Find It, Fix It Community Walks

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The City of Seattle has been engaging residents in Community Safety Walks to help identify safety issues present in the built environment of Seattle’s neighborhoods. These walks are part of the Mayor’s Summer of Safety Initiative – a coordinated approach to public safety that is mobilizing City of Seattle resources to improve our built environment, activate our streets, and provide jobs for our young adults. Research shows us that there are clear concentrations of crime in certain Seattle blocks, intersections, and public spaces. The Find It, Fix It Walks are intended to give residents the opportunity to identify concerns about graffiti, lighting, litter, overgrown landscaping and more within those crime hot spots.

As a result of these walks, Seattle City Light, the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Department of Planning and Development, and Seattle Public Utilities have worked – and continue to work – to make improvements in Seattle’s neighborhoods.

In response to the Mayor’s Summer Safety Initiative, City Light redirected its 2014 LED Street Light Conversion program to major arterials in east and south Seattle. The work was completed on September 25th with a total of 1533 street lights converted to LED in those areas.

City of Seattle actions: 23rd & Jackson

On July 2nd, Mayor Ed Murray and City of Seattle officials held a Find It, Fix It Community Walk in the Central District, beginning at the corner of 23rd Ave S and S Jackson St.

Photos of the event are available on our Flickr page and you can view video of the event here:

Improvements that have been made or are being made include:

  • Contacting and working with five businesses to clear up graffiti on their commercial properties
  • Replacing a garbage dumpster tagged with graffiti near 29th Ave S & S Jackson St
  • Sending a clean-up crew to canvas the area for litter and illegal dumping of items
  • Sending a maintenance crew to trim overgrown vegetation, improve visibility, and clear public right of ways, specifically pruning 33 trees on 22nd Ave S between S Jackson St and E Yesler Way, as well as on S Main between 22nd and 23rd Ave S
  • Installing a tension cable for added stability to a downed utility pole at 22nd Ave S & S Jackson St
  • Placing more backfill around a utility pole near 28th Ave S & S King St
  • Installing more public garbage cans in commercial areas

Examples of work done near 23rd Ave S and S Jackson St


City of Seattle actions: S Orcas & MLK Jr Way

On July 8th, City of Seattle officials held a Find It, Fix It Community Walk, beginning at the corner of S Orcas and MLK Jr Way S.

Photos of the event are available on our Flickr page and you can view video of the event here:

Improvements that have been made or are being made include:

  • Increased lighting around the Filipino Community Center and near small businesses on 35th Ave S
  • Pruned heavy tree foliage on MLK from S Orcas St to 35th Ave S
  • Upgraded LED light bulbs near Dearborn Park Elementary School.
  • Replaced a broken stop sign at MLK & S Lucille St
  • Replaced a broken caution sign in a traffic circle on S Juneau St
  • Cleaned-up illegal dumping on 35th Ave S and at MLK & S Juneau St
  • Sent a clean-up crew to canvas for litter on MLK

Examples of work done near S Orcas & MLK Jr Way S


City of Seattle actions: Rainier Beach and Othello stations

On July 22nd, City of Seattle officials held a Find It, Fix It Community Walk around the Rainier Beach and Othello light rail stations..

Photos of the event are available on our Flickr page and you can view video of the event here:

Improvements that have been made or are being made include:

  • Graffiti clean-up at two businesses
  • Graffiti painted out and litter picked up under the transformer on S Henderson St
  • Graffiti-tagged dumpster replaced at MLK & Cloverdale
  • Illegal dumping and litter picked up on Trenton Ave S, MLK
  • Litter picked up and 26 tree pits mulched along MLK (a Seattle reLeaf project)
  • Safety surface added to the play slide area at Othello Playground
  • 10 trees pruned at Othello Playground to improve lighting and sight lines
  • Trees trimmed to clear streetlights and business frontage on MLK, Othello
  • Trees trimmed to clear the pedestrian path at 45th Ave S & S Webster

Examples of work done near Rainier Beach and Othello stations


City of Seattle actions: Rainier Valley – Rainier Beach and S Genesee St

On July 29th, City of Seattle officials held a Find It, Fix It Community Walk around the Rainier Valley intersection of Rainier Ave and Genesee.

