This story originally ran on TheSunBreak in January. Following Thursday’s amazing and awful collapse of I-5 over the Skagit River, it seems worthy of sharing here on CHS.
The Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle is famous as the elevated roadway that drivers are most likely to hold their breath while crossing.
But the city’s department of transportation has just released a report on their bridge maintenance program (pdf) that explains why drivers may be likely to shake a tooth loose crossing other bridges in town.
As PubliCola notes: “nearly one in three city bridges are in such disrepair that they’re candidates for replacement.”
The report covers the good, bad, and the ugly in Seattle bridges, but it’s worth emphasizing that not all of Seattle’s bridges are bad news. Some 35% of Seattle bridges are rated at 80 or higher on the 100-point bride sufficiency scale.
It’s time again, buskers and talented musical folk, to sign up for summer concerts in Pillars Park. The busy intersection of Boren and Pike will get its annual musical accompaniment thanks to neighborhood groups and businesses:
The performances will take place each Friday between July 5th and September 6th 5-8:30pm. They will be located at the corner of Pike and Boren in front of the columns across from Tango restaurant. Local businesses will choose the performers based on the applications. Artist/Performers must be willing to perform for free but will be allowed to put out a tip jar.
Data provided by the Capitol Hill Coalition at one City Council hearing illustrated the “tsunami” of microhousing hitting the city
Powered by a set of community meetings to discuss the issue, members of the City Council have sent a set of “amendment requests” to the Department of Planning and Development as City Hall works to change the rules by which microhousing developments are regulated in Seattle. The full memo from Council members Tom Rasmussen, Nick Licata and Sally Clark is below.
The document calls for the development type — boarding house-style apartments that currently fit through wide-open loopholes in the city’s building and review codes — to be better defined and for new requirements that will pull the projects into a more regulated design and environmental review process. Here are the three amendment requests:
A new definition of “microhousing” for inclusion on the Seattle Municipal Code;
New design review thresholds that would apply specifically to microhousing; and
A revised method of counting dwelling units in microhousing projects for the purposes of SEPA review and tracking progress toward the achievement of 2024 neighborhood growth targets.
The memo also includes a secondary set of areas for DPD to review and provide more analysis about. You’ll find DPD has been set on task to review whether private bathrooms should be required, for example.
Cops on patrol in 2011 — Cal Anderson has been here before (Image: CHS)
Since we first broke the news of new Cal Anderson Park rangers to help patrol the public space, CHS commenters have been weighing in on the proposed solutions including the rangers and increased SPD foot, bike and, yes, horse, presence in the park. Believe it or not, one rather dastardly solution brought up in the comments has been tried in the past to help clear the area of overnight activities. The Cal Anderson sprinkler solution reminds that we’ve been through this situation before with the park — recently, in fact:
If they randomly ran the lawn sprinklers overnight, that would be quietly effective….
An East Precinct representative told CHS in 2011 that Seattle Parks would be doing just that when the area went through a similar outcry to Mayor Mike McGinn about safety issues in the park. Parks denied that any such request had been discussed — and, after CHS asked about it, said it was technically not possible:
It is a state of the art computerized irrigation system installed in many parks. It measures how much water is needed at any given time and turns the irrigation sprinklers on and off at precise times, saving thousands of gallons of water per park each year. It operates only at night when the park is closed. The times are not predicable because of the sensors.
This time around, there has again been a marked increase in trespass activity and parks exclusions issued by SPD, according to the East Precinct’s incident logs. Campers have been forced, more and more, to find other places to sleep with empty businesses and doorways to nighttime venues and bars distributing the population that had been centralized at the park.
Uh oh. The principal’s office! (Image: Broadway High Alumni)
(Image: Elif Koc)
What is known today as Capitol Hill’s Seattle Central Community College was once the first high school in Seattle. Founded in 1902, Broadway High School educated Seattle teens on the corner of Broadway and Pine until 1946 when the demand for higher education rose dramatically as young troops came home from war.
