CHS Community Post | On 15th Video Closes–A terrible loss to the community!

On a Tumblr notice entitled “The Ghost of On 15th Video,” the staff announced on September 8, 2014 that the store would be closing, effective immediately.  We are in shock at the loss of this wonderful store, with its dedicated, long-term staff.  We loved walking from our home to the video store to pick out a new or old favorite.   Talking with the staff was always fun.  :(

Is there any way for the staff to operate the store as a cooperative, similar to the recent transition for Scarecrow Video?  I would be interested in investing.

CHS Community Post | Micro-Housing: An architect’s perspective


 I just finished reading the white paper called “Responding to Changing Households: Regulatory Challenges for Micro-Units and Accessory Dwelling Units” published by the NYU Furman Center. Dry? Not at all!

It’s a little bit of a commitment but an easy read overall. And it’s chock full of important micro-housing data. I recommend that anyone interested in expressing an opinion over the micro-housing debate read it. It’s the first report of its kind, yielding comprehensive analysis of the state of micro-housing in five major cities across the country: Seattle; Washington DC; New York; Denver and Austin.

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Option 1 Image: vergeAD’s schematic design for a 32 unit micro building with a 200 SF average unit, in Seattle. Units are significantly larger than what is currently on the market.

I’m not here to question the need or validity of micro-housing. Someone else can do that. I believe in it.

This Furman white paper, without question, concludes that micro-housing is the future because it is the best known model that can respond to “the misalignment between the nature of the [housing] stock and the needs of renter households.”

“[Since the 1950s] household sizes have shrunk, people are waiting longer to marry and more are unmarried or divorced, more people are living alone, more people are sharing housing with unrelated individuals, and people are living longer.” Yet our housing stock doesn’t look much different than it did decades ago.

Seattle provides an interesting case study. We have more micro-housing development than any other studied city. But, in our haste to blaze the trail, we are setting ourselves up for failure by moving too fast and letting developers exploit an obsolete set of land use and building codes.

With trail blazing comes controversy. Seattle neighborhood organizations have two primary criticisms of micro-housing. 1) It will adversely change the character of a neighborhood; 2) It will further burden the dearth of parking availability.

Protesters gather close to Spain's Parliament during demonstration in Madrid

 I’d like to throw a few ideas into the ring that could potentially assuage the neighborhoods and close the housing stock gap at the same time:

    1. Car Ownership: Micro-housing should be allowed only in very dense neighborhoods where access to public transit and car sharing programs is high and where car ownership is low. In addition it should also be allowed in the “university islands” around town (UW, Seattle U, SPU, etc.) where it may function a bit more like a dorm.
    2. Density: The very dense neighborhoods (Capitol Hill, First Hill, Downtown, Belltown, Lower Queen Anne, ID) can most definitely become denser under the current zoning code. Infill micro-housing in these neighborhoods wouldn’t change their already dense character.
    3. Roll-out: Consider a micro-housing roll out. As the city grows and other neighborhoods become denser micro-housing can be added to that neighborhood’s mix. Let’s not  create a situation where a less dense neighborhood becomes dense because of micro-housing – which is where we are now.
    4. IBC: Let’s stick to the 220 SF apartment minimum established by the International Building Code. With some design ingenuity, 220 SF can be a great place to live.
    5. Kitchens: Let’s not regulate whether there’s a kitchen in the unit or out. In fact, offer both options in the building. Those who have no desire to cook can have access to a shared kitchen. And the smaller percentage of those who want to cook regularly can pay a bit more for their own kitchen.
    6. Design Review: Require design review for ALL micro-housing projects – seriously!
    7. Connect the Dots: Micro-housing can solve other problems in our City. For example, incentivize developers to eliminate food deserts by locating fresh produce vendors in street level retail space or building next to a P-Patch. Or proactively partner with a car share program so a couple of the cars sit outside the building.
    8. Building Size: Consider whether there should be a cap to the number of sleeping rooms for micro buildings. If we limit them to say 30 occupants the building would necessarily be an infill project of less than 9,000 SF. This would prevent an entire block from becoming a micro building.
    9. ADUs: As a corollary to the micro-housing debate, remove the owner occupancy covenant required in single family zones, for all Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs/DADUs) so that the less dense neighborhoods have a densification plan that is commensurate with that zone.

