From today's inbox (City of Olympia press release):
The new installation is part of the Parking & Business Improvement Area matching grant program which funds up to $3,500 for material costs of each parklet. Olympia Coffee Roasting Company covered the additional costs. This is the third parklet installed in downtown Olympia. The parklet was designed and constructed by all local businesses. Roussa Cassel of SlowClouds, LLC designed and managed the project. The steel frame and planter were built by Zeigler’s Welding, Inc. Bicycle Homebuilding installed the wood cladding, benches and deck.
Parking impacts are not expected. A recent City of Olympia parking study revealed only 65% of the on-street stalls were occupied during peak hours in the surrounding blocks. There are over 80 parking stalls within one block of the new parklet.
From today's inbox:
Here's the poster from the packet for the Council's study session last week about what might happen on 4th and State with a quarter mile of urban corridor. (It's actually an attechment to my update on the current state of the urban corridor proposal, which is here.
(It's a PDF, so you can view it larger and pan around, at least in my web browser, but it's pretty hard to read even then. It's much easier if you save it from your browser and open it in Adobe Reader or Preview.)
Attention stevenl...! (If you are still haunting the blog, though sadly, departed - note the sentence "Frequent transit and maybe even trolleys link the Olympia and Lacey City Centers!") (One of the possibly utopian features of this vision is the assumption that Lacey will have a "City Center" someday...)
From today's inbox:
Port of Olympia was one of the first stops for Inland Sea, a very new ship. see this photo larger
These film sessions are FREE and open to the public.
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Main Stage 512 Washington St. SE, downtown Olympia
America’s Music uses documentary films and texts to engage the public in a study of the history of some of America’s most enduring popular music. The series consists of six sessions, each built around a different genre of American popular music. Each session features either a complete documentary film, or excerpts from longer documentaries, to provide the basis for scholar-led discussion. The Swing Jazz is the third session in the series. Presented by KAOS Community Radio 89.3 FM and the Timberland Regional Library. The series is produced by Tribeca Film Institute of New York City
Session Three features excerpts from two films:
Ken Burns Jazz, Episode 6: Swing: The Velocity of Celebration
Episode 6 of Ken Burns’ acclaimed series on the history of jazz picks up Swing jazz in the late 1930s.
As the Depression deepens, Swing thrives, becoming unprecedentedly popular across all social classes. While some think the music is becoming too commercialized, in Kansas City a new sound is emerging that will redefine Swing.
Dr. Richard Feely, Nobel Peace Prize Winner & IPCC Author, Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration // Andy Haub, Planning and Engineering Manager, City of Olympia Public Works Department // Thera Black, Senior Planner, Thurston Regional Planning Council // Facilitated by Rhys Roth, Director, Evergreen Center for Sustainable Infrastructure
Doors open at 6:00pm with a performance by The Oly Mountain Boysand a tabling expo. Speakers start at 7:00pm followed by discussion and Q&A. Free and open to the public. Parking $2.
Presented by the Master of Environmental Studies Student Association
The Rachel Carson Forum is an annual spring event dedicated to Rachel Carson’s legacy of exploration and understanding of complex environmental issues and questions. This year's topics include ocean acidification, sea level rise, and the urban response.