March 8, 2022 at 9:39 am #77948Gary ShigenakaKeymaster
Hello Wallyhood Readers, I’m one of the volunteer editors. We’re finding these Forums to be woefully underutilized, so I thought I’d chum the waters, so to speak, with a few questions to attempt to stimulate some dialogue.
Question 1: What’s your general opinion of the state of Wallyhood? If real estate values are an indicator, it remains one of the desirable neighborhoods in the city. Do you find it a friendly and engaging place to live or work?
Question 2: What is your personal perception concerning crime trends here? Better, worse, around the same as in the past? Have you experienced a crime in or around Wallingford? Property crime or something else?
Question 3: Are you okay with the representation you have in the city and state governments? Do you have burning questions you would like to have answered by your representatives?
Question 4: We are a little over a year into our experiment with the resurrection and stewardship of Wallyhood as an online presence. How are we doing? Be kind; remember, most of us have day jobs and some of us have thin skins! Some news organizations have mottos, like “All the news fit to print”; or “Democracy dies in darkness”. Wallyhood’s might be, “It’s not like we’re the New York Times”. We’re doing the best we can…
Question 5: Anything else you’d like to say here related to Wallingford? Are there topics you’d like to see us cover?March 11, 2022 at 7:43 am #78022donnParticipant
1, 2. My vicinity, a couple blocks, is friendly and engaging, it hasn’t yet deteriorated noticeably. We also seem to be spared the major public safety problems, I mean not really noticeably worse right now than for the last decade or two. Wallingford as a whole, I experience mainly retail, which has suffered a lot of losses – Food Giant, electronics where the Hawai’i store is now, World Wide Books, Stoneway Hardware and other home improvement, several business in the Wallingford Center building, …
3. Delighted with city council District 4 representation, mixed on city and state. It’s terribly hard to get good representation in the current divisive political atmosphere.
4. It’s good. Articles are uniformly thoughtful and well written.March 12, 2022 at 11:28 am #78059JM1Participant
0. I had a difficult time registering for the forum. Actual registering did not send the confirming email link. Had to go through the ‘reset password’ operation. You might be losing potential forum members because of this.
1. Mostly good but I am bothered by the continual window breakage. It’s disheartening when people/business just ‘give up’ and go with plywood– even if there are fun designs on it. Also, what’s the deal with the old Guild 45th? Total eyesore now. I understand folks may have some fond memories, but they are just that now. Something needs to be done there.
2. I just moved here within the last year. While the residential streets are nice the business corridor on 45th seems to need some help (see ‘broken glass’). Not crazy about QFC being targeted by drug users and derelicts. I have noticed fewer people sleeping in storefronts, so that’s good. However, still folks sleeping in Meridian park, which doesn’t seem great for a playground.
3. Are we represented by the city? Any tips for how best to follow what’s going on with representation?
4. I’m glad someone is trying. Was seeking out some ‘neighborhood pulse’ and happy to have found wallyhood.
5. How does everything see Wallyhood evolving? Yearning for a bucolic past or striving to some tech future? Or what?March 12, 2022 at 11:51 am #78062JackKeymaster
Thanks, JM1, for the valuable feedback about the registration process. I have been tinkering with it to try to get rid of spammers. I will investigate and get back to you by email if I have questions.May 10, 2022 at 2:08 am #78491
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