn't want to see
the house torn down, and ultimately, it was positive for the environment," McCord said. "It's an alternative to
bulldozing, and the recipient of the house was really delighted to give a new life to the house."

Nickel Bros. House Moving offers a service for house adoption, which enables homeowners to put their house
for sale as a home that can be moved to another property. Though this house move was not the first to take place
in Madison Park, McCord said the knowledge of opportunities other than demolition still isn't widely known.
And for a city like Seattle, which continues to grow in density, neighborhoods like Madison Park will become
even more targeted for higher-density buildings, he said. Nickel Bros. provides a bridge between factors like
pressure from developers and the tax system, and the desire to preserve these older homes.

Because of the likelihood of further development in Madison Park as property values continue to rise and the
older homes devalue, residents like Taylor-Molitch said there can be compromises between the old and the new.
Taylor-Molitch said the comments she hears mostly advise, "Don't overbuild on the lot. Keep the footprint the
same. Don't go too high because you're going to destroy the integrity of the neighborhood. People coming into
the neighborhood need to be aware of making sure they're keeping with the integrity of that particular
neighborhood." Even if a home may not stay in the neighborhood, the possibility of moving a house at least
prevents its destruction.

Washington State Archaeology Month Program
October 2007 is Washington State's fifteenth annual Archaeology Month. Protecting and exploring our
archaeological heritage provides us with knowledge of past lifeways about our predecessors as they sought to
survive in a rugged, diverse landscape. Please take time this month to reflect upon our ancestors’ efforts to build
homes, families, and communities; creating ways of living that sustained them in a changing land.

The Burke Museum and Discovery Park will join to celebrate Archaeology Month in Seattle on Saturday,
October 6 from 10:00 am to 2 pm for a free event beginning at the Discovery Park Visitor Center. Burke
archaeologists take you “into the field” at Discovery Park for a look at the natural and cultural history of Puget
Sound. This event is for all ages, providing an educational experience with hands-on archaeology crafts. Parking
and check-in is located at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, where a shuttle to the Discovery
Park lighthouse will be provided. For more information: 206-685-3849

Also on Saturday, October 6 the Cedar River Watershed Education Center, just east of North Bend (32 miles
from downtown Seattle) will conduct an Archaeology Month celebration featuring living history presentations,
hands-on activities and walking tours from 12:00 AM- 4:00 PM. The schedule features:

"History Alive: Those Terrible Treaties," 1:00-2:30pm Ray Egan as Ezra Meeker
Experience history like never before in a dramatic re-creation of events affecting native people in the PNW
during the 1850’s. Actor, playwright, historian Ray Egan portrays pioneer and critic Ezra Meeker.

Walking tours of the Milwaukee Railroad area, 12:15pm and 2:45pm
Take a walk and see some of the remnants of the Milwaukee Railroad. Discover how a prosperous town’s hopes
were washed away.

Heritage Library will be open, 12:00-4:00pm
Read oral histories, study100-year old maps, view historic photo’s and explore the rich past of the region's water

Directions: From I-90 going East Take Exit 32 (436th Ave.) Turn right at the end of the off-ramp. Follow the
road (436th Ave. SE, Cedar Falls Rd. SE) for about 2.5 miles to Rattlesnake Lake. Continue with the Lake on
your right side until you reach the Cedar River Watershed Education Center.

Honor the Trees You Love with Seattle's Heritage Tree Program
Seattle, also known as the Emerald City, is a green region known for its parks, gardens, greenbelts, and street
plantings. However, the city is in danger of losing that reputation—in 1972 trees covered about 40% of the city
but now tree cover is only about 18%. Aging trees, competition for space and invasive plants such as ivy are
leading to much of the decline. Seattle's urban trees add value to our community in many ways; they beautify
our surroundings, absorb storm water and climate-disrupting gases, clean the air, reduce erosion and increase
property values.

The Seattle Heritage Tree Program is a cooperative program between the City of Seattle and PlantAmnesty
initiated in 1996 to celebrate Seattle's Special Trees. Heritage trees may be on either City or private property.
Each candidate tree is assessed by a certified arborist and evaluated by a review committee. Trees can be
nominated as an individual or a collection, but must have the owner's approval and meet criteria for health in
addition to being selected according to one of the following categories:
Specimen: A tree of exceptional size, form, or rarity.
Historic: A tree recognized by virtue of its age, its association with or contribution to a historic structure or
district, or its association with a noted person or historic event.
Landmark: Trees that are landmarks of a community.
Collection: Trees in a notable grove, avenue, or other planting.

