The comments on the projects were very helpful. The Tangletown cut through prevention project is being withdrawn since a majority of the commenters were negative about it. Hopefully the active discussion that resulted will end up producing a better proposal next year. Here are the locations of the remaining projects:
If you’re not familiar with a project just scroll down through the last 4 posts for more detail. The Wallyhood winner will be determined by the total number of check boxes a proposal receives, so if you want to kill a proposal then just vote for the other 3.
Which 2015 NPSF projects do you think should be our top priorities?
- (4) Crossing Improvements at N 43rd St and Stone Way N (33%, 126 Votes)
- (2) Clean Up and Lighting of Burke Gilman Trail (32%, 123 Votes)
- (1) Environmental Restoration of Waterway 22 (23%, 89 Votes)
- (3) Crosswalk at N Northlake Way and Eastern Ave N (12%, 46 Votes)
Total Voters: 268
The poll is open until noon on Saturday. After the vote:
- The Wallingford Community Council and other groups will factor in the vote here and blog comments, plus perceived feasibility of the projects to determine their preferences.
- There will then be a vote at the Lake Union District Council on the first Monday of next month where all the groups get together and projects will be sorted from favorite to least favorite. Wallingford’s projects will get mixed in with projects from Fremont and Eastlake and the top six projects overall will get studied, meaning probably two or three projects from Wallingford. The studies are done by whomever owns the land and/or regulates it (SDOT, Parks, Seattle Schools, Seattle Public Utilities, Department of Ecology, etc).
- Reports come back in about two months with the finalized plans and budgets from government agencies. They may have changed the plans or vetoed them. For instance, last year’s NPSF proposal that was put forward for Wallingford was for two crosswalks across 40th, at Sunnyside and Bagley. Despite having reviewed and endorsed a very similar project before, SDOT came back and said that not enough pedestrians were crossing 40th, so they wouldn’t put in crosswalks, and they vetoed the project. As that was the only project Wallingford put forward that year, funding went to other neighborhoods.
- There will then be a final vote to determine which projects to proceed with given an overall budget. Sometimes project sorting is changed based on design and budget. That’s what killed crosswalks across 40th in a prior year- SDOT approved one crosswalk at Sunnyside and 40th that year, but came up with a crazy high budget for it and a very complicated plan, so the district council killed it in favor of a better designed and budgeted plan for pedestrian and street reconfiguration of N Northlake Way down at the water.
- If the budgets are small, Wallingford may get two projects done, but in prior years only the top ranked project has moved forward to implementation. The NPSF budget for the city is 2 million dollars, and the idea is to keep projects to $90,000 or less so that each neighborhood gets at least one.
I’ll post updates as things progress. I hope you enjoyed this non-Tim-Eyman-sponsored attempt at direct democracy!