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Record Group 5750
Department of Neighborhoods

The Department of Neighborhoods was created in 1991 by consolidating staff from the Executive Department's Citizens Service Bureau and Office of Neighborhoods, the Community Service Centers of the Department of Human Resources, and the Neighborhood Assistance Division of the Department of Community Development. The Office of Urban Conservation, the City's historic preservation agency, was added in 1992. The following year, the department added a community development function by taking over projects in the Central Area, Southeast Seattle, and the Port of Seattle. In 1999, the Neighborhood Planning Office was abolished and its continuing functions were assumed by the Department of Neighborhoods. The Department's mission is to bring local government closer to the citizens by maintaining a responsive presence in Seattle neighborhoods, by responding to citizen concerns and complaints, and providing a communications link for neighborhoods on City issues that will have an impact on them. The department operates the Neighborhood Service Centers (Little City Halls), administers the Neighborhood Matching Grant Program, staffs the Landmarks Preservation Board, and manages the P-Patch program.


5750-01
Director's Correspondence

1991-1999
4.0 cubic feet

Correspondence, memoranda, reports, staff notes and other materials related to the administration and programs of the Department of Neighborhoods. Records document the Neighborhood Matching Grant program, the neighborhood planning process, and the City's relationship to its various neighborhoods. Also included are records concerning the Neighborhood Service Centers, and Seattle's public schools.

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5750-02
Neighborhood News (Newsletter)

1989-2009
0.4 cubic foot

Newsletter for citizens with information about city programs, special events, and neighborhood projects. Published monthly through 1993 and then bimonthly thereafter.

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Departmental Publications

1980-2009
0.2 cubic foot

Newsletters and brochures produced by the department.

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5750-04
Public Information Officer Records

1991-2005
1.4 cubic feet

Records from the Public Information Officer, including press releases, informational pieces, and promotional publications. Materials relate to general departmental services as well as special events and programs such as Neighbor Appreciation Day, the Race and Social Justice Initiative, and the Involving All Neighbors program. Other topics addressed in the records include the TOPOFF 2 emergency management exercise, neighborhood service centers, and Sound Transit, as well as specific neighborhoods such as South Lake Union and Northgate. Also included are photos of Mayor Schell's Neighborhood Tours.

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5750-06
Community Issues (Newsletter)

1991-2003
0.8 cubic foot

Monthly newsletters detailing neighborhood issues throughout the city. Neighborhood Service Center coordinators sent reports to the department director outlining issues in their districts. The director compiled the district reports into a single newsletter which was then sent to the mayor, city council members, and department directors. Highlighted topics include transportation issues and improvements, building projects, grand openings, elections, honors, announcements, visits by the mayor and city council members, meetings, new programs, accidents and crimes, events, and public hearings.

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5751-01
City Neighborhood Council Records

1987-2009
4.2 cubic feet

Minutes, agendas, correspondence, committee files and audiotapes of the City Neighborhood Council (CNC). The Council, which is comprised of representatives from the Neighborhood District Councils, was created in 1987 to help implement the Neighborhood Planning and Assistance Program. The purpose of the program was to involve neighborhoods in City planning to meet the neighborhoods' needs and values. Issues reflected in the records are discussion of the role of the CNC, establishment of neighborhood district boundaries, neighborhood plans, City budget issues, neighborhood street funds, and matching fund grants.

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5751-02
Involving All Neighbors Project Records

1995-2007
1.2 cubic feet

Records documenting organizing efforts, events, conferences and publications concerning a project to include more people, especially those with disabilities and developmental disabilities, in neighborhood life. West Seattle and the Delridge neighborhoods are a particular focus of the records, which also include files on Neighborhood Matching Fund grants for community inclusion projects.

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5751-03
Central Area Special Projects Records

1976-1998
1.4 cubic feet

Subject files and planning files concerning the Central Area. Topics include the Central Area Action Plan, business development and neighborhood improvement projects.

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5751-04
Programs Division Administrative Records

1990-1998
0.4 cubic foot

Subject and event files of the Division Director and other staff. Subjects include staff meetings, the Neighborhood Matching Fund, neighborhood volunteer appreciation events, and a City interdepartmental team for planning “Take Our Daughters to Work” day.

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5751-05
African American Museum Project Records

1984-2000
1 cubic foot

Correspondence, studies, grant documentation, memos, and memoranda of understanding regarding reuse of the Colman School as an African American Heritage Museum, and City support for pre-development work for the museum. Also included are correspondence, minutes, bylaws and court papers regarding the African American Cultural Heritage Center Committee and the African American Museum and Cultural Center Board of Trustees, including legal actions related to a dispute over control of the Board.

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5751-06
Neighborhood Street Fund Records

1994-2000
1.8 cubic feet

Applications, proposals and administrative records for a fund that was established to implement traffic and safety improvements. Citizen applications for neighborhood projects were ranked by the Neighborhood District Councils and implemented by the Transportation Department. Also included are similar records concerning the earlier Street Utility Fund, which funded neighborhood-initiated traffic and safety improvements by the Engineering Department before the creation of the Transportation Department.

