Capitol Hill EcoDistrict | Metrics for Capitol Hill –- Version 1.0 of the EcoDistrict Index released

We’ve asked Joel Sisolak, project director for the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, to contribute to CHS about the district and the environment 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.

IBM estimates that 2.5 quintillion, that’s 2.5 billion billion (2.5 x 1018) bytes of data are created every day. The bulk is from social media, machine data (e.g., coming from automated sensors like the ones on the Capitol Hill Community Solar project), and transactional data from when we buy stuff. Companies like IBM are racing to improve their ability to sift, interpret and sell this data as a commodity. In 2015 the market for data analysis services will reach $16.8B and is expected to grow exponentially into the foreseeable future.

The promise of big data, according to Steve Lohr at the New York Times, “is smarter, data-driven decision-making in every field.” The private sector is cashing in. Community activists are catching on and seeking ways to access and analyze data for the public good. Maurice Mitchell, a community organizer in Manhattan, claims that “prescriptions for our most pressing social issues emerge from the patterns found in the bonanza of collected data points.” He points to how analyzing data from the NYPD’s stops and arrests helped to uncover the racially disproportionate application of stop-and-frisk.

City Council set to formally recognize the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict
The Seattle City Council will vote Monday on Resolution 31562 formally recognizing the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict. The district plan moved forward in 2013 as Capitol Hill Housing partnered on programs to encourage green building and retrofitting and reach out to local businesses to encourage waste reduction and water savings. “City departments are encouraged to explore tools and incentives that may advance the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict and remove identified regulatory barriers that thwart EcoDistrict initiatives in the context of the City’s broader sustainability and neighborhood development goals,” a portion of the resolution states.

On Capitol Hill, we will use publicly available data to help track progress in meeting the goals of the EcoDistrict. Last month we launched the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict Index, a set of performance metrics backed by data from a variety of sources, from local street counts to the U.S. Census. Performance targets are set for the year 2030. We aligned the timeframe with our partners at the Seattle 2030 District, in part because we share a commitment to reducing the water and climate impacts of buildings, but also because