Madison Valley

is a charming Seattle village with a European flair. We offer an eclectic mix of sophisticated shops, services, and restaurants. Our independently owned businesses attract visitors from afar, and shopkeepers greet customers by name. Here you’ll find people enjoying the good life, strolling the sidewalks, pausing to chat and explore. Join us, say hello, and stay awhile.

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Temporary lane restrictions begin next week at the 23rd Ave and E Madison St intersection


The 23rd Ave Corridor Improvements Project has sent out this notice:

Starting as soon as Thursday, September 29, crews plan to begin temporary lane restrictions at 23rd Ave and E Madison St in order to start paving the intersection. While some travel lanes on E Madison St will be closed during this work, crews will keep two-way eastbound and westbound traffic on E Madison St open. As a reminder, access from E Madison St to northbound 23rd Ave is now closed to traffic. The full northbound closure with detour to Martin Luther King Jr Way from E Union St to E John St will remain in place until the completion of construction in early 2017. Southbound 23rd Ave remains open.

The purpose of the E Madison St lane restrictions is to maintain access to businesses and residences and reduce how many full intersection closures at 23rd Ave and E Madison St intersection will be required. Crews will complete this work during regular business hours, but the lane restrictions will stay in place over the weekend to keep drivers from entering the unfinished work zone. This work is expected to last for multiple weeks. See the flyer for more information, and please stay tuned for schedule updates.
Bus stops for King County Metro routes that travel east and west through the intersection on E Madison St, including routes 11 and 84, may be temporarily shifted around the work zone during this work. Please look for posted alerts at your bus stop, sign up for Transit Alerts, or call Metro at 206-553-3000 for more information.

Crews anticipate upcoming intersection work at 23rd Ave and E John St

Sometime over the next couple of weeks, crews will install pole foundations at the 23rd Ave and E John St intersection. Due to the location of energized trolley wires over the intersection, this work may require temporary lane shifts or intersection closures. We will share more information once the work and schedule details are confirmed.

Other reminders

  • Artist Martha Jackson Jarvis is in Seattle this week to prepare the new public artwork that will be installed at the southeast corner of 23rd Ave and E Union St.
  • Neighbors can expect intermittent closures of E Olive St (on the east side of 23rd Ave) and E Pine St (on the west side of 23rd Ave) over the next few weeks as roadway demolition, paving, and sidewalk work continues.
  • Temporary driveway and sidewalk closures are ongoing as crews continue work in Zone C, from E Union St to E John St. Please use caution and pay attention to sidewalk closures and pedestrian detours.
  • The Office of Economic Development is continuing to work with businesses to address their needs. If you have questions, please email or call Michael Wells at or 206-684-8612.

For more information

Call the 24-hour project hotline: 206-727-8857


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Customer Appreciation Sale


City People's  is offering 28% or more off everything this weekend (9/24 & 9/25) in appreciation of 28 years of your support!* 

PLUS: CAKE & RAFFLES & GIVEAWAYS! Prizes include plants, furniture, chocolate, and a commemorative T-shirt.




*Excludes items from our Garden Art Show and Staff Art Show


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MoveMend is growing!


MoveMend is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Ryan Simmons, physical therapist, to our team. Ryan earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from #1 ranked University of Southern California Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy in 2010, after 4 years of successful independent Massage Therapy practice in Chicago.


With over a decade of health care experience in a wide range of settings, she is uniquely positioned as a true integrative clinician. Although her bread and butter therapy is based heavily on manual orthopedics, body mechanics, and gait analysis, she also has experience and clinical interest in woman’s health, yoga modification, neurologic disorders, and vestibular rehabilitation for vertigo and dizziness. Her patient care philosophy is rooted in the belief that keen observation, active listening, and hands-on discovery are the keys to successful intervention and the return of a patient to their highest level of function.
You can make an appointment with Ryan directly from our website
Feel free to stop in and say hello!


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Cafe Flora 25th Anniversary Celebration!


Cafe Flora will feature a special anniversary dinner menu designed by four of its notable chefs from the last 25 years including founding chef Jim Watkins. The Greatest Hits menu will run October 2–6 starting at 5 p.m.




Sunday, October 2nd – Roll back to 1991 pricing!