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5751-07
Special Projects Records

1974-1998
4.2 cubic feet

Planning files for Neighborhood Programs Division special projects including grant files, correspondence, reports, photographs, slides, minutes, agendas, clippings and ephemera. Projects include waterfront development projects, the Elliott Bay Water Taxi, West Seattle Trail Art Markers, Columbia City Revitalization, Southeast Seattle Action Plan update, Urban Resources Partnership grants for neighborhood-based environmental projects, Dispute Resolution Center and the Neighborhood Crime and Justice Center Project, which supported neighborhood anti-crime councils in addressing crime problems in their communities. Included are Department of Community Development files concerning the Central Harborfront Public Improvement Plan.

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5751-08
Pike/Pine Project Records

1983-1991
0.8 cubic foot

Records of a two-year study of the Pike/Pine area of Capitol Hill which focused on maintaining affordable housing, stimulating business, increasing parking and reducing crime, especially harassment of gays and lesbians. Records include survey data, correspondence, committee files, outreach material, grant documentation, photographs, slides, videotape and maps.

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5751-09
P-Patch Surveys

2001
0.8 cubic foot

Surveys completed by gardeners as part of their 2001 applications for garden space in community p-patches. The anonymous surveys collected demographic information about p-patch users, including age, household size, income, ethnicity, and disability. Other questions addressed how far people lived from their plots and how they traveled to them; how long they have been gardening; and how much of their household produce is supplied by their p-patch. The surveys also attempted to determine what gardeners valued most about the p-patch program. Users of this collection should note that a subset of foreign-language surveys was discarded because the documents linked names with household income and other private information; therefore, non-English-speaking gardeners are not represented fully in this series.

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5752-01
Neighborhood Service Centers Director’s Records

1973-1999
6.0 cubic feet

Records of the Director of the Neighborhood Service Centers Division, including subject files, planning files for the Mayor’s neighborhood town meetings and walking tours and records collected by Neighborhood Service Centers regarding Neighborhood District Councils. Also included are Neighborhood Service Centers files from earlier years when the Centers were part of the Department of Human Resources, as well as files concerning the Street Use Appeals Board.

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5752-02
Neighborhood Service Centers Reports

1994-2002
1.4 cubic feet

Objectives and monthly reports of the Service Centers, and a 2002 “State of the Districts” report.

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5752-03
Citizens Service Bureau Director's Records

1988-2000
1.2 cubic feet

Records of the Director (later, Manager) of the Citizens Service Bureau, which became part of the Department of Neighborhoods in 1991. Records include subject files, photographs and reports. Topics include hate crimes, preparations for the Seattle WTO conference in 1999 and logs of telephone complaints received during and after the conference. Also included are records of the Interdepartmental Enforcement Alliance Team and Neighborhood Action Team which helped communities with cross-jurisdictional problems involving law enforcement, public health or safety.

The Citizens Service Bureau opened in 1965 as a central location in City Hall where citizens could obtain information, request City services and resolve complaints about City policies, procedures and service delivery. In 2007 the Bureau's name was changed to Customer Service Bureau.

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5752-04
Downtown Service Center Records

1982-2010
2.4 cubic feet

The Downtown Service Center (DSC) records include correspondence, reports, and other materials documenting the activities of the DSC staff and its interaction with residents of the Central Business District, neighborhood associations, downtown businesses, and the Downtown District Council. The majority of records relate to Belltown, the Denny Triangle neighborhood, Pioneer Square, and the International District. Series includes meeting materials of the Downtown District Council.

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5752-05
Fremont Neighborhoood Service Center Records

1952-2006
1990-2004 (bulk)
1.4 cubic feet

Records of the Fremont Neighborhoood Service Center include reports, meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings and other materials documenting the activities of the service staff, Fremont Service Center Manager Carla Main, and Neighborhood District Coordinator Steve Louie. The Fremont Service Center covered the neighborhoods of Wallingford, Ballard, and Fremont, as well as areas around Lake Union and Aurora. Service Center staff members worked directly with community groups and project committees. Records document activities including neighborhood beautification, traffic development, safety, and citizen concerns such as Aurora Motel safety, Lake Union seaplane noise and traffic, the Fremont Fair and Parade, the South Lake Union Development Project, and the Boylston Avenue Noise Wall.

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5752-06
Greenwood Neighborhood Service Center Records

1970-2010
6.5 cubic feet

Records of Neighborhood District Coordinator, Beth Pflug, the Greenwood Arts Council, and Greenwood Council member, Joan James. Topics include neighborhood planning, the annual Greenwood Arts Walk, and north Seattle community organizations. James’ papers document her environmental and neighborhood activism and include files on the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Green Lake –Portage Bay Water Quality Project and the Household Hazardous Waste Work Group, which advised the Seattle Solid Waste Utility on siting a hazardous waste collection site in the north end. Neighborhood planning records also include files of Neighborhood Planning Office Project Manager, Dottie DeCoster, and neighborhood planning committees.

