September 2019

16th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival will share the fun Sept. 28

Eclectic, artsy, earthy, urban and committed to a better future... that's Sustainable Ballard and the 16th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival. Join this group of Ballard neighbors on Sept 28th at Ballard Commons Park at 5701 22nd Ave NW for creativity, passion and community-building while learning about daily practices and big steps toward more sustainable living. This year's theme of "Green Steps" focuses on actions big and small that neighbors can take to reduce their carbon footprint.


After planting deep roots at West Seattle Nursery, Mark Smith is retiring

He co-founded the now destination nursery 35 years ago

Mark Smith, a co-founder and the owner of West Seattle Nursery & Garden Center, has announced he will retire after 35 years in business. His last day is September 30. The Nursery will remain open under new ownership to be announced in the coming weeks.

A private party is being held in his honor and Smith said his daughter Caroline told him, "I'm going to invite all the friends you don't know you have."


Yes we publish a print edition! Here's where to find it in West Seattle!

The popularity of mobile internet devices might lead you to think that publications like Westside Seattle are no longer in print.

But we very much are. In fact we've been steadily publishing since 1898 for the Ballard section, since 1923 for our West Seattle Coverage, and since 1945 for our news from Burien, Des Moines and SeaTac. 

We understand the speed and immediacy of the internet which is why you are seeing this story online. But study after study say the same thing. People learn more and retain more (and yes they actually see the ads and remember them better) in print. The web is great but the pace of news and finding information pouring out of nearly every device means you often don't have time to take it all in, think about it, and have some kind of intelligent response to it. Thanks to our loyal local advertisers and readers we can keep telling great stories worth reading about this place we call home.


Thomas Elwood Taylor, Jr. June 7, 1944 – August 31, 2019


Tom Taylor, Jr. passed away in Des Moines, Washington on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the age of 75 after a long illness.

Tom was born in Portland, Oregon the second of three children of Edna and Thomas E. Taylor.  He graduated from Cleveland High School in Portland and Portland State University with a degree in marketing and minoring in law. He married Mary Lou Hensley Easterly and raised her son, Scott, as his own. Mary Lou preceded him in death. He had many friends who stayed in contact from grade school, high school and college.

Final section of Alaskan Way Viaduct removed; The face of Seattle has changed

Now the viaduct is truly only a memory.


WSDOT’s contractor Kiewit finished demolishing the last columns of the Alaskan Way Viaduct at Marion Street last Saturday.

The double-deck portion of the remaining roadway at Marion came down late on Saturday – leaving the waterfront clear of the viaduct between Pike Place Market and South Dearborn Street.



Only cleanup and a small section of demolition near the BNSF railroad tracks north of Pike Place Market remains. WSDOT is marking this milestone by releasing a video that captures the tremendous effort involved in demolishing the viaduct and the extraordinary transformation of Seattle's waterfront now underway.


What freeze? Seattle's a warm puppy

By Jean Godden

Oh, sure, someone snubbed you -- a newcomer -- or was too busy to ask you out for coffee or too intent on text messages to exchange pleasantries. So you holler "Seattle Freeze!" and brand an entire city with an unmannerly stereotype.

Next you write op-ed stories like the recent one in the Seattle Times that accuses Seattleites of passive aggressive behavior. Then you, a self-described "recovering lawyer," tar the entire city with "a social sickness masked by the stilted constructs of minimal civility."

Ouch. Pretty strong stuff.