When will neighborhood blogging come to far north Seattle?

Neighborhood blogging — or hyperlocal blogging, depending on which venture capitalist you’re pitching — has been a big deal in Seattle for a few years, to the point that we’re considered a hotbed for it. West Seattle Blog and Capitol Hill Seattle are now beyond blogs; they’re dominant news sources in their respective areas. MyBallard is covering Ballard (natch) and is expanding across into Wallingford and Fremont, up Phinney Ridge into Greenwood, and down to Magnolia. The P-I has had neighborhood blogs covering Queen Anne, Magnolia, Belltown, and Georgetown now or in the past. Even the Rainier Valley is covered by two blogs — Central District News and the Rainier Valley Post.

But once you cross 85th Street in north Seattle… what is there? Best I can tell, not much.

It looks like someone’s been attempting a Lake City reader blog over on the P-I. But Broadview? Northgate? Maple Leaf? Blue Ridge? Haller Lake?

It’s awfully quiet up that end of town. Why?

Is it that the North isn’t choc-a-bloc with twentysomethings living in condos? (Strange, considering how many condos there are up that way.) Is it lower density? (The density’s in line with West Seattle and higher than Magnolia.) Is it the transitory nature of residents thanks to a glut of apartments? (But Capitol Hill’s the same way.) Is it just too far from the core? (Rainier Beach is only a mile closer to downtown than Northgate Mall.)

Why is the Seattle north of 85th a blog wasteland? Anyone want to take a guess?

8 Comments so far

  1. jared on September 5th, 2008 @ 3:18 pm

    because there’s nothing to blog about?

    i live on 130th & greenwood, in a condo complex full of 20-somethings, and routinely go down into Greenwood to do things because there is nothing up here within walking distance. i guess the library is right there…


  2. jseattle on September 5th, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

    If you’re already a blogger and have the urge to get into the neighborhood blogging end of things up north, drop me a line (jseattle at gmail)

    We’re gearing up neighborlogs.com (the good stuff that powers capitolhillseattle.com and centraldistrictnews.com) to expand our beta and bring a few more exceptional neighborhood blogs online.


  3. ravennarebecca on September 5th, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

    I second jared on the nothing within walking distance thing. That and the lack of sidewalks. Gotta have sidewalks.

    Now, south of 75th and in between 15th and 25th NE, I’m doing my best to blog what is blogable. Ravenna-Eckstein playground dedication tonight! Woo hoo!


  4. Michael Hanscom (djwudi) on September 5th, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

    There was the short-lived MyZip project that had some North Seattle representation, but now that it’s gone, it’s back to the void. I just bailed out on Northgate and am now in Kent, and the coverage seems to be about the same down here — all I’ve been able to find so far is the life_in_kent LiveJournal, which is pretty low in traffic.


  5. Dylan (dylan) on September 5th, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

    The problem with the MyZip project, to me, was how they covered the 98103 zip code, which extends from Ship Canal to 105th St. It encompasses parts of Fremont, Wallingford, Tangletown, Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Green Lake, Licton Springs, and Oaktree.

    100% of the articles on 98103.net covered Fremont. Nothing about anything north of there (or even much about Wallingford).

    Meanwhile, the north of the city shares zip codes with Shoreline — so under a MyZip type regime, does 98133 cover Aurora/Bitter Lake/Haller Lake or the Shoreline CBD?

    You can’t really use zip codes in Seattle for this sort of stuff.


  6. breadandcirce on September 5th, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

    Huh – I’m north of 85th and have always considered myself a Greenwood resident. In fact, half of Greenwood’s "main drag" is north of 85th. Maybe it’s getting up into Broadview a bit, but I’ve always thought Greenwood extended up to at least 105th. Of course, my opinion isn’t based on any sort of official municipal boundaries or anything. But Greenwood Blog seems to think so, too (check out their title page).

    Found a Shoreline blog here: http://ronaldbog.blogspot.com/


  7. matildaben on September 5th, 2008 @ 9:54 pm

    I live in North Beach, but when I’m thinking about where to go for restaurants, shopping, art, drinking, or entertainment, usually I think of Ballard or Greenwood, so I read both the My Ballard and PhinneyWood blogs regularly. It’s very residential up here, with the only eats being Cafe Fiore and Esperanaza’s, and no local shops at all. I even refer to my neighborhood as "North Ballard" for purposes of talking to people who haven’t heard of the neighborhoods up here.


  8. downwithpants on September 6th, 2008 @ 12:51 am

    I’ve been considering starting an Edmonds blog, though I did finally find one the other day written by a couple real estate agents up here… http://edmonds.neighborhoodsundressed.com/ Other than that, I haven’t found any blogs that cover Snohomish County. Thanks to breadandcirce for that Shoreline link.



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