We have a tremendous opportunity to lead the way in developing denser cities that provide for the needs of all their citizens – not just the select few. Let’s not set out to build the most micro-housing in the country, let’s set out to build the best micro-housing in the country.

Let’s build intentional, thoughtful and well-designed micro-housing buildings that support thriving communities.



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 Images: vergeAD’s mini studio project on Capitol Hill, infilling 4 stacked studios, each approx 380 SF.

Mike O’Brien of the Seattle City Council is reacting quickly with a compromise amidst the controversy which is partially laid out in this article. It’s a step in the right direction, but all you trail blazers out there, we still have some work to do!

CHS Community Post | East Precinct Advisory Council at Seattle University, Chardin Hall

EastPAC-LogoRecently, we requested citizen input as to top safety concerns in east Precinct neighborhoods. With several precinct –wide responses, we determined the top three concerns are:
1. Drug dealing/everything that goes with it (Loitering, suspicious activity, etc)
2. Gun Violence and shots fired
3. Burglaries and robberies
And, a fourth common concern:
4. Speeding and reckless driving

There are still prevailing concerns and recent activity that can be addressed with the East Precinct command staff at our August Community meeting TONIGHT! Please plan to attend:

EastPAC Community Meeting
Thursday, August 28th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Seattle University, Chardin Hall, room 142
1020 East Jefferson (enter at 11th and Jefferson, park free in front of building)

CHS Community Post | 54 History-Making WWIN Education Grants Announced WWIN Star Scholar Pilot Program Launched

PrintWashington Women in Need announced that 54 women have been selected to each receive a $5,000 Education Grant, totaling $270,000. This is the largest number of Education Grants awarded at one time in the 22-year history of the organization. Grantees were selected from among 200 eligible applicants.


Grants help pay for tuition, fees, and required books and supplies at accredited Washington colleges and universities.


About the Grantees

Age range:                                                                                                      18-60 yrs. old

Average Age:                                                                                                29 yrs. old

Mothers:                                                                                                         52%

1st in family to attend college:                                                                   57%

Average Annual Household Income:                                                     $11,293

Live in King, Snohomish, Pierce Counties:                                          43%

Live in western Wa, outside of metro area:                                         42%

Live in eastern Wa:                                                                                 15%


Launch of the WWIN Star Scholars Pilot Program

Included among the 54 Grantees are the 10 first-ever WWIN Star Scholars.  Beginning in the fall 2014 academic term, 10 WWIN Scholars will each receive a $5,000 annual Grantfor every year of their college careers,totaling as much as $20,000 per Scholar. In addition to financial assistance, Scholars will have the opportunity to be a part of the WWIN Star Scholar mentoring program.


“With long-term support comes the anticipated outcome of persistence through college and ultimately graduation and a path to self-sufficiency,” said Michelle Nitz, Executive Director.


A distinguished 38-member review committee completed a thorough two-week review process to select the 54 Grantees and Scholars.


“I know that this program will help a lot of women and these women can be good role models for their friends and family to try and accomplish the same. Education is so important and of course I wish we could give assistance to all applicants. Who wouldn’t want to help someone who wants to help themselves and make a better life for themselves and their families?” said Lori Minard, review committee member.


WWIN will accept applications for the next round of Education Grants in October 2014.  For more information, go to


About Washington Women in Need

Washington Women in Need empowers struggling women to transform their lives through higher education and health services so that they may build a better future for themselves and their families for generations to come.  WWIN was established in 1992 and has provided over 5,700 grants to women in Washington.


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Community Post | Capitol Hill Invisalign Open House – 4-8pm September 3, 2014

KeithPhotoHave you considered Invisalign treatment, but would like to know beforehand what results you might expect?

Invisalign has asked Keith B. Wong, DDS, MS, Specialist in Orthodontics, to demonstrate its state of the art Invisalign Outcome Simulator at an open house to be held in Dr. Wong’s Capitol Hill office from 4-8 PM on Wednesday, September 3. The Outcome Simulator, using 3D imaging, is able to show your dentition both before and after orthodontic treatment.