To kick off the celebration on Sunday October 2 at 5 p.m., prices will roll back to 1991 pricing for one night only, on their Greatest Hits menu below! $25 per person for four courses, or a la carte. Prices go up to $45 per person October 3–6, or for purchase a la carte.

This evening only, 50 percent of the sales for Otis Kenyon wines and the Madison Cocktail will be donated to Bailey-Boushay House. From 6–8 p.m. this evening enjoy a tasting area with samples from some of Cafe Flora’s local purveyors including broVo Spirits, Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Otis Kenyon Wines.

Reservations are available for parties of six or more at 206-325-9100. More details at and in Seattle Met Magazine!

Greatest Hits Menu

Crispy Butternut Wontons $4.75
Created by Chef Janine Doran (Cafe Flora’s current head chef)
butternut pate, arugula, avocado, chili aioli, truffle aioli, cilantro rice vinaigrette.

Harvest Salad $6.50
Created by Chef Sarah Wong (former Cafe Flora sous chef)
charred romaine, corn-buttermilk dressing, scarlet runner beans tomato squash "succotash" with crispy okra.

Oaxaca Tacos $9.75
Created by Chef Jim Watkins (Cafe Flora’s founding chef)
corn tortillas filled with cheesy mashed potatoes, with black bean stew, smoky braised greens, fire roasted salsa, lime creme fraiche.

Pumpkin Chocolate Bread Pudding $4.75
Created by Chef Leslie Pettigrew (former Cafe Flora pastry chef)
pumpkin chocolate bread pudding with bourbon anglaise.

(vegan options available for all courses)

Wine + Cocktail Pairing: $25 per person October 2-31
Starter — Madison Cocktail rye whisky, Remedy Teas Earl Grey infused vermouth, angostura bitters

Salad — Otis Kenyon Roussane
Entree — Otis Kenyon Matchless Red
Dessert — BroVo Jammy Vermouth 


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Second Annual Oktoberfest Celebration at Two Doors Down & The BottleNeck Lounge


You don’t need to fly to Munich to enjoy great Oktoberfest bier! Head to the backside of Capitol Hill on Saturday 9/24 for an Oktoberfest celebration that everyone can enjoy.




The BottleNeck Lounge and Two Doors Down are joining forces and highlighting a great selection of Oktoberfest and German-style beers throughout the day and into the wee hours of the night. These hand-picked beers were crafted by some of our favorite Washington state breweries, including Stoup, Silver City, Standard, Populuxe, Dru Bru, and Flying Lion. Extraordinary beer not enough? Enjoy our special Bavarian Burger, featuring a ¼ lb. NW beef patty, stone-ground mustard, thick-cut bacon, and smoked Gouda served on a pretzel roll. We’ll even have chocolate covered pretzel rods for the kids. Don your dirndl or lederhosen and enjoy happy hour pricing on any of the twenty- four beers or ciders we have on the draft line up that day. Our full menu is available all day and we’re also serving brunch from 10 am – 2 pm). Prost!

Saturday, 9/24. No Cover
East Madison St & E. John St.
11 AM – Midnight at Two Doors Down
4 PM – 2 AM at The Bottleneck Lounge


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Seattle Board of Park Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing on People, Dogs and Parks Plan


Edward B. Murray, Mayor
Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent 

For immediate release August 24, 2016
Contact: Christina Hirsch, 206-684-7241 

The Board of Park Commissioners will hold a public hearing to receive feedback on the draft People, Dogs and Parks Strategic Plan. The meeting will take place at Miller Community Center on September 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. 



The draft People, Dogs and Parks Strategic Plan is available here. The plan will guide the operations of existing off-leash areas, and provides strategies for development of future off-leash areas. It provides direction on how to spend Seattle Park District funding designated for existing off-leash areas over the six-year term of the Park District funding plan (2015-2020). 

The Board of Park Commissioners will receive oral and written testimony, and will make a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Superintendent based on the feedback they receive from the public. 

Seattle currently has 14 fenced off-leash areas totaling 28 acres. The People, Dogs and Parks Plan offers recommendations on how to add new off-leash areas, and how to improve off-leash area conditions and user experience. 

New off-leash areas may be added through new park development, existing park redevelopment and community requests, on park land or non-park public land. All new off-leash area proposals will be reviewed by a committee of dog- and environmental advocates, community members, animal behaviorists and Parks staff, who will make a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Superintendent. 

