Seattle creates its first ‘Arts and Cultural District’ on Capitol Hill

It's not the headquarters for the district but the new 12th Ave Arts will be a big part of the launch  (Image: Capitol Hill Housing)

It’s not the headquarters for the district but the new 12th Ave Arts will be a big part of the launch (Image: Capitol Hill Housing)

Capitol Hill Housing and others have already moved into the new office spaces -- the stages will be put into motion come 2015 (Image: New Century Theater via Facebook)

Capitol Hill Housing and others have already moved into the new office spaces — the stages will be put into motion come 2015 (Image: New Century Theater via Facebook)

With $50,000 in federal money to help kick it off, City Hall will finally begin to put shape to a multi-year quest by creating Seattle’s first “Arts and Cultural District” on Capitol Hill. The program will launch later in November along with the grand opening celebration of Capitol Hill Housing’s new affordable apartments + non-profit office space + restaurants + East Precinct parking + theater development, 12th Ave Arts.

But 12th Ave won’t be the center of the new Hill initiative.

“We’ve talked about Cal Anderson Park as the center of it,” City of Seattle cultural space liaison and arts entrepreneur Matthew Richter told CHS earlier this fall.

We were there in 2009 as city officials came to the Odd Fellows building to plant the seeds for the new cultural district (Image: CHS)

We were there in 2009 as city officials came to the Odd Fellows building to plant the seeds for the new cultural district (Image: CHS)

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On the List | Hilloween Friday, Bump!, Pronto Crawl, 15th Ave E trick or treating

The easy answer is to head off into the night on Capitol Hill and find some Halloween fun. You won’t have to look for long. Or you can check out some of the CHS-approved Hilloween 2014 events, below.

Get an early start on the proceedings Thursday with a plastic pumpkin full of Halloween action. At 5:30 PM, you can be part of the Pronto Costume Crawl:

- Meet at 15th & Thomas Group Health Station at 5:30 PM in your Halloween costume
– Depart at 6 PM on the dot for a ride around the haunted streets of Capitol Hill
– Ride down to Cal Anderson and dock by 6:30
– Meet up inside Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream and enjoy a complimentary scoop of i-scream from our pals there & pose for the paparazzi for a group ride photo
– Ride (or walk) down to Ltd. Art Gallery inside Raygun Lounge for ghoulish goodies, spooky snacks and a devilish deeds.

Later that night, Neighbours hosts the annual BUMP! Halloween party: Continue reading

Hilloween 2014: The return of ‘Where to trick or treat on Capitol Hill’

Halloween Trick Or Treating in Capitol Hill, SeattleLike Jason and Freddy, some CHS posts never really die. They just crawl back out of the CHS archives, ready to delight and inform CHS users — again and again and again.

For some, this is their first Halloween on Capitol Hill. For others, we hope the sequel is a kind of candy corn-y tradition. Once again, we’ve analyzed the data and crunched the numbers to determine the Capitol Hill Trick or Treat Hot Zone for 2014. It looks familiar. We’re ready and willing to adjust boundaries or new hot pockets of giant-sized Hershey bar goodness to the map – just let us know in comments. Continue reading

Inside the Uncle Ike’s lawsuit: the case, the secret partners… and the parklet

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 9.53.34 AMDetails of the lawsuit brought by Mount Calvary Christian Center against 23rd and Union pot retailer Uncle Ike’s, the state liquor board and the City of Seattle reveal the Central District church’s strategy and shine light onto the business dealings behind Seattle’s second I-502 retail marijuana shop.

Last week, CHS reported on early word of the lawsuit brought against the retailer after less than a month of (very good) business at the corner. In filings with the King County Superior Court, lawyers for Mount Calvary claim that Ike’s proximity to its Joshua Generation Teen Center should have disqualified the I-502 retail application from Ian Eisenberg and his business partners to open at 23rd and Union: Continue reading

Staff changes at The Stranger continue ahead of 2016 move from 11th/Pine

The Stranger needs new office space -- because new office space is coming to 11th and Pine

The Stranger needs new office space — because new office space is coming to 11th and Pine


Keck, at the mic, and his right hand man, Stranger editor in chief Christopher Frizelle, clutching the mic, at the 2014 Stranger Genius Awards (Image: Beth Crook via The Stranger)

Last week, arts editor and food writer Bethany Jean Clement announced she was leaving Capitol Hill’s only newspaper to pick up the food and drink beat at the Seattle Times. It was the latest in a year of big editorial change-ups for The Stranger, which occupies 2.5 floors above Value Village and the Rhino Room at 11th and Pine and is — perhaps — the most well known of all Capitol Hill businesses.

