If a competitive federal grant comes through later this year, Seattle could see a massive, game-changing expansion of its bike sharing program, Pronto Cycle Share, in the coming years. The infusion of $10 million would allow for a much more rapid enlargement of the program’s service area over the current growth model based mostly on funding from sponsorships. In the meantime, ridership is approaching 4,000 trips a week across the first wave of stations in the system.
But while that service area expansion would envelope the Central District (and much more) by the end of 2017, it will push back plans to bring bike sharing to the neighborhood this year. Continue reading
Here is the news you may have missed during the holiday week amid the fireworks and good times.
It’s been one year since Kathleen O’Toole was sworn into office as Seattle’s first female Chief of Police. At the time, O’Toole laid out four themes she said would define her term. So far, she’s been spot on.
O’Toole’s first theme was to restore public trust through carrying out orders of the federal consent decree — a DOJ mandated process to overhaul the department in the wake of several excessive force violations by SPD officers. Continue reading
Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… we just hope you took your wretched refuse with you. Here is the view CHS found this year as thousands again chose a Capitol Hill vantage point to enjoy the 4th of July fireworks display over Lake Union. This year, CHS joined the largest Hill gathering point on the shores of I-5 at Lakeview and Belmont to take in the show. We also stopped by the annual Cal Anderson Independence Day Picnic earlier Saturday as neighbors enjoyed free hot dogs and fun on a fourth day of +90F heat.
Seattle Pride 2015 has come and gone and the Pike/Pine rainbow crosswalks aren’t quite as bright but there is still more to celebrate. Seattle Gay Scene points out an important anniversary for The Seattle Eagle which is celebrating 35 years of queer nightlife in 2015. Here’s how SGS’s “brief history” of the Eagle begins:
This year, the Seattle Eagle celebrates its 35th year of existence, making it the longest-surviving gay bar in Seattle. (Not counting the Double Header in Pioneers Square, which is only nominally a gay bar during happy hour and before Seahawks’ games.) My friend Kirk Calvo has asked me to share a few anecdotal recollections of the Eagle in its early years, so I’ll oblige with a few memories and observations that still pop out of the recesses of the gray matter…
When Jim and Lance, the original owners, took over the business in 1980, it was a mid-century “lounge” called Le Chateau. The focal point of the bar, in the back near the restrooms, was a circular, gas fire-pit with oversized bean bag pillows surrounding it. It was a favorite hang-out for some of the “ladies” of Pike Street. Within a year or two, John and Lance undertook a remodel, eliminating the fire pit and expanding the service bar into an island running the length of the space and creating an upper-level catwalk along the west wall. With the changed format, they also re-named the place, posting a large sign on the front of the building bearing the new name—J&L Saloon—across a stylized eagle. The most prominent aspect of the sign was the bar’s motto: DARE TO BE DIFFERENT. Words that still apply.
Give the whole thing a read at seattlegayscene.com.
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Here is the red, white, and blue scene we found in 12th Ave’s Rhein Haus this week as Team USA defeated Germany to move to the finals of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
Sunday’s 4 PM final in Vancouver BC pits Team USA against Japan so, naturally, you should watch the game at Naka, Hana, Aoki, Shibumi, Momiji… if they have TVs.
Classic soccer viewing venues across the Hill include the Summit Pub and Cafe Presse and sports bars 95 Slide, Kessler’s, and Auto Battery, while watering holes on the Hill’s edges like the Roanoke, and the Bottleneck Lounge are also World Cup final-worthy venues. Meanwhile, new spaces like Stout and the relatively newly overhauled Canterbury have screens every which way you turn. Let us know about any special screenings or where you’re planning to watch the game — and make sure there’s room on the couch if you decide to invite CHS readers over.
Burzell, Wilson, and Kathleen Khoo, left, a Malaysian chef and food writer who helped open the E Olive Way walk-up in 2013 (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)
The Bellevue Ave restaurant during its Spaghetti Western days (Image: CHS)
This Independence Day, Capitol Hill celebrates a pillar of America: farmers-market food carts that grow into walk-up food counters that grow into sit-down restaurants.
Popular E Olive Way walk-up Kedai Makan is lighting off foodie fireworks with its Friday announcement that it will expand into the former La Bete space around the corner on Bellevue Ave.
“This is a game changer for us,” chef and co-owner Kevin Burzell said. “We can finally for the first time, cook; no home stove, no outdoor grills and tents. I’m very excited about cooking some new food. My soul needs it!”
The new Kedai Makan is planned to open on Bellevue Ave by September.
Burzell and Alysson Wilson haven’t said yet what will become of the Kedai walk-up space next to Montana and formerly home to Tacos Gringos but we’re pretty sure a Ramly Burger stand would do well. Continue reading
SPD’s latest SeaStat analytics-focused policing report (PDF) featured the current Capitol Hill “micro community policing” priorities and the previous period’s numbers on assaults and robberies.
CHS saw an email looking for responses about public safety sent to an area community group and asked for information about the process — and if we could share the opportunity to respond with CHS readers.
Here’s what SPD research assistant Matt Thomas tells CHS about the call for feedback to inform SPD’s Micro Community Policing Plan for the East Precinct:
The questions are meant to engage the community regarding their feelings/opinions of public safety issues in their neighborhood and what they would like to see from the Seattle Police Department in order to solve them. This is part of the Micro-Community Policing Plans, which are an ongoing initiative to increase feelings of safety and quality of life around Seattle. My job as a Research Assistant is to assist SPD with the implementation of these plans, as well as to observe the process and outcome of the plans.
CHS wrote about the community policing plans here.
Here are the three questions being asked:
1. What are the top three public safety issues that create a sense of fear for you in your neighborhood?
2. How do your public safety concerns fit into the larger public safety issues in the East Precinct?
3. Tell us what you want to see from the East Precinct in relation to the three public safety concerns you identified above?
If you’ve got opinions on how SPD should be protecting East Precinct, here’s the official survey document (DOCX). Send your responses to Matthew.Thomas2@seattle.gov.