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Queen Anne Weekly

Welcome to the Queen Anne Weekly Newsletter!

This week, we bring you the latest news from the neighborhood, including the arrest of two suspects in connection with the death of a 4-year-old child, the formation of a union by Homegrown workers, the Seattle Fault Zone running under the city, the Space Needle's Winter Brilliance exhibit, and holiday gift ideas from local businesses.

Stay informed and stay safe this holiday season!

Upcoming Events

These Seattle-area restaurants are open (or serve to-go feasts) on Christmas Day

It's Christmas time in Seattle! Enjoy the festive season with a visit to Queen Anne, where you can find plenty of holiday cheer. From the Queen Anne Farmers Market to the Queen Anne Christmas Tree Lighting, there's something for everyone. Enjoy a delicious holiday meal at one of the many restaurants in the area, or pick up a unique gift from one of the local shops. Don't forget to take a stroll around the neighborhood to admire the holiday decorations. Celebrate the season in Queen Anne!

Ship Canal Water Quality Project: Year-End Update - At Your Service

Despite the pandemic, Seattle Public Utilities and King County Wastewater Treatment Division have continued active construction on the Ship Canal Water Quality Project. Tunneling from Ballard to Wallingford is over halfway complete, and work is progressing on the 8-foot diameter conveyance tunnel under the Ship Canal to carry flows from North Queen Anne to the storage tunnel. We anticipate the cost of the project to increase by as much as 14%, and the schedule to be extended.

ArtSEA: Light shows give Seattle a glow-up this winter

The Space Needle's Winter Brilliance exhibit at Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum is a must-see this winter. With 700 icicles, light projections, and music by Brian Eno, it's a stunning display. Queen Anne is also a great spot to take in the winter lights, with its skyscrapers, ferris wheel, stadiums, and ferries all aglow.

2022 holiday gift guide by Asian-owned businesses

For holiday gift ideas, check out Boma Jewelry's Treasured Collection, Crystallography Gems in Georgetown, KOBO Seattle's Japanese and Northwest fine crafts, Baked by B's ube crinkle cookie, coconut mochi cup, and ube cinnamon roll, Miro Tea's herbal teas, Lucky Envelope Brewing's Asian-inspired Buddha's Hand Citron IPA and Gingerbread Cream Stout, The Cura Co.'s ethically sourced cashmere socks and beanies, and LULUMIÈRE's Northwest candle and shower steamers in Queen Anne.


Twin brothers wanted for murder in Lacey, one arrested

Police have arrested a man and woman in connection with the death of the woman’s 4-year-old child in Queen Anne on Sunday night. The suspects were booked into King County Jail for murder. This is the 12th homicide of 2022 for Everett Police.

In Other News

Seattle community group gathering jackets for those in need this winter

Warm for Winter Seattle is still providing jackets and other warm clothing to those in need at the Queen Anne Food Bank. Donations of new and used items are collected and washed before being hung up on the fence for easy access.

Where are you when it comes to masking?

George from Queen Anne is still masking indoors as much as possible to protect others, even after 3 years of the pandemic.

Past Events

Seattle's Homegrown cafe workers vote to unionize

Homegrown workers at the Queen Anne location voted to form a union in December 2020, with an 84% tally in favor. The Seattle-based sandwich maker has since been negotiating a fair contract with its employees.

Seattle's Geologic Hazards Can Be Overwhelming, But Preparation ...

Seattle is a city with a high risk of exposure to major disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic activity, and landslides. The Seattle Fault Zone runs directly under the city and the Sound, and earthquakes of historic proportions occur a few hundred years apart. Lower Queen Anne is a neighborhood of historic brick buildings built before modern seismic improvements were required, and the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has hired a program manager to begin drafting a retrofit program. Residents can check whether they live or work in an unreinforced masonry building using the Seattle Hazard Explorer. To prepare for disasters, the City of Seattle has compiled a list of resources to help citizens get ready for earthquakes and their aftermath.


Seeking Urbanist Applicants for Seattle Design Review Boards

Design review is under scrutiny due to housing delays and racial inequity. The Seattle City Council recently passed an exemption for affordable housing projects, and Mayor's Office proposed a pilot program allowing applicants to opt out of full design review. The West Seattle Design Review Board famously withheld approval for the development of 323 new homes atop of the Queen Anne Safeway, citing design concerns. This has caused delays and blocked projects and affordable housing contributions.

Real Estate

Seattle dance company buys $3.5 million building on Queen Anne

Whim W'Him, a Seattle-based contemporary dance company, has completed its purchase of the All Saints Church building on Queen Anne Hill for $3.5 million. The company, founded in 2009, will use the space to make dance more accessible to the community through classes, events, and a dance school.

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