CHS Community Post | Central District- We do not give up!

10403694_10205501508448682_1591680296829440297_nIf you typically drive on I-5, I-90, 405 or Highway 99 to work, school, commercial centers, or home, it may be time to exit and check out how the Central District has been reinvented itself, making it an ideal place to live and work while providing convenient access to all surrounding’s areas such Capitol Hill, First Hill, Downtown Seattle, Queen Anne, Leshi, Madronna, Columbia City, etc…
Imagine now a space filled with people coming from different neighborhood with different backgrounds, different employers, and different projects working at couches, tables, bench desks, cubicles, private offices and even classrooms.

Imagine a place where Freelance writers, graphic designers, programmers, application developer, teleworkers, local, State and Federal employees, and entrepreneurs in the process of forming startup companies sit side-by-side with people from civil society, business groups, stakeholders, or students to solve discrete urban problems or bootstrapping everything from ground up to come up with a breakthrough technologies that save life, improve performance and profit.

With the technological advancements, workers are now free to roam outside company buildings. They are perpetually bound to screens for everything from information to communication relentlessly on the hunt for Wi-Fi signals and greater broadband. Companies ranging from startups to fortune 100 firms and individuals alike are wrestling with this contrast between independence and collaboration, freedom and compromise, creative license and productive discipline, as the realities of the internet age meet the opportunities of the creative and information economies.

The Center for Emerging Technologies (CETEC) based on the growing share of the Seattle workforce , gravitates toward independent and off-site work, has proposed such interdisciplinary and collaborative place to spawn precipitous growth in the creation of workspace that enhances exploration with the digital work habits of individuals.

CETEC idea goes beyond office space. Our concept is borrowed partially from the world of software development, with its focus on achieving iterative improvements that build over time and building tight correlation between personal interactions, performance, and innovation as an article of faith. The concept is designed to spark not just a collaboration but innovation we see when people collide.

We hope that we have provided enough insight to generate interest and momentum behind the co-working movement in Central District, yielding new patterns of work, learning, and social life across the State. Anyone who would like to follow up with questions and support in exploring and starting up a co-working venture can connect with Felix Ngoussou at

Capitol Pill | Summer Blockbusters and Superheroes

Movie Night

We’ve asked Karyn Schwartz, owner of the Sugarpill apothecary on E Pine, to contribute to CHS about health and Hill living on a semi-regular basis. If you’re an expert and want to share with the community in a recurring CHS column, we’d like to hear from you.

I missed another entire season of summer movies, except for one breathtaking film entitled “Tangerine” which ended with one of the most poignant and heroic gestures of friendship I have ever seen depicted on a big screen. It made me think about some of the real heroes of my summer, including:

The woman who dressed in a formal dinner jacket, with cufflinks on her shirt and impeccably shined shoes to deliver a picnic, served on fine china, pressed linens and crystal water glasses, to a friend undergoing chemotherapy. Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures


The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 28,000 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

On the List | Punk Rock Flea Market punk rocks the CD’s Punk Rock Post Office

PRFM_Strangerlogo_WPIt’s punk not to give a shit about rain. With plans for 80 vendors inside the old post office at 23rd and Union and another 70 in the parking lot, plus DJs, a bar, and food offerings, the Punk Rock Flea Market could be even more interesting if the forecasts for (much needed) weekend rain come through.

And, remember, “there are NO LIMITS on what can be sold” —

The PRFM is a full on flea market with everything from music and clothing, to furniture, computers, stereo equipment, handmade apparel, shoes, vegan treats, porn, housewares, info from nonprofit groups, books, art, taxidermy, bikes, pet costumes, skateboards and whatever else we can fit into the space. Our “Punk Rock” name refers as much to the DIY spirit of the event as it does to any particular music or lifestyle.

All of that — and more — for $1 price of admission.

Meanwhile, also on the thrifting/rain-wary end of things, Pistil Books is planning its annual outdoor book sale for the alley at 1414 E Union for Saturday. Look for a reschedule if it’s raining. Postponed due to rain!

Do a little rain dance Saturday night with dozens of your closest friends as Dancing in the Street joins the action around the final weekend of the E Pike pedestrian zone pilot.