The Plan recommends that future off-leash areas be fenced, does not recommend allowing unleashed dogs on trails, and recommends against establishing more off-leash areas on beaches. User conflicts, limited enforcement and maintenance resources, and environmental concerns limit the capacity for adequate management of unleashed dogs in city parks outside of fenced off-leash areas. 

The plan proposes the use of Seattle Park District funding to improve existing off-leash areas based on site assessments included in the plan, and to explore possibilities for partnerships and sponsorships to expand resources. It also proposes the creation of a license for dog walkers, and limiting the number of dogs in a dog-walker pack to three unless dog walkers complete an approved animal behavior training program. 

Those who want to give input on the plan but are not able to come to the meetings can give written comments, which bear equal weight to verbal comments. Please email comments to 

Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and there is work going on in every corner of the city. This year includes funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog, and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of urban forests; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land. 

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by YMCA Get Engaged. The Board generally meets twice a month, normally on the second and fourth Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor and the City Council on parks and recreation matters.


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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Aug 19 – Sep 1


Here are the Council, OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices within the last two weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.




1638 20th Ave

Land Use Application to allow a 3-story rowhouse structure containing five units. Surface parking for 5 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. To be considered with 3020898 and 3023474 (1644 20th Ave and 1640 20th Ave) for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.  Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′

Notice of Application


1644 20th Ave

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story structure containing five townhouse units and 2 live-work units. Parking for five vehicles to be located within the structure and one surface parking space. Existing structures to be demolished. To be considered with 3020898 and 3022596 (1638 20th Ave and 1640 20th Ave) for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′

Notice of Application


1640 20th Ave

Land Use Application to allow a 3-story townhouse structure containing five units. Surface parking for 5 vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished. To be considered with 3022596 and 3023474 (1638 20th Ave and 1644 20th Ave) for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′

Notice of Application


2320 E Union St

Land Use Application to allow a six story structure with a total of 115 apartment units above 3,264 sq. ft. of commercial space. Parking for 18 vehicles will be located within the structure. This project requires a contract rezone from Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 40′ height limit and pedestrian overlay (NC2P-40) and a Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 40′ height limit — no pedestrian overlay (NC2-40) to a Neighborhood Commercial 2 with 65′ height limit and pedestrian overlay (NC2P-65). Existing structure to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′ Pedestrian, arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay.

Notice of Application


139 27TH AVE E

Land Use Application to allow a two unit townhouse in an environmentally critical area. Parking for two vehicles to be provided. Existing single family residence to remain. Environmental Review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Lowrise-1, potential slide area.

Notice of Application


1715 20th Ave

CANCELLATION of September 7 Early Design Guidance Design meeting on a proposal to allow a five-story structure containing 156 residential units, 4 live-work units, and parking for 117 vehicles. The proposal also contemplates a contract rezone from NC2-40 to NC3-65. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′, Urban Villages Overlay, Scenic View within 500 ft., arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Cancellation


1830 E Mercer St

Land Use Application to allow a 5-story structure containing 32 apartment units and 2,035 sq. ft. of retail at street level. Parking for 10 vehicles to be provided below grade and surface parking for 2 at the alley. The existing structure on site is to remain. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 1-40′, arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay Notice of Decision


1816 M L King Jr Way

Land Use Application to subdivide one parcel of land into two parcels of land in an environmentally critical area. Proposed sizes are: Y) 4,020 sq. ft. and Z) 4,020 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished. Zone: Single Family 5000, potential slide area, liquefaction prone soils, arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Decision


And, upcoming deadlines for your comments.....


Scoping Comments - HALA MHA-R Environmental Impact Statement

The HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requires that all new multifamily and commercial developments either build affordable housing units on-site or make an in-lieu payment, based on up zoning.  It has been determined this proposal is likely to have a significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is required.

The EIS will consider potential impacts associated with land use, housing and socioeconomics, aesthetics and height/bulk/scale, historic resources, open space and recreation, transportation, public services, and utilities.

Agencies, affected tribes, and the public are invited to comment on the scope of the EIS impacts that are included for consideration. You may comment on alternatives, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts, and licenses or other approvals that may be required.

Email comments to by 5:00 pm on September 9, 2016 for the comments to be considered. 