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5752-07
Queen Anne/Magnolia Neighborhood Service Center Records

1995-2007
1999-2002 (bulk)
1.6 cubic foot

The Queen Anne/Magnolia Neighborhood Service Center Records include correspondence, reports, and other materials documenting the activities of the service center staff and its interaction with residents of the upper and lower Queen Anne neighborhoods, Magnolia, Interbay, and the Discovery Park community. Service center staff worked closely with neighborhood groups, including the Queen Anne Community Council, the Uptown Alliance, Terminal 91 Neighbors Advisory Committee, Neighborhood Action Team Seattle, and the Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council. Among the neighborhood issues reflected in the records are land use, homelessness, parking, pedestrian safety, transportation planning, bridge and overpass concerns, and relations with the United Indians of All Tribes. The series includes meeting materials of the District Council.

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5752-08
Capitol Hill Neighborhood Service Center Records

1968-2009
5.4 cubic feet

Records of the East District/Capitol Hill Neighborhood Service Center coordinators, including subject files and monthly reports. Topics include east district events, neighborhood planning and community associations such as the Broadway Business Improvement Association, Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, East Neighborhoods District Council and First Hill Improvement Association. Also included are records of the Capitol Hill Community Council.

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5752-09
Central Area Neighborhood Service Center Records

1977-2011
1.6 cubic feet

The Central Neighborhood Service Center Records document the activities of service center staff, primarily Central Neighborhood Service Center Manager and Central Community Council Director Ted Divina. Records include meeting minutes and reports, correspondence, newsletters and newspaper clippings. The records document community issues and citizen concerns including crime prevention; land use planning and development; I-90 construction in to the neighborhood; the mayor's neighborhood evaluations; housing; block watch programs; Latino, Asian American, and African American communities; and area history. The Central Neighborhood area covers the neighborhoods of Madrona, Squire Park, Judkins Park, Central District, Leschi, Madison Valley, and Yesler Terrace.

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5752-10
Greater Duwamish Neighborhood Service Center Records

1980-2011
6.4 cubic feet

The Greater Duwamish Neighborhood Service Center Records include correspondence, reports, clippings, notes, meeting minutes, maps, brochures, and other materials. Records document the activities of service center staff and Greater Duwamish community issues and concerns. Noteworthy topics include Duwamish Superfund Site; Boeing Field; area traffic concerns; Georgetown Old City Hall; crime reduction; neighborhood safety; neighborhood improvement; and industrial land use. Areas covered include Beacon Hill, South Park, Georgetown, Duwamish and SODO.

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5752-11
West Seattle Nieghborhood Service Center Records

1989-2010
3.4 cubic feet

The West Seattle Neighborhood Service Center Records document the activities of service center staff and the West Seattle community's issues and concerns. Records include community association meetings and agendas; correspondence; reports; elevation drawings; event flyers; and photographs. Noteworthy topics documented include the Pier 1 and Pier 2 Projects, the Southwest Harbor Cleanup and Redevelopment Project; the Monorail Project; and neighborhood improvement.

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5753-01
Office of Education Records

1988-2003
0.6 cubic foot

Subject files from the Office of Education. Topics include the Seattle Education Summit, youth and parent survey data, environmental education, and service learning. Most records originated when the Office was in the Department of Housing and Human Services, then the Strategic Planning Office.

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5754-01
Office of Urban Conservation Subject Files

1974-1999
10 cubic feet

The Office of Urban Conservation was created in 1975 as part of the Department of Community Development (DCD). It was founded in an era of citizen protests against a proposed urban renewal program that would have demolished Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market. The office’s mandate was to coordinate Seattle’s historic preservation programs and administer the city’s landmark boards and historic districts. When DCD was abolished in 1992, the historic preservation program was moved to the Department of Neighborhoods. Series contains correspondence, memos, legal documents, and other materials documenting the projects and concerns of the Office of Urban Conservation. Topics include Fort Lawton, landmarking of religious properties, the baseball stadium, capital improvements to Seattle schools, and historic theatres.

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5754-10
Section 106 Coordinator Digital Photographs

2003-2005

The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966 created the current National Register of Historic Places program and included provisions known as Section 106 Review to ensure that listed historic properties are consicered during federal project planning and execution. Contents include photogrpahs of historic landmark designation districts resulting from work with the NHPA. Districts include Columbia City, Rainier Valley, International District, and Mt. Baker.

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5754-A1
Landmarks Preservation Board Minutes

1973-2002
1.8 cubic foot

The Landmarks Preservation Board was established in 1973 with the mission of preserving structures of historical importance. Its eleven members are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. The Board must include two architects, two historians, one member of the City Planning Commission, one structural engineer, and one person each representing the fields of finance and real estate management. The other three members have no required occupation or affiliation, although all Board appointees are expected to have an interest in historic preservation. Series contains minutes and agendas documenting meetings of the Landmarks Preservation Board. The minutes report on issues discussed, tasks assigned, and actions taken, and include lists of board members and Office of Urban Conservation staff present. Board business primarily concerned consideration of applications for approval of architectural modifications to city landmarks, as well as landmark nominations and designations.

