Senior Center is packed for forum on 185th St Station

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Moderator Dale Lydin, with microphone, addresses the audience
at the community forum for the 185th Street Station
Photo by Brock Howell

The meeting hall of the Shoreline / Lake Forest Park Senior Center was packed Tuesday night, with close to 150 Shoreline citizens listening to leaders from three Seattle areas which are years ahead of Shoreline in welcoming a Sound Transit station to their neighborhoods.

Tony To, a business owner from the Rainier Valley, talked about the experience of being the first neighborhood to get rail lines and stations. He talked about how Sound Transit has changed from those first days. ST went into their neighborhood, telling people what they were going to do and providing little avenue for community input or influence. The community responded by digging in its heels and putting all its energy into fighting Sound Transit. The process was delayed and expensive. MLK Way was closed for three years and many businesses did not survive.

Ryl Anderson addresses a question to panelists
Cathy Hillenbrand, Craig Benjamin, and Tony To
while moderator Dale Lydin looks on
Photo by Brock Howell

Cathy Hillenbrand represented the Capitol Hill neighborhood whose station is just now being completed. They, with a great deal of time, energy, learning, and volunteers, were able to work collaboratively with Sound Transit, the Seattle City Council, and the neighborhood organizations.

They spent a long time deciding what their vision was for the station area, and a longer time trying to convince Sound Transit to change to their vision. They were only partly successful. They wanted their station inside a building, not an open plaza. But their compromise will give them space for a farmers' market and festivals.

Craig Benjamin represented the Cascade Bicycle Club which got involved in the Northgate station when they found out that Sound Transit planned to put more of its financial resources into a 900 car parking garage, instead of taking steps to help people who wanted to be able to bike or walk to the station. Cascade is a very successful political lobby, so they were able to use their members to advocate successfully for their view, including a new pedestrian bridge over I-5 which will link North Seattle Community College back to Northgate.

The room was close to capacity
Photo by Brock Howell

All panelists stressed that Sound Transit should be a community partner, but neighbors should understand ST's constraints, financial, legal, and regulatory. They praised the early start of the 185th Street Station committee, and said that getting a new station is exciting, energizing, and can be an economic boon to the community.

The audience included Sound Transit staff, Shoreline City staff, most of the Shoreline City Council,  Senior Center staff, and the program director of King County's Futurewise, which is a partner to the Committee.

The meeting was moderated by Dale Lydin, co-chair of the 185th Station Committee with Suzanne Wynne. Both are board members of the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association.


6 comments:

Anonymous,  April 17, 2013 at 9:12 AM  

This Shoreline multi-neighborhood meeting was about LIGHT RAIL, and the impacts a planned Sound Transit light rail station on 185th, and the urban redevelopment it would spawn, would have on the surrounding neighborhoods. Outsiders were brought in to tell us to get involved, but not slow down the process, lest we delay the bring financial ruin to ourselves.

4 Shoreline City Councilmembers attended this meeting. The 3 who did not come near this 'hot potato' are the ones who have announced their intent to seek reelection in the fall. No surprise there.

Anonymous,  April 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM  

An articulate and very real member of the audience shared her heartfelt concerns for the future of her home, her neighborhood, and her gray-haired neighbors. The room erupted in spontaneous applause, her sense of being short-changed resonating with the crowd. That is what happened last night. Dear readers, you need to attend these events yourselves if you are to have any hope of learning what actually happened.

Anonymous,  April 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM  

United Nations Agenda 21 (codename: Sustainable Development), is a global action plan, adopted in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, to inventory and control all land, water, minerals, plants, animals, construction, means of production, energy, education, information, and human beings in the world. By appealing to the natural environmental sympathies of conscientious citizens, its proponents have intentionally disguised this mega power-play.

Futurewise (formerly known as 1000 Friends of Washington) is one of many non-governmental offices (NGOs) hard at work influencing all matters governmental to make the vision of Agenda 21 and the related organization, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) a reality here. That this so-called neighborhood citizens committee and the City are partnering with these NGOs should tell you whose side they are on. Not yours.

Google or YouTube Agenda 21 and ICLEI. In just 30 minutes you can learn a lot. Concern for the environment is a good thing. But "sustainable development" is a Trojan horse.

Anonymous,  April 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM  

One guy there asked when will the real questions people have be heard and answered. I'm with him. This meeting was just for show.

Brock April 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM  

Do you want to a healthy, livable community for near the future 185th Station? Do you want a place with opportunities for housing, jobs, and retail ... where walking, biking, and riding transit is safe & easy? Do you want to make sure the expansion of the Regional light rail system is leveraged to your community's benefit?

Then get involved with the new 185th Station-Area Citizens Committee. It's a local, neighbor-led effort that's working to set a vision for how to make a truly great community.

Join the email list: http://be.futurewise.org/signup_page/shoreline185-getinvolved

Anonymous,  May 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM  

I found the meeting informative and well run. I applaud those community leaders from the Seattle area Stations that came to speak to us and answer questions to the best of their ability.
In truth, yes, some homes will be impacted by the arrival. It is only with a positive, but informed approach that those affected homeowners will truly be heard.
Attend the meeting tonight, May 22nd at City Hall. Citizens of Shoreline, turn off the computers and the TV. Come out. Be positive. Get informed!

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