4_Neverending_Story-233x235Rain will also threaten the final scheduled night for this year’s schedule of free outdoor movies in Cal Anderson. The Neverending Story is slated to play Friday night — check for updates.

The moon will be out rain or shine — you can stumble down the Hill to the Arboretum Saturday for the Japanese Garden’s Moon Viewing Festival. Oops. Sold out!

For things to do on and around Capitol Hill — or to add your own event — check out the CHS Calendar.

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CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures


The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 27,000 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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On the List | Seattle Acoustic Festival at All Pilgrims — Plus, Summit Block Party

(Image: The Local Strangers)

(Image: The Local Strangers)

11412326_643330765798824_2432814703135411356_nCapitol Hill’s August of music festivals continues as Broadway’s All Pilgrims plays host to the second annual Seattle Acoustic Festival this weekend.

The festival was started last year by songwriters Elijah Dhawan and Paul Mauer to give local and regional acoustic musicians a larger venue to share their music.

“We wanted to give some attention to some of the musicians who really didn’t have a home at the bigger, more raucous music festivals,” Dhawan told CHS. “We kind of intended it to be small, but it kind of blew up really quickly,” he said.

This year’s festival will be a three-stage, nearly all-day affair. Headliners scheduled to perform include Star Anna, The Local Strangers, Dark Hip Falls, and Tomo Nakayama.

Last year the festival was held at Inscape Arts and Cultural Center in SODO district but this year it will be held at the Broadway church.

“We had a lot of demand from people who were musicians in Capitol Hill and people who lived in Capitol Hill to try and move it to the neighborhood,” Dhawan said “And All Pilgrims Church is really supportive of acoustic music… and they have such a beautiful building that’s really underutilized for music.”

The festival will take place from noon to 11 PM Saturday. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 or $10 the day of. All proceeds will go to the performing artists according to organizers. The event is open to all ages. To purchase tickets or for more information visit

download-19Meanwhile, Saturday below Broadway brings the entirely free, fourth annual Summit Block Party:

The annual Summit Block Party brings Seattle’s artistic community together; showcases local artists, musicians, and craft-makers; and promotes the acceptance of all races, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic classes. Summit Block Party is a free, non-profit, volunteer-run event, and is fueled by community support. Check out the 2015 Lineup!

For more Capitol Hill area events — including Friday night’s movie in Cal Anderson, a Sorrento mural celebration, and all the rock and roll you can eat at the Summit Block Party, check out the CHS Calendar. Continue reading

CHS Community Post | National Radio Day Flagship Event Features Pop-Up Seattle Radio Station and 8-Foot Radio Tower

SEATTLE7StationsBy Brown Paper Tickets
Youth will take over a pop-up radio station and 8-foot-tall radio tower at the flagship event for National Radio Day, Aug. 20. Brown Paper Tickets is co-creating the first coast-to-coast celebration honoring National Radio Day with non-commercial radio stations in more than 30 cities across America. The Seattle event also offers an opportunity for anyone to suggest programming ideas for seven new hyper-local low-power FM radio stations recently licensed by the FCC to begin broadcasting across 90% of Seattle neighborhoods.

“These new media outlets will be community resources, like The Seattle Public Library,” said Sabrina Roach, Doer for Brown Paper Tickets and lead organizer for the coast-to-coast celebration of National Radio Day. Roach’s role as a Doer affords her the opportunity to work full time on building capacity for public media outlets and public communications infrastructure; she’s serving as the lead organizer for the first coast-to-coast observance of National Radio Day in partnership with non-commercial radio stations across the United States.

“A low-power FM radio station is like community glue,” said Roach. “It helps neighbors to organize, share, and find solutions. It’s a powerful tool for more equitable community development.” Roach said.


National Radio Day Flagship Event

  •     An 8-foot radio tower is powered-up for National Radio Day and goes “on the air.”

o    The tower is a symbolic icon for seven new hyper-local neighborhood radio stations in the process of building low-power FM community-owned and operated media outlets to serve 90% of Seattle’s neighborhoods.

  •     A National Radio Day pop-up radio station, where local youth interview the leaders of the seven new hyper-local stations, as well as:

o    The public is invited to get on the radio and talk about how low-power FM could help Seattle communities.
o    Special guest interviews and programming will be announced closer to National Radio Day.

