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The unholy alliance of the Seattle Times and a consumer credit reporting company produces some pretty interesting insights about the city. In its latest dip into the Experian datasets, the Times has produced a look at how Seattle’s neighborhood’s weigh in as measured by a popular diversity index. The findings: Seattle is not very diverse but some of our neighborhoods — including the core of the Central District — are *almost* as racially mixed as Chicago, New York or Oakland:
But that isn’t the end of the story. Even though Seattle, overall, doesn’t have a high degree of diversity, if you focus on its neighborhoods, a different picture emerges.
I calculated the diversity index for each of Seattle’s 483 “block groups” – a small census geography, typically containing fewer than 2,000 people.
As you can see, there is a wide range of diversity among these small sections of Seattle. Many have a high degree of diversity, and one-third are more diverse than the U.S. average score, 56.
The highest diversity in Seattle runs from the Central District down through Rainier Valley, and in the Delridge and White Center sections of West Seattle. There is also above-average diversity in Northgate, around the University District, and in some downtown neighborhoods.
North of E Madison, Capitol Hill has produced some of the least racially diverse streets in the city. On Twitter, the Seattle Times reporter responsible for the analysis noted a high correlation with income in the low diversity areas indicating the affordability factor for housing prices and rents could be an important factor in the measure. You can also look at some of the history of land use and policy in the central neighborhoods to understand how things like segregation and redlining have been shaped Seattle beyond demographic trends.
It’s worth looking at some of our lightest purple areas — to use the Seattle Times’s color scale — and think about what we can do to help orange it up.
- Armed carjacking: A male victim suffered a possible broken arm in a gunpoint carjacking reported early Monday morning outside Waid’s nightclub at 12th and Jefferson. Police were searching for the armed suspect, his accomplice and the silver Honda Civic stolen in the hold-up. Police and Seattle Fire were called to the area around 4:10 AM to reports that a male victim had suffered an arm injury in an armed carjacking outside the club. CHS has reported on the City of Seattle’s efforts to convince the state board not renew the nightclub’s liquor license after a series of incidents at the club in recent years. The carjacking is the second armed robbery of a car in the area this month following an incident near 15th Ave and E Madison on March 1st. UPDATE: SPD has more details in their preliminary report including that the victim is an employee at the club and that the man tried to jump on the car as the carjackers fled:
An employee at a Central District nightclub told police he was carjacked by two men as he was leaving work early this morning. Continue reading
- One of the main responsibilities for the East District Neighborhood Council is making local recommendations for how various city grant programs are to be deployed on the streets of Capitol Hill and nearby neighborhoods. Monday night, the body is holding a special session to hear presentations on nine proposals for funding from the Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund program. We’ve asked the city’s Department of Neighborhood’s rep for details on the nine proposals and will update if we hear back. In the meantime, you can plan to be at the Capitol Hill Library branch (425 Harvard Ave E) at 5:45 for tonight’s meeting. The funding is part of the City of Seattle budget “set aside for neighborhood improvements to streets and parks. NPSF projects are proposed by the community.” The planned $1.2 million in deployments can include “playground improvements, trail upgrades, tennis or basketball court resurfacing, park benches or tables, natural area renovations, and accessibility improvements.” The neighborhood council will select three finalists Monday night to forward onto the city for further analysis.
- You can help lead the Capitol Hill Champion group representing the Capitol Hill Community Council and the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce in working with Sound Transit to plan the development of properties around the future Capitol Hill Station. The community group is looking for representatives to meet with prospective developers of the the massive mixed-use development sites around the future Capitol Hill light rail station in a series of meeting planned later this year. CHS wrote about the bidding process and opportunities for the Broadway properties here earlier this year.”Sound Transit will be working with the Champions to facilitate a meeting between the short-listed developers and the community so the proposers can hear directly from the community about their priorities,” a ST rep tells CHS. “The final developer selection process is spelled out in the RFQ/RFP process and must be conducted internally by Sound Transit.
“Applicants with development experience to help craft careful and critical questions, and to structure and negotiate meetings between the short-listed developers and community members,” the call for applicants reads.
For anybody looking to play a smaller role, the Champion is also looking for volunteers to hang out at the Broadway Farmers Market and tell people about the effort. You can learn more at capitolhillchampion.org.
We are looking for volunteers to help staff information tables at the Sunday Broadway Farmer’s Market beginning late March. Volunteer shifts are around 2-3 hours between 10:30-3:30pm, Sunday afternoons. Training is provided. Please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Steering Committee/Task Team members
We are currently recruiting new members with developer experience to help craft careful and critical questions, and to structure and negotiate meetings between the short-listed developers and community members. A full job description and instructions on how to apply are attached and available on our website.
Newly promoted Captain Pierre Davis has been at the helm of the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct for five weeks, meaning he’ll have to stick around just a couple weeks longer to outlast his predecessor. After Mike Edward’s short stint as Capitol Hill’s captain, Davis said he is settling into the job and getting ready for a the usual uptick in criminal activity as longer days and warmer temperatures approach.
