Microhousing Debate Roils On, Everyone Loves It’s Judy Time, Copper River Salmon Come and Nook Biscuits Go

Letters to Seattle Met

July 1, 2013 Published in the July 2013 issue of Seattle Met

What’s the Plan?
If you live in a neighborhood like I do (Ballard) where the building is overwhelming to the neighborhood, you too would object to aPodments (“Morning Fizz: Micromanagement of Microhousing,” PubliCola, May 29, 2013). We don’t have good transit servicing the area (the multimillion-dollar D line is a joke), the parking is unbearable in most areas, and the thought of a 40-unit building on a regular city lot next door (Eastlake) is really a bit much. 

I have been lucky at my house. For 27 years I have been pretty much surrounded by single family homes (or duplexes)—rentals, yes, but my lot got light and we had space between houses, usable driveways, on-street parking. But with the development behind my house, I now have a 35-foot wall behind me, loss of light to the property, loss of privacy, the butchering of my 45-foot pine tree plus deciduous trees, etc. 
Norge via


Group Housing, Not So Much
I am a current resident of the Centro “aPodment” on 13th Avenue and John Street. I want to set the record straight on our living conditions. 

First of all, we are not poor or sketchy people. Our “community” consists of students and people like myself who work in the neighborhood and don’t want to shell out a hundred dollars or more a month in transit fare. I work at a major U.S. drugstore chain on Capitol Hill. There is no way I could afford any other type of “traditional” apartment within walking distance of my store. I also shouldn’t have to share a single-family house with a bunch of random strangers where I would be basically living in the same conditions as I am now, with the only difference being I would likely have to share a bathroom also. 

Since I’ve been here, an old, classic Capitol Hill house was vacated by the elderly homeowners. It sat for sale for about five months before they decided to rent it out. Since those renters moved in, I have watched the lot get overgrown by grass and weeds, windows get broken out, parties raging until 2 or 3am, and once they were barbecuing drunk at 2am. Why are living arrangements like that okay for this neighborhood and not an arrangement like ours where there are enforced quiet hours from 10pm to 8am, to make us not obnoxious to our neighbors? 
The Girl with the Red Flannel Shirt, Capitol Hill, via email

Now, Behave!
Most Fizzable moment at the microhousing ThinkTank event: Josh Feit leaping to his feet in the front row, turning in exasperated, schoolmaster fashion to admonish the cramped ’n’ crabby Jewel Box audience: “Children!!” One hopes that footage of this memorable instant is on the Channel 21 tape (“Morning Fizz: Micromanagement of Microhousing,” PubliCola, May 29, 2013). Props to PubliCola for arranging the event and was a good contribution to what is a very belated, where’s-my-horse-and-why-is-that-barn-door-open? discussion in our town. And special props to Josh for quieting the younger people in the crowd...
Claustrophoebe via


Almost Everyone
Great stories (“Almost Live, Never Dead,” June 2013), but oddly several of us ex–Almost Live! alums weren’t even mentioned or interviewed. Forgotten perhaps? Who knows, but I do have proof in the form of six local Emmys from my stint as writer/associate producer on the show (1985–88), as well as fond memories of going to LA with Ross Shafer and Jim Sharp, and three National Emmys for Bill Nye... 

Some other “forgotten” Almost Livers: Mike Boydstun, Jim McKenna and Erren Gottlieb (who went on to produce Bill Nye, the Science Guy), Andrea Stein, Ralph Bevins, and many others! 
scottschaefer via 


Pass It On
I moved to Seattle at age three. I’m 35. And every time I pick up the magazine I learn something new to do here and am able to celebrate my city more thoroughly. I pass my stack of old copies on to houseguests. Thanks for all your good work on Seattle arts and culture. 
Eli Hastings, Ravenna, via email


Rising Chef Thanks
Thanks Seattle Met, and the biggest thanks to chef Maria Hines for the countless opportunities and endless advice (“Rising Star Chefs,” June 2013).
jason brzozowy @jasonbrzozowy via


Food Is Love
The pleasure and privilege has been all mine (“Rising Star Chefs,” June 2013)!
Maria Hines @mariahines via


Queen Anne Triumphant
Ooh! Looking forward to this (“Triumph Bar Is Coming to Queen Anne This Summer,” Nosh Pit, May 28, 2013).
Taryn Miller @tarynmiller via


No Fluff Zone
Nooo! We love Nook’s biscuits (“A Beloved Seattle Restaurant Shuts Its Doors,” Nosh Pit, May 20, 2013). 
nckaiser via 

High Hogs
First there was grass-fed beef. Now we have marijuana-fed pork (“Butcher BB Ranch Is Feeding Marijuana to Pigs,” Nosh Pit, May 14, 2013). 
TamaraGJones via


True Judy
For me, Judy Travis’s beauty and lifestyle vlogs are the best type of reality entertainment you could watch (“The Accidental Ingenue,” June 2013). She and husband, Benji, come across as a 100 percent genuine couple. Are they perfect? No, and that’s precisely why we the viewers love them.
jessie.tanner.7 via


The Daily Vlog
I love Judy, Benji, and Julianna Travis (“The Accidental Ingenue,” June 2013). They are a part of my daily life. Me and my kids watch them every morning after breakfast. They are so real and so genuine. I’m so thankful they share their lives with us. 
adamswife08 via


It’s Judy Time Somewhere
I started to follow the videos from It’s Judy Time early on (“The Accidental Ingenue,” June 2013). I am from Mexico and I thank god I understand English so I can enjoy seeing her day by day. Maybe someday I will meet this great woman that has inspired many around the world, just living her life. Her awesome, great life...
mariat.aguilar.12 via

Published: July 2013

Filed under
Show Comments