Capitol Hill Community Council | Reclaiming Power (and creating a Pike/Pine pedestrian zone)

Zachary Pullin, Vice President of the Capitol Hill Community Council, contributes to CHS about community civics and politics on a monthly basis.

Each week, my partner and I have my sister over for dinner. Before she leaves for the drive home, I remind her to be safe, walk with awareness, and text me immediately when she’s home. She’s a smart woman and I have faith she’d fight against violence. So, I was shocked at my becoming numb that foggy, winter morning when someone stole my power.

I did not plan to tell anyone about the sexual assault he inflicted on me three months ago. I self-prescribed a daily treatment of denial and suppression nurtured by a tenacious abundance of sadness, shame, and frustration. Violence and oppression separate us from our self, our bodies, and our communities.

I became a refugee from my own body.

Just three weeks after the assault, a mentor asked me if I sought power, if people like me should want power. I shuddered because, to me, power had become a swear word.  “Power” – much like the words “God,” “Love,” and “Progressive” — needs a reset to eliminate disparate, often conflicting, definitions that arise from deeply held beliefs about their meanings.

The Capitol Hill Community Council’s own history provides examples of power being used to actively lobby against a gay community center in the 1970s to prevent “perverts” and people of that “lifestyle” from ruining the neighborhood, or earlier neighborhood group iterations as active proponents of redlining. Negative illustrations and exercises of power in government, business, and social settings certainly repel me as it does so many progressive Seattleites. Continue reading

CHS Community Post | Vivace’s David Schomer on coffee art — and affordability

Vivace founder David Schomer sent this essay to CHS. It’s a meditation on the art of coffee — with a twist.

Macchiato for You?
By David Schomer

When you order I am listening, intently. Is this a time for friendly banter or a little peace and quiet for you?…after all maybe you have not had coffee yet. Is there a special request like not too hot or no foam? And no one wants to be chatted up before coffee so I am very attuned to your mood. For macchiato I grab a small porcelain cup and fill 1/3 with hot water.

Next I am turning on the grinder and getting a look at the consistency of the grind, is it cakey? Do I have a little cling going on? The grinder goes for about 11 seconds to produce 20g of fresh powder, and during that time I grab the .33 L pitcher and put about 100ml of fresh milk into it.

I grab the porta-filter from the machine and give the coffee basket a quick wipe with a cotton rag on the way to the grinder, dose the coffee into it, and distribute the lumps and channels out of the fluff before packing firmly. The texture of the ground coffee is a sticky powder with subtle lumps and channels in it. To get a good shot it is quickly massaged and measured. Then I pack it with 30 pounds pressure and a nice flourish of the tamper. Pack, tap, pack…

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CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

(paradeimage via Flickr)

(paradeimage via Flickr)

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 26,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea. Continue reading

CHS Community Post | Did you see February 9th collision on Madison?

Please contact Shane if you can help.

 A friend of mine was hit by a reckless cab driver while in her car on February 9th, at 1pm on Madison Street between 22nd and 23rd Ave East, right in front of the Safeway. As I recall the cabbie pulled a u-turn in the middle of the road and drove right into my friend’s car. Despite there being a bus full of witnesses, the police chose to take the contact info for just one of them. The cab driver contested the charges, and the witness mysteriously died on the day of the hearing—cause unknown. (And no I’m not pitching a script here, this appears to have actually happened.)

Given the circumstances, the prosecuting attorney will probably be able to set up a new hearing, but likely only if they can identify some other witnesses. Looking at Google Maps, it looks like it’d have been bus 11 or bus 84.

If any potential witnesses need their memory jogged, my friend is female, about 5’10” and skinny, with curly dark hair, and she looks like she’s in her late 20s or early 30s. She was driving a white BMW sedan heading east on Madison at the time of the collision, and she was a resident on the Hill for several years at least before moving to Charleston just a few weeks ago. It was a Yellow Cab driver that hit her.

 

CHS Community Post | Loft 63 Expands – Now Features Bedroom Sets

IMG_3667Loft 63, a Contemporary & Mid Century Modern Furniture Store at 1205 E Pike (12th & Pike) has expanded into 500 square feet of upstairs “loft” space. In this new space, the store now features bedroom sets, with 3 bed options on the showroom floor, plus additional mid century modern sofa options!