A group of the high school’s students and partners are beginning to plan the funding and start of a new historical project to capture memorabilia from the school’s past and incorporate personal narratives of alumni through filmed interviews.
The stories will come from former students like August Reinhardt, a graduate of the class of 1940. Continue reading →
A new film set against the backdrop of civil unrest at Seattle Central Community College forty years ago features protest leaders of the school’s past talking about their fight for equality. The project by Capitol Hill resident Kevin Owyang and filmmaker Matthew Bane, in their words, ”examines the challenges of diversity” –
“I hope young people will glimpse a part of history they didn’t know about. And I hope older generations will understand the wisdom young people possess”, said Owyang. “It’s only 5-minutes. So if you have the attention span of a mosquito, like me, it’s perfect.” Owyang says jokingly.
History Is Undivided Yearning (http://UndividedYearning.com )looks at racial division in Seattle’s past and highlights changemakers building a better future. The film walks a fine line of presenting a hopeful future without diluting the challenges of transforming diversity into resilience.
“I wanted to tell the story of resilience”, says filmmaker Kevin Owyang. “And that means, if you have my back and I have yours, even though we don’t agree on specific solutions, we will stand up to those who’d rather use violence as an answer. We will agree that it should be unimaginable to plant a bomb at the finish of a Marathon, we will agree that it’s unimaginable that our kids can’t play in the neighborhood without fear of abduction, and we will agree that it’s unimaginable that kindergarten is a place requiring lock-down security. Only then will diverse communities be transformed into resilient ones.”
History Is Undivided Yearning is part the 3rd Annual MOHAI History Is ____ Film Competition
In a plan to be unveiled Thursday, Seattle officials will announce that a Cal Anderson ranger will be assigned to the park after a spate of violence and complaints about the public space including two recent stabbings. UPDATE: Details on the plan for the new rangers are below. Continue reading →
An image from the 2012 Nisei Veterans Committee Memorial Day Service at Lake View Cemetery (Image: Dave Lichterman for CHS)
Seattle International Film Festival continues at Capitol Hill movie houses Egyptian and Harvard Exit. Be kind to our visiting festival badge-wearers as they stumble about. Point their squinting eyes in the direction of decent sustenance.
Seattle PD East Precinct Advisory Council: This month’s topic is Micro-Housing: Capitol Hill and Beyond. PAC meetings are open and welcoming to all community members. Seattle University Chardin Building, 1020 E Jefferson St, 6:30 – 8p.
Art show: One-night-only exhibit of “Painted in the Dark” featuring work by Liana Kegley. Hard L (1216 10th Ave, Suite L), 6 – 9p.
Author reading: acclaimed Spanish-language writer and queer activist Luis Negrón, reads from his debut collection of stories, Mundo Cruel (Seven Stories). Elliott Bay Book Company, 7p.
Slaying the Gorgon: a multimedia presentation and discussion by Joe McHugh on “how the mediums of storytelling share how we think and act.” Northwest Film Forum, 7p.
Wehl Martin shares an ice cream cookie sandwich with the 19th/Mercer crew (Images: CHS)
Memorial Day weekend in Seattle may not be the gateway to summer it is in other parts of the nation. But that doesn’t stop the city from looking forward to summer things like ice cream cookie sandwiches.
You’ll have to wait for October (still summer, no?) to enjoy it but an “ice cream cookie sandwich” of a project is being planned for the new four-story apartment development rising at 19th Ave E and Mercer on the quieter side of Capitol Hill.
Hello Robin will pair ice cream entrepreneur — and new mom — Molly Moon Neitzel with first-time cookie shop owner Robin Wehl Martin.
“They are small and they are cake-y and they’re different from most cookies out there,” Wehl Martin says of the offerings her new shop and cafe will bring to 19th Ave E including flavors exotic — habanero chocolate chip, sweet onion and pecan — and flavors a little more conventional.