Step off and get thee to a grocery store.
Sound Transit has quadrupled the number of locations where you can pick up a regional Orca card in person. Says Seattle Transit Blog:
The excuse that ORCA is hard to get is getting thinner. It’s time for Metro to remove incentives to pay cash (e.g. unequal transfer policies) and start creating incentives to use the sales infrastructure they’ve helped to create.
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You can view Sound Transit’s updated map here
Wednesday night, following a disturbing series of incidents including two stabbings in Cal Anderson Park, groups, local businesses and neighbors will hold a rally and march to launch a new “block watch” initiative on Capitol Hill.
While statistics compiled by the Seattle Police Department show that crime totals increased on Capitol Hill in 2012, CHS’s analysis of the start of 2013 shows that SPD’s totals actually show crime is down in the area compared to the same period in 2012.
Here are the totals for the four East Precinct beats that cover Capitol Hill for the first three months of the year:
A major downtick in reported thefts has helped fuel the drop but fewer assaults and a flat performance for vehicle thieves rounded out the overall 10% drop compared to 2012. Burglaries — including commercial and residential break-ins, on the other hand, nearly doubled compared to the same period last year. And the much smaller total of reported robberies also showed a disturbing jump.
The breakdown by beat reveals the hotspots — and where things cooled down compared to last year:
- Burglars have been busier everywhere on the Hill but especially in the southern beats of C2 and E2
- Robbery reports in the north in C1 are pretty rare — there were zero in the first three months of 2012. There were four there in the first three months of 2013 plus an increase everywhere else but western E1.
- Thefts, covering everything from store ripoffs to stolen bikes, were down significantly in every beat but up north in residential C1. We’ll check in with East Precinct to see if there is any explanation for the drop. We’ve heard anecdotally, for example, that there has been an increase in theft related to liquor now being available in grocery stores — these numbers don’t seem to bear that out.
The totals do show, however, that overall, Capitol Hill’s first three months of 2013 were less crime-y than the same period in 2012. If it helps, take a look at the datasets the next time you feel like things are going to hell in a handbasket. The numbers say, nope — well, except for the burglary part. When the numbers for April and May are released, we’ll update and see if the story remains the same.
A group is planning to take to the streets of Capitol Hill Wednesday night to recruit local businesses into a new “block watch” and raise awareness of crime issues in the neighborhood:
CAPITOL HILL ANTI-CRIME/VIOLENCE MARCH & RALLY
Join Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) for a peaceful march and rally to call for an end to violence and crime on Capitol Hill.
The CAPITOL HILL ANTI-CRIME/VIOLENCE MARCH & RALLY will also feature the launch of a neighborhood business watch program, BLOCK WATCH.
DATE: May 22
TIME: 6 – 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Seattle Central Community College (1701 Broadway)
• 6 – 6:45 P.M. GATHER AND START RALLY AT SCCC
• 6:46 – 7:30 P.M. MARCH
From SCCC onto Broadway, North on Broadway to John St.. West on E Olive Way to Melrose, South on Melrose to Pike St, West on Pike St to Plymouth Pillars Park. Closing at the Park, and disperse from there
• 7:31 – 8 p.m. END RALLY AT Plymouth Pillars Park.
Murray celebrates his endorsement (Image: CHS)
Ed Murray showed Tuesday night that he’ll be a contender in the race for Seattle’s mayor thanks to his strong base in the city’s core. In a vote by nearly 200 residents of the area, Murray walked away with the sole endorsement for mayor of Seattle from the 43rd District Democrats.
“We can only do it if we can come back together,” Murray said of his promise to return to the “Seattle way” and end what he called a ”divisive” term in office for incumbent opponent Mike McGinn. Continue reading
Sunday, E Pine’s only anarchist-friendly cafe collective, Black Coffee Co-op, hosted a Punk Prom. Predictably, it was a little noisy and ran late into the night. And, predictably, neighbors in nearby apartment buildings and businesses weren’t happy about it. But one of Black Coffee’s four founding worker-owners tells CHS that the co-op has charted a new course to be better neighbors and, yes, even implement “policy” as their experiment in community-minded business continues.