Each Heritage Tree is identified by a plaque and the owners are given an owner's tree care manual. A few
owners have chosen to place a deed restriction on their property to provide for future tree protection. View all
the Heritage Trees designated so far at:

Nominating a tree provides recognition of a tree’s intrinsic worth and value to the community.
Anyone may nominate a tree. Please do not go on private property to view trees without the owner's permission.
The owner’s approval is needed for Heritage Tree designation. To nominate a tree, fill out the online form at and return it to the Heritage Tree
Committee in care of:

SDOT Urban Forestry Arborist's Office
700 Fifth Avenue
P.O. Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996

Ballard News-Tribune
October 5, 2007
Mayor wants city hall to do most planning work
By Rebekah Schilperoort

Ballard and Crown Hill have done better than most communities at keeping track and implementation of its
neighborhood plan, according to assistant city auditor Mary Denzel. Nearly 900 residents were surveyed for an
audit ordered by Seattle City Council member Sally Clark to review the mid-life progress of the 20-year plans. It
included people who had helped craft the plans in the late 1990s and some who did not.

The review, released Sept. 20, didn't examine each of the 38 neighborhood plans in depth, but evaluated the
progress of 100 projects chosen at random. It resulted in an "unbalanced" survey pool that overrepresented West
Seattle and neglected to include other neighborhoods at all. The audit shows the need for more city support and
funding, but gave the city an overall score of about 9 out of 10, 10 being the best. According to the survey,
neighborhood plans also helped with major capital investments, such as the passage of parks and library levies.
"We gave the overall effort a very high score," said Denzel. "A lot got done."

But the plans have suffered from the loss of six city staffers and a division director whose job was to help
neighborhoods implement the plans. Those positions, which at the time included councilwoman Clark, were cut
from the department of neighborhoods in 2003. The city adopted the plans in 1999. The city workers were able
to coordinate various city departments to get projects done. The loss of that support has caused some plans to
become "stale," while others have thrived with enough community support, Denzel said. "If the city wants to do
it right," any revision should include adding support at the city level, she recommended. "That was really
successful," said Denzel. "(It) takes someone looking from a broader prospective."

Generalizations about how each neighborhood is actually doing can't be drawn from the audit because it would
have taken too long to check in on all 4,300 recommendations. "It's meant to give us a taste, a flavor of what's
been done on some specific items," said Denzel. But based on conversations with members of the community,
she said Ballard's implementation progress and community involvement has been one of the more impressive.

The Ballard Municipal Center has been built, which includes a new library, neighborhood service center and
park. There have been numerous sidewalk, curb and bus stop improvements. The Ballard/Crown Hill plan also
received high marks for preservation of natural areas like Bitter Lake Reservoir and Carkeek Park. The city
scored poorly for not providing regular reporting on plan accomplishments. An update process should explain
clearly to communities whether it will be city driven or neighborhood directed, according to the audit.

It should also be plainly communicated to residents that the city expects a public service commitment to see the
plans through, said Denzel. "The plans are hugely dependent on community initiative," she said. "It takes
grassroots activism." Council member Clark said the audit was a good first look at the plans but wasn't the "be-
all-and-end-all." Progress has been a "mixed bag," but one thing is certain, "people are still ravenously excited
about local community planning," Clark said.

Any revision, she said, should include a system for nurturing community involvement and stewardship groups.
"Without those folks in the community knocking on doors regularly the plan does falter a bit," Clark said. The
council began reviewing the mayor's $3.5 billion proposed 2008 city budget this week, which includes about
$1.5 million and 10 staff to begin examining the neighborhood plans by dividing the city into six sectors. The
proposed structure puts most of the control into the hands of the Department of Planning and Development and
Department of Neighborhoods, instead of citizens.

The public process would include approximately two to three meetings per neighborhood and one to two per
sector. Each sector would be completed in one year and take five to six years to complete, according the mayor's
office. Clark said she favors a more "citizen driven process." Jody Hauge, former chair of Ballard's
neighborhood planning committee, said the plan gave the community an important tool to manage the growth its
experienced in the past several years.

