We participated in the walking tour of Lake City with Mayor McGinn.
Granted, Maple Leaf isn’t Lake City. But the health of Lake City directly impacts us here — our housing prices, our crime rates, and our access to local businesses.
The tour included stops at the Lake City Community Center, North Seattle Family Center, God’s Little Acre, McDermott Place, and Lake City Village. We were supposed to stop at North Helpline, Little Brook Park, and Jackson Park, but ran out of time.
While we were at the Lake City Community Center, there was a big flea market. We learned the event is put on by the Lake City Lions Club and has been taking place for 32 years! The flea market is held the second saturday of every month (except for August) at the Lake City Community Center. The doors open at 9 AM and close at 3 PM. The money earned supports local Lions projects and the community center.
Much of the conversation focused on how to build up Lake City’s business core; debate over charging for parking — and using revenue to create parking lots for people to park at and walk around or catch a bus; sidewalks; and the 33rd Ave NE Vision Project, which is working to transform 33rd Avenue NE into a pedestrian focused “Green Street.”
What wasn’t really discussed was what to do with all the empty car lots, how to promote the great things Lake City is already doing, and issues around crime.
I think the mayor was impressed by the great things happening here in North Seattle. What would you like to see Lake City transform into?