  •     The “Sound of Tomorrow” Seattle Neighborhood Radio Coverage Map is unveiled.

o    Copies of map and information on how to volunteer and support these new hyper-local neighborhood stations are distributed to the public.
o    Individual coverage maps for all seven new Seattle radio stations are displayed.

  •     A “Make Radio” table where youth are building mini-radio towers and the public is invited to suggest programs.


Thursday, Aug. 20, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


4th Avenue Plaza in front of The Seattle Public Library, Central Branch.


Youth from CADMA and youth from Hollow Earth Radio will take over the pop-up radio station. Special guests for National Radio Day will be announced closer to the event.

Sabrina Roach, Brown Paper Tickets Doer, lead organizer of the coast-to-coast National Radio Day celebration.

Hollow Earth Radio and Seattle University Radio live broadcast.

Representatives from seven new nonprofit hyper-local low-power FM radio stations with construction permits recently issued by the FCC to serve 90% of Seattle neighborhoods.

Open to the public.


A way for Seattle to celebrate National Radio Day, and an opportunity to educate the public on the potential for power and influence they now control with these new media outlets.


Washington Senator Maria Cantwell and Arizona Senator John McCain sponsored the Local Community Radio Act, which allows nonprofits to own and operate radio stations in the nation’s largest urban areas for the first time.

Seattle-based Brown Paper Tickets, a Not-Just-For-Profit social enterprise, has been hiring change-makers called Doers to build stronger communities, since 2010.

Sabrina’s mission as a Doer is working on building capacity for the tools and infrastructure for more equitable community development — public media and municipal broadband. For more information,
go to

Doers are Brown Paper Tickets’ unique expression of giving back to communities with a human resource – a person to inspire, provoke thought and creative solutions, to provide leadership on initiatives as well as the connections and even the hands-on assistance to make them happen. Read more at:

CHS Community Post | ‘Letter intending to hold city leaders accountable for Seattle’s current crime crisis’

By Daniel Goodman
Dear Mayor Ed Murray, City Council Member Kshama Sawant, and City Attorney Pete Holmes,

Our city is in a crisis, and I demand to know what you are doing to end it. Mayor Murray, you ran for mayor on a platform of police reform and decreasing crime in our city. I’m writing to hold you all accountable for failing the city of Seattle.

Walking on Boylston 30 feet from Pine, I heard someone behind me say, “Hey!”. I turned around to a smiling white guy and his friends who looked about my age, 31. Immediately I was punched in the face. That’s all that I remember of the incident.

I don’t know how long I was out for. It was long enough for the blood from the gash on my forehead to trickle its way along my scalp, through my hair, and crust up on the back of my head where I was lying face up on the concrete. When I regained consciousness, two girls were hovering over me asking me if I was ok. They called the police for me, as my phone had been stolen. I went to Harborview Medical and got stitches for the gash in my forehead. I was told that the hole from the inside of my gums through to the outside of my face would heal on its own. Continue reading

CHS Community Post | CenturyLink launches Prism TV in Seattle

Seattle 1 Gig mapBy CenturyLink
– CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced that  residents and businesses in some areas of Seattle can now subscribe to Prism® TV, an interactive TV service delivered through CenturyLink’s nationwide fiber optic network. Prism® TV is a new alternative to cable and satellite services, providing customers with advanced features and the latest in entertainment technology.

In mid-2014, CenturyLink began deploying fiber-enabled 1 gigabit broadband service to residential and business customers throughout various Seattle neighborhoods. This fiber broadband service is available today to more than 100,000 homes and 5,500 business locations in the Seattle area. CenturyLink is now making additional investments to offer entertainment services such as Prism® TV.

“CenturyLink is pleased to bring a new choice in video services to Seattle. Prism TV’s innovative technology is the perfect complement to our 1 gig services,” said Sue Anderson, CenturyLink vice president of operations for Washington. “We appreciate the City of Seattle’s role in modernizing outdated regulations that allowed us to build our fiber optic network and bring new competitive choices to the market, first our gigabit service and now Prism TV.”

