Our Mission and History

Our Mission

The Roosevelt Neighbors’ Alliance’s (RNA) mission is to advocate for and inform the community within the RNA boundaries. This is a community-based alliance of residents, local businesses and institutions whose aim is to preserve and enhance the quality of life and to help shape the future of the neighborhood.


RNA formed in 1984 in reaction to a planned SRO 800-seat Triplex which loomed for the Blessed Sacrament playground area on Roosevelt Way NE. Its construction was prevented by the efforts of Hal Hemke, Cathy Palmer, Judith Wirth, Phil Thiel, and Karen Schmidt, the founding members of the group.

Members are drawn from our local community and are people who feel strongly about having involvement with their neighbors and environment. All residents, businesses, institutions and organizations within our boundaries are welcome to participate in RNA’s meetings, committees and activities.

Our neighborhood’s issues include protecting our property from burglary, combating our over-crowded parking situation, monitoring land development, abandoned vehicles, disaster preparedness, ADU dwellings, Sound Transit, taking back our parks and beautifying our neighborhood. The RNA is a non-partisan organization.

RNA’s constituency is the University District neighborhood between I-5 and Brooklyn Ave NE (east-west), and NE 45th St and NE Ravenna Blvd (north-south).

RNA meetings are open to all. During the year, there are quarterly General membership meetings and eight Board meetings scheduled. As a rule, we meet monthly on the second Tuesday. Meeting locations for 2006 are generally at the YMCA. Members receive quarterly newsletters.







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