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5754-A2
Landmarks Preservation Board Subject Files

1942-1999
4.4 cubic feet

Correspondence, memos, clippings, and other materials relating to the work of the Landmarks Preservation Board. A significant portion of the collection deals with appointments to the Board and its procedures and guidelines. Another issue documented in detail is the creation and revision of the Landmarks Preservation Ordinance. Other topics covered include Latona, Seward, and Stevens Schools; the proposed Seattle Commons project; historic ships, and terra cotta in Seattle.

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5754-A3
Special Tax Valuation Records

1985-1992
2.4 cubic feet

Materials relating to special tax valuation agreements for rehabilitated historic properties. Files contain agreements as well as backup material. Photos are often included, many times showing before and after shots of the rehabilitated property.

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5754-A4
Anhalt Apartment Photographs

1977
0.2 cubic feet

Photographs taken for the book Apartments by Anhalt by Larry Kreisman of the Office of Urban Conservation. Fred Anhalt constructed distinctive apartment buildings in Seattle in the 1920s and 1930s, often in the Tudor Revival style. Series contains both negatives and prints. Not all negatives have corresponding prints, and vice versa.

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5754-A5
Denied Landmark Applications

1891-1997
8.2 cubic feet

Records document the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board's decisions to deny a building, object, or structure historic landmark status. Series includes nomination forms, news clippings, correspondence, reports, Board agendas, photographs of nominated properties, and additional background information related to the nominated properties. Some properties documented in the collection include Franklin High School, the Music Box Theatre, the Newhalem buildings owned by Seattle City Light, and the Olympic Hotel. The Blue Moon Tavern files contain many interesting items of note including letters of support from authors Tom Robbins and Calvin Trillin and an audio cassette containing a KRAB radio station interview with Blue Moon regulars. Some properties represented in the records were granted landmark status but lost their designation due to fire damage, property neglect, loss of insurance or lease. These properties include the Jolly Rodger Roadhouse, Kelleher House, the San Mateo Ferry and the Temple de Hirsch Sinai. The files are arranged alphabetically by property name.

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5754-A6
Music Hall Theatre Landmark Appeal Records

1974-1991
1.6 cubic feet

Originally built in 1929, the Music Hall Theatre was demolished in 1992 after a protracted battle between the property owners and local arts and preservation groups. The building was given landmark status by the city, but the property owners appealed the decision to the Hearing Examiner, who overturned the designation and allowed demolition to proceed. Records in this series were collected during the landmark nomination and appeal process, and include Landmarks Preservation Board correspondence and minutes, legal documents, news articles, and photos. Series also contains records relating to the Downtown Theater Task Force.

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5754-B1
Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board Minutes

1976-2012
0.8 cubic foot

The Ballard Avenue Landmark District was created by the Seattle City Council in 1976. Ballard Avenue was the core of the area’s central business district for decades. When Market Street became the main arterial, Ballard Avenue’s development effectively came to a standstill, preserving its character as a small-town main street with buildings from the 1890s to 1940s, along with the occasional hitching post. Series contains minutes and agendas documenting regular and special meetings of the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board. The minutes report on issues discussed, tasks assigned, and actions taken, and include lists of board members and Office of Urban Conservation staff present. Board business primarily concerned consideration of applications for approval of architectural modifications and signage in the District. Other subjects include street lighting, zoning, parking, and transients.

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5754-B2
Ballard Avenue Landmark District Subject Files

1975-1995
0.8 cubic foot

Correspondence, memos, clippings, and other materials relating to the work of the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board. A significant portion of the collection deals with elections for positions on the Board. Another sizeable set of records contains legal documents, correspondence, and background information relating to a series of lawsuits against the city relating to the historic district.

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5754-B3
Ballard Avenue Landmark District Digital Photographs

2005-2006
70 digital image files

The Ballard Avenue Landmark District is one of seven historic districts in the City of Seattle and was established by the Seattle City Council in 1976. The contents of this collection include photographs of inlaid sidewalk art in the Landmark District depicting historic maps and street names; tile art; bronze art; inlaid copper street names; prism light grids; and granite and patterned concrete art.

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5754-C1
International Special Review District Board Minutes

1974-1995
2.0 cubic feet

The International Special Review District was created by the City Council in 1973 in order to preserve the neighborhood’s unique Asian-American character. It was the only area in the continental United States where Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos, Vietnamese, and African Americans combined to build one neighborhood. The District contains early 20th-century hotels and commercial buildings, and part of the area is listed on the National Register. One focus of the Board in the 1970s was to encourage development of housing and pedestrian-friendly businesses, which was of special concern with the construction of the Kingdome just west of the neighborhood. Series contains minutes and agendas documenting regular and special meetings of the International Special Review District Board. The minutes report on issues discussed, tasks assigned, and actions taken, and include lists of board members and Office of Urban Conservation staff present. Subjects include building construction, modification and signage; parking issues; METRO bus shelters and other facilities; Union Station development, and I-90 access modifications.