People who never considered themselves "activists" suddenly became involved in community planning, too, she
said. Major goals were met, such as finding a new home for the Nordic Heritage Museum closer to downtown
Ballard. It will move into a new location on Market Street in the next few years. The area west of 24th and
Northwest Market Street between the Ballard Locks, a major tourist attraction, was "dead" before the plan. Now,
it's better connected to the hub of Ballard by creating a more walkable street with caf/'s and other commercial
and retail businesses," said Hauge. "Ballard is a much different place than it would have been without
neighborhood planning," she said.

But Ballard still struggles when it comes to affordable housing, with many workers commuting here from
outside of the community and city. A revision approach that didn't allow each community to address its
individual issues would be a mistake, Hauge said. "The more they can get it to be a community driven approach,
the more rewarding it will be for the communities and the city," she said.

Seattle Heritage Custom Bike Tours
Custom departures, year round, depending on availability. No tours Nov 2-20, 2007, because we will be on an
international tour. Choose a preset route (see below) or create your own.
•         Four plus hours: $40 per person / $160 minimum;
•         Six plus hours: $50 per person / $200 minimum;
•         Eight plus hours: $60 per person / $240 minimum;

Fees are for guide only and don't include meals, drinks or bicycles - bikes can be rented locally. Average out of
pocket expenses per tour $30 plus or minus $20. Online registration available at:

Bicycle Tour Routes:

Women in the Character and Culture of Seattle (four hours) - the route takes in the Pike Place Market, Capital
Hill, the University District and Fremont, highlight the contributions of women to the character and culture of
Seattle, including politicians, suffragists, educators, artist, social activists, businesswomen.

Celebrating the Ethnic Diversity of Seattle (four hours) - from the time of the arrival of the first outsiders in the
region the newcomers have been multi-ethnic. The program recalls the stories and events that lie behind the
Euro-America facade of the Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, International District (China Town, Japan
Town, Little Saigon), the old Jewish neighborhood.

"est" Tour (four hours) - A fun tour of a hundred of the oldest, tallest, and quirkiest sites in Seattle.

Interfaith Heritage (four hours) - Explore a slice of reverent and irreverent Jewish, Christian, Moslem, and
Eastern faith, history and legacy in Seattle from Pioneer Square to Capital Hill and through the Central District..

Labor, Leftists and the Common Folk that shaped Seattle (four hours) - A social history of Seattle.

Popular Culture (four hours) - Seattle dominate popular musical culture has changed over time from vaudeville,
to burlesque, to jazz, to garage rock, to hip-hop, to grunge, with more others sub-trends in between. There is
also the opera, symphony and more theatre per capita than any place else in the country. We will survey these,
along with some film locations and other tidbits that we let you in on the changing pulse of the city.

Seattle's Historic Neighborhoods (eight hours) - A scenic and historic route through Seattle neighborhoods. The
basic routes includes the Waterfront, Ballard, Fremont, University District, Leshi, Columbia City, China
Town/International District and Pioneer Square. Some of the points of interest that can be included are Myrtle
Edwards Park, Fisherman's Terminal, Discovery Park, fish ladders, Burke-Gilman Trail, Kite Hill, University of
Washington Campus, Washington Park Arboretum, Viretta Park, Lake Washington and Kubota Garden
(Japanese). Sub-themes can include ethnic communities, women, labor, popular culture, public art and

General Features of All Programs: Small group exploration of the fascinating cultural and ethnic diversity
(Native American, Asian American, African American, Pacific Islander and European American) and natural
and social history of Seattle. Enjoy the extraordinary natural beauty of the mountains, waterways and forest,
public art, architecture, historic sites, and beautiful bicycling.
Starting/Ending Point: any convenient location in greater Seattle, Washington, including hotels, bed and
breakfasts, bike rental location, etc.

Skill Level: Suitable for Fit Beginners/Intermediate/Experts
Mileage: 5-80 km, 3-50 miles.
Cycling Conditions: paved roads, mostly flat and small hills, maybe a couple of big hills.
Accommodations: not provided, information available.
Van Support: no vehicle support, all local transit buses have bike racks and head back to near the starting point.
Meals: not included in the cost of the tour, information on unique restaurants and cafes available.
Other Activities: Discussions, visits, walking
Bike: Touring, hybrid or mountain bikes are suitable. Bicycle helmets are required by local law.
Bike Rental: Available from local bike shop for $5-8 per hour, or $25-32 for all day.
Payment: Full payment due at departure.
Cancellation: A $50 administrative fee is forfeited for cancellation of a pre-paid tour.

