Focus on Redmond - Spring 2018

Volume XXXII No. 1 Spring 2018



Light Rail Construction

Norma Leicester Shares Her Redmond Story with the Mayor

Downtown Parking


Norma Leicester is a long-time resident of Redmond. A retired special education school teacher, she lives at Providence John Gabriel House and can often be

After going away to college, embarking on a teaching career and living other places, you returned to Redmond. What are the biggest differences that you saw? Redmond had changed so much. berry fields along the Sammamish Slough. Microsoft had located its corporate headquarters in Overlake, transforming fields into office buildings. When I first moved here, there were only about 350 people, and my family was four of them. When I returned, a lot more people were living here. Redmond was growing. Do you wish Redmond was still the way it was when you were growing up, or do you prefer the way it is now? People always ask me that question and it’s hard to say. I think back nostalgically of when I was a kid. I knew the people in the neighborhood. I was over at my neighbors’ houses all the time. I wish that were still true for kids now both in Redmond and elsewhere. Everyone these days seems to be in such a hurry. One thing I really like about Redmond now is that there are people from Stores and businesses had replaced the cattle farm and

Updated Park Rules


Parks & Recreation


Mayor John Marchione

different nationalities and cultures that were never here when I was growing up. How wonderful and incredible it is that we can experience this in Redmond. While it can sometimes be confusing to hear people speaking different languages or display different customs that we’re not used to, it’s exciting to experience the world through other people’s eyes. That is how we grow as part of a community. You have choices of where you can live. Why Redmond? I have friends here who love me and I love them. A while back, I was concerned that I’d have to move away when my housing costs continued to increase. A serendipitous encounter with someone at the City [government] made me aware that new apartments were being built near City Hall that would be more affordable for seniors. I feel so incredibly appreciative that I am able to continue to live here in Redmond. It’s home.

found at a local coffee shop sharing her zest for living life to its fullest. What was Redmond like when you first lived here? My family and I moved to the area from Puyallup when I was just a young girl. We briefly rented a house on the east side of Lake Sammamish but moved into a big white house in town near Redmond Elementary School to be closer to my father’s business. In fact, the house is still there but is used for a business now. Later on, we moved to a house up on Education Hill that my parents built. I remember putting on skating performances with the girls next door in the basement of their house. During Fourth of July, we’d all get together with the other families in the neighborhood, and there would be a fireworks show. All the families relied upon one another in the neighborhood, creating a real sense of community.

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