“These things happen,” Davis said about the recent captain shuffles from inside his East Precinct office, as the sounds of a daily officers’ ping-pong match echoed in the background.
Davis told CHS he had no idea why Edwards left for a different assignment and he was tapped for the East Precinct job, but he said was ready to take on the challenge when the call came. “They asked me if I would be interested… as any good troop does, you turn lemons into lemonade,” he said.
Davis comes into the precinct after three years of being second in command at the Southwest Precinct. Before that the 29-year SPD veteran held stints all over the department, including on one of Seattle’s first gang units. In the meanwhile, his stint among SPD’s top brass comes among tumult and change as the Department of Justice-mandated reforms take hold and a search for a new police chief begins. Continue reading
- Pike/Broadway “help the officer” — An East Precinct officer on hand to assist as Seattle Fire treated an apparently mentally ill or high person near Pike and Broadway Sunday afternoon around 4 PM had to issue a “help the officer” alert during a struggle at the scene. According to SPD radio dispatches, the situation was quickly brought under control as units rushed to the area to assist in taking the person into custody. We’ll update if we learn more about the incident. UPDATE: @josearmenteros provided this video of the incident. Last week, CHS shared an update regarding changes in policy regarding how SPD deals with “crisis intervention” situations involving people who are high or mentally ill.
- Pike/Pine muggings: Police had a busy “spring forward” night in the East Precinct with two reported street robberies to investigate. In the first incident around 1:20 AM Sunday, the victim told police his wallet was stolen by two thieves in a strong arm robbery near E Union and Harvard. Police arrived and tracked down the victim who described the suspects as two black males around 5’7″ to 5’9″ and wearing black knit caps and black jackets at the time of the robbery. In a second mugging, police were called to E Pike and Boylston where the victim reported a phone mugging around 3:20 AM. Police were searching for suspects described as two black males, one wearing a Boston Celtics beanie and a black coat, the other wearing a black hoodie over a pea coat and red shoes.
- Broadway overdose: Seattle Fire was called to the parking garage at 210 Broadway E just before 2 AM for a person suffering from a reported drug overdose. According to radio dispatches, responders were administering CPR. Police were also called to the scene. We do not know more information about the victim’s condition at this time. Seattle Fire medics rescued a man and a woman suffering from serious heroin overdoses in the same garage in January.
- Pike/Broadway fight + superhero: Police had some help during a brawl reported just after 3 AM at the Shell station at Pike/Broadway. Police responded to the area to break up the fight. Phoenix Jones was on hand to cheer them on.
Admit it. When you saw this post, you thought: “Gross.” However, I can also assure you that while alien and slimy, these invertebrates are worth pondering.
Truthfully, slugs and snails are slow, slimy, and many are hellbent on eating our plants. However before you get on your high horse, recognize this: many types of pulmonates (slugs and snails) have been sliding about, relatively unchanged, for hundreds of millions of years, through many a catastrophic event. Homo sapiens, as a single species, can only claim the geological millisecond of the last 160,000 years or so. So simmer down.
Pulmonates also have a large number of attributes you didn’t know about. They have hundreds of teeth, can be carnivorous predators (unflinchingly cannibalistic even), and are hermaphroditic. Some slugs can even jump (in response to a threat).
Garfield High School, Capitol Hill’s public high school, claimed its first boys state basketball championship in 16 years Saturday as the Bulldogs defeated Richland 68-59:
Tramaine Isabell scored a tournament-high 34 points to lead Garfield to a 68-59 victory over Richland to claim its first Class 4A boys state championship since 1998.
Isabell forced the action by repeatedly attacking the basket for Garfield. Isabell converted just five field goals, four coming via 3-pointers, but made it to the free throw line 16 times in the game. Garfield converted more free throws (20 of 30) than Richland attempted in the game (13 of 18).
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- More changes in store for 15th Ave E: Four-story apartment project replacing Chutney’s
- Demolition begins for B&O building as six-story apartment project digs in
- Socialist Sawant makes push for Council with calls for $15 minimum wage, millionaire tax
- Capitol Hill ‘wildflower’ lot destined for seven-story apartment building
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Your trip around the sun has, yet again, reached a point of adjustment. Sunday, devices that display the time around your residence need to be turned ahead one hour. The official transition point is 2 AM Sunday. CHS suggests doing it beforehand. If you get confused, take a look at your phone which will have taken it upon itself to show the correct time. That’s why they call them smartphones.
CHS told you last month about a new online show from Wes Hurley and Waxie Moon created in the spirit of the fantastic and fantastically awful primetime soap operas of the 70s and 80s. The first episode of Capitol Hill is now online — we’ve shared it below. Worth a watch for its depiction of the Stars and Bars South that is Portland, OR, alone, the 7 1/2-minute episode gets the (corn)ball rolling on the adventures of Roses Smell.
The show’s first season will likely include 10 episodes but Hurley said he has plans for longer plots that extend out for at least another few seasons if enough people tune in. Organizers are looking for local businesses that would like to be part of the show and supporting future episodes. You can learn more at facebook.com/CapitolHillWebSeries.