Gates Foundation profiles former Cooper High School adaptive reuse
A $500,000 grantee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center located
inside the former Cooper High School (a designated City landmark) was recently profiled online by the

For almost two decades, the majestic Cooper High School building on Delridge Way in West Seattle
sat empty, a boarded-up eyesore instead of what it could have been—a testament to the history and
vitality of one of Seattle's most diverse neighborhoods. The building was constructed in 1917 as
Youngstown High School, built for the children of immigrant shipbuilders and steelworkers. In the middle of the
century, it played an important role in Seattle’s civil rights history when it welcomed the city's first African
American teacher, Thelma Dewitty. But in 1989, the local school district closed the school after building a
newer, more modern replacement.
In 2005, the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association (DNDA) rediscovered the value of the building
and reopened it as the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, a place where everybody in the community could learn
about art, see art, and make art. The foundation contributed to the rebuilding as a part of our efforts to help
people in our local community with great needs and few resources to have an equal chance to succeed.
The sheer variety of classes, performances, and programs available at the center today is staggering. On a single
night, for example, the center hosted a Seattle Symphony performance and classes on belly dancing and West
African drumming. Residents can use the technology center, the dance studio, the theater, and the ceramics
studio for a nominal fee, or for free.

Four arts education nonprofit groups rent space in the building, which helps give it its always-crowded feeling.
These groups, including Arts Corps and The Power of Hope, offer local kids an opportunity to create art while
they're learning about the world—and themselves. During the school day, Youngstown is home to an alternative
middle school where children who got into trouble at other schools get a second chance—and the support they
need—to succeed.

During the renovation of Youngstown, the upper floors were converted into housing and studio space for low-
income artists. These residents have built a community of artists participating in "disciplinary exchange," as put
by sculptor Paul Goldstein, who is collaborating on an art project with a neighbor and glass artist. The artists
have also established the center as an anchor of neighborhood life. The annual artists' open house draws several
thousand people who want to see what their neighbors have been up to. And the center also hosts popular
neighborhood Halloween and New Year's Eve parties.

Almost every day after school, the center fills up with teenagers, many of whom face unimaginable challenges
in their daily lives. Among them is a young man named Cham, who has taken every music production class the
center offers. At Youngstown, he can use special equipment and advanced computer software that he can’t
access anywhere else. "I love music," Cham said. "Music is my thing." He also learns from experts who
volunteer their time at the center. Most importantly, Cham has formed a bond with other young people who
flock there. Cham didn’t know the group of friends he now makes music with before he discovered
Youngstown. But now he calls the center his "home away from home."

The Daily UW
October 5, 2007
Brooklyn Building to be demolished
By Alex Sell

About 70 employees in the UW Department of Human Resources (HR) were relocated last Friday from the
Brooklyn Building at 4045 Brooklyn Avenue Northeast to allow workers to begin preparations for the
demolition of the building. The Brooklyn Building, a three-story brick structure with a basement, was
constructed in 1927 and has housed a number of offices for the UW’s HR department for the past 20 years,
including the office of Professional Organization and Development, Upper Campus Operations, the Violence
Prevention and Response Group and the Medical Center HR Data Services, roughly 40 percent of its 175

Most of these employees have been relocated to a recently renovated office in the basement of Bloedel Hall,
which formerly housed a library for the College of Forest Resources. Employees were given notice of the
relocation in August, said Laurie Harris, an HR administrator with the Health Sciences and Upper Campus
divisions. “It’s nice,” Harris said. “Before, we were all on separate floors, but here we are all interacting daily.”

The move only required a one-day work stoppage. Employees spent Friday packing up the office and by
Monday were back to work in their new offices, retaining the same phone numbers and mailboxes as before.
Harris also said although many in her office take the bus or carpool to work, parking services has
accommodated those who drive to work by arranging for parking near the stadium.

