Community discussion on CDNews is always lively, but the recent occupations of vacant homes in the neighborhood dominate a list of the most-commented stories in 2011. The members of the Turritopsis Nutricula collective at 23rd and Alder (who have a court date December 28) have been in the unfinished duplex for well over a month, and their stay has sparked debates about gentrification, homelessness, property ownership and what is best for the neighborhood.
Turritopsis Nutricula also paved the way for a series of other squats in the neighborhood with ties to Occupy Seattle. That conversation is long from over.
The Horace Mann occupation also made the list, as did a conversation about Metro route change proposals, news of The Neighbor Lady moving into the Thompson’s Point of View space and the sale of the Promenade 23 shopping center to a Texas trust.
Like any community-wide discussion, conversations on CDN can be frustrating and difficult at times. But they are often productive, informative and uplifting. The real magic of CDN happens when community members share information and thoughts with each other. As a truly community news site, CDN depends on all of you keeping your neighbors informed, and we try to make the site a welcoming space. No matter who you are, if you live or work in the CD, your voice is important here.
Thank you all for the lively conversation this year. We look forward to all the discussions to come in 2012!
- Members of Occupy Seattle occupy ‘abandoned’ building at 23rd and Alder – 270
- Twilight Exit owner opening new bar in the Thomspon’s Point of View space – 87
- City signals plan to evict occupiers at 23rd and Alder – 72
- An Open Letter on Recent Graffiti – 71 (the most-commented community post)
- Duplex at 23rd and Alder still occupied, now called Turritopsis Nutricula – 66
- Occupiers at Turritopsis Nutricula summoned to court for eviction – 65
- Once an ambitious development, Promenade 23 sale to large Texas trust pending – 63
- Seen at 23rd and Jackson | ‘Everyone hates a snitch’ – 62
- Squatters kicked out of house at 12th and Jefferson – 61
- Delivery driver robbed at gunpoint of pizza and cash on 22nd Ave – 61
- Proposed School Boundary Change for Stevens/Madrona K-8 – 59
- Shooting near Pratt Park — UPDATE: One dead – 57
- Metro Shows Significant Changes to the # 2, 3, 4, 11, 12, 14, 27 and more. – 54
- Are Seattle University Students Good Neighbors? SPD & SU Respond to Nuisance Properties – 50
- Protestors from Occupy Seattle and Umojafest attempt to occupy Horace Mann school – 48
I want to thank you for your reporting and even handedness. You have brought this blog to a higher caliber journalistically. I also want to thank the roving reporters who help out greatly. And, contributions by groups posting events.
What is kind of cool about comment threads is, since we are neighbors and likely have met at one or another event, or just gotten to know where someone is coming from based on their postings over time, the conversation becomes even richer. Admittedly, I will scan through, but many of the nuggets are priceless.
This list represents the single greatest accomplishment of the Jellyfi. Here here.
Also, I feel very meta, commenting on the comments article.
This story was a travesty:
For me, it was the most disturbing story of the year.
Happy New Year, Tom and all.
I doubt that you are alone. We would all like to work for something and be able to turn our attention to the future. However, injuries to the spirit can be difficult to overcome. Sometimes we need to remember in order to develop strategies that better protect ourselves and our neighbors.
It is definately not the most concerning article. It is one of several related issues concerning sloth (to the point of sin in any evaluation) at best and an example of the broad corruption of our governments. By corruption I mean the intentional circumvention and manipulation of rules and ethical standards by government employees and politicians. Clearly the AME school sale was a gross manipulation. Also the planning department’s manipulation of the DESC permitting process at 1600 Lane and thousands of other clear cases gone unreported. We definately need to follow government contracting and processes more closely – ideally in this forum – befor they steal from us and after.
The most concerning story to me is the lack of interest in Seattle and nationally is the prostitution, sale, and slavery of young people over the internet by Village Voice Media and the Seattle Weekly on backpage.com. Seattlites have overwhelmingly defended Seattle Weekly in the face of mountains of evidence that they knowingly make millions in profit from prostitution advertisements and have confessed to being aware that at least 1700 girls under the age of 18 were advertized as for prostitution by Seattle Weekly/Village Voice. These are their statistics that they found in their own investigation of themselves. Watch dogs and law enforcement (and myself) beleive that Seatttle Weekly/Village voice is aware that the majority of adult “escort adds” are prostitution. And a significant percentage are minorities. They are not girls who figured out how to make a buck. They are enslaved by gangs, drugged, beaten, and sold. Now we know they are also being killed according to several recent news accounts. And this is not the story of the year? Shame.