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5754-C2
International Special Review District Subject Files

1973-2002
3.6 cubic feet

Correspondence, memos, clippings, and other materials relating to issues affecting the District. Many of the records deal with METRO transit projects, including bus shelters, transit bases, and bus zones. Another significant portion of materials relate to I-90 access ramps and transit plans, including some high-quality aerial photos. Other topics covered in the collection include Union Station, the installation of banners in the neighborhood, City Light utility issues, neighborhood concerns with liquor licenses, and elections for the International Special Review District Board.

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5754-D1
Pike Place Market Historical Commission Minutes

1971-2012
4.4 cubic feet

Pike Place Market was established in 1907 to give local farmers a venue in which to sell their produce. It thrived for decades, but began to decline during World War II due to the effects of a major fire and the internment of Japanese American farmers. In the 1960s, urban renewal plans aimed to demolish the market and replace it with office towers and apartments. Citizen opposition, led by architect Victor Steinbrueck, managed to derail the scheme. A 1971 ballot measure sponsored by a group called Friends of the Market was passed, leading to the market’s preservation as part of a Market Historical District and listing on the National Register. Today the market is the oldest continuously operating public market in the United States, as well as the most historically authentic. Series contains minutes and agendas documenting regular and special meetings of the Pike Place Market Historical Commission. The minutes report on issues discussed, tasks assigned, and actions taken, and include lists of board members and Office of Urban Conservation staff present. Board business primarily concerned consideration of applications for approval of architectural modifications and changes of use in the Market. Other subjects include District design guidelines, private development projects, parking, and building heights.

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5754-D2
Pike Place Market Historical District Subject Files

1971-2000
4.8 cubic feet

This series of subject files addresses general topics relating to the Market and/or discussed by the Market Historical Commission. Topics include the controversy over allowing food carts in the Market, daystall rule revisions, potential uses for the Parcel B drugstore site, street improvements, the acquisition of parcel PC-1, and appointments to the Market Historical Commission. The subseries also contains listings of all businesses in the Market from 1981 to 1986. Collection also contains case files on businesses that were located in the Market or that unsuccessfully applied for Market space. They contain correspondence, business proposals, applications for change of use, and the like. Some files include documents relating to earlier businesses that operated in the same location as the business named in the file title.

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5754-D3
Pike Place Market Business Relocation Cards

1975
0.25 cubic foot

Index cards created in the planning process for the large-scale rehabilitation of the Market in the 1970s. Cards were created for each business in the Market to document how they were planning to operate during the construction (i.e., move to a temporary location, close temporarily and reopen after rehabilitation, etc.). Cards list business name, address, owner/manager, type of business, rent and utility payments, and other business information. The series serves as a snapshot of all the businesses operating in the Market at this point in time.

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5754-D4
Pike Place Market Historical District Prints and Negatives

1973-1981
0.2 cubic foot

Photographic material documenting Pike Place Market during the 1970s and 1980s. Images include dynamic street scenes of the market area, market interiors including vendors and stalls, and market exteriors including construction and rehabilitation. Also includes portraits of key people such as the Director of the Pike Project office, the Director of the Merchant Association, the Market Historical Commission architect, Save the Market activists, Market vendors, Urban Renewal representatives, and the former director of the PDA.

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5754-E1
Pioneer Square Preservation Board Minutes

1971-1997
2.6 cubic feet

From 1852 onward, Pioneer Square was the center of Seattle’s commercial activity. The Great Fire of 1889 destroyed 25 blocks of downtown, but the city immediately began rebuilding, using fire-resistant stone and brick. The neighborhood flourished during the Alaska gold rush, but as the central business core began to move northward, Pioneer Square became host to rough taverns and seedy hotels. A city plan to raze the district in the 1960s generated a grass roots preservation movement led by architects Ralph Anderson and Victor Steinbrueck. In 1970 they succeeded in having the neighborhood designated as a national historic district as well as Seattle’s first preservation district. Series contains minutes and agendas documenting regular and special meetings of the various boards overseeing the Pioneer Square Preservation District. The minutes report on issues discussed, tasks assigned, and actions taken, and include lists of board members and Office of Urban Conservation staff present. Board business primarily concerned consideration of applications for approval of architectural modifications and signage in the District. Other subjects include the Downtown Alternative Plan, sidewalks, zoning, social problems, and liquor licenses.

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5754-E2
Pioneer Square Preservation District Subject Files

1970-2002
9.2 cubic feet

Correspondence, memos, reports, clippings, and other materials relating to issues affecting the District. Many of the records deal with METRO transit projects, including the waterfront streetcar and the bus tunnel. Another significant portion of materials relate to the work of CAFE EDGAR (Committee to Assess the Feasibility of Establishing Economic Development Guidelines and Regulations), a group that surveyed other historic districts in the United States and developed recommendations for Pioneer Square development guidelines. Also of particular interest may be records relating to the Pioneer Square Intergovernmental Summit, which brought together government officials from the city, county, and state, along with property owners, residents, and human services organizations, to discuss issues facing the neighborhood. Many files relate to specific buildings, such as Union Station, Smith Tower, Olympic Block, Mutual Life Building, Roberts Hotel, and Pioneer Building, and records document the preservation of the Cadillac Hotel after it sustained earthquake damage in 2001. Renovations of Occidental Park and the Colman Ferry Dock are also covered. Other topics in the collection include social services and homelessness, areaways (light wells), and appointments to the various boards overseeing the District.