Photos of the event are available on our Flickr page and you can view video of the event here:

Improvements that have been made or are being made include:

  • Picked-up 27 bags of litter along Rainier Ave S from S Massachusetts St to Seward Park Ave
  • Worked with property owners to trim overgrown vegetation on S Dakota St, S Andover St
  • Picked-up litter on S Genesee St between Rainier Ave S and Letitia Ave S
  • Cleaned up illegal dumping at S Dakota St and 37th Ave S, S Genesee St and 37th Ave S, and the alley behind the 4200 block of Rainier Ave S
  • Worked with property owners to paint out graffiti at 3616 S. Genesee, 4100 Rainier Ave S
  • Seattle City Light is currently upgrading lights to LED along arterials, including Rainiers Ave S, MLK Jr Way S, and Renton Ave S

Examples of work done near Rainier Ave and S Othello St


City of Seattle actions: Rainier and Henderson

On August 12th, City of Seattle officials held a Find It, Fix It Community Walk around the Rainier Beach neighborhood.

Photos of the event are available on our Flickr page and you can view video of the event here:

Improvements that have been made or are being made include:

  • Clean-up crew picked up litter along Henderson east of Rainier Ave S and along Rainier Ave S
  • DPD issued vegetation overgrowth notices to seven properties.
  • Graffiti painted out on two properties (8808 Rainier Ave S., 9400 Rainier Ave S.)
  • Seattle reLeaf Tree Ambasadors picked up litter and mulched 17 tree pits along S. Henderson next to Rainier Beach High School
  • Trimmed trees along Seward Park Ave.

Examples of work done near Rainier Ave and S Henderson St


City of Seattle actions: Lake City

On August 25th, City of Seattle officials held a Find It, Fix It Community Walk around the Lake City neighborhood.

Photos of the event are available on our Flickr page and you can view video of the event here:

Improvements that have been made or are being made include:

  • Painted out graffiti on 33rd Ave NE drop box
  • Removed illegal dumping on 33rd Ave NE
  • Volunteer cleanup crew picked up 14 bags of trash during the walk
  • Lowered a sidewalk handhole near N 125th St & Lake City Way to remove a tripping hazard
  • Weeded and mulched landscape medians from NE 127th to NE 130th on Lake City Way
  • Weeded and trimmed tree pits on 30th Ave NE
  • Pruned 11 trees on 33rd Ave NE
  • Weeded and mulched the planting strips on 33rd Ave NE
  • DPD contacted 6 property owners to address private property disorder

Examples of work done in the Lake City neighborhood


City of Seattle actions: Chinatown/International District

On September 11th, City of Seattle officials held a Find It, Fix It Community Walk around the Chinatown/International District neighborhood.

Photos of the event are available on our Flickr page and you can view video of the event here:

Improvements that have been made or are being made include:

  • Street lights converted to LED on S King St from 5th Ave S to 12th Ave S
  • Light pole & light added near 6th Ave S & S Main St
  • Graffiti tagged dumpsters replaced at 12th Ave S & S Jackson St
  • Seven incidences of private property graffiti cleared-up
  • Two incidences of public property graffiti cleaned-up
  • Litter clean up on S Jackson St under I-5
  • Pruned 6 trees at 6th Ave S & S Main
  • Pruning 3 trees at 8th Ave S & S Weller
  • Pruning 11 trees at 6th Ave S & Yesler
  • DPD contacted two property owners to address overgrown vegetation on sidewalk

Examples of work done in the Chinatown/International District neighborhood


City of Seattle actions: Capitol Hill

On September 17th, City of Seattle officials held a Find It, Fix It Community Walk around the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

You can view video of the event here:


What can you do to help?

Nuisance and safety issues such as graffiti, overgrown vegetation, and litter are problems that require continuous attention. You and your neighbors can help the City of Seattle maintain your neighborhood by letting us know when a problem arises and doing your part to fix it.

Find It, Fix ItDownload the Find It, Fix It smartphone app

Smartphone users on the iOS or Android platforms can report many common concerns such as potholes, graffiti, abandoned cars and more.

With the Find It, Fix It app, reporting an issue is as easy as snapping a photo and hitting submit. The map’s drag and drop feature, or the phone’s GPS technology, can be used to pinpoint the location.

Report street light problems

Online: seattle.gov/light/streetlight
Phone: 206.684.7056

Report graffiti and illegal dumping

Online: seattle.gov/graffiti/forms
Phone: 206.684.7587

Volunteer: Adopt a street

Online: seattle.gov/util/environmentconservation/ourcity/graffiti_prevention_&_removal/
Email: adoptastreet@seattle.gov
Phone: 206.684.7647

Volunteer: Become a tree ambassador

Online: seattle.gov/trees/treeambassador.htm
Email: treeambassador@seattle.gov
Phone: 206.615.1668

Learn more about Mayor Murray’s Summer of Safety Initiative at murray.seattle.gov/summer-of-safety.

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