No, this is NOT a new ‘Stay Healthy Street’

Someone apparently tried to set up a rogue “Stay Healthy Street” near Lincoln Park. A neighbor sent us a photo of that sign at 46th/Thistle and said there’s another one a few blocks north at 45th/Trenton. Since the city hasn’t announced any additions to the program in a few weeks, we asked SDOT, which replied: “This street is not one of our Stay Healthy Streets, and we did not place this sign here. We will send a crew to retrieve these sings and also look out for any missing signs at nearby Stay Healthy Streets.” The only official ones in West Seattle remain the originally announced one in High Point (and a bit south), the Puget Ridge/Highland Park stretch, and Beach Drive/Alki Avenue west of 63rd SW (wrapping around Alki Point).

43 Replies to "No, this is NOT a new 'Stay Healthy Street'"

  • GatoMama May 26, 2020 (2:41 pm)

    Not sure the whole ‘stay healthy street’ initiative was thought through very well – especially along Beach Drive. But others usurping this? – that’s really awful.

    • Kathy May 27, 2020 (11:26 pm)

      Beach Drive is working very well as a Stay Healthy Street. When one sidewalk is full of people, you can cross to the other side without feeling like the proverbial frog in a video game.

  • WS May 26, 2020 (2:52 pm)

    Ha this is amazing.

  • Janet M Migliore May 26, 2020 (3:13 pm)

    Neighbor posted the two at the entrance from  Holden to H:ome Depot were stolen a few nights ago.

    • Gatomama May 26, 2020 (6:00 pm)

      Holden ? That is NOT a closed street.

      • KM May 27, 2020 (9:25 pm)

        It wasn’t on Holden, it was on the side street (24th) between Holden and the side entrance at Home Depot in Webster.

  • My two cents ... May 26, 2020 (4:22 pm)

    Such a “Karen” move …. sad that people have to take an entitlement attitude that only results in more frustration with what the program was set out to accomplish. 

    • Karen B. May 26, 2020 (8:33 pm)

      Interesting to see you try to make a point about entitled attitudes while leveraging a put-down and exacerbating a caricature of the many people in this world who happen to be named Karen. Perhaps all of us should think more carefully about how we frame our ideas and thoughts, try to minimize ridicule of others who may have differing views, and curtail all presumptions of our own superiority. Just my two cents as a Karen! 

      • John May 27, 2020 (7:57 am)

        Karen I feel for the newly coined “caricature” of Karens of the world. My name is John, long “caricatured” as a toilet and a prostitutes’s client.

        • Rick May 27, 2020 (12:43 pm)

          My legal name is Richard but have always gone by Rick and well,I think you can see where I’m going here. So I live with it and try not to be one. 

      • RC May 27, 2020 (8:17 am)

        Such a “Karen” move

        I’d never use the bye Felicia or the Karen these immature minded people seem to come up with. I think these are forms of bullying to people with those names. Not funny and not cute at all. No different than a form of grade school bulling or something along those lines. Discrimination against a persons name. Just goes to show that sadly one of my favorite places being West Season is full of rude people. 

      • Sunflower May 27, 2020 (9:25 am)

        I agree Karen, thanks for speaking up. Karen is a pretty name btw. I like that it sounds like ‘caring.’

    • Replying May 27, 2020 (1:39 am)

      I agree. Seems like during this pandemic the tendencies toward knee-jerk reaction name calling has increased. Intolerance and hatred for their fellow person without knowing them or their circumstance. Losing 100,000 of our people isn’t enough to raise the level of compassion and understanding? Always have to punch someone to feel better, eh? How did an imaginary “Karen” even factor in this? My money is on some kids who wanted to play and were tired of Beach Drive having all the fun. Kids have been known to steal signs in the past. It isn’t a stretch. So cool your jets and try to be kinder? 

  • Realsteel May 26, 2020 (4:29 pm)

    We will probably find out that there was a miscommunication at SDOT and these will in fact be “stay off” streets.. because we voted these socialists in and why not :) 

  • Bradley May 26, 2020 (5:11 pm)

    I love it! It’s funny how people think closed streets are a good idea until their favorite ingress/egress route gets closed off, even if it’s just a prank.

    • heartless May 28, 2020 (9:12 am)

      I didn’t know you did yoga.  The weird contortions you must have gone through to think up such a statement—truly a flexible fellow!

      “It’s funny how people think stop signs are a good idea until someone steals one and randomly puts it somewhere else!  Just shows you how dumb stop signs are!  Hah!  I love it!” 

  • JoePlumber May 26, 2020 (5:26 pm)

    Now everyone wants in on this😁😝👍😷

  • vincent May 26, 2020 (5:41 pm)

    The horror!

  • flimflam May 26, 2020 (5:44 pm)

    so now everyone is feeling entitled to “no through traffic streets”? great.still not sure how this all happened *just like that*. we all pay taxes for the roads, if someone decides to drive on “your” street that is their prerogative – cutting through, to avoid traffic, simply because they want to, etc.