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5754-F1
Columbia City Landmark District Records

1976-1990
0.2 cubic feet

Correspondence, meeting notices, news clippings, and other materials relating to the creation and management of the landmark district.

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5754-11
Department of Neighborhoods District Coordinator Photographs

2007
21 digital image files

Photographs of Mayor's outreach events including Mayor Nickels' Neighborhood Walking Tours of Georgetown, South Park, West Seattle, Roosevelt, and South West Seattle. These tours engage the Mayor's Office directly with neighborhoods to gain a better understanding of the opportunities, challenges, and successes found in each of Seattle's neighborhoods. More Neighborhood Walking Tour photos can be viewed in record series 0207-01.

5754-11 in the Photograph Index

5755-01
Interdepartmental Neighborhood Coordinating Committee Records

1988-1990
0.2 cubic foot

The Interdepartmental Neighborhood Coordinating Committee (INCC) was created in the Office of Neighborhoods in 1988 with a broad mission of coordinating departmental responses to neighborhood needs. The mission was later narrowed to focus on improving citizen access to City departments. The INCC was comprised primarily of public information officers and other public contact people from departments that interacted regularly with neighborhoods. The records include correspondence, schedules of meetings, and minutes. One product, included in the records, that resulted from the committee's work was a directory of City contacts.

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Neighborhood Matching Fund Administrative Records

1988-2009
Bulk dates 1988-1998
3.6 cubic feet

Records documenting the administration of Neighborhood Matching Fund grants, covering outreach and promotion, guidelines, application materials, and review and evaluation. Includes correspondence with City Council, the Mayor's Office, city departments, and the City Neighborhood Council. Records are arranged by year. Beginning in 1995, the files are labeled "A" and "B" to reflect which of the two semi-annual award cycles are documented.

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5756-02
Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Records

1988-2005
18 cubic feet

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program, created in 1988, provides financial assistance for community-driven neighborhood development projects. The community matching portion is seen in volunteer hours, cash, or donation of services. The majority of projects are physical improvement projects, such as playground and sidewalk improvements; park or neighborhood restoration and revitalization; community center and public school improvements; commemorative, historic, and artistic structures; neighborhood beautification, playground, and community garden projects; and educational and informational literature publications. Non-physical projects include events and design planning.

Types of records include applications for funding, or letter of intent to apply, DON suggestions for applications, project reports, project amendments, newspaper clippings, architectural drawings, site maps, work plans, newsletters, publications, and photos. Some boxes contain files for projects that were not funded but include the letter of intent to apply.

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5756-03
Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Project Fund Records

1990-2006
22 cubic feet

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program, created in 1988, provides financial assistance for community-driven neighborhood development projects. The community matching portion is seen in volunteer hours, cash, or donation of services. The majority of projects are physical improvement projects, such as playground and sidewalk improvements; park or neighborhood restoration and revitalization; community center and public school improvements; commemorative, historic, and artistic structures; neighborhood beautification, playground, and community garden projects; and educational and informational literature publications; as well as community events, and design planning. Types of records include applications for funding, project reports, project amendments, the letter to proceed, newspaper clippings, architectural drawings, site maps, work plans, newsletters, publications, and photos. Some boxes contain files for projects that were never funded or completed.

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5756-04
Tree Fund Records

1996-2004
1.4 cubic feet

Initially called the Urban Forestry Projects Fund, the Tree Fund provides trees and planting/maintenance training to neighborhood groups. Started in 1996, the fund offers both street trees for residential planting strips and trees for urban forests in park sites. Records include applications and reports on individual projects, as well as administrative files for the program as a whole. Some final reports include photographs.

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5756-05
External Beautification Fund Records

1996-1997
1.0 cubic foot

Records relating to Neighborhood Matching Fund Special Projects grants from the External Beautification Fund for Seattle Public Schools. The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program, created in 1988, provides financial assistance for community-driven neighborhood development projects. In 1996 and 1997 the Fund set aside enough money for each public school to receive about $1000 for an external beautification project. Each school had to provide a matching portion of monetary donations, as well as volunteer hours, and often supplies as well. Projects included painting buildings, creation of gardens, enhancement of entryways, creation of murals, grounds clean-up, installation of benches and picnic tables, construction of storage sheds, renovation of flower beds, and tree plantings. Types of records include grant applications, agreements, amendments, progress reports, final reports, newspaper clippings, newsletters, site maps, work plans, and photos.

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5756-06
Small Sparks Fund Records

1999-2005
0.6 cubic foot

Records relating to Neighborhood Matching Fund Small Sparks grants. The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program, created in 1988, provides financial assistance for community-driven neighborhood development projects. Small Sparks projects were awarded up to $250, and each project team had to provide a matching portion of monetary donations, volunteer hours, or supplies. The purpose of these projects was to energize the community and reach out to people who were not yet involved in neighborhood organizations or projects. The projects were meant to be simple and informal, taking two months or less to complete. Projects included the creation of gardens, concerts in the parks, talent shows, potlucks, dances, community yard sales, preparation for earthquakes, neighborhood walks, and cleaning up trash in neighborhoods. Types of records include grant applications, agreements, progress reports, final reports, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and photos.

