Block Updates for Belltown (2.8.2019)

It's a snowy day in Belltown, and for those who are able, it's the perfect time to sit inside and catch up on the goings-on in your community. Or to just read a book, we suppose. :)

A quick PSA about the snow: the Seattle Police Department is asking everyone to please CALL 911 if you see someone out in the cold who needs help. We're told this is a first for the SPD, and we'd like to help spread the word. Both police and firefighters are apparently on call to take people to emergency warming shelters, which are open 24 hours/day during the storm.

So enjoy the snow as able, but also please stay safe! Thanks!

Since the news broke last week about a potential demolition of the the central block of 2nd Avenue, Rise Up Belltown been reaching out to our political leaders, building a long-term plan of action, and helping people take action now.

On January 31st, Rise Up Belltown sent a letter (on behalf of the BOAT) to City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, who represents Belltown as part of District 7. Yesterday (2/7/19) CM Bagshaw's office called to thank the BOAT for our letter, and to let us know that they're taking a close look at our request for assistance. It's a step in the right direction, but we're also still in the waiting game until we hear more.

In the meantime, we're working with local businesses on 2nd Ave and with the community to schedule an emergency BOAT meeting on the Block. We'll let you know as soon as possible when and where that will be.

For background before the meeting, we've published a response to the somewhat misleading reporting about the potential demolition, as well as some specific phone numbers that you can call, to be heard (and help out) in the short term.

This week Rise Up was also down in Olympia!

We were catching up with our political leaders who represent Belltown in the State Senate and State Senate, and we gave all three -- Senator Reuven Carlyle, Rep. Gael Tarleton, & Rep. Noel Frame -- 15 seconds to "say hello" to the #HumansOfBelltown! And they did!

(If you use Instagram, you can watch the video stories with the links below. If not *stay tuned* and we'll get them up on the Rise Up Blog as soon as we can, along with as many of our elected leaders as we can track down.)

Meet some of Belltown's Elected Leaders:
Just today, Seattle Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda and Lorena González also recorded videos thanking the #HumansOfBelltown for speaking up and being heard.

Watch the Insta stories on your phone

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(We're using Instagram Stories because it's the fastest and easiest way for us get these videos recorded and out to the public. If you'd like to volunteer the time and knowledge to help us make these videos even more widely available, please let us know.)

It's essential that we keep speaking up. Over the weekend, we'll be launching a new series on the Rise Up Blog about short term and long term options for saving our community. Timing is still critical, and this week we continued recruiting allies from other neighborhoods so that we can all work together as a city, to save our communities.

Thanks again for caring about your community, and as always we'd love to hear from you!

You can follow @RiseUpBelltown on Instagram for daily updates, or sign-up for our weekly email updates, and you can follow us here on this blog. If you would like to help shape our policies and and strategies, we would welcome your support! Get on the BOAT, and join the Policy Advisory Team. We'd love to have you. :)