  • Chris K May 26, 2020 (6:43 pm)

    This is awesome.

  • Gatomama May 26, 2020 (7:06 pm)

    Why is this ‘amazing’ & ‘awesome’ ? This is theft & deceit. 

  • Kera May 26, 2020 (7:13 pm)

    What about this one? Since I don’t see any sign at another end facing Fauntleroy as I’m not sure if these two photos posted. With 3streets -Trenton, 45th Ave SW and Fauntleroy

    • WSB May 27, 2020 (1:28 am)

      Nope, there are no (real) “Stay Healthy Streets” in that area at all.

  • AH Resident May 26, 2020 (7:41 pm)

    This was apparently an unofficial attempt to shortcut the process of managing side street traffic – before folks head back to the workplace.  Not ideal (or even ethical) of course!  But it does point out the critical need to get ready now, or we will find ourselves with gridlock, road rage and serious auto and pedestrian accidents.  The side streets near the Fauntleroy ferry will be overwhelmed if we don’t think this through.  How about some one way local streets?  Some local access streets?  The loss of the West Seattle Bridge has already resulted in too much high speed traffic along Beach Drive and Fauntleroy Avenue and on various side streets toward the First Ave South Bridge.

  • GG May 26, 2020 (7:53 pm)

    I saw 2 signs laying on the ground along 25th Ave SW between SW Genesee and SW Dakota. I thought it was a little off why they were there…

  • m May 26, 2020 (7:56 pm)

    Would be nice to see Fairmount Ave. become a Stay Healthy street.  It’s the only road in West Seattle where pedestrians, bicycles and cars all share the same lane.  Most cars using that road are just taking the scenic route anyways. 

    • 1994 May 26, 2020 (9:25 pm)

      Have you  been out to the SW corner of West Seattle recently? Sidewalks are quite rare out here and most all moving things share the road. 

    • c May 26, 2020 (9:52 pm)

      absolutely disagree. Fairmont is the main route from Belvidere to the water taxi.

      • m May 27, 2020 (7:23 am)

        It is a shortcut, not the main route, plus you cannot drive onto the water taxi.  

  • Q May 26, 2020 (8:00 pm)

    Wow kind of horrible. I’ll go out of my way to drive down this street from now on!

  • rac May 26, 2020 (8:27 pm)

    Love it.  Just think of how much money we could save if we outsourced all this work currently being done by the gov’t to volunteer private citizens.  Plus we’d get a lot of exciting news stories.   I’m going to go install some traffic lights.  Maybe just somewhere randomly on I-5?  That’ll liven up the news hour.

  • Chemist May 26, 2020 (9:08 pm)

    Just register for “play streets” instead.  My neighbors keeping putting up their unmanned blockades for their play street, even as other street use permits were suspended.  Up to 3 days a week, up to 6 hrs per day can be registered as play streets.  The catch is that you’re supposed to have someone near the barricade to remove it for folks who need to get in/to explain the play street.

  • Trenton & 45th May 27, 2020 (8:35 am)

    The signs are back again on Trenton Street.  Heard people in the middle of the night that may be the ones responsible.  Will report this to SDOT this AM.

  • Xmania May 27, 2020 (10:50 am)

    Meanwhile people are putting up fake signs about murder hornets on mtb trails to keep riders/hikers away – people who think they own the Issaquah Alps because their homes are adjacent. Same mindset probably. 

  • Lola May 27, 2020 (11:25 am)

    I know the Street Walkers are loving this.  I got the 1 finger salute this morning on my way to work going up the hill from Lowman Beach as the guy was walking down the middle of the street.  Self en-titled nit-wit.  

    • West Seattle Hipster May 27, 2020 (11:59 am)

      Same has happened to me.  Had to dodge some folks strolling in the middle of an arterial, only to get a profane gesture.  There is a reason we have sidewalks….

  • g May 27, 2020 (8:50 pm)

    Is it possible someone is making more signs, not stealing them?
    Perhaps an act of gorilla activism: )

  • ab May 27, 2020 (9:28 pm)

    For what it’s worth, the signs at Trenton/Fauntleroy and Trenton/45th were still up today.

    • Again May 28, 2020 (9:04 am)

      They were still up again this morning. 

  • FedUp May 28, 2020 (7:48 am)

    Why aren’t more citizens upset by the city’s actions to close streets. What study has been done to support it being for “health” reasons?  I’m going to bet this is all to appease a few upset residents who decided to live on a busy street.  And these streets are now closed indefinitely? What’s the justification to close a street to the general public?   FOIA will be submitted for sure.  Would love to expose this for what it really is. 

  • Brian May 28, 2020 (8:05 am)

    That would actually be a great street for it.  Guessing they’ll never get it now.

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