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UPDATE TO THIS PAGE:

Sadly for all of us, the sale of these homes was officially announced as having closed on Friday the 13th of 2015 – to the development company “Rise” out of BC, Canada.

Thanks to all who took the time to send in the petition to the Seattle City Council !!

Click HERE for a link to an article about the homes that were sold.

Aside from changing the title, what follows is the content of the original blog post.

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A watercolor of beautiful Discovery Park in Seattle. Watercolor by James Deitz. Website: http://jamesdeitz.com/index.html

A watercolor of beautiful Discovery Park in Seattle. Watercolor by James Deitz. Website: http://jamesdeitz.com/index.html

Historic housing in Fort Lawton - Discovery Park

This is one of the beautiful old homes in question.

 

THERE IS A COLLECTION OF 22 NATIONAL REGISTRY OF HISTORIC HOMES THAT A CANADIAN BUSINESS GROUP IS TRYING TO SURREPTITIOUSLY BUY!!! THIS COULD TRANSPIRE IN THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF FEBRUARY 2015 IF NO ACTION IS TAKEN!!

There is so much history associated with this place! Lord, please don’t let the wealthy and greedy usurp our beautiful public property!! These beautiful homes at present are being leased to the public. They are a vital hub of our community. Sacred!! Just fantastically beautiful old homes!! If you’ve never seen them, you can’t even imagine. No home built today could even hold a candle!!! They reek with the beauty of history and karma.

Here is an account of the takeover of the park in 1970 by a Native American group seeking to reclaim the property:  “On the morning of March 8, 1970, two half-mile long columns of vehicles began forming in a south Seattle neighborhood. The vehicles moved north towards Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood and the recently decommissioned Fort Lawton Army installation.  As the convoys headed north onlookers could see the red cloth banners streaming from the antennas of the automobiles. When the caravans reached their destinations, both the north and south sides of Fort Lawton, the occupants of the cars launched a coordinated effort to occupy the fort and establish it as a cultural and social services center for Seattle’s growing Native American population. In the midst of the ensuing struggle, the occupation’s principal organizer Bernie White Bear stated, “We, the Native Americans, reclaim the land known as Fort Lawton in the name of all American Indians by right of discovery.”   http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/FtLawton_takeover.htm  Eventually, they were given a parcel of land on which they built the Daybreak Star Cultural Center.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daybreak_Star_Cultural_Center

Here is a link to Friends of Discovery Park website: http://www.friendsdiscoverypark.org/

Here is a link to Discovery Park on Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_Park_%28Seattle%29

Here is a map of the proposed area. Can you imagine?!! To give this area, this district, this property over to privatization?!! Unthinkable!! And then surely then the rest of it would go.

This shows what a big area of the park this is

This shows what a big area of the park this is. It is an important, integral part of the historical and cultural legacy of the American people.

Please lend your support. Email the Seattle City Council and urge them to prevent this travesty.

THIS COULD CLOSE WITHIN THE FIRST 2 WEEKS OF FEBRUARY!!

Act now! Write to the Seattle City Council and let them know that we want to keep this historic district in the public domain!! It is not up for grabs!! Private development companies have been trying for years to usurp this National Historic Landmark District for their own greedy ends.

PLEASE SHARE THIS WIDELY!!! LET’S NOT LOSE THESE IMPORTANT NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARKS TO WEALTHY INDIVIDUAL OWNERS. ONCE THEY ARE GONE WE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO GET THEM BACK!!!

Copy and paste to an email the following (or add your own thoughts):
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To: PRC@seattle.gov,Ed.Murray@seattle.gov,Patti.Petesch@seattle.gov,Genna.Nashem@seattle.gov,sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov,tim.burgess@seattle.gov,sally.clark@seattle.gov,jean.godden@seattle.gov,bruce.harrell@seattle.gov,nick.licata@seattle.gov,mike.obrien@seattle.gov,tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov,Kshama.Sawant@seattle.gov,PRC@seattle.gov,Lindsay.King@seattle.gov

Subject: Historic Preservation of National Historic Monuments unique to the City of Seattle!