Request for Comments


Public Hearing — Seattle 2035

On September 15, 2016, the Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee will hear public comments regarding potential Council Amendments to Council Bill 118683 which would adopt the Mayor’s Recommended Comprehensive Plan, known as Seattle 2035, and amend the City’s Land Use Code to implement the plan. The public hearing will be on September 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue

The Mayor’s Recommended Plan, Office of Planning and Community Development Director’s Report, and Final Environmental Impact Statement and other key documents are available at Seattle 2035. A list of all potential Seattle City Council Amendments to Seattle 2035 is available on the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee website which also has links to video of presentations and public comment on sections of the proposed plan, and council discussion of amendments. Written comments on the proposal will be accepted through 2:00 p.m. on September 15. Email comments may be sent to Councilmember by 2:00 pm on September 15.

Notice of Public Hearing


Public Hearing — Living Building Pilot Program

The City Council is considering amendments to make changes to the Living Building Pilot Program and will hold a public hearing at the Council Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee to take comments on the proposal on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, starting at 9:30 a.m. City Council Chambers, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue

The proposed changes are available online on the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee website. Additional information about the Living Building Pilot Program is available on SDCI’s webpage.

Notice of Public Hearing



Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map
Seattle In Progress


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Sentinel Lights to be Fully Illuminated This Week


As a quick update, the sentinels, which mark the beginning and end of the world’s longest floating bridge, sentinel-diaare being illuminated Thursday night, Sept 1. Although a portion of the sentinels are already lit (see green circle, right) the fixtures that shine up onto the sentinels from the pontoons (see blue circle) will complete the lighting elements.

Crews will test the new fixtures for about one week. During this period, you may see a rainbow of colors as the lights cycle though different colors. After the testing is complete, the lights will default to teal when active from dusk to dawn.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at


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Preventing Car Prowls


In less than a minute, an experienced car prowler can break into a parked vehicle.

A note from Captain Paul McDonagh: “Don’t leave things visible inside the vehicle no matter what the time of day or how long you will be away. This includes removing/hiding the charger cords so thieves don’t think the phone/GPS/tablet is tucked under the seat. My quick review of recent car prowls (car break-ins) showed visible items inside the passenger areas when the car was broken into.”





  • Take a moment to observe your surroundings when leaving or returning to your car.
  • If your car is stored in a carport or parked near your house, leave your exterior lights on throughout the night.
  • Increase the visibility of parking spaces on residential or business properties by trimming back trees and bushes, and installing motion-detecting lighting.
  • Drivers can help keep thieves out of secure parking garages by taking a few moments to ensure security doors fully close behind them. Contact your building management and advise them to accelerate garage door timers.
  • If you park on the street, choose a well-lit, open space.
  • If you park your car in a dark or isolated area, you can make a request for a new streetlight if there is an existing pole nearby. Call (206) 684-7056 for more information.


File a report by calling the non-emergency number at 206-625-5011, or file one online. When filing a report online or over the phone you do not need to remain at the scene. If you choose to call the non-emergency line, simply ask to report a crime and, if it meets the criteria, the call taker will forward you to an officer who will take your report over the phone. The officer will provide you with a case number. If the crime is still in progress or it is an emergency situation, call 9-1-1 immediately!


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Madison Valley Music Lessons: Sign Up for Fall 2016


Fall 2016 is almost here, and the annual “fall rush” of new students at The Music Factory is right around the corner. We want to make sure that our current and past students get the time slots which are most convenient for their schedules — we love our students like family, and family comes first!

Call 206-420-3896 or fill out the sign-up form on our website, and we’ll do everything we can to ensure that you (or your child) are provided with the widest variety of scheduling options possible. All openings are subject to availability, and supply is limited!




The Music Factory
2832 E. Arthur Place
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 420-3896


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Adam Keeps It Real


You got to admit, it’s kind of cool: teenage clerk grows up to become the shopkeeper. Yep. That’s the classic American dream and Adam Hagan is living it. Adam is the latest owner of historic Madison Park Hardware.

