UPDATE February 27, 2013: A shitstorm of 30 emails arrived today through the Montlake Forum, after this seemingly innocent comment:
Imagine my surprise when I opened my garbage can and discovered a bag of pooch poop. I was surprised because, I don’t have a dog! I have no idea about the rules regarding disposal of such waste. The bag wasn’t even tied. Please take your pooch poop with you and disposal of it in your receptacle.
Worse than poop bags in your trash can? Bags of poop in your inbox. Polls are still open folks…
Original Post: May 4, 2012
A neighborhood survey was recently conducted to better understand and prioritize the many issues that affect us here in Montlakeshire. However, one burning issue was missing from the survey despite having set the Montlake Forum ablaze with controversy earlier this year: what should dog walkers do with their bags of poop?
Now that we’re all friends again, it’s time to settle the Great Forum Shitstorm of 2012 with a legally binding poll:
How many of you have ever received city complaints about rats in your backyard? We who live under Interlaken Park cannot NOT have rats. I use 5 electronic traps, and 2 rat motels, plus poison in many hidden places. I JUST started using a sprung rat trap. Oh, I felt SO BAD when it killed the sweet bird that has been hopping around on the ground for several years. The rats seem to learn so quickly, I never see any in the electronic nor motel traps. No animal nor human food is out.
An interesting debate is happening at CHS over Capitol Hill’s new light rail station name. With the Sound Transit Board set to formalize the station names this summer, the question should be asked: are we settled on University of Washington Station?
The University’s resistance to locating the light rail station on the main campus was an unintended benefit for its neighbors, resulting in two stations on its periphery, separated by a 10-minute, half-mile walk from Red Square. Yet the status quo stations names are inconsistent in that one refers to the campus at large and the other to a secondary local street.
Following the street-naming scheme it would make sense to use the name Montlake Station, after the boulevard next to Husky Stadium and in keeping with Broadway and Brooklyn Stations. This sets up consistency with other nearby stops with University and Westlake Stations downtown, and Roosevelt and Northgate Stations further along the line.
It also makes sense to use Montlake Station for the neighborhood naming scheme since the UW community commonly refers to the entire east side of campus as Montlake. This would be consistent with Pioneer Square, Sodo, Beacon, Mt. Baker to the south and Northgate and Roosevelt to the north — so long as Brooklyn was reconsidered to be U-District Station.
Didn’t make it to WSDOT’s Portage Bay Bridge Community Design Meeting? No worries, here is a chance to respond to the three bridge types being considered for 520 across Portage Bay. We will have to live with this thing for the next 75 years so have a look at the design drawings in the previous post below, hold your nose if you have to, and vote below…
*UPDATE* Pros and Cons of each bridge type:
- Hollow section bridge deck
- No additional structure above roadway – preserves views
- Spans up to 400 feet
- Heaviest footprint of columns
- Combination of box girder and cable stay
- Short support towers above the road surface
- Requires thicker cables – obscuring through views
- Spans up to 900 feet
- Light footprint of columns
- Low profile bridge deck
- Tall towers with cables, visually striking
- Thinner cables – through views somewhat preserved
- Spans up to 1200 feet
- Lightest footprint of columns
A recent poll asked Montlakers what dog walkers should do with their bags of dog poop and the results have now been tallied and certified:
60% say it’s best to carry it all the way home.
27% endorse dropping it in the nearest garbage can left out on the curb.
11% think it’s fine to walk onto someone else’s property to drop it in their garbage can.
2% voted to toss it in a neighbor’s yard.
So there you have it: Carry It Home wins by a mile. Or did it? Some 40% voted it OK to pass the poop to someone else’s property, in one way or another. What does it say that individual versus collective responsibility splits 60-40 on this issue?
Spring must be Montlake’s finest hour. We recently walked the neighborhood looking for its biggest, bestest and most sassiest tree. This tree is it. It is across from St. Demetrios. Go see it soon before the rain and wind litters the street with its confetti. Seen enough? Then vote on its sassiness. Nay voters please locate your contenders in the comments and we’ll go reconsider.
**Update** Montlake resident and plant expert Arthur Lee Jacobson weighs in:
I confess confusion as to the term sassiest… As for the Yoshino Cherry tree pictured, right now it is lovely in bloom –but the rest of the year it is undistinguished.
Hmmm…. Montlaker is taking that as a ‘nay’. Indeed, sassiness in Montlake is fleeting!