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Okay Belltowners, we all know we live in the BEST neighborhood in Seattle, right? Well, now’s our chance to make it known across the city!

The 2016 Curbed Cup is up for grabs and we’ve made it pretty darn far already.

Currently we are in the Final Four, and poised to make it to the final round of voting! But, we only have today, December 28th 2016, to make it to the final round.

The Final Four sees Green Lake facing off with Ballard for a shot at the final, and our lovely Belltown is going head to head with Columbia City for the other spot in the final. Voting ends tonight at midnight, so vote, vote, VOTE until the clock strikes 12!!

If we make it to the final round, we will have 5 (yes, F-I-V-E) days to vote for Belltown to take the title over either Ballard or Green Lake. That is, THE title, the whole shebang, The Curbed Cup.

Head over to Curbed Seattle to cast your vote (or click here and skip the extra typing) for our ‘hood before midnight tonight for it to count.

And don’t just stop there, share the link with your friends! Text, them, email them, bribe them into casting their vote, whatever you have to do, get others to join so we can come out on top!

The title is within our grasp, so close we can taste it, let’s not let it slip away! We all know Belltown is where it’s at, but now it’s time for all of Seattle to know!

 

 

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For those of you who don’t know about one of the greatest PNW traditions here in Seattle, here’s your key! All month long enjoy The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival at one of their 65 different Puget Sound waterfronts. The Argosy Christmas Ship sails around to different waterfront communities caroling holiday cheer through their state-of-the-art speaker system. Take a look at their December 2016 schedule, and join your community for a bonfire while listening to the Christmas Ship!

The Argosy Cruise donates a portion of all ticket sales to benefit The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy. The Puget Sound charity ensures that local nonprofits will continue to provide programs and services that serve children, seniors, and families

centrallibrary_exterior-interiorStanding at 1000 Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle, Central Library, our largest city library, resembles a modern prism of glass and steel. Opened in 2004, the steel construction is meant to provide protection during an earthquake, and 10,000 glass panels reflect light outside, insulated to keep some of the weather from seeping in. Although some may consider the library’s architecture striking, the features and programs offered within the walls of the library are equally so.

The 11-level structure was conceived by principal architects Rem Koolhass, a Dutch designer with the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and Joshua Prince-Ramus, a founding parting of OMA New York, the latter originally from Seattle. In 2005, the year after it opened, this building was voted #108 on American Institute of Architects’ list of “America’s 150 favorite structures in the United States” and a national honor award from AIA for architecture. It has also received a Platinum Award for Innovation & Engineering from the American Council of Engineering Companies (AEC) of WA.

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Central Library is 362,987 square feet and also has 143-spot underground parking which requires paying a parking fee, racks to park bicycles, and metro bus service within walking distance. An elevator system, as well as stairs, whisks visitors from the bottom floor to the top.

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Interesting things to try that are unique to
Central Library: 

  • Choose from the 1,283,420 items in their complete collection (as of 2015)
  • Reserve a practice room (one hour daily limit) and play music on a digital keyboard, choosing from the library’s extensive music collection (at Book Spirals 8)
  • Access one of the library’s 400 computers (90 minutes limit)
  • Attend a concert or lecture in their auditorium
  • Lounge in the “Living Room”, a space on the 3rd floor that invites reading
  • Visit a traveling exhibition (such as Shakespeare’s First Folio which was on display last year)
  • Sip a cup of espresso while nibbling on your baked good, sandwich, or chocolate at the Chocolati Cafe Cart (Level 3)
  • Peruse the gift shop
  • Find an ancestor or look up a history through the Special Collections. The Special Collections contain:
    • oral history
    • state document depository
    • aviation history
    • genealogy records
    • historical documents about Seattle
    • written materials, 30,000+ photos, original artwork (2D and 3D), and maps
  • Pluck a book from the Books Spiral that rises & winds straight up through 4 stories
  • Study the public art inside and outside the library
  • Take a guided tour or a self-guided one by typing in reference #s on your cell phone at different, designated points throughout Central library
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Extensive Child Resources, Central Library
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Auditorium, Central Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting things to try at most Seattle Public Library locations (besides reading, of course):

  • Learn a new language (book, audio, or digital)
  • Learn new Adobe (InDesign, Illustrator, PhotoShop) and Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint) software
  • Loan a Wi-Fi Hotspot to take home with you
  • Print documents from your own wireless device (laptop, tablet, smartphone) using a Wi-Fi connection while at the library
  • Read a digital magazine through Zinio, a digital newsstand
  • Participate in the Library-to-Business program
  • Listen to an established writer through different classes and lecture series, such as SeattleWrites, then start your own book
  • Publish your own book through the SELF-e platform
  • Check out a wide variety of movies, from box office hits to lesser-known works

Interesting note: The amount the library has been used by guests is twice the volume originally predicted. Visit the Seattle Public Library website to find out more about programs on their Calendar of Events at Central Library and other locations.

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All photos courtesy of The Seattle Public Library


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Summer in Seattle means fine weather, fun times and fabulous festivals. One such festival is right around the corner- the Belltown Crush Block Party!

This Seattle summer favorite event has grown to two blocks this year (from 2nd and Bell up to 4th and Bell) and will feature up to 25 local urban breweries and wineries as well as wineries from featured guest region, the Cascade Valley Wine Country. There will even be an onsite bottle shop to take home your favorites!

In addition to the abundant locally crafted libations, enjoy delectable bites from terrific local food trucks and a pig roast from Bell & Whete.

Sip and savor your way through the festival while enjoying live tunes from Belltown Beats and a Steel Drum duo, and don’t miss out on the grape stomping competition, to really get you into the spirit of the event and the summer. It’s a local favorite!

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This year’s event will take place on Sunday, August 28th from 1-5PM at Bell St. Park. Advanced tickets are $25 with proceeds going to benefit Plymouth Housing Group. This marvelous event is co-sponsored by Seattle Uncorked and the Belltown Business Association.

Be sure to join in on the fun in the sun, celebrate our vibrant community and support a great cause.  It’s the perfect way to spend your lazy Sunday and send Summertime out in style!

Read more about the event and get tickets by clicking the links below.

www.seattleuncorked.com/event/belltown-crush-block-party-sun-aug-28

https://www.plymouthhousing.org/how-you-can-help/events/belltown-crush/ 

 

belltownReal Estate in Belltown/Downtown is continuing to show growth month by month. The numbers also show us that summer has been a busy buyer’s market. The number of sales as increased slowly up throughout spring into summer. Between March and May, the number of sales climbed in small increments March 38, April 44, May 53. At the end of June, we saw 164 residences sold with 93 left pending. The astronomic increase was due mainly to pre-sales for the Insignia building, but still shows the demand for condos continues to grow.

The general downtown area only saw 10 more sales this July than July of 2015, but the average prices increased. The lowest average price has gone up by $12,500, the median price increased by $169,450, and the highest jumped $1,520,000.  There are currently 63 active listings and 101 pending. We will have to see what this crazy neighborhood market has in store for us next month!