Loft 63 focuses on apartment sized furniture that is a good fit for urban living! The shop features 3 lines of custom mid century modern upholstery furniture that is Made in USA, plus a new line of mid century modern solid wood furniture made right here in Washington State! Select pieces are certified sustainable. Most custom pieces have a quick four week production time. In addition to our Made in USA product, we do feature imported furniture as well. With the expanded space, Loft 63 is excited to now offer customers bedroom furniture.

The store also features smaller home decor items, many of which are handcrafted, some locally in the Northwest! Loft 63 features Natural Soy Candles made on Capitol Hill, coffee mugs etched in Portland, Picture Frames handcrafted in Oregon, Original Artwork by 5 local Seattle Artists, and much more!

Loft 63, named a “Top Home Shop” in the May edition of Seattle Magazine!IMG_3641IMG_3642

On the List | Memorial Day weekend brings Garden Party Theater to Cal Anderson, free burgers to Li’l Woody’s

GardenPartyTheatreJpegArtist Paul Kuniholm Pauper believes firmly that the value of art is thoroughly misrepresented when cost is a factor. He cites the sale of highly priced works like Picasso’s $139 million piece,“Le Rêve,” in 2013 as an example of how thinking of art in this way is a “closed loop.”

SIFF 2015 continues this weekend and includes a set of films depicting the lives and issues inside the changing Yesler Terrace neighborhood. The Faces of Yesler Terrace film set includes Even The Walls, "an elegiac journey inside the homes and memories of nine Yesler Terrace residents as they wait to see what will become of their neighborhood."

SIFF 2015 continues this weekend and includes a set of films depicting the lives and issues inside the changing Yesler Terrace neighborhood. The Faces of Yesler Terrace film set includes Even The Walls, “an elegiac journey inside the homes and memories of nine Yesler Terrace residents as they wait to see what will become of their neighborhood.”

Thanks to the Seattle Office of Arts, citizens of Seattle have access to art events Pauper finds much more valuable: free ones. This Friday his work will be displayed — and worn at Cal Anderson Park during the Garden Party Theater:

Providing dozens of wearable sculptures for attiring of attendees, snacks will be provided and the community is encouraged to mingle and move as whims dictate. No formal organizing principles other than nurturing community interaction, contact with art and a group food experience sum the parameters of Garden Party Theatre.

Save room. Free burgers again this Memorial Day at Li'l Woody's

Save room. Free burgers again this Memorial Day at Li’l Woody’s

The event will start at 6 PM and feature Pauper’s wearable sculptures that attendees can put on themselves, as well as snacks that encompass his themes of tea parties and outer space.

The event gives attendees the rare opportunity to “become part of the artwork” according to Pauper.

“No other effort in my life has been as excellent as making art. It has the singular effect of supplying beauty and provoking thought,” he said.

Pauper said the garden party is for everybody — almost. “The joy and happiness of my artwork can be experienced by any warm-blooded animal, but humans with a heartbeat are my target audience. Birds, fish and reptiles will not enjoy my artwork.”

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CHS Community Post | Capitol Hill Community Council’s last call for officer candidates

1794549_10153396491788696_276564671098180380_nAs many of us in Capitol Hill focus our attention on Seattle City Council District elections, Shell in our port, teacher strikes, and the beautiful weather, there are also important neighborhood-specific needs to be attentive to — the Capitol Hill Community Council officer elections.
Each year in June, the Capitol Hill Community Council holds an election for officers that seek to represent the neighborhood and lead the community group for the next year. Over the last few years, through turbulent, exciting times to quiet, continued public service, many of the familiar neighborhood names and faces have sat on the community council. Continue reading

CHS Community Post | Bite of Greece Seattle is back!

SIMPLE-ADJust around the corner at 13th and East Howell, Athena, Dimos, Andrea, Joanna and others are busy making baklava, bougatsa, loukoumades, tiropita and other Greek delicacies! If you don’t know what these are, you haven’t lived!!! The baking team and others are getting ready for the Third Annual Bite of Greece Seattle, happening on Friday, May 29th (4 to 10 PM) Saturday, May 30th (11 AM to 9 PM) and Sunday May 31st (12 to 6 PM). Your Capitol Hill neighbors, the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, is welcoming all of our neighbors to come experience the very BEST in Greek food and desserts, wine, music and dance! Imports and deli too! 1804 13th Avenue, 98122. OPA!!!Greek-Dancers10291224_629943600431725_5982132156232065945_n

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 26,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.


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