Publisher Tim Keck told CHS the staff changes don’t represent much more than the steady turnovers now commonplace in many newsrooms. Without tying it to specific staff changes, Keck did say The Stranger is trying to chart a course that better balances deeply reported stories with the impassioned and uncompromising voices the paper and its blog, the Slog, are known for.

“Loud, brash opinions are a dime a dozen,” he said. “It’s really important for publications to distinguish ourselves from that.” Continue reading

Hill Wonk | Community — and curiosity — reason enough to vote

We’ve asked Zachary Pullin, Vice President of the Capitol Hill Community Council, to contribute to CHS about community civics and politics on a semi-regular basis. If you’re an expert and want to share with the community in a recurring CHS column, we’d like to hear from you. This is his first post for CHS.

550190_10151496017543696_1846920479_nIn the August 2014 primary, roughly 29% of registered voters in our legislative district actually voted. It troubles me that a majority of people — especially registered voters — apparently have no motivation to vote.

As an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree tribe of Rocky Boy, Montana, I’m only the second generation with the right to vote. In 1924, Native peoples were granted citizenship, but in many states — including Washington — keeping Native people from voting persisted. Barriers to voting included: culture tests, unreachable polling places, and registrars unwilling to accept voter registration of Native peoples. In our state, the phrase “Indians not taxed,” in Article 1 of the Constitution, justified the exclusion of Native peoples from voting until the Supreme Court ruled that all Native people could vote, in 1948.

When we don’t appreciate the power of our vote, the history of voting, and the impact voting has on real people and neighbors in our community, only 29% of us turn out to vote. Continue reading

Now that we have a doggie bar lined up, check out the Capitol Hill plans for a cat cafe

(Image: Seattle Meowtropolitan)

(Image: Seattle Meowtropolitan)

10151787_549796821816308_7131859603313253472_nAs prophesied, Capitol Hill’s first dog bar will likely be followed by Capitol Hill’s first cat cafe:

Matt Lai (official title, according to his email signature, is “Cool Cat”) says cat cafe plans are moving along, but still nascent. He and his two partners are about to launch a round of crowdfunding, which will help determine minor details like the location and the space. Still they’re hoping to be open by mid-2015, preferably somewhere on Capitol Hill.

Nascent, crazy cat lady, so just settle down. There’s not even a Kickstarter yet. But there are cafe designs, logos and even merch on the Seattle Meowtropolitan Facebook page. We’ll keep you posted on any signs this project moves beyond fantasy stage — though with several of the city’s best journalists already on the case, we might not be the ones to break this story. We are, however, hoping it moves in next to Purr.

Capitol Hill is undead — Gathering to remember long-gone goth hangout Aurafice


Aurafice in 2006 (Image: Joe Mabel)

Seattle in Memory, a project from a long ago CHS contributor, will host a Day of the Dead gathering Saturday night to remember the dearly departed “goth coffee shop” Aurafice:

A vigil for our beloved goth coffee shop. On the Day of the Dead, before you party, remember our long lost cafe. We encourage you to bring your memories to share, and any mementos you’d like to leave in tribute.

Portland-based Stumptown took over the former Aurafice space in 2007.

Saturday’s planned gathering starts at 8 PM. Wear black.


Likely a few Pike/Pine phones in the pile as SPD raid of South Seattle convenience store turns up trove of stolen items

(Image: SPD)

(Image: SPD)

As one major Capitol Hill theft case comes to a close after years of investigation and legal proceedings, SPD also announced a smaller bust that might also connect with criminal activity in Pike/Pine.