The building was placed on the UW’s Critical Building List in 2004 by the University’s Restoration Planning
Committee, which contrasted the costs of the backlog of repairs needed for buildings with the costs of
renovating or replacing that building. The Brooklyn Building was the only one of the 15 buildings on that list
that was proposed to be demolished. “The Brooklyn Building is a ‘turn-of-the-century’ building and has reached
and exceeded the end of its useful life. The immediate action is to vacate the building by relocating the current
staff,” said John Chapman, Executive Director of Campus Engineering and Operations. “Once the building is
vacated, the University's Capital Project Office will determine the scope, cost and schedule to demolish the

Chapman said although no firm timeline has been set for the demolition, the Capital Project Office’s current
goal is to demolish the building before the end of this academic year. The Capital Project Office could not be
reached for comment at press time.

November ballot initiative, referendum and constitutional amendments
Because of its legal status as a preservation development authority, Historic Seattle is restricted from taking
positions on ballot initiatives, referenda, or constitutional amendments. We are, however, not restricted from
educating our constituents on how these ballot procedures work. The League of Women Voters Seattle has
published the following to enlighten us about these processes.

On the November ballot, statewide there will be an initiative, a referendum, and constitutional amendments.
Why aren’t they all named the same thing? They differ in where they originate and how they get on the ballot.
An initiative starts with a petition from registered voters. Depending on when it is filed, the initiative either is
included on the ballot at the next state election or goes to the legislature, which may then refer it back to the
voters. Both a referendum and a constitutional amendment go from the legislature to the voters.

Once enough valid signatures have been gathered on a petition asking for its inclusion on the ballot, an initiative
to the people that has been turned in to the secretary of state at least four months before the election is submitted
to the people for a vote. Alternatively, an initiative submitted to the secretary of state up to ten days before the
next regular session of the legislature allows the people to propose a law to the legislature; that is called an
initiative to the legislature.

The initiative takes precedence over everything except the appropriation bills. The legislature can respond to the
initiative in one of three ways.
1) It can accept the initiative as written to become a law, leading to a vote of the people by referendum to
approve it.
2) It can refuse to act on the proposed initiative or reject it, resulting in the initiative being placed on the ballot at
the next state election.
3) The legislature can put up its own version of the proposal; at the next election, both the original initiative and
the legislature’s alternative are presented to the people for a vote.

A referendum measure is a law that has been recently passed by the legislature; a petition to have the public vote
on the law has garnered enough signatures so that it is being placed on the ballot. A referendum bill is put to a
public vote because the legislature passed a law, often submitted as an initiative to the legislature, and referred it
to the voters for approval.

If there is a move to change a provision of the state constitution, a constitutional amendment is proposed. For a
state constitutional amendment to be considered, a joint resolution passed by a two thirds majority of both
houses of the legislature must be put to a vote of the people at the next general election. A simple majority of the
voters must vote to approve it.

Seattle Fire Station photo gallery online
Many of Seattle's present and former fire stations are protected with a City landmark designation (see list

Fire Station #2, 2318 Fourth Ave.
Seattle Fire Station #14, 3224 4th Ave. S
Old Fire Station #3, 301 Terry Ave.
Old Fire Station #25, 1400 Harvard Ave.
Seattle Fire Station #41, 2416 34th Ave W.
Old Fire Station #23, 722 18th Ave.
Seattle Firestation #13, 3601 Beacon Avenue S.
Seattle Firestation #6, 101 23rd Ave S.
Old Fire Station #33, 10235 62nd Ave. S.
Seattle Fire Station #38, 5503 33rd Avenue NE
Seattle Fire Station #17, 1010 NW 50th St.
Old Fire Station #18, 5427 Russell Ave. NW
Wallingford Fire and Police Station, 1629 N. 45th St.
Seattle Fire Station #16, 6846 Oswego Place NE
Seattle Fire Station #37, 7302 35th Avenue SW

For a photo gallery of all of Seattle's currently functioning fire stations, please visit:

2007 Wallingford Home Tour
Sunday, October 7, 2007
11 am - 4 pm
Tour some wonderful Wallingford Homes
Tickets: $15

Contact Wallingford Neighborhood Office at (206) 632-3165 to purchase tickets.