Advanced features offered by Prism® TV include a wireless set-top box, whole-home DVR, a mobile app for watching programming at home or on the go, an extensive video on demand library and an app center for accessing social network sites. In addition, Prism® TV offers a large selection of sports channels, including the NFL Network, Pac12 Network, Fox Sports North and SEC Network as well as premium mobile content from HBO GO®, MAX GO®, STARZ Play and SHOWTIME Anytime®.

Prism® TV is currently available to some residents and businesses in many Seattle neighborhoods, including West Seattle, Ballard, Beacon Hill, Central District, Capitol Hill, Mount Baker and Green Lake.

Customers who want to learn more about Prism® TV or see if it is available in their area should visit Customers can also visit the CenturyLink retail store located in the Southcenter Mall in Seattle.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

CHS Community Post | Chop Shop Now Open for Breakfast & Lunch

By Kirsten Graham PR
SEATTLE, August 18, 2015 — Chef Ericka Burke and the Chop Shop crew are thrilled to be adding breakfast and lunch to the restaurant’s daily lineup. As of today, Chop Shop Cafe & Bar will be open Monday through Friday at 8am, and Saturdayand Sunday at 9am.

On weekdays, breakfast will include a European-style breakfast buffet complete with housemade preserves and toast, granola and yogurt, fruit, a juice du jour, and Stumptown coffee. The $12 buffet is available until 11am—afterwards, lunch items will be available in addition to the standard breakfast menu until 3pm.

The breakfast menu includes savory dishes like a breakfast sandwich with a fried egg, bacon, heirloom tomato, herb aioli, and Gruyere or the Chop Shop Breakfast, a hearty plate comprised of a bone-in ham steak, herb-roasted potatoes, and two eggs any style. On the sweet side, there’s Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast with peaches, almonds, and maple syrup or Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with blackberries.

On weekends, the breakfast menu will be on offer from 9am until 3pm—no buffet on the weekends. The lunch menu will become available in addition to the breakfast menu everyday at 11am.

The lunch menu offers four salads, including the Chop Salad, a bountiful bowl of kale, pulled chicken, bacon, salami, cherry tomatoes, white beans, avocado, Gruyere, and a soft-boiled egg, dressed with green goddess. There are also five sandwiches—all served with housemade pickled vegetables. Sandwiches range from Braised Pork with cabbage slaw, cilantro, and fresno aioli on a toasted sesame bun to the Open-Faced Egg Salad Baguette, with smashed egg, tarragon aioli, radish, pickled red onion, and cornichon. There are a handful of larger plates too, like a steak with marrow toast or a mélange of summer veggies in broth with pasta and greens.

Also, a new “Best Hour” will be on every day from 3pm until 5:30pm, when dinner begins. The menu includes a selection of $8 sandwiches and salads, as well as three $6 cocktails, like the Garden Party with bourbon, mint, garden herbs, and powdered sugar.

Burke is delighted to have Chop Shop open all day for the neighborhood. She and the team are all looking forward to seeing new faces in the dining room all day long. The juice bar is open as well, serving espresso and grab-an-go food from 8am to 3pmevery day. Leisurely breakfast, quick lunch, after-work cocktail, or convivial dinner—Chop Shop has got it all.

Opened in July of 2015, Chop Shop Cafe & Bar is the anchor tenant of Chophouse Row, a mixed-use building situated in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood at 1424 11th Avenue. The restaurant comes from local chef Ericka Burke, owner of the beloved Volunteer Park Cafe and Canal Market. Chop Shop caters to neighborhood locals and visitors alike with a seasonal dinner menu full of bright flavors and a European-style breakfast bar and a lunch menu comprised of salads and sandwiches. Chop Shop is open Monday through Friday at 8am, and 9am on weekends. Lunch is served daily from 11am – 3pm, followed by the Best Hour from 3pm – 5:30pm. Dinner is daily from 5:30pm – 11pm. For more information and to make reservations, call 206.535.8541 or visit

Chop Shop Juice & Provisions is the casual sibling spot to Chop Shop Cafe & Bar, located at 1424 11th Avenue in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Open daily from 8am to 3pm, the small spot serves fresh-pressed juices, Stumptown espresso, and housemade baked goods. Grab-and-go salads and sandwiches are also available, and coming soon, a selection of kitchen provisions and gifts. For more information, visit