“Word had gotten out that you won’t be kicked out. People were coming in to just hang out,” Black Coffee’s Scott Davis tells CHS about complaints in recent months that the co-op wasn’t doing enough to stop blatant drug use in its bathrooms and was becoming a hangout for thugs and criminals.
East Precinct commander Capt. Ron Wilson confirmed the complaints but declined to provide specifics of any investigations related to the coffee shop:
All I can share with you at this time is that over the past several weeks we have received several complaints about activity at Black Coffee. Some of the complaints deal with City and State code and/or regulation compliance issues, while some deal with public safety issues.
Capitol Hill is home to Seattle’s start-up of the year. Belmont Ave’s Simply Measured took home the title last week at the 2013 GeekWire Awards.
CHS talked to Colin Henry, the company’s director of engineering, last summer about the amazing growth the company has seen since launching its analytics platform two years ago and running a start-up on Capitol Hill:
We found the right size space that we can grow into. There are meetups that meet on the Hill like Seattle RB. Seattle Interactive Developers Meetup usually happens at our offices. We’ve got three major coffee shops, a couple of great bars, lots of lunch opportunities. The Hill has a lifestyle and culture that very attuned to how we operate. I’m probably the most dressed up guy in the office, and I still have tattoos. I really, really like the Hill, it’s a great place to work. Continue reading
One year ago this week, The Social nightclub and its joined-at-the-hip restaurant counterpart EVO debuted on E Olive Way. This May, they’re both long gone.
And probably not coming back.
CHS has learned that while one partner of the shuttered club will go up against the Washington State Liquor Control Board next week to make her case in an appeal against the body’s decision not to grant The Social a long-term liquor license, it does not appear the maneuver is related to reopening the club.
The mayor declared Monday, May 20th Capitol Hill Housing day in Seattle as the non-profit developer was announced as a recipient of a $150,000 grant for its 12th Ave Arts project currently under construction at the former site of the East Precinct parking lot.
Earlier this year, Pike/Pine was honored by ArtPlace group behind the grant as a top neighborhood for the arts.
The 12th Ave Arts project that combines affordable housing with office space and theaters broke ground in February.
Capitol Hill Housing Receives $150,000 Grant from ArtPlace America for 12th Avenue Arts
Prestigious national funder selects inventive partnership as only recipient in
Puget Sound Region
Seattle, WA — ArtPlace America announces today the award of a $150,000 grant to Capitol Hill Housing for 12th Avenue Arts. This project was chosen from over 1,200 applications as an exceptional example of creative placemaking. Continue reading
Preservation of a 80-foot stretch of masonry wall qualifies this 14th Ave project for an extra floor of apartments (Image: CHS)
Meanwhile on E Pike, a leading Capitol Hill developer says his project will be a model for preservation (Image: Hunters Capital)
Last week, the final design plans were approved for the eight-story building at Melrose and Pine that benefitted from generous incentives for melding a modern apartment structure with two auto-row era buildings. One of Capitol Hill’s leading developers says he can do it better.
“It’s clear during the recent uptick in development, especially studying the larger projects going through [Master Use Permitting] that there are loopholes and shortcuts in how the current Pike/Pine Overlay language was written,” reads a statement from Michael Malone’s Hunters Capital sent to CHS about incentives in place since 2009 that trade the right for developers to build larger and higher in exchange for preserving the facades and basic dimensions of historical structures in the Pike/Pine neighborhood. Continue reading
As one LGTBQ group prepares for a Wednesday night march and rally to launch a new “block watch” program on Capitol Hill, someone else has taken to the utility poles of the neighborhood to spread a much different message.
“Some people dislike gays, others dislike guns,” one posted sheet reads. “We should not base our laws on personal dislikes.”
The rather large leap of an equivalency looks a little like a renewal of a national campaign from the mid-2000s that got some attention on Capitol Hill known as the Pink Pistols. We talked to one person familiar with the group from the days when Pink Pistols “first fired up” who says it is still active in the area but he is not sure if this is a case of old members reviving their efforts or a younger generation of gun activists picking up the torch. We have not yet heard back from our effort to reach a representative for the group. Continue reading