In 2010, Adam purchased the store from the McKee Family who had served the community for over 54 years. Lola McKee, the unofficial Mayor of Madison Park, had a very specific vision for the continuity of the family’s business and Adam fit the bill perfectly. He is a fourth generation Madison Park resident and attended local public schools and the University of Washington. He worked for many years during both high school and college as a clerk in the store. When Scott McKee, Lola’s son, died; Adam stepped right in to help out. After much thought, Lola and daughter Jeri came to the decision that the business was too much for the two of them to manage and it was time to sell. Adam was there to take up the reins. It was a smooth transition.




Adam understands his community and is committed to preserving the store’s familiar and beloved persona. It’s still a family business. Adam’s dad pops in at lunchtime to give everyone a break and his mom keeps the books. Girlfriend Christine is there during the busy Saturdays. Everything one could possibly need is available: gardening supplies, kitchen gadgets, light bulbs, hardware, paint and the uber-popular central aisle full of delightful classic children’s toys including Legos. Customer service is unmatched anywhere in the universe.


Adam describes the community response to the transition:

“When I purchased the business, I think the community was keeping a close eye on what was going to happen with the store. If I were not the new owner, I would have been doing the exact same thing, so I appreciated hearing people’s perceptions. I got questions about inventory as we moved a few things around and found a designated place for everything. People were also curious if we were going to carry the same kinds of things, or if we were going to add any major lines of products. One man even said that he hoped we were not going to put down floor tile to make the store ‘more formal.’ People would come in and say, ‘I don’t know what it is, but something’s different over there,’ as they gestured to an area of the store. In reality, very little has changed. The lighting is better, the store is cleaner and there is a daily effort to keep things organized. We manage over 8,000 different items, so this is a necessity for me. For the most part, people like the more organized look, although some still miss the old way, which was more like a treasure hunt in some areas of the store.”


Adam says that one of his challenges lies in the smallness of the space. Many suppliers require minimum orders that are not in keeping with his business. Still he seems to keep the customers satisfied. At the request of many, he has begun stocking jugs of vinegar to be used as a “natural” cleaning product and herbicide. Requests for earth-friendly products are a trend. Adam tracks customer requests and when they have a source for something and space allows, they try to add the item.

And again, there’s that customer service. Regulars feel comfortable with long-term clerk, Richard, and equally at home with Kim, who works part time. Both are friendly and seem to possess unlimited knowledge about everything the store has to offer. Why would anyone even consider struggling in one of those huge, impersonal and confusing mega-stores?

Although famous in Madison Park proper, perhaps the store is less well known in the wider community of Madison Valley, Montlake, Madrona, and Leschi. It seems that the majority of businesses proliferating in our neighborhoods tend to be banks, restaurants, and gift shops. It is a delightful wonder that a small business, which caters to our everyday needs, still exists.

Asked about what he wants the community to know about the store, Adam says “Just that we’re here, we love to keep our customers happy, and we have three parking places in the back that are always available.”

Ahh! Parking! Let’s see. I need twine, a new measuring cup, light bulbs…


Madison Park Hardware
1837 42nd Avenue East
(at the corner of E Madison and 42nd Ave E.)
Open: Monday–Saturday, 9AM–6PM
(206) 322-5331


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Choose the Lake Washington Greenway Route


The Lake Washington Greenway organizers need your help to select which route will become the neighborhood greenway between Madison St and Boyer Ave. This is the route that will be engineered to best accommodate bicyclists and pedestrian traffic. After you finish reading the pros and cons, send your choice of route A, B or C to Lauren Squires.

If you have additional comments about car, bicycle, and pedestrian routes north of Madison St please let them know—they’d love to hear your ideas!



Remember, please send your selection to Lauren Squires.


More about the Lake Washington Greenway Route Project

Wednesday night, August 24, Madison Valley residents held a well attended meeting at Bailey-Boushay House regarding this project. Bob Edmiston of Madison Greenways and David Rodgers, a traffic engineer with MIG lead the meeting. 

What is a Greenway? 

A greenway is a route engineered to be bicycle and pedestrian friendly. Our previous article on greenways can be read here. 

What is this project?

This project is to select, and subsequently design, the route that will be the best bicycle and pedestrian connection between East Madison St and Montlake. 

What is the project timeline?



Is there funding for implementation? 

No, this project does not currently have funding for implementation. The community will apply for grants for elements of implementation, and will work to encourage SDOT to incorporate the route improvements into the annual budget in future years. 

How was this process funded?

