For many of the best CHS posts, the coolest information and ideas don’t come until after the article is already written or the photograph cropped and posted. Here is our weekly celebration of recent high quality CHS comments. Thanks for being part of the site.
First, we feature a comment that appeared on a different Capitol Hill blog.
Submitted by kevinseattle on Mon, 2009-08-24 11:42.
This blog SUCKS! No original content everything comes straight from CHS Blog! Take a look at this post from 3 DAYS EARLIER: http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2009/08/21/georgetown-inte…
It raises some valid and well-argued points, no?
It’s been awhile since we heard from Vlad but he weighed in last week, pushing back on the idea that the city should create ‘buffer’ zoning between residential and commercial development:
RE: Hmmm... by Vlad Cole
response to max:
I live at 11th and Pike specifically because I like being able to walk from my front door to a bar and stumble back home. I feel safer living on streets full of a diverse crowd of people who are merrymakers, restaurant-goers, and so on.
Mixed residential and commercial neighborhoods are more vibrant. The idea of specialized zones for commercial vs. residential is an old way of thinking about cities and one that Jane Jacobs effectively discredited almost 50 years ago. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_and_Life_of_Great_Ame
So fie on your idea of “buffer” zones between bars and homes. Fie on creating residential-only areas and commercial-only areas. And fie on the suggestion that people are going to move out because a neighborhood has an active nightlife. I moved *in* as a result of this area’s active nightlife!
I do like Comrade Bunny’s suggestion of better soundproofing mandates in neighborhoods that are well mixed. The sort of low-end soundproofing that is standard for quiet (read: boring!) suburban neighborhoods just doesn’t protect the sanity of people who want to live in more happening ‘hoods. The cost burden of better soundproofing will have to get paid for somehow (lower margins for developers or higher prices for renters/purchasers, or a little of both). It could also be achieved through simple disclosures. For example, an ambient decibel reading disclosure as part of the listing process.
While we’re working together to make things better, this comment wonders aloud why Sound Transit isn’t able to start working immediately in the Capitol Hill station construction area on Broadway:
Three months wasted by Eric
I am still wondering why they are letting the property sit for three months rather than starting to dig now. OK, perhaps they cannot dig towards downtown until they get the I-5 work finished, but could they not start digging towards the U District?
Our post about the City of Seattle’s lack of innovation in making data and information available to the citizenry raised an interesting point regarding the openness of the system and the risk of corporate involvement in the public sector.
public data should be provided using open standards using Free Software whenever feasible by Phil Mocek
Given the influence of our monopolistic neighbor to the east, implementation of such a project would require extra vigilance to ensure that data are provided using open standards via a Web site that doesn’t cater to bugs in Internet Explorer or require a bunch of proprietary plug-ins be installed in the user’s browser. Microsoft would likely want to be involved, but regardless of any altruistic intentions they might have, I doubt their ability to focus on doing something in a manner best suited to creating a public good and not to trapping more computer users in their web of bad UI, network security as an afterthought, and forced upgrades
Mike with curls left this grumpy and creatively worded missive against filling the Cal Anderson fountain with bubbles:
.. ho, ho …fuck vandalism by Mike with curls
Such stupid stuff is fun to middle schoolers, but it is high grade vandalism … some fool painted the cone a few months back as well.
The water feature is the best in the city and the most compelling action in the park. Those who fuck it up are fools, stupid, wrecking a giant community project and need o spend a few nights in jail.
No truck for such antics, at all.
Love that park, play your sad-sill-juvenile soap jokes on friends in the shower.
Turns out, he has a point:
Not too funny, really by kayzel
Every time someone does something like this, the water feature’s rather complex and sensitive filtering and draining mechanism is compromised, and considerable time and (taxpayer) money are spent to get it functioning again. With shrinking maintenance dollars, if this keeps up, Parks may shut the fountain down completely. Think about it. Surely there are other ways to enjoy the park.
And kazyel oughta know — she’s a member of the Cal Anderson Park Alliance. You going to argue with that?
Meanwhile, we heard from a happy new Cap Hill business owner:
Yea for Capitol Hill! by Leah
Thanks for the great mention. I am so excited to be relocating to Capitol Hill — I think the energy of the area, paired with all of the wonderful existing businesses — will be great for us and our customers. We are very excited to become part of the neighborhood!
Back to the grump, here’s a not-so-favorable review of the big 500 Pine Party/marketing event that went down in the Havana parking lot last week:
bleh by Lezzy Minell
how much money were they given to put this together? should’ve donated it to charity. it was lame, poorly organized and crammed into a small space. the decor looked like a garbage dumpster threw up in the parking lot. it was clearly catered to the pseudo-hipster crowd of capitol hill but that is not what the 500 pine block was about as it was inclusive of all capitol hill and seattle residents