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5756-07
Youth and Anti-Violence Grant Records

1993-1998
0.8 cubic foot

Records relating to four different special funds administered by the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) to benefit neighborhoods and involve youth. The NMF program, created in 1988, provides financial assistance for community-driven neighborhood development projects. The first special fund was Special Fund: Confronting Violence (SPV) that had total funding of $20,000, a maximum award of $1,000 per project, and the purpose of creating neighborhood-based efforts to address violence. The second fund was the It's All About Time for Kids Fund (KF), which also had a maximum award of $1,000 per project and focused on fostering volunteerism and increasing opportunities for youth and adults to constructively spend time together. The third special fund was the Young People's Call to Action (YPC), which focused on non-violence and accepting diversity among young people. The last is Youth Working in Communities (YWC), which was meant to fund youth-led projects that would prevent violence, physically improve schools and neighborhoods, and improve the social environment. Each project team was responsible for providing a matching portion of monetary donations, volunteer hours, or supplies. Projects included concerts in parks, potlucks, dances, memorials to slain teens, mediation training, mentor programs, firearms education, field trips to the Tulalip Reservation, tutoring programs, after school theater groups, murals, and multi-cultural events. Types of records include grant applications, agreements, progress reports, final reports, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and photos.

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5756-08
Neighborhood Outreach and Development Fund Records

1996-2005
0.8 cubic foot

Records relating to Neighborhood Matching Fund Neighborhood Outreach and Development grants. The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program, created in 1988, provides financial assistance for community-driven neighborhood development projects. Neighborhood Outreach projects were given awards up to $750, and were targeted toward membership expansion or leadership development. Neighborhood councils and interest groups received grants for projects such as brochure development, member recruitment events, and conference attendance.

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5757-01
Neighborhood Preservation and Development Director's Records

1998-2004
6.6 cubic feet

Applications, correspondence, memoranda, reports, staff notes and other materials related to the Neighborhood Preservation and Development Director. Materials are divided into three subseries: Neighborhood Planning Implementation Advisory Committee (later the Neighborhood Planning Committee), Neighborhood Street Fund and Cumulative Reserve Fund, and Subject Files. The Subject Files contain material on allocations and budgets, neighborhood and street improvements, and transportation issues, as well as files on specific neighborhoods.

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5757-02
Neighborhood Development Managers Records

1988-2004
14.8 cubic feet

Neighborhood Development Managers, responsible for the 6 city sectors (East, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, and West), facilitated, monitored and coordinated the implementation of adopted neighborhood plans, working with other departments and external public and private agency to ensure implementation of projects identified in the plans. Records include neighborhood plans, maps, correspondence, project files, fact sheets, outreach materials, meeting files, proposals, and subject files concerning the implementation of neighborhood plans. Major projects include Sound Transit Link Light Rail, University Heights Community Center and an Admiral district parking garage. Subjects include urban villages, business development, parks, parking, street improvements, neighborhood safety and amenity projects, and grants. Included are records of the Neighborhood Planning Office concerning ongoing work and the final approval and adoption of neighborhood plans.

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5757-03
City/University Community Advisory Committee Records

1988-2003
1.4 cubic feet

Minutes, agenda, bylaws, correspondence and related material of a committee of University district and University of Washington representatives which advises the City and the University on the orderly physical development of the greater University area, encourages the provision of adequate City services to the University and adjacent areas, and assists in minimizing adverse effects of future University programs on the University District.

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5757-04
12th Avenue Development Plan Records

1985-1998
1.6 cubic feet

The 12th Avenue Development Plan had the goal of redeveloping the area between 12th and 14th Avenues and Marion and Jefferson Streets. The plan sought to create a mixed-use neighborhood with strengthened ties to the nearby campuses of Seattle University and Providence Medical Center. Records include property appraisals for the project area; documentation of negotiations with Seattle University over environmental cleanup of one parcel; information about tenant relocations; and background materials, maps, and news clippings relating to the project.

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5757-05
Neighborhood Planning Implementation Records

1996-2010
0.4 cubic foot

Records of Neighborhood Planning Outreach Specialist, Thomas Whittemore, concerning updates to neighborhood plans. Records include draft plan updates, status reports, work plans, community engagement strategies and meeting agendas.

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5759-01
Kroll Atlas of Seattle

1920-1944
2 volumes

Maps of Seattle showing additions, blocks, and lots. Includes detailed information such as composition of buildings, addresses, streetcar and railroad lines, street grades, locations of fire hydrants and water mains and sewers, and type of paving. One volume is dated 1920; the later volume indicates it was purchased in 1944.

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5760-00: Neighborhood Planning Office

The Neighborhood Planning Office (NPO) was created in 1994 to implement the goals of the Comprehensive Plan for neighorhood planning. The office began work in January 1994 with a goal of creating 30 neighborhood plans in four years. The program was extended for a fifth year, after which the office was folded into the Department of Neighborhoods (DON).

