2019 Womxn’s March Seattle, thousands strong, rallies on Capitol Hill

(Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

Thousands made their way from Cal Anderson Park to the Seattle Center Saturday in a third year of marching for women’s rights in Seattle and as part of the national Women’s March movement. There were fewer people compared to the two previous marches in the city with the 2017 inaugural march of around 120,000 people setting the record for largest demonstration in Seattle’s history and the largest event ever hosted in Cal Anderson. The 2019 march still brought out thousands to the streets of Capitol Hill.

Colleen Echohawk-Hayashi and Monserrat Padilla led the morning rally to start the day in Cal Anderson. “We have to be more than just marching today, we have to donate, volunteer, we have to lead,” said Echohawk-Hayashi, executive director of Chief Seattle Club.

“I’m undocumented and unafraid. Transgender and unashamed. A woman and unapologetic about it,” Padilla shouted into the mic. The crowd cheered. Padilla, coordinator with the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, then asked the audience to call out after her, “Trans women are real women.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

Capitol Hill and the nearby lends itself to great imagery. Social media is filled with images of the places and streets around us. We share some of the best here. To be included and help us find your stuff, use the #capitolhillseattle tag on Instagram or ping @capitolhillseattle or @jseattle via Twitter.

We still also have lots of love for the CHS Flickr Pool and its more than 36,000 photographs — most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill shutterbugs. With changes at Flickr, its days of an amazing, free for most repository of great photography have shifted but we’re still watching.
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‘I got a little disrespected earlier today’ — Video shows how sitting in front of a Central District auto parts store got SPD cop demoted for retaliation

In full uniform and armed with his service weapon and a can of La Croix, Seattle Police’s  Frank Poblocki sat in a rolling office chair outside the AutoZone at 23rd and Jackson in the Central District on a clear but cool February day. “I got a little disrespected earlier today. So I’m going to hang out,” Poblocki told one passerby.

“I’m just cold kicking it.” Continue reading

Seattle has new $286M plan to connect First Hill Streetcar to the South Lake Union Trolley via 1st Ave

1st Ave circa 2025

Like most things, the longer Seattle waits to build its downtown streetcar line, the more expensive it will get. Mayor Jenny Durkan put Seattle’s 1st Ave route back on track Thursday, announcing a new $286 million price tag for the planned Center City Connector to link the First Hill Streetcar and South Lake Union Trolley via 1st Ave. Meanwhile, there is still no word on planned optimization work for Broadway to speed up the route for the First Hill Streetcar as it shares the lanes with vehicular traffic.

When it finally goes into service in about six year, the 1st Ave streetcar shouldn’t face similar delays — it will have its own dedicated lane. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Community invited to learn more about Volunteer Park amphitheater replacement

From Seattle Parks
Seattle Parks and Recreation and Volunteer Park Trust invite the community to learn more about the Volunteer Park Amphitheater Replacement project on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E. The Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge Fund provides $900,000 in funding to move the community-initiated Volunteer Park Amphitheater Replacement project forward through the final design phase and construction. Continue reading

Future For Us: This Capitol Hill entrepreneur quit her job — so other women of color could get more opportunities

Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno by Jill Chang (Image: @sageq via Instagram)

Women still only earn 77.9 cents on the dollar, but in the past few years, there’s been a much more concerted push to address the gender wage and opportunity gaps.

There’s still an elephant in the room, however, says Capitol Hill businesswoman Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno.

The pay and opportunity gap for women of color remains the obvious but unaddressed truth. On average, women of color experience a much higher wage deficit than white women.

“Women of color are on the bottom of the totem pole,” Quiamno says.  Continue reading

CHS Blotter in Review: 2018 in smooth criminals, bumbling crooks, and ace cop work

Only days into the new year, one of the more depressing crimes of 2018 added a new twist. The stickup man in a probably not armed robbery of the mostly empty tip jar from a Broadway frozen yogurt shop in December returned to the scene of the crime the night of Wednesday, January 2nd, handed over $10, and walked out, according to East Precinct radio. CHS already looked at the most important Capitol Hill stories of 2018 here. Let’s not step further into 2019 without remembering the year that was in smooth criminals, bumbling crooks, and ace cop work.

Design review: Checking in on a hotel and microhousing at Broadway and Jeff

The newly formed Central Area Design Review Board will weigh in on the early plans for a project combining a hotel and microhousing on Broadway at Jefferson.

The project from Developer Brad Padden of Anew Apartments and the architects at Neiman Taber will take its first bow in front of the review board Thursday night at Washington Hall:

Design review: 500 Broadway

The new project above a planned two-story hotel below five stories of Small Efficiency Dwelling Units and congregate housing totaling 90 apartments. The development will not include parking for motor vehicles. The building will also include around 1,600 square feet of commercial space. Continue reading