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September 14, 11:44 AM click here to comment > 1

Getting to know Madrona on a sunny fall day

This past Saturday Mayor McGinn, accompanied by Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith, took a walking tour of the Madrona neighborhood before sitting down with community members for a neighborhood town hall at the Madrona K-8 School.

The walk started with a stop at 34th & Pike to tour the co-located facilities for Madrona Biofuel Co-op and the Dirty Hands Co-op with their respective founders, Nikola Davidson and Lyle Rudensey (aka Bio Lyle). Lyle demonstrated how used cooking oil is converted into biodiesel on-site, and Nikola explained that together the two co-ops provide biofuel for 35 local families.


The next stop on the tour was the working studio and flagship retail store of glassybaby, which employs 70 local artists working 2 shifts per day 7 days per week and is still struggling to keep up with worldwide demand for its artisan candle holders. Owner Lee Rhodes was nominated for Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year this year in the category of Established Entrepreneur; voting just recently closed, and the winners will be announced in December.

After that the group headed to the new headquarters for The Facts Newspaper, where the mayor presented CEO and publisher Dennis Beaver with a proclamation declaring September 10th to be The Facts Newspaper Day in honor of  its 50th anniversary. The Facts is the oldest African American-focused newspaper in the Pacific Northwest.


Next on the list were the Madrona Playfield Shelterhouse, where the mayor heard from Holly Smith and Susan Minogue of the Madrona Community Council about improvements that the Council had made to the structure, and St. Clouds Food & Spirits to talk to co-owner John Platt. John talked passionately about the importance of coming together as a community to solve our common problems and told the mayor about his Homeless Cooking Project, through which volunteers get together once a month to cook meals for Tent City 3 and local homeless shelters, and then it was time for the town hall.

25 or 30 people ignored the beautiful weather to come share their feedback and concerns with the mayor on a range of issues, from urban development and transportation to homelessness and public safety—for full video of the Q&A from the Seattle Channel, see here.

Pictures by Thao Tran.

Posted by: Sol Villarreal


Comment from Used Cooking Oil
Time February 15, 2012 at 3:29 am

Yes! Finally someone writes about Used Cooking Oil.