Residents applied for the 2016 Park and Streets fund, and were awarded grant money to pay the traffic engineer, MIG, for their help. In addition, community volunteers have spent hundreds of hours talking with residents, mapping routes, studying future SDOT/WDOT plans, and counting cars and bikes.

The Data, So Far

To fully understand the traffic patterns in the neighborhood a study was performed this spring. The study measured vehicle speeds, volumes, route slopes, bicycle counts, and more. 

Arterial Streets

This map shows the high-traffic arterial streets through the neighborhood.



Potential Greenway Routes

Again, here we see the three routes being considered as the North/South connection. I have labeled them A, B, and C for easy identification. 

A = 25th Ave
B = 28th Ave connecting to 26th
C = 29th Ave connecting to 26th



Daily Vehicular Traffic

This map shows the number of cars traveling along the three potential routes each day. 28th Ave East has the most traffic, and this makes sense given the traffic light at Madison and the 28th/MLK intersection.



Vehicle Speeds

On this map we can see where cars are traveling fastest.



Daily Bicycle Traffic

The same route that carries the most cars also carries the most bikes. It’s interesting to note Route B is also the Lake Washington Loop Trail — an existing, well-known bike route.



Street Slopes

While Route A has less traffic, it also has the steepest slopes.



To learn more visit:

Project Website:

Arboretum Neighbors for Safer Streets:

SDOT Neighborhood Greenways Program:


Photos from Wednesday’s Meeting






If you have comments and ideas for this project, please share your feedback by sending email to Lauren Squires.


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520 and Local Street Closures


UPDATE: The closure of 520 has been cancelled.

Plan ahead for a full weekend closure of SR 520 and local street closures from Aug. 26 to 29. Here is the closure map.

SR 520 is scheduled to close from I-5 to 92nd Avenue Northeast between 11 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 and 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29. This closure differs slightly from other SR 520 closures as eastbound SR 520 is scheduled to close between I-5 and Montlake Boulevard. Below are the key details about the planned closure.

Eastbound SR 520

* All eastbound SR 520 lanes and ramps from I-5 to 92nd Avenue Northeast, including the Portage Bay Bridge, are scheduled to close.

* Please note that vehicles will not have access to Montlake from I-5 via eastbound SR 520.

* The bicycle and pedestrian path on the new floating bridge is scheduled to close.

Westbound SR 520

* All westbound SR 520 lanes and ramps between 92nd Avenue Northeast and Montlake Boulevard East are scheduled to close.

During the weekend, I-90 and express lanes will be open for alternative routes. Travelers are encouraged to use transit and carpools.

Local Street Closures

Single-lane closures are also scheduled to take place on Montlake Boulevard East between East Roanoke Street and Shelby Street as WABN crews complete grinding and paving work. Crews plan to close single lanes of Montlake Boulevard from:

Friday, Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. to Saturday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. to Sunday, Aug. 28 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. to Monday, Aug. 29 at 6 a.m.

What to expect during the weekend closure:

Removal of a portion of the decommissioned westbound SR 520 off-ramp to Lake Washington Boulevard over SR 520.

Paving and striping on the eastbound SR 520 on- and off-ramps to and from Montlake Boulevard.

Re-striping of the westbound SR 520 lanes on the new floating bridge.

Maintenance of the temporary tolling system.

Lid maintenance at Evergreen Point, 84th Avenue Northeast and 92nd Avenue Northeast.

What to expect Monday morning:

Crews will convert the existing westbound carpool lane to a general-purpose lane farther east on the floating bridge. Doing this allows for a smoother merge farther west where the three westbound lanes on the new floating bridge transition to two lanes on the old west approach bridge.

How to reach us and stay informed during WABN construction:

Call the 24-hour construction hotline (206-708-4657) with pressing questions or concerns.

Email WABN staff with your questions about the project or construction activities.

Join us for our monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Graham Visitors Center.

Visit the SR 520 Orange Page for the most up-to-date information on closures and construction impacts.


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July 2016 Police Reports


There were 44 incidents in Madison Valley reported to the police during July, more than double the June total. Because the June total was so low, however, the July total only made it into the “low-normal” monthly range. Readers of this series will not be surprised to learn that July’s increase was mostly due to a rebound in car prowls and vehicle theft, which together made up almost half of the July total. There was a burglary and two robbery incidents during July, one of which started as a shoplifting incident.