Throughout the planning process the NPO worked closely with the Office of Management and Planning and DON. Each neighborhood was assigned a staff member to oversee the planning process and consultants were hired to facilitate communication between community members. Areas of priority were urban centers, manufacturing and industrial centers, urban villages, and distressed areas.

The planning process was broken into three steps: pre-application, Phase I, and Phase II. Work on the pre-application for funding included creating an Organizing Committee, setting neighborhood boundaries, developing planning guidelines, and developing neighborhood profiles and maps. Phase I included outreach to community members, organizations, and businesses to organize and discuss the state of the neighborhood, write a community vision statement listing the values and goals of the neighborhood, and create a Planning Committee to lead Phase II. Phase II consisted of planning and developing projects and putting the plan through the validation process.

The final plans, subject to environmental review to ensure compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), were submitted to the City Council for review, approval, and adoption. Once approved, projects were prioritized for funding.


5760-01
Director's Records

1991-1999
5.2 cubic feet

Files created by Director Karma Ruder, including subject files, reports to the Director of the Department of Neighborhoods, public involvement files, and files documenting the work the NPO did with interdepartmental groups and other city departments, such as City Light, the Department of Construction and Land Use, Seattle Engineering Department, the Department of Neighborhoods, the Office of Economic Development, the Office of Management and Planning, and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Subjects include: transportation issues such as urban trails and bicycling; parks and open space; interaction with the City Council; inter-departmental agreements;, neighborhoods; lighting and water reservoirs in communities; an agreement that the new baseball stadium would give money to neighborhoods; the Neighborhood Planning Data Viewer Geographical Information Systems project; a partnership with the non-profit Sustainable Seattle group and the neighborhoods planning process..

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5760-05
Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee Records

1994-2010
1.2 cubic feet

The Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee (NPAC) was established by the City Council in 1994 to help with the development and implementation of the Neighborhood Planning Office. The Committee was made up of one person from each neighborhood district commission and up to six people chosen by the Director of the Department of Neighborhoods to provide diversity and citywide perspective. The files pertain to committee meetings and contain agendas, notes, and minutes, plus correspondence. They are arranged chronologically in reverse by meeting type or correspondence. Included in the files are drafts of planning guidelines, program overviews and project updates, funding and budget information, lists of committee members with short biographies, and maps.

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5761-01
Public Information Officer's Records

1994-1999
2.2 cubic feet

The Public Information Officer (PIO), Laurence McGuire, worked to distibute information to the community about the Neighborhood Planning Office (NPO). He kept several binders of information on the NPO programs as a resource for community planners. Information about neighborhood programs was dispensed through newsletters, press releases, flyers, the NPO's web site, community presentations, and public access television, and the files reflect these activities. Material for presentations includes notes and images of program events in the form of slides, negatives, and photographs. Material for interviews on government access television incudes videotapes of the shows, correspondence, and condensed transcripts. Also in the files are meeting notes and agendas, and information on the Geographical Information System Data Viewer. The files are arranged according to their content, with the binders together, and then program development information, the different modes of dispensing information, and videotapes. Also included are clippings of newspaper articles about neighborhood planning activities.

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5761-03
Neighborhood Planning Tool Kit

1997
1.2 cubic feet

These tool kits were created by the Neighborhood Planning Office in 1997 to help groups create their City-approved neighborhood plans. The kits gathered together information about City services and programs from a variety of departments. Some documents were standard publications from City agencies – annual reports, directories, etc. – while others appear to have been created specifically for the kits. Documents have dates ranging from 1988 to 1997. Topics covered include housing, zoning and land use, public art, historic preservation, open space, public safety, and the neighborhood matching fund. The collection includes an index listing the contents of the tool kit.

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5761-04
Data Viewer: A Neighborhood Information System

1997
0.2 cubic feet

Computer program and data files on 8 compact discs; ISO 9660 compliant. Discs include ARCview GIS software necessary for viewing data. Permits interactive thematic mapping; accompanying documentation includes user's guide and documentation. Data is from 1997.

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5762-01
Neighborhood Plans

1994-1999
13.8 cubic feet

Project Product Files consist of the final reports and products of the City-sponsored neighborhood planning process. Records include the final neighborhood plan, other materials submitted to the City Council, draft plans, plan recommendations, SEPA determinations and checklists, consultant reports, neighborhood mailings, and other materials related to the development of individual neighborhood plans.

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5762-02
Neighborhood Planning Project Records

1990-2000
29.4 cubic feet

Records of staff who worked with Seattle citizen groups to develop neighborhood plans. Records include correspondence, minutes of planning committees, notices, neighborhood plan drafts, newsletters, clippings, reports, photographs and maps. Also included are Project Manager’s files concerning planning for Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail stations and lines.

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5762-03
Community Profiles

1992-1997
2.2 cubic feet

Profiles of Seattle neighborhoods compiled by the Office of Management and Planning for the Neighborhood Planning Office. The profiles include census information, growth projections, health statistics, and inventories of public facilities in the area. Housing, open space, and land use are among the issues discussed.

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