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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

City of Seattle Graffiti Work Crews - Summer 2008

A work crew arranged by the City of Seattle to clean-up the streets and paint-out the graffiti will be in Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood. The crew is working a couple different neighborhoods including ours and will have a Wednesday rotation throughout the summer. We should be seeing them at least 2 times between July and August. And they could be in our neighborhood as soon as July 2nd.

In order for the crew to paint-out the graffiti, the business/building owners need to have a permission form signed and turned into the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber. The chamber will have a booth at the upcoming Car Show on Saturday, June 28th where they will be handing out these forms. If you are interested in helping the chamber reach out to the local businesses, please stop by the booth that day.

The crew is also in need of a 1/2 way point to take a break and eat their lunch. If anyone can recommend an area about 1/2 way up Greenwood-Phinney, please let us know by emailing: artup@greenwood-phinney.com

Friday, June 20, 2008

Zoo Mural Uncovered in Seattle

Within a couple of minutes Thursday afternoon, it became clear the beloved mural by the Woodland Park Zoo — the one the city's Graffiti Rangers mistakenly covered up in early May with gray paint, creating a neighborhood uproar — could be saved...

for the rest of the article go to: seattletimes.com

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Art Up Greenwood-Phinney Progress...

The Greenwood-Phinney Chamber has been actively involved with taking steps to rid our neighborhood of the graffiti and tagging blight.

We have:
Worked with the City of Seattle to add Red Wagon paint out supplies which will soon be stored and available for use at the Greenwood Service Center. Made available City drafted permission forms for graffiti and tag paint out for businesses who would like our volunteers to automatically paint out hit areas with the City provided white or gray paint (or have some of your own color on hand and we'll use that)

Started to gather a team of volunteers who we'll soon mobilize into service to take shifts in walking the neighborhood and doing paint outs for those businesses who have provided permission forms.

Begun the process to apply for a special grant from the city to support actions such as creating a brochure tailored for businesses in our neighborhood with info on how to combat graffiti, how to report it and how to remove it. Additionally, we are also looking into the use of this small grant to purchase a power washer for businesses with brick or stone storefronts who have been vandalized.

Created a new, long term initiative to resist graffiti called ART UP GREENWOOD-PHINNEY. The goal of this initiative is to select sites within the Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood prone to this behavior and work with local artists and youth organizations to create mural artwork that celebrates and represents the unique aspects of our community. This has proven to be a successful deterrent around the city as well as in other areas with similar problems around the country. We have setup a blog to keep the line of communication open on this initiative and we welcome and encourage your feedback and interest in participation, drop us a line at artup@greenwood-phinney.com.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Seattle Zoo Mural Update

The zoo mural that was painted over recently has been at the top of the list for concerned Phinney-Greenwood citizens. If you did not see the article you can read it here: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2004460919_paintedmural06m.html

Irene Wall, of Phinney Neighborhood gave this update:
Shortly after the mural was painted over by the city, the Phinney Ridge CC (Community Council) began a dialogue with the Dept of Neighborhoods about replacing the mural. We expect to hear next week (week of June 16) how the city intends to fund the project. Lise Ward (who managed the original PRCC sponsored project) and Greg Zuhl, who called foul on the city for covering the mural, are co-leaders of a steering committee at this point.

She also said that there are some water damaged areas where drains need to be re-routed and also they would like to add lighting to the tunnel as well. There may be a slim chance that the gray paint may be able to be removed as the original mural had a protective coating on it. Some patch tests will be done by SDOT to see if that is a possibility. If the mural cannot be restored, it will be replaced and a process will be put into place for a possible design competition and the involvment of area youth.