To learn, and see, what Invisalign treatment can do for your smile, schedule an appointment during the open house for a complimentary scan and photographs.

All attendees, regardless of participation in the Outcome Simulator demonstration, who choose to pursue treatment will be eligible for a $950 discount from Invisalign. If you are under 20 years of age, you will be eligible for an additional $250 discount on Invisalign Teen.

In addition there will be a demonstration of Acceledent Aura, a device using SoftPulse Technology, which enhances the body’s physiological response to orthodontic treatment and has been shown to reduce treatment time by 30-50%. Attendees who choose treatment and wish to utilize Acceledent will receive a $250 discount on the device.

Light refreshments will be served and representatives of both Invisalign and Acceledent will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

To participate please call 206-812-4494 to schedule an Outcome Simulator appointment or to obtain additional information.

We look forward to seeing you!OfficePhoto2InvisalignLogo

CHS Community Post | Builder Refuses to Listen to Capitol Hill Community

IMG_1045The image shows the new Caroline W. Apartments going up at 431 Boylston Ave E.  The tri-color you see on the exterior walls was not a part of the Final Proposal and was not reviewed by a public Design Review Board.  The surrounding community is concerned because the building looks jarring and does not fit the neighborhood aesthetic like the new, well-designed Stream Belmont Apartments that went up next door. The property managers were notified of the community’s concerns but they have let us know that they don’t care and will not change it.  Seattle Department of Planning and Development have also ignored our concerns.  We are calling for assistance in preventing this new Lego / Tetris building from disrupting our neighborhood!

Backyard Barter comes to Capitol Hill for crafty swaps and creative trades

Wednesday, 19th Ave’s Miller Community Center will host the August session of Seattle’s Backyard Barter:

We are pleased to announce our first Capitol Hill barter venue : Miller Community Center. This is a Wednesday evening barter, and if weather permits we will be holding the barter in the courtyard. Come join us!

It’s relatively late notice but you should consider dropping by Wednesday night if you’re interested in alternative economies — or homemade ice cream. The barter events give home and hobby crafters an opportunity to trade their creations for the works of others. We visited this Capitol Hill barter session in 2012. We saw mead traded for bagels and Lucky Charms ice cream swapped for a small press book. Good deal. What do you make?

The August Backyard Barter begins at 6 PM. If the weather continues to be gorgeous, organizers plan to hold the swap in the Miller Community Center courtyard at 330 19th Ave E.

CHS Community Post | Trees for Neighborhoods Application Opens August 4th!

T4N-LogoFree Trees for Your Home!

Trees for Neighborhoods helps Seattle residents plant trees around their home. Through the City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program, Seattle residents have planted over 4,000 trees since 2009. That’s 4,000 more trees that help clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods safer and healthier. Join the movement this year—plant a tree and help grow Seattle’s urban forest!

The 2014 application season kicks off on Monday, August 4th. Seattle residents are eligible to apply for up to four free trees to plant in their yards and within their planting strips. Residents who participate also receive free watering bags, training on proper tree planting and care, and workshop opportunities. This year, the program is offering 12 tree species ranging from large native conifers to small deciduous trees appropriate for planting under power lines and along the street. Some favorites this year include Douglas fir, black tupelo, and incense cedar. Check out the complete list and see photos at our website here:

Ready to plant a tree? Visit for a list of this year’s tree species and a link to the online application, which will open Monday, August 4th. Trees go very quickly, so mark your calendar and apply early! All questions about the program should be directed to or (206) 684-3979.T4N-Participant

CHS Community Post | Rival Fitness Helps Raise Money & Awareness for Local Non-Profits


Open since January 2013, Rival Fitness continues seeking ways to support the local community. Starting earlier this summer, Rival Fitness, a locally-owned & operated gym located at Pine & Belmont, began hosting outdoor bootcamp-style fitness classes in Cal Anderson Park. For a $10 donation, at 10 a.m. every Sunday morning, Capitol Hill residents can join the group to wake-up, workout & support a deserving local non-profit.



