Good riddance

Relief for Delridge residents — the burned-out car that had been sitting in front of a house across from Delridge’s northernmost Shell station is gone.


We took that photo over the weekend after a reader e-mailed us about the car; Mike Dady from the North Delridge Neighborhood Council told us action was under way to get it out of there, and that the person whose home it happened in front of, a longtime resident, was chagrined to have had this sort of thing happen outside his home. Mike reported it to SPD on Saturday after their Adopt-A-Street neighborhood cleanup (just too big to have picked this up and stuffed it in one of those yellow bags, unfortunately) and reminds us all that there’s an online form for reporting abandoned vehicles, especially helpful now that city codes allow for faster removal of junk vehicles (more here). Mike says Community Police Team Officer Brian Ballew (honored by the Seattle Neighborhood Group last week with a Community Builder Award — congrats) had this on his to-do list; looks like things moved fast. By the way, this gives us an excuse to mention one loose end from last week’s West Seattle Community Safety Partnership meeting — what to do about neighborhood nuisances. SNGi has tons of resources, including this “Take Action” brochure. (Here are other ways they can help you learn what you’re empowered to do to make your neighborhood better.)

4 Replies to "Good riddance"

  • SomeGuy September 24, 2007 (3:03 pm)

    Hey, where did my car go? I just back from Schucks with a can of wax and a polishing cloth, plus some clear plastic for my new “windows”.

  • A.A. September 24, 2007 (3:13 pm)

    pretty sad. That car was there, with windows broken out, for at least a month before being burned. It looked like a stolen vehicle, as it started out a pretty nice car and then got worse and worse as someone(s) started vandalizing it.

    In hindsight, I would have called it in weeks ago. I figured maybe it belonged to the house it was in front of, and that they just couldn’t replace the one broken window just yet.

    Dumb of me. Most residents on that stretch know better than to park on Delridge, as parked cars there are just drunk driver magnets.

  • Kathy September 24, 2007 (5:15 pm)

    The Take Action flyer mentions “litter” but doesn’t say what kind — I wonder if that includes all the couches and upholstered chairs that are popping up on the streets? There are several on Avalon — it’s starting to look like the furniture department of a thrift store. And there have a been a few on Genesee Hill too.

  • Mike Dady September 24, 2007 (10:38 pm)

    Kathy, if you find couches, piles of garbage or other items lingering on the planting strip, sidewalk, street or anywhere on public property you can report it by going here:

    I am all for salvage and reuse, but in many cases what gets placed out on the street or sidewalk is just plain old dumping of unwanted junk.

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