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  • Judy

    Wine world has growlers. I don’t know about Thanksgiving day however.

  • koko

    How do we get in touch with editor of wallyhood blog to discuss inappropriate posts?

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  • Julie

    Did anyone happen upon a blue & green Raleigh balance bike at Wallingford Park in the last couple of weeks? Our 2 year old had his at a lot of his brother’s soccer games this fall, and we’ve recently discovered that it’s not hanging in the garage where we thought it was. We’ve searched Wallingford Park with no luck, but are hoping that someone kind might have picked it up. It’s certainly a stretch, but doesn’t hurt to ask…

  • oh no

    As a longtime Wallingford resident, like many, I have had experiences with most local businesses. I am concerned about the comments in the school reports thread. I do not think that many or any Wallingford mothers ‘are getting the crap beat out of them” as surmised by floor pie. While this may be true, the implication and shadow this leaves makes me ill.

    Please comsider how we talk to one another here on this site AND when it is time to call for social workers, 911 or make reports to social services, please do so. Many Wallingford residents are professionals; have common sense, professional ethics and care about their schools and community.

  • Chris

    I am new to the Wallingford area from out of state. I must say, after living here for a while now, and observing the very pacifistic nature of people in this area, it’s pretty pathetic. I mean I had heard that Wallingford was a great place to live, honestly what I see is closer to a slum. Homes that are over 100 years old, and not maintained (at least on the outside), litter all over the place, a homeless shelter of tents on the side of the road near the highway off-ramp (45th and I-5), Graffiti everywhere especially just into the U-District. Homeless bums accosting people, begging for change and then I see them buying beer at the liquor store! And I see people giving them money from their cars. My god people, you are living in a cesspool of filth, and you all sit here and moan and whine about the police not doing anything. I know that Washington it a Democratic state, but come on! get off your butts and do something about it. Here are just a few recommendations.
    Hold a Wallingford and U-District and maybe a couple other surrounding areas town hall. Create volunteer groups to clean up litter, graffiti, form neighborhood watches of patrolling 2-3 adults for a couple hours each night on the weekend, get 50-100 people together and go and cut the trees down where the tent city is to make it more visible to the population and maybe even force them out of there yourselves. Leave your porch lights on in the front at night (lighting up the entire street), or get some nice spotlights to shine from your second floor down to the street. STOP giving money to panhandlers Period! There are many services available for them to use one of the most important ones being JOB PLACEMENT! Lots of labor work is available, they just need to be willing to actually work! Washington is a concealed carry state, get a gun. And yes… if someone is breaking into your car, detain them at gun point if you have to. Protecting your property is your right, you have an extra key in your car? or how about a garage door opener…easy targets guys. Take em in with you. You want to boycott anyplace, then start with the stores that sell liquor to obvious homeless people. Tell them to stop, tell them they not only require a license to buy but also a proof of residence (like a bill or something that matches their license). The shops that sell to homeless in the area are the worst. If they live in the area and care about the community they will stop supporting the habits that cause it to be so bad. I would also suggest petitioning the state senator to instill state income taxes too. A tax rate of 5% across the board for anyone making more than 30k per year, 2% for those making less and 10% for those who live in high crime areas – nothing is free in this world people. You want more police, you have to pay for it, and yes, that means those who use the police more should pay more since you obviously don’t want to take care of it yourselves.

  • Donn

    Whether or not any of these ideas are going anywhere, the first thing you need is the neighborhood. It isn’t “Wallingford” – I believe I’m in Wallingford, too, but I’m not in your neighborhood. People in the surrounding area might be willing to entertain the idea of helping out, but you need a core group that actually lives there.

    One place to start might be to page through the `back issues’ of this site and find the articles that have been written about the problem. There have been meetings with city officials, discussions about the special alcohol restrictions in the University district that have pushed the street alcoholics into Wallingford, negotiations with the store owners.

    Some of your neighbors have been doing this work, may still be working on it, may welcome your involvement. (Unless you’re a nut case, eh? If you can’t keep the armed vigilante, state income tax etc. stuff under your hat and work with people on a practical level, then maybe it would be better to stick to online rants.)

  • wayne146

    In general “DONN” said it quite well, and especially that last paragraph is spot on. …. To claim to be “new to the area”, and to break into a rant about your “new neighborhood” won’t win you any friends here, or anywhere.

  • Frankie
  • Michael H.

    Frankie, :)

  • koko

    lots of meetings hav ento slowed soem of the graffitti, the tent city nor the vagrants in front o fQFC or crime by 50th and Latona.. the stores still sell alcohol, the neighbors sell drugs and flatten tires… Ive lived here a long time and feel impacted by the increase of crime and vagrant requests for handouts. I owe library fines.. see me in front of QFC dfor a handout, please.

  • koko

    lots of meetings have not slowed the graffitti, the tent city nor the vagrants in front of QFC or crime by 50th and Latona.. the stores still sell alcohol, the neighbors sell drugs and flatten tires… Ive lived here a long time and feel impacted by the increase of crime and vagrant requests for handouts. I owe library fines.. see me in front of QFC dfor a handout, please.

  • Native

    So very hard so see and hear the horrible thingsbeing said about the “hood” where I was born and raised. What has gone wrong with the world?

  • Eileen

    Woke up on Thanksgiving to find my car window broken out…and black bag stolen……don’t leave things in your car! (ANd if anyone finds a black bag, w/ black shoes..would love them back)…luckily nothing of value was stolen….but don’t like it happening in our neighborhood!