During the month of June, proceeds benefitted Gay City Health Project in support of Gay Pride month. July’s beneficiary was Georgia Peaches Puppy Rescue. A special FIT Camp on July 20th, lead by Tricia Murphy Madden, included four-legged friends & their owners, as well as treats from local store Rex & Mud Bay. August’s beneficiary is Gilda’s Club Seattle. As Gilda’s prepares for their First Annual Red Door 5K Run/Walk on September 13, Rival is helping promote the event & encouraging participants to join FIT Camp for training leading up to the event.



Everyone is welcome to FIT Camp – membership is not required. All fitness levels can participate & enjoy high-intensity training to work on speed, agility, and strength.  FIT Camp workouts are a great way to cross train for summer runs or obstacle course races. For more information, visit


 In addition to generating support for local non-profits, Rival continues to forge relationships with Capitol Hill apartment & condo communities by offering on-site fitness classes, health-related information sessions & special “field day” events.

CHS Community Post | EastPAC, THIS Thurs. 7/24, 6:30 PM – Seattle University, Chardin Hall

EastPAC-LogoAs the EastPAC Board continues to explore best practices to ‘resolve public safety’, we are engaging all East Precinct citizens in identifying how we can best serve our community.
Key to our advocacy and other efforts are collaborative partnerships. Please make every effort to attend our (this Thursday) July EastPAC meeting- and bring your neighbors! There is strength in numbers and we can powerfully impact our life quality and resolve’ public safety issues if we all work together!
We will continue this discussion at this Thursday’s meeting.
* What has been done that has made your neighborhood safer?
* What needs to be done?
* Where are the hot spots?

Please note that I have been diligently working to get our new Chief O’Toole to attend, and haven’t been able to get a firm date yet, but please stay tuned! As always, the Precinct Command Staff will be present to also update you on recent activity in the area, as well as other issues.

EastPAC Community Meeting
Thursday, July 24th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Seattle University, Chardin Hall, room 142
1020 East Jefferson (enter at 11th and Jefferson, park free in front of building)

Our mission: The East Precinct Advisory Council (EastPAC) provides a forum to resolve public safety priorities; evaluates, advocates and facilitates strategies that reduce crime and improve the quality of life for the East Precinct Community; and actively partners with law enforcement and other entities to address barriers to these outcomes.

CHS Community Post | Loft 63 – A New Contemporary Furniture & Home Decor Store On Capitol Hill – Now Open!

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Loft 63, Capitol Hill’s new Contemporary Modern Furniture & Home Decor Store is now open!  Loft 63 focuses on smaller contemporary furniture pieces that are a perfect fit for urban loft condo’s and studio apartments.  Many of our home decor items are handmade, some locally produced right here in the Northwest!  If the item is handmade, we note on the price tag the state where the item is produced.

Located at 1205 E Pike Street (between Wall of Sound and Bluebird Ice Cream on Pike Street), the store features over 1,100 square feet of showroom space with four rooms of contemporary furniture and home decor!   On the floor we have a smaller scale functional sofa bed, many fun dining chairs, petite dining tables that are a good fit for urban spaces, a retro contemporary rocker, locally produced candles and coffee mugs, local artwork, and much more! Continue reading

CHS Community Post | Capitol Hill Cooperative Preschool Enters its 62nd Year

CHCPWith all the recent news about “universal preschool” and the fall ballot resolution on whether to offer this to all Seattle children, Capitol Hill Cooperative Preschool is proudly entering its 62nd year offering high-quality and low-cost preschool to area children.

Universal Preschool is a hot topic in the city and the nation – and Seattle is at the forefront of the initiative. In June 2014, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution sending the Seattle Preschool Program to the November 2014 ballot. The evidence is overwhelming that children who attend a high-quality preschool have higher high-school and college graduation rates, and are overall better prepared to learn and thrive.