I, ____________(write your name or name of your organization), am/we are (choose one) urgently opposed to the sale of the Nationally Registered Historic Homes within Discovery Park/Fort Lawton in the city of Seattle WA 98199. The ‘buying developer group’ disclosed semi-publicly on 1-1-2015 at near 5pm that the sale closure date would occur within 2 weeks from that time. They have made other equally confident pronouncements since making themselves known and public last May/June and each time with the people’s opposition and your support, their sale closing windows have gone by one by one. Please let it be known that I oppose this or any other developer purchasing these homes. Please do not vote for anything that supports any of the project #’s or the sale itself.

Their intention is to move forward with their closing of sale ownership; renovations; and then the re-sale of each of these National Historic Homes as individual properties after major internal renovations by their many sub-contractors; all of whom are already in place. Keep in mind that the internal renovations of concern are only that which will gain top dollar in the market place when they sell them off individually versus what upholds the historic character and nature of these homes. Not to mention the enjoyment of these National Historic Homes by the many rather than the select most wealthy few! The very idea is a travesty!

Specifically we are opposed to the current plans to close a sale of these homes that are underway which include the grouping of the homes into 3 plots of property (described as Projects #’s 3016939, 3016941 & 3016942) and then a subdivision of these into 22 plots, each plot containing one of the existing homes.

I am absolutely opposed to the single ownership of these homes/parcels. This property needs to revert to the City of Seattle or a stewarding organization, so all residents and visitors can enjoy the park as at present and enjoy the homes in a manner that is congruent to how they have been lived in and enjoyed throughout their history. They should continue to be available to be lived in and enjoyed by the many over the years through lease options rather than lost to the public through individual sale to the minority uppermost wealthy.

CARBON COPIED per email list: Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle City Council Members, and DPD head people: Sally Bagshaw, Tim Burgess (President), Sally Clark Jean Godden, Bruce Harrell, Nick Licata, Mike O’Brien, Tom Rasmussen, Kshama Sawant

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Carole in July 2013

Carole in July 2013

Carole in Oct. 2006. She's holding a poem I wrote for/about her.

Carole in Oct. 2006. She’s holding a poem I wrote for/about her.

rainbow queen (you can really wear this one like a crown!)

rainbow queen (you can really wear this one like a crown!)

red

red

plaid

plaid

yellow & maroon (smaller size)

yellow & maroon (smaller size)

yellow rainbow

yellow rainbow

green & blue

green & blue

pink & lavender

pink & lavender rainbow

black & natural

black & natural

black & natural (same as previous)

black & natural (same as previous)

quite the pair maroon & pink; grey & blue

quite the pair
maroon & pink; grey & blue

yellow & orange (children's size)

yellow & orange (children’s size)

feline approved (by my cat, Luna)

feline approved (by my cat, Luna)

Carole Wlos is a 67 year old homeless woman in Seattle. She lives with her long-term companion Geraldo in an unheated RV. I’ve known her at least since 2006. She’s quite a colorful person and has had an eventful, hard life. She’s full of wonderful stories that really should be told.

She crochets these very warm, colorful, imaginative hats. There’s so many ways you can wear them! Some are smaller children’s sizes. They all vary in size.

It takes her about 8 solid hours to make one. She sells them for $20-$30 – whatever people can afford.

As you can see, she begs to help support herself and ‘would like to be more independent’ (if she could sell more of these hats.) I think she has a backlog of about a hundred of them. She can make different stuff, too – sweaters, scarves… She’s very talented. She can make stuff to order – as long as she has the yarn to make it with.

I own the red; green & blue; maroon & pink; and of course, the rainbow queen. I might be willing to part with the rainbow queen or the green & blue, for the cause.

You can call or text her at: 206-280-5619. My contact info is on the ‘about this blog’ page (see header.)