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SPORTS Westside teams fare well at Regionals -page 14 FERRIES Fauntleroy dock may be upgraded -page 2 YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSPAPER SINCE 1923 24 percent said it was "very good." But another 24 percent of West- side respondents said Seattle is a fair Sur- or poor place tbr child-rearing. West Seattleites rated stores and services about the same way. About a third think stores and services are very good and a third said stores and services are fair to poor. of More than 80 percent of West as Seattle residents surveyed think the condition of homes and apartments is good or very good. e~ty as Three of four West Seattleites are unconcerned about dilapidated or vacant buildings. And they're the least concerned citizens in the city when it comes to worrying about rats, mice and other rodents. ON THE whole, Seattle citizens heir think the three biggest challenges facing the city are traffic, education Seat-and growth. People citywide said the city's most important responsibility, and the service they're most satisfied with, is fire protection, Emergency medical response and garbage pickup are two other city responsibilities people consider important and with which they're the satisfied. Another service they consider important is street maintenance. But people are dissatisfied with the job the city is doing in maintaining city streets. No doubt, that's why so many political candidates this year are promising a return to basic city in services. Respondents throughout Seattle also showed dissatisfaction with the city's enforcement of land-use and in zoning codes; its support for people " But with special needs, and art and cul- ul theture. However, the survey indicated that people don't think those services are nearly as important as fire pro- Per- tection or emergency medical IS a response. This is the second year that the city has surveyed residents. It enables city officials to obtain intbr- asa mation from every section of the is a and city services are changing. city. It also shows them how percep- /ions about the quality of life and Justin McCoy, 9, blows a blast during the the weekend parades on page 5. West Seattle Grand Parade on II nd o By Jesse Woldman findings relate to themselves and to HERALD-NEWS others their age. A group of West Seattle teens Paul Fischburg is executive embarked on a journey to business- director of the Delridge Neighbor- es in the Delridge/High Point neigh- hoods Development Association, borhood. Their goal is to determine one of the groups sponsoring the what kind of activities and job opportunities are available to them m~ in and around the Delridge area. It's all a part of Community l'm glad that people YouthMapping, a program that are giving us a chance, allows teens to take it upon them- selves to discover what their neigh- without knowing for borhood has to offer, sure that the project Eighteen students from local high will work. ~ schools started taking surveys around to Delridge businesses on ---Mesai Guangui July 16. The survey questions range Age 15 from whether or not internships are available, to what kind of recre- program. He is also leading the pro- ational facilities companies have to ject management training that the offer, teens undergo before going out to The teens will enter the data they conduct their surveys. find into computers, and interpret "The first week, we went through the results to determine how their team-building and communication Matthew E. Durham/correspondent Saturday. See more images front Ill skills," Fischburg said. "Then (last week) we went on a tour of the area that we wili be mapping." Fischburg said that the group decided to give its surveys to busi- nesses in the area between the West Seattle Bridge and Southwest Rox- bury Street, and between 35th Avenue Southwest and West Mar- ginal Way Southwest. To get a better idea of the area encompassed by these border,';, the students went on a tour of the neighborhood. For many of the stu- dents, the drive provided an oppor- tunity to see unfamiliar territory. "When we drove around and mapped the area, we went through some areas that I've never even seen before." said Paul Smith, 17, a student at Chief Sealth High School. The teens then brainstormed - See MAPPING, triage 11 Bruce Savadow/staff be sliding off its foundation. By Tim St. Clair "There's a 12-inch crack. But the Heavey says it appears that the ~EaJU.D-NEWS upper half looks stable." bottom of the hill is rolling out, West Seattle's notorious land- Ed Heavey is a geotechnical engi- while the top is dropping down. slides are slowly pulling the rug out neer. His wife, Lorrie, is a member Similar land movement is also from under a sparkling community of the club. He was helping ready affecting the lots north and south of asset, the garden for visitors when he the Walker Rock Garden. There's The slope that supports the Walker noticed cracks in the ground and a evidence of previous slides too, he Rock Garden appears to be slipping, walkway. He also noted that trees adds. Members of the West Seattle below the garden were leaningHeavey says there is no short- Rock Club noticed cracks in the uphill, term danger and the risk .is low. He ground at the downhill edge of the "We call them 'drunken trees,'" suggests a thorough analysis could garden as they were pulling weeds Heavey says. "When you see lean- determine what's causing the move- July 12. Club members were tidying ing trees and telephone poles, it's a ment. up the garden in anticipation of its sign of a stability problem."Engkret worries about the Walker opening to the public July 20 as part THE WALKER ROCK Garden Rock Garden's future. Stabilizing of the Hi-Yu summer festival,is located in the backyard of FIo- the slope would be expensive. Even "The bottom half looks like it's rence Walker's house at 5407 37th if funding is available, the garden sliding away," says Clarence Ave. S.W. At the bottom of the Engkret, president of the rock club. slope lies Fairmount Park. - See ROCK GARDEN, page 3