Bus Stop | The 25

17140300270_da8e4b8608_cThe 25 is probably the most infrequent bus to run through Capitol Hill during daylight hours, and is also very likely the one with the best views of Lake Union and the Olympic mountains.

Never heard of the 25? It runs between downtown and northeast Seattle, and it takes a meandering route between there and Eastlake Avenue via Lakeview Boulevard and very north Capitol Hill. It runs every hour, until early evening, 12 times per weekday. Continue reading

Worker injured in fall at Broadway construction site

CORRECTION: CHS erroneously reported the location of this incident. It occurred at the construction site across the street from the Capitol Hill Station site near where the Hollywood Lofts project is being completed.

Seattle Fire units responded to construction site in the 100 block of Broadway E Monday afternoon after a worker fell approximately 20 feet and was seriously injured.

SFD reports that the worker who fell was conscious before being transported from the scene at Broadway and E Denny to Harborview.

According to Seattle Fire, the worker in his 40s fell from construction equipment at the site around 12:30 PM.

Washington State Labor and Industries is investigating the incident.

‘Warm and comfortable’ if not downright spicy, Rooster’s opens on Broadway

Campbell and Moshier (Image: CHS)

Campbell and Moshier (Image: CHS)

It doesn’t sound like much a of a compliment to say the newest restaurant on Broadway looks like it could be part of a well thought out, all demographic-friendly chain. But, slickly produced commercial spots aside, what is going on in the kitchen and behind the scenes at Rooster’s Bar and Grill is probably what matters most.

“There’s no polished metal. We wanted something warm and comfortable for everybody,” restaurateur Stan Moshier told CHS as we sat down in the midst of Sunday night’s pre-opening “friends and family” serving as the new Broadway restaurant worked out last minute kinks before Monday night’s planned opening.

Moshier and Lori Campbell created the Tex-Mex themed Rooster’s from the literal ashes of the space left behind after a never-solved arson destroyed the Galerias Mexican restaurant in 2011. Moshier tells CHS he won the bid to work as a contractor on rehabbing the restaurant in preparation for finding a new project to lease the space — it was a real mess by the time work began three years after the fire, Moshier said, with copper pipes and wires stripped by thieves and people using the burned out building as a place to hang out and shoot up — and has he built it back up, the longtime owner of Madison Park’s Bing’s decided it might be time to saddle back up in the restaurant biz. Continue reading

Now a little more YIMBY, plan to scale back new developments in Seattle lowrise areas moving forward

This 5-story microhousing development in a Lowrise 3 zone at 11th and Republican is the type of development new zoning rules would attempt to restrict. (Photo: CHS)

This 5-story microhousing development in a Lowrise 3 zone at 11th and Republican is the type of development new zoning rules would attempt to restrict. (Photo: CHS)

A bill designed to scale back the size of new housing projects, including future microhousing and townhouse developments around Capitol Hill, is finally moving forward with the Seattle City Council after nearly two years of wrangling between neighborhood residents and pro-density advocates.

However, one provision was left out of the bill after members of the mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Committee said it would discourage developers from maximizing the living space inside their buildings. Then-City Council member Sally Clark initially proposed to remove an existing 4-foot height bonus and another floor-to-area ratio bonus for developers that included basement units in their projects. Continue reading

CHS Pics | A Pedaler’s Fair on Capitol Hill

IMG_4984May is Bike Month and Saturday brought the return of the Pedaler’s Fair to 19th Ave E. Bike entrepreneurs, advocates, and creative types gathered for the beer-in-hand opportunity to shop, check out each other’s wares and attend cycling-centered workshops like Bike Fishing — “the art of fly fishing by bicycle.” For more on the annual event, check out pedalersfair.com.

Meanwhile, be ready to share the road with young riders this week:

Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 6, 2015! Join hundreds of riders in the Seattle area and thousands of other riders across the country on Bike to School Day. Volunteers set up stations at schools to distribute prizes and welcome students who bike on May 6.

Awful traffic, more infrastructure, and better-than-average Seattle weather so far in 2015 might be putting more pedalers on the streets of Capitol Hill this year. By our take on SDOT’s measuring station near E Union on the Broadway Bikeway, trips were up 10% in the first three months of 2015 vs. the same period in 2014.