Puget Sound Business Journal
October 3, 2007
Muckleshoot Tribe buys Salish Lodge

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe said it's buying the Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualmie for an undisclosed price.
The six-parcel site on 50 acres sits next to the Snoqualmie River and picturesque Snoqualmie Falls. The
previous owner, Gateway Cascades, offered the historic 89-room hotel for sale in June. The tribe said it's
selected Columbia Hospitality Inc. of Seattle to run the hotel. Tribal leaders said the purchase of the hotel is
another attempt for the tribe to diversify its holdings.

"As was the case with the tribe's investment in the new Four Seasons Seattle and purchase of the Emerald
Downs property, this acquisition is yet another step in the tribe's ongoing journey to diversify and strengthen its
economy," said Charlotte Williams, Tribal Council chairperson, in a statement. In late February, Salish Lodge
was named to Conde Nast Traveler magazine's Gold List, which ranks hotels on rooms, service, food, location,
design and activities. Salish Lodge was the highest ranking Washington hotel on the list, with a score of 89.2.

Pike Place Market online exhibit
The Seattle Municipal Archives has a new online exhibit commemorating the centennial of the Pike Place
Market. In addition to original photographs and documents, the exhibit also contains audio clips from public
hearings about the potential urban renewal project that would have replaced the market with offices and hotels.
Check out the exhibit at

City Council Public Hearing on Proposed 2007 Amendments to Seattle's Comprehensive Plan
The City Council’s Urban Development and Planning Committee will hold a public hearing on proposed
Comprehensive Plan amendments to be considered for the 2007 annual Comprehensive Plan amendment
process. The public hearing will be on Monday, October 22, 2007 at no earlier than 6:15 p.m. in the Seattle City
Council Chamber, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue.

The entrances to City Hall are located on the west side of Fifth Avenue, and the east side of Fourth Avenue,
between James and Cherry Streets. For those who wish to testify, a sign-up sheet will be available outside the
Council Chamber one-half hour before the public hearing.
Questions concerning the public hearing process should be directed to Neil Powers in Councilmember
Steinbrueck’s office, by calling (206) 684-8804 or via email at:

For those unable to attend the public hearing, written comments may be sent by noon on October 22, 2007 to:

Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck
Legislative Department
600 Fourth Avenue Floor 2
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025

or by email to

The ordinance and DPD Director's Report are available to be viewed and/or downloaded on DPD’s website at: The documents
will also be available from the Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) Public Resource Center, 700
Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000 in the Key Tower, (206) 684-8467. The Public Resource Center is open from 7:30
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; and from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and
Thursdays. Review copies will be available at Neighborhood Service Centers, and the City's branch libraries.

Questions about the proposed amendments should be directed to Mark Troxel of the Department of Planning
and Development at (206) 615-1739 or via email at or Ketil Freeman of City Council
Central Staff at (206) 684-8178 or via email at

Preservation Action Grassroots Poll 2007
Preservation Action is a 501c4 nonprofit organization created in 1974 to serve as the national grassroots lobby
for historic preservation. Preservation Action seeks to make historic preservation a national priority by
advocating to all branches of the federal government for sound preservation policy and programs through a
grassroots constituency empowered with information and training and through direct contact with elected

Preservation Action Member Priorities Survey Scores

   97%           Protecting the National Historic Preservation Act
   87%           Maintain and increase funding for State Historic Preservation Offices
   84%           Get amendments to Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit passed
   82%           Pursue a federal tax credit for owners of historic homes
   76%           Protect funding for the Community Development Block Grant Program
   70%           Support funding for rural preservation initiatives
   68%           Protect the Save America's Treasures Program
   65%           Protect and increase funding for Tribal Historic Preservation Officers
   65%           Protect funding for historic brownfields site redevelopment
   63%           Protect and increase funding for National Heritage Areas
   58%           Protect and increase funding for the Preserve America program

   Big Picture Issues to Watch in 2007

       • The future of historic preservation at the National Park Service
       • Antisprawl/smart growth legislation
      • Careful balance of LEED standards with the Secretary of Interior Standards on Rehabilitation
      • Federal insurance reform as relates to insuring historic properties
      • Federal funding and coordination of a national digital survey of historic resources


Christine Palmer, Preservation Advocate
Dearborn House, 1117 Minor Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
206.622.5444 x 226, Fax 206.622.1197
Educate, Advocate, Preserve

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