3 finalists selected for $10,000 Capitol Hill project: Your vote determines winner

Broadway’s Umpqua Bank has selected three finalists for its Build Your Block $10,000 community project contest. We told you in early March about the new Capitol Hill bank’s promotion to spur ideas for neighborhood improvements by giving one project $10,000 to make its plans reality. After weeks of collecting ideas via its Facebook page, Umpqua representatives have selected three finalists — tools for Summit/John p-patch, landscaping for the future FedRep park and an information kiosk somewhere on the Hill — for the Capitol Hill community to vote on through May 20th. By the way, if you want to see the John and Summit p-patch in all its glory, don’t forget about the Summit Slope May Day dedication party this weekend. Details on the three projects and a ballot for you to print, fill out and drop off at 539 Broadway E are below.

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6 thoughts on “3 finalists selected for $10,000 Capitol Hill project: Your vote determines winner

  1. One must go to the bank to vote … ah yes.

    By the way it is a bit more SUSTAINIBLE to buy a ton of used tools, the tiny garden thing, Goodwill, yard sales, 2nd hand shops, run and ad for donations, (right here) etc. Lots of good stuff out there, very cheap, free. Oh, green is only so green, cause SUSTAINIBLE is just green wash …??? One wonders.

    Most pea patches could be easily worked with a shovel and a spade fork and your HANDS …

  2. doesn’t this already exist? isn’t it called: http://www.capitolhillseattle.com? i know, not everyone is online but i don’t see myself walking to a “central kiosk” regularly. coffee shops and other spaces already have those.

    1 or 2 sound like interesting investments. I wonder if for 1 there’s a way that apartment folks, like myself, can contribute to the compost pile since we don’t have compost at our building.

  3. Gathered some of my old tools to donate, don’t garden much anymore.

    Number two has my vote – new parks are a bonus and blessing to any neighborhood – and it takes money to get them in operation from just a vacant lot.

    The kiosk IS the light pole in Seattle, sorry Oregon based Umqua Bank. We fought for that for years and free speech open to all posting on those Seattle utility poles is a citizen right, confirmed by our very own Washington Supreme Court.

    And posting needs on the Hill would hardly be adequate with one kiosk.

    Yes, the new park has my vote, and WILL walk it into the Umqua Bank lobby. They pay low interest on savings, I checked, but seem to be nice people.

  4. It sure would be nice if you pro-postering people got your facts right. In 2004, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that utility poles are NOT a “traditional public forum” protected by the free speech provisions of the state and federal constitutions, thereby affirming a city’s right to regulate postering. By this time, Seattle’s postering regulations had already gone into effect (January, 2003).

    But I agree with one thing…that kiosks are not a good idea, because those who poster are too busy putting up illegal posters (out of compliance with the city’s regulations) wherever they want, and the kiosks will be ignored.

  5. Mister Calhoun – I THINK YOU ARE WRONG. Sorry, caps.

    I remember reading part of the decision where they found there was no danger to utility workers, etc …… will research in the am.

    Later for research … have to go to the strip show at Neighbors, beginners night.

  6. Sorry, Marlin, but you’re the one who is wrong. I have the Seattle Times article (9-10-04) reporting on the decision by the Washington State Supreme Court, which was as I stated above. I can’t provide a link, so you’ll just have to take my word for it, or do your own research.

    While you’re at it, you might want to actually read what the City’s postering regulations are, and I do have a link for this: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/posteringrules.htm. The regs specify what can be done, and what cannot….and I think they are actually a reasonable compromise between those who favor a poster ban and those who want unfettered postering. But, unfortunately, the regulations are widely ignored, and the result is that the vast majority of posters on our streets are out of compliance.