Capitol Hill Co-op still has a few slots available for Fall classes across all four student levels – ranging from the Tots class for children at least 1 year old by August 31, up to the Fours class for children at least 4 years old by August 31. Classes meet 2, 3 or 4 times a week based on the particular class and tuition assistance may be available for eligible families. (See specific class schedules here)

The Capitol Hill Co-op preschool has been a fixture of the local community since its origination in 1952 and already offers low-cost, high-quality preschool to area children – and has been doing so for over 60 years! Cooperative preschools share a unique philosophy: when parents and students learn and grow together, children thrive. The school is one of seven parent-run cooperative preschools affiliated with the Seattle Central College. When parents join the Co-op, they also are automatically enrolled as students at Seattle Central College, enabling them to all the benefits of such. The monthly parent meetings count towards the college course “Parent Child Study Laboratory” and provide ongoing training and exchange of ideas with instructors and other parents.

Preschoolers at the Co-op learn to expect school and education to be fun. Students develop self-esteem, independence, and skills through play and activities overseen by professional educators (and supported by a rotating parents’ schedule). Parents get to participate in their child’s education, learn from other parents and professionals, network, and gain an instant set of new babysitting options!

While based in Capitol Hill (1200 10th Ave E in the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church), the preschool is open to all interested families in the Seattle area and has quite the reputation for drawing in students and parents who commute for the exceptional experience.

To learn more or to register, please visit the Capitol Hill Co-op’s website. To learn more about Seattle’s Universal Preschool ballot question, please visit the Seattle Preschool Program’s website.

CHS Community Post | Capitol Hill Art Walk Highlights | July 10 |

2014_07-LtdWe’ve got such an embarrassment of art riches here on the Hill, it’s hard to know where to begin to see it all in one night. Here we pull out some of the highlights to inspire you. You can pick up printed maps at any of the art venues or just use the handy mobile website: with an interactive map.


Ltd. Gallery

307 E Pike St

Long-time art walk favorite Ltd. Gallery continues to explore the heights and depths of pop culture. Their current exhibit celebrates the childhood memories of Seattle’s top screen printers. Atari, Mr. Rogers, flower children, Kermit, the A-team are just a few iconic references made by Barry Blankenship, Trevor Basset, Aaron Bloom, Frida Clements, Mike Klay, and Derek Vander Griend.  Official Facebook Event Page


Ghost Gallery

504 E Denny Way

Ghost Gallery is going all watercolor this month with their Chromatic exhibition. Using watercolor as the primary medium for this exhibit, Seattle artists Braden Duncan, Chandler Woodfin, Levi Hastings, Rich M Stevens and Siolo Thompson explore the many ways that watercolor can be expressed onto canvas, paper and glass. Catering and cocktails by Wonder Lust Catering, the creative culinary effort of Chef Mike Stamey. 5–8:30.
Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 10th Ave

Elliott Bay current exhibition is PORTAL, a series of 10 aluminum photographic prints by Bridget Baker. PORTAL takes viewers into an escape of the present into situations of the past and future through secret portals.


 Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Ave

We’re shouting out Northwest Film Forum again this month, because they’re new to the art walk and truly show just how wide-ranging our art walk is. They’ll be showing ANIMO! a video program of experimental animation on a continuous loop so pop in anytime from 6:00 to 8:00PM. Works by Joe Waine (New York), Paul Siple (Seattle), Natalie Eakin (San Francisco), Tess Martin (Seattle/The Netherlands) and Cara Rose Fabio (San Francisco) will be featured. Happy hour prices in the bar.


City Arts Summer Art Walk Awards! 

Sole Repair

1001 E Pike

City Arts Magazine is hosting their quarterly Art Walk Awards at Sole Repair this month. Guest judges have chosen nine finalists from current exhibits around the city- come vote for your favorite and cheer on the winners! There will be drinks, dancing and art from 7:00 to 11:00PM. FREE with RSVP! Must be 21+ to attend.2014_07-NWFF2014_07-EBB

CHS Community Post | Power line down, blocking 13th ave e between Mercer & Aloha

limb-downA massive tree limb crashed down without warning around noon today, damaging slightly the attic space and roof of a group house.  A live power-line blocks the street. Firefighters responded within minutes. Seattle City Light showed up about 30 minutes after the tree-fall. Power remains on at the moment (12:40).