Pikes/Pines | A surge of spurge in Capitol Hill gardens

Popping up here and there in gardens around Capitol Hill are the flowers of a plant that seems to have come from a Seussian landscape. With beautiful evergreen blue-green leaves and now topped with large clusters of striking chartreuse disks, these spurges (Euphorbia) are popular shrubs for adding a bit of dramatic flair to yards and planters.

The most commonly planted species is the Mediterranean spurge (Euphorbia characias), native to southern Europe, but several other species in the genus, including wood spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides) are occasionally seen.

(Image: John Chau)

(Image: John Chau)

So what exactly are those chartreuse disks? Flowers would be the obvious answer, but take a closer look and they don’t appear quite like what one would expect.

A typical flower has petals, stamens (the male parts producing pollen), and a pistil (the female part producing seeds) inside. The spurge has something that looks similar, but each disk actually holds a collection of multiple flowers. The disk is a bract, or modified leaf, and above the bract are very small flowers and oftentimes a pair of additional bracts, each with its own cluster of tiny flowers. Each flower is highly reduced and consists of just a single small yellow stamen or a single green 3-lobed pistil. The unisexual flowers are surrounded by brown or yellow glands which produce nectar. This very unique arrangement of flowers is called a cyathium and is found throughout the genus Euphorbia.

You have almost certainly seen a cyathium before. The genus Euphorbia is among the largest in the plant kingdom with about 2000 species, and one of those is that favorite Christmas plant, the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima), which has cyathia above bright red bracts.

Another interesting feature of the spurge is found in the leaves and stems. When they are broken or damaged, they exude a milky-white and sticky sap that offers the plant protection against herbivores. The sap is toxic and irritating, and gardeners working with the plant should take care to avoid prolonged exposure on the skin. Milky sap, or latex, is common throughout the relatives of Euphorbia.

The latex of another species in the Euphorbia family, the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), is tapped to make natural rubber.

 

This week in CHS history | Crumble and Flake, new apartments, homeless stats, Lost Lake

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(Image: CHS)

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Police investigating after woman found dead in Madison Valley home

(Image: @AmeliaMayHodgen via Twitter)

(Image: @AmeliaMayHodgen via Twitter)

Seattle Police homicide detectives are investigating after a 30-year-old woman was found dead Saturday morning inside the Madison Valley home she shared with roommates.

Seattle Fire was called to the house near E Denny Way and 29th Ave E around 11 AM Saturday after a roommate reported finding the woman, according to radio dispatches. Efforts to revive the woman were not successful and she was declared dead at the scene.

Saturday afternoon, SPD said it was investigating the death. “Crime Scene Investigators and Homicide detectives are on scene collecting evidence,” the brief on the investigation said.

The woman has not yet been identified publicly by authorities.

The house is owned by real estate investors and, according to police radio reports, is home to multiple roommates. There were no obvious signs of fatal trauma and no arrests have been announced.

UPDATE 5/4/2015 3:25 PM: The Medical Examiner will not release information on the case today, according information provided to the media.

Seattle May Day 2015 turns into a riot on Capitol Hill

IMG_4329IMG_4330 IMG_4331 IMG_4332 IMG_4333 IMG_4334 IMG_4335 IMG_4336 IMG_4337There were 16 reported arrests and numerous injuries including three police officers sent to the hospital Friday night as clashes between protesters and police were concentrated on the streets of Capitol Hill for the third May Day in a row.

“This is no longer demonstration management, this has turned into a riot,” a voice crackled from command across the Seattle Police tactical radio channel. SPD later identified the speaker as Capt. Chris Fowler who again headed up the department’s May Day response this year.

CHS reported on the events as they happened — including drone sightings, a man stuck on a basketball hoop, and pictures of people taking Capitol Hill riot selfies. You can view the May Day 2015 on Capitol Hill timeline and reports here.

IMG_4209 IMG_3969 IMG_4238Again, an estimated 2,000 to 4,000 people took to the streets from Judkins Park to downtown in the annual pro-worker and immigration rights march and a Black Lives Matter rally in a peaceful demonstration.

And again in 2015, the violence and mayhem of May Day in Seattle was shoved back into Capitol Hill neighborhoods as police blocked the “anti-capitalist” and “anti-police” crowds that gathered at Broadway and Pine later that night from streaming into downtown with strong lines of armor-plated officers who deployed pepper spray, “less lethal” projectiles, and so many flash bangs that the efforts in East Precinct had to be re-supplied. Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 26,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.

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