  • Frankie


    Nothing has gone wrong with the world. Crime is down, across the board, especially in formerly blue collar neighborhoods, including Wallingford.mwhat you’re seeing is a combination of instant and granular data being shared and exposed. Oh and now every citizen, regular, concerned or nutty, has access to its dissemination.

  • koko

    the invcrease of vagrants and beggars in front of QFC is a clear visual physical presence, not data. The graffitti which hit a high peak a few years ago has subsided a bit, tho there was a huge incident 2 weeks ago on Sutra and adjoining buildings. Theft of stuff left in cars.. is disturbing and a reminder to NOT leave anything in your car.

  • abigail

    Chris has some worthwhile ideas in his post. True, pointing the finger doesn’t win friends, but occasionally a newcomer can see a situation clearly and have more energy to act than those who are close to it and those who have become weary with trying. Most of all, in his post he sounds like he cares. A tip to a newcomer- Blaming and an impatient tone antagonize. Here in Seattle we discuss rather than dispute. We attend meetings, committees and so on to get anything done. Our patience and cooperation are time consuming but effective in the long run.

    Query: Has anyone any news about tires being ruined with screws in Wallingford?

  • koko

    I think that’s a part of his ire.. attending meetings – like the one held during the day tiem which many couldnt attend.. even if we can attend them does nOT stop the crimes being committed daily.
    I thinwe need people to patrol in front of QFC and help the ‘begging’ woman and the occasional drunk friends to get moving on.. wiith actual words phone calls to polica and any other appropriate agency. I bet no one took me upon th eidea of teaming with McDonald to patrol or watch the area around their school.
    His idea of cutting down the bushes where many homeless camp out and scare pedestrians from walking over I-5 has merit. Who wins if all we do is talk about it and go to meetings? The woman in front of QFC and her drunk friends win. The people who have deterred me from attending movies at Seven Gables because I would hav eto walk by them.. they win. The vagrants who camp out over I-5 and 45th keeping people from walking over I-5.. they win while we go to meetings. get real. Get going! ACT

  • Kris

    @Almond67. A lone, white male dressed up as the grim reaper showed up at our door around 9 pm on Halloween. He took us by surprise because he was the oldest, tallest and most somber trick or treater we had all evening. We live on 46th and Eastern. Hopefully the burglary on Beacon Hill was just a coincidence.

  • Kris

    @Almond67 – just checked..most likely, our Wallingford grim reaper wasn’t involved in the ARMED ROBBERY on Beacon Hill. Reports said the crime took place at 9:15 pm and he was at our place at 9 pm.

  • suich

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  • yesyes

    the woman who begs is still in front of QFC.. how did that meeting make any difference?

  • Chris

    I’m not trying to offend anyone. I know there are some people who have tried and failed, and then others who failed to try. My frustration is in the fact that too many meetings, with NO outcome. NO actions. NO Change. Seriously people. Can you imagine if people in Wallingford started getting together ON OUR OWN, not at the behest of the politicians who are more concerned with politics. If we got together, say every month, we collected volunteers, we set specific action items to address the issues being faced. This is what it would look like to me.

    1. Who volunteers to be involved. Who is committed to being involved? Take names and numbers
    2. List of all the issues that are a sore eye on our community.
    1. Graffiti
    2. Pan handlers
    3. Litter
    4. Homeless tent cities
    5. Crime – Breaking into cars etc.

    3. Brainstorm of Actionable things that WE can do to remedy the situation.Just some starters:
    1. Graffiti – Every weekend have a neighborhood potluck in various areas throughout the area. We clean the graffiti.. We get the schools involved as extra credit for kids. our kids. I shouldn’t need to explain all the benefits of this. Do this on a rolling basis. – to address ongoing, see response to 5 below.

    2. Pan handlers – We set up teams of people to stand next to pan handlers in groups of 5 or more with signs asking motorists not to give change. Have pictures of these very same pan handlers buying alcohol at the local stores. We do this until they decide to leave. We set up hotlines with all volunteers if they pop back up, we immediately have at least 3 people go there and continue to do this. Eventually they will realize that we are taking back our neighborhood.

    3. Litter – Same as #1

    4. Same as #2 as well as chop down all trees and shelter. Once you take away their way of hiding in the shadows and their income source, they will leave

    5. All of the above will definitely help, but then also set up rolling patrols, to not only walk the streets during high activity hours, but also to LOOK at our neighbors cars. Do we see anything that is visible that someone might want to take? if so, walk up to the door, knock on it, and tell the person, “hey moron, you like having your windows broken and stuff stolen?” Eventually people will get the point.

    All these things are legal, are done in many neighborhoods throughout the country and lead to REAL results and change.

    Of course, we also want to co-ordinate with local law enforcement and community outreach programs to let them know, hey..this is what we are going to do. If you want to offer an alternative path for these people, then come and offer them your support…they’re going to need it.

    So by a show of hands…How many people on this board would be willing to commit to this? Please only vote once.

  • yesyes

    This is not the place for these ideas. Few go to this forum. Neighbors have fo ra long time gathred through the WCC or WNA to clean up graffiti. People attended meetings when a homeless place opened in a church. Some meetings hav eto happen to gather folks. i squandered time with the homlesss meetings and a few other community ideas to find it is not worth it anymore.
    I pick up litter by the apartment building where i live.

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