Thursday, detectives raided a South Seattle convenience store and seized “boxes and boxes of suspected stolen cellphones, laptops and cameras”

Along with the more than 250 smartphones and hundreds of cameras, computers, watches and instruments found in the store – a number of which Robbery Detectives have already tied to crimes in Rainier Beach – detectives also found $13,000 in cash, boxes of untaxed cigarettes illegally imported from Vietnam, and cabinets filled with bags of Khat (a plant leaf stimulant classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule-1 controlled substance).

Detectives believe the items are connected to a surge of robberies in South Seattle this summer. But it’s also likely that items ripped off around the city made its way to the store. Continue reading

Capitol Hill man pleads guilty to trafficking stolen property out of 12th Ave home


During the 2012 raid of the Darling home, police found stolen property and methamphetamine (Image: CHS)

A Capitol Hill man has pleaded guilty to trafficking a stolen bike and possessing stolen computer equipment at his 12th and Mercer home where, in a late night raid two years ago, police confiscated a trailer truck full of allegedly stolen property.

Last week, Rabindranath Darling pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking stolen property, one count of possession of stolen property, and one count of possession of methamphetamine.Darling statement

During the 2012 raid, police also said they discovered 18 grams of methamphetamine inside the Darling home.

As a front for his illicit business, investigators said Darling was running a home-based computer repair shop.

Earlier this year, some of the items seized in the 2012 raid began trickling back to their original owners — many living around Capitol Hill and neighboring areas — as detectives wrapped up the case and began notifying victims. Continue reading

Schools says no to Garfield High push to reverse decision to cut teacher

(Image: Garfield HS PTSA via Facebook)

(Image: Garfield HS PTSA via Facebook)

An afternoon walkout and surprisingly intense media coverage did nothing to sway Seattle Public Schools from its calculation that Garfield High School needs to drop a teacher midyear given the 23rd Ave school’s 2014/2015 enrollment numbers.

Monday afternoon, the district notified the school’s “community” that it was done reviewing its decision on the “state-mandated” enrollment adjustment:

After a review of the official state-mandated October 1 enrollment count, the district maintains its recommendation to shift the funding for one teacher from Garfield’s budget allocation to a school that is overenrolled. Continue reading

WANTED: SPD needs your help nailing Broadway sex toy bandit

Screen-Shot-2014-10-23-at-10.31.31-AM-141x300 (1)More than a month after his devious act, SPD detectives remain hot on the tail of the Broadway sex toy bandit — and are looking for your help putting the man behind the crime in a pair of non-GGG handcuffs. SPD posted this picture Monday of the thief they say stole more than $400 worth of stockings, lubricants and other personal items in a late September heist at Broadway sex emporium Castle Megastore:

SPD detectives are still in search of a man who fled a Capitol Hill adult emporium last month with $400 worth of stockings, lubricants and other personal items, and now police need your help identifying him. Detectives have a pic of the bawdy bandit, but don’t yet know his name. If you do, please call our detectives in the East Precinct Burglary/Theft Unit at (206) 684-5733.

CHS reported details of the heist here:

Just before 10:20 PM Saturday, SPD units were called to Broadway’s Castle Megastore after a man reportedly ran from the retailer carrying an armload of expensive sex toys. The man was last seen jumping into his white Chevy parked at the curb in front of the store and speeding off northbound with employees in pursuit.


Capitol Hill’s Up Dog Toys has designs on making big play in pet accessory market

Moy and Odin with The Odin (Image: CHS)

Moy and Odin with The Odin (Image: CHS)

As the 12th/Pike dog bar doesn’t exist yet, the entrepreneurial ideas behind Capitol Hill resident Michelle Moy’s start-up Up Dog Toys sprung, instead, from a talk with the Broadway Farmers Market mushroom salesman.

In the last few weeks, the 28-year-old Moy began the first steps on her entrepreneurial dog walk by launching a Kickstarter campaign to formally begin the company and bring her uniquely designed toys to dog lovers everywhere. The first brainchild of the operation is The Odin, a 3-D printed puzzle toy that is meant to be both modular and stylish.

The toy, named after Moy’s Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a sleek, geometrically planed ball that allows all different sizes of treats to fit inside, necessitating the dog plays with it before the treat comes loose for the hungry pooch. Moy said she loved puzzle toys like this for Odin, who can be a bit rambunctious at times. She said it kept him busy and rewarded him for his work. Continue reading