On July 5 police were called to a restaurant on E. 19th near Roy to investigate a robbery that had taken place around 1 AM on July 4. After entering the building through an unlocked door, the robber entered an office area on the second floor and stole a laptop. Video footage of the burglary enabled a supervisor at the restaurant to provisionally identify the robber as a former employee who had been demoted and fired for performance and attendance problems. The supervisor suspects that the robber stole the laptop because records documenting her firing were contained on that laptop. The manager also indicated that the fired employee had been dating a current employee, and that he believes that the later may have cooperated in the burglary. Police subsequently found that the suspected robber and the current employee currently have the same address and phone number.

On July 9 at about 3:30 AM police were called to 27th and E. Madison to investigate an attempted robbery. When they arrived they found a highly intoxicated victim who told them that a would be robber had thrown a rock at him and then hit him with either a baseball bat or a guitar in an attempt to take his wallet. Although the victim gave different accounts of the incident, police believe that the robber asked the victim for “weed” and became angry when the victim didn’t have any. The victim was unable to identify the robber, but told the police that he thinks the robber is from the Capitol Hill area. The victim was transported to Harborview for treatment of injuries to his left hand and arm.

On July 16 shortly after 8 PM police responded to a shoplifting report at the supermarket on 22nd and Madison. When they arrived, an assistant manager told them that she had observed a shoplifter, described as a black male in his late 20s or early 30s approximately 5′10″ and weighing about 200 lbs., fill a blue/green tote bag with about $1000 worth of merchandise. When he attempted to leave the store without paying for the merchandise, the assistant manager confronted him and asked if he was going to pay for it. The shoplifter told her that he had a receipt, but the assistant manager stated that she didn’t believe him and followed him as he exited the store heading south on 22nd. As she did this, the shoplifter turned around and told her that if she continued to follow her, he would kill her. At this point the assistant manager stopped following him and his offense changed from shoplifting to robbery. Security cameras at the store recorded the incident.


Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.


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Open House on Traffic Safety and Greenways


Mark your calendars to attend an open house on traffic safety improvements and potential routes for a neighborhood greenway connecting the Montlake and Madison Valley neighborhoods.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Bailey-Boushay House
Community Room 2720
E Madison St, Seattle WA 98112

Lake Washington Loop Neighborhood Greenway and Traffic Safety Improvements

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) through the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund are partnering with the Arboretum Neighbors for Safe Streets and Madison Valley Greenways neighborhood groups to study traffic safety improvements and routes for a neighborhood greenway connecting the Montlake and Madison Valley neighborhoods. Join us at our first open house to share you ideas for this study on Wednesday, August 24th. We are eager to hear more from our fellow neighbors who who live, work, shop and play along these streets.

The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan recommends a neighborhood greenway along the Lake Washington Loop in the vicinity of 26th Ave E. and 28th Ave E, between East Harrison and Boyer Ave E. During the summer of 2016, we are studying potential neighborhood greenway routes, identifying traffic safety improvements and developing a conceptual design. This is a neighborhood-lead study and construction is currently not funded.

This is the first of two meetings on the neighborhood greenway. The first meeting shares traffic data and helps us understand where people want to walk and bike and barriers to doing so. At the second meeting we will share the results of technical analysis and public comment and the most promising route with recommended safety improvements.

Seattle is building a network of neighborhood greenways. Greenways are safer, calmer streets for you, your family and neighbors. On streets with low car volumes and speeds they can:

• Improve safety
• Help people cross busy streets
• Discourage cut-thru traffic
• Protect the residential character of our neighborhoods
• Keep speeds low
• Get people to where they want to go like parks, schools, shops, and restaurants




What is a Neighborhood Greenway?

Greenways include speed humps, speed limits of 20 mph, signs to help people find their way, stop signs at streets crossing the greenway, and a combination of flashing beacons, crosswalks, medians, or traffic signals at busy intersections. They do not include bike lanes and have minimal if any on-street parking impacts. Each location varies based on the streets unique characteristics.


If you have comments and ideas for this study, please share your feedback with the project team by emailing Lauren Squires at

Project Website:

Arboretum Neighbors for Safer Streets:

Madison Park Greenways:

Department of Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Park and Street Fund:


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