Though still a young community, the residents and businesses of the Issaquah Highlands have shown they love to come together for a big neighborhood celebration.
Improving the energy efficiency of residences has been identified as an effective way to solve not only some of the nation’s energy crises but also to save homeowners and renters money on monthly bills.
While the audiences were dramatically different, the candidates’ routines were mostly unchanged, holding up the same scapegoats for an economic system which is failing in its paramount duty to support public schools, and an economic recession which now sees more than 300,000 Washingtonians unemployed.
Congratulations to everyone behind the 2010 Issaquah Salmon Days Festival. The hardworking folks at the festivals office are at it year round, and for a small team of paid staff, aided by a large and willing team of volunteers, they put together a product that is becoming renown across the state and winning awards across the country.
The Central Issaquah Plan demands of its architects equal parts practicality and imagination; an ability to understand the limitations of the land, the economy, and the population, but also to be flexible enough to allow for a future that many of us will never see.
Hiking trails advocates and mountain bike enthusiasts left Monday night’s Issaquah Major Planning and Growth Committee (MPGC) meeting satisfied that there would be consideration given to both uses in trails plans for a 43 acre section of land south-west of Central Park in the Issaquah Highlands.
For some, it is difficult to quantify exactly what is gained by public and private investments in things like parks, strands of forest, trails, wetlands – keeping our views green and our environment healthy.
Already a regional leader in the use of Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) programs to conserve environmentally sensitive lands, the City of Issaquah hopes to use a $100,000 grant to make land conservation an even more attractive prospect for developers.
Sept. 25 is a special day – National Public Lands Day. The Greenway is urging all residents to celebrate the incredible beauty of areas like Tiger Mountain by getting out and amongst it, helping to repair some of the damage caused to trails by such heavy use.
“The reason I moved to Issaquah was because I had three priorities. I wanted to be near Seattle, but not in Seattle. For my work I needed to be close to the east-west, and north-south connectors, the freeways.
In order to keep tabs on the city’s effort toward sustainability, in 2008 Mayor Ava Frisinger assembled a panel of 16 community leaders to develop a long-term vision of sustainability, as well as recommending metrics to track the city’s progress toward specific goals.
In 2007, a development company called Onni announced big plans for a site it owned in downtown Vancouver. The property, half a city-block in the heart of Vancouver’s Granville Street, had some old commercial businesses on it, a smash repairers, a trampoline factory. Onni pulled them down, cleared away the rubble, and cleaned up the site for the long period of waiting that usually accompanies raising money and getting permits for big development projects.
More than the specific concerns about traffic, and landscaping, retail activity or stormwater mitigation, the feeling I got from watching Monday night’s public meeting about the Issaquah Highlands TDR is that the residents don’t trust the managers of their community.
Over the past 20 years, in small cities and communities across America, the average daily police record of reported crimes and complaints would hold a familiar, and fairly uniform, list of events – a drunk and disorderly, car prowling, garage break ins, and vandalism would usually fill the police blotters of places like Issaquah and Sammamish.
The 12 members of the Central Issaquah Plan Advisory Task have been entrusted with an enormous responsibility – to lay down the bold brush strokes of what the City of Issaquah should look like in the decades to come.
Heaven help you if you were trying to raise a child with a developmental disability in the 1960s. In terms of support services, education, therapy, or even a wise word, in many cities and towns there was nothing.