With the annual charity game’s home field closed for installation of its new cork-filled turf surface earlier this summer, Bat’n Rouge took the field at Bobby Morris a little later than usual with a late August game pitting rivals Lez-broz vs. Drag Queens in a match of good times and, occasionally, some pretty good play. Sunday, Mayor Ed Murray was there to throw out the first pitch, lucky folks in the crowd walked away with raffle prizes from John Criscitello, and karaoke entertainer David Marshall sang the national anthem. After plenty of shenanigans and good-natured, money-for-a-good-cause cheating, the Lez-Bros came out on top to take the title at the 18th annual event. The charity game benefits the Seattle Area Support Groups and Community Center. CHS reported on the nonprofit’s mission and its move into a new home above 15th Ave E earlier this year. Continue reading
Two young world travelers with entrepreneurial spirit — and know-how — spun the globe and chose your very own Broadway, Capitol Hill Seattle, USA as the perfect launchpad for what they feel is the perfect new concept — the Chipotle of fresh pasta — to join the ranks of food and drink start-up superstars. You should feel good.
“We analyzed different cities,” chef and engineer Filippo Fiori tells CHS. “Nothing really matched Seattle in terms of opportunity.”
And nothing in Seattle matched Capitol Hill for the demographic mix of adventuresome eaters Dueminuti Healthy Pasta hopes to attract when it opens its first restaurant and Broadway flagship in the space left empty by the exit of Samurai Noodle, another casualty of the late summer restaurant die-off. Continue reading
Capitol Hill’s political divide was, once again, in effect in the August primary as candidates in two races split votes between the neighborhood’s apartment-dense south and single family home-dominated north.
In the 43rd District state House race, longtime homeless housing advocate Nicole Macri won 52.3% of the vote, making her the clear frontrunner heading into the November election. The densest parts of Capitol Hill and First Hill made up the core of Macri’s support, where she took at least 50% of the votes in dozens of precincts. Macri also had a strong showing around the U District.
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Facing Macri in November will be trial lawyer Dan Shih, who took 24.6% of the district’s vote. Shih’s largest chunk of votes came from Capitol Hill precincts north of Aloha, as well as Montlake, Eastlake, and Madison Park. Continue reading
City Hall has announced its intention to, among other acts of creative destruction, disassemble its support network for the old District Neighborhood Council system with officials saying the old ways weren’t representative enough and depended too much on white homeowners with time to be part of tedious public proceedings. As part of the changes to come to usher in a glorious new era when EVERYONE can find a way to be part of tedious public proceedings, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is surveying citizens about how best to get them in the loop:
The City of Seattle is shifting our approach to outreach and engagement. We need your ideas on how the City can keep you better informed about City projects, events, opportunities, and issues. Tell us how you want to participate, and what we can do to make it easier
As plans come together for a new Volunteer Park amphitheater, the old one stays plenty busy hosting events big and small. Sunday, the venue hosted the 5th annual Vibrations music festival. Saturday, CHS found a smaller event underway as the kids from the Deaf Spotlight Drama Camp gathered in front of parents and loved ones to perform scenes and show off some of their new skills. After some on-stage drama, the kids described their process, a few awards were handed out, and, of course, proud audience members snapped some pictures. Continue reading
The time has come for the Real World cast and crew to pack up and bid farewell to Capitol Hill. Filming has wrapped for the 32nd season of the reality TV show that will feature a group of strangers living and partying on Capitol Hill, according to fan sites tracking the production.
18 years after the first season in Seattle, Real World producers staked out a new set in the 12th Ave Ballou Wright building between Pike and Pine. The office space-turned-Real World house was previously occupied by digital design firm Creature, which filed for bankruptcy shortly after leaving the space in May.MTV representatives have not returned calls on the status of the production. A representative for building owner Hunters Capital told CHS the space will likely be put back into use as an office. The show’s production company leased the space through September.
Dozens of Capitol Hill residents moved out of the neighborhood over the past week. Tent City 3, as usual, is on the move again.
CHS reported on the homeless community’s short summer stay at the corner of 19th and Aloha as the group filled the parking lot of St. Joseph’s into lines of tents, known as dorms, with room for around 100 residents along with tents that served as a computer room, a kitchen, a laundry room, and a community dining hall. The group also stayed at St. Joe’s in 2006 and again in 2011. Always on the move, residents told CHS Tent City 3 will next settle in Shoreline. Continue reading
Replacing the no-frills brick-and-concrete Volunteer Park Amphitheater has been talked about for years. Thanks to a nonprofit championing the cause, the first design concepts are finally complete.
ORA Architects and Walker Macy Landscape Architects developed four concepts using feedback from the public and more than 30 performance organizations. All the designs include a shelter, backstage space, and bathrooms built into the structure as required by the city.
The Volunteer Park Trust is holding an open house at Miller Community Center on Wednesday to take public feedback on the designs. Construction is slated to start in 2017 with a grand opening scheduled for December 2018. The project will require approval from the parks department. Continue reading
As Volunteer Park’s 83-year-old museum prepares to undergo its first major upgrade, the Seattle Art Museum is seeking public input on the plans. Community outreach meetings are scheduled for September and October.
Preliminary designs for the Asian Art Museum call for adding at least 7,500-square-feet of new gallery and event space, as well as an education studio and art storage space. A terrace, seat wall, and rock garden are part of the plans for outdoor improvements to the backside of the museum. Continue reading
Devin Silvernail has been trekking all over Seattle this summer trying to start a movement of businesses helping the homeless in their neighborhoods by placing stickers in their windows. He has made pretty solid progress — even with a big bump in the road.
The program’s stickers are black with white symbols letting people in need know that cafe or shop will let them use the bathroom, charge their phone, or get a drink of water.
“Whoever wants to do it can do it,” Silvernail told CHS.
On Wednesday, another business decided to participate, bringing the total to 12 across Seattle, including three in Capitol Hill. He hopes to reach 15 businesses by the end of August. But he did hit a setback with one of the first dozen.
Kaladi Brothers Coffee on E Pike was another location participating in The Pledge. Before joining, the leads at the shop used their creative know-how to start their own project to help those in need called the Community Card. Sean Dubs, assistant manager at Kaladi Brothers, said he hoped the Community Card and The Pledge program could grow together. But this week, Kaladi’s ownership decided to exit both programs over concerns about non-customers entering the building also home to Gay City the nonprofit that sublets the cafe space to the Alaska-headquartered coffee chain. It was a disappointing development for the efforts, Dubs said, but he is hoping to continue his work on the Community Card and working with Silvernail and The Pledge. UPDATE: Gay City referred CHS’s questions to Kaladi management for more details. We’ll follow up when the Seattle cafe’s manager is back from vacation. The building’s owner, Chip Ragen, tells CHS he wasn’t involved in the decision as Gay City manages the sub-lease with Kaladi and that he hopes to learn more about the program.
UPDATEx2: Kaladi has responded to our request for more information with a letter documenting their concerns about the program and why they decided to drop out:
The full letter is below the jump.
Newly expanded to three days — “We wanted it to stay small and focused but we’ve decided to let it grow a little bit” — the Seattle Acoustic Festival’s 2016 edition started off Friday with small crowds and a non-amped-up night of music inside Broadway’s All Pilgrim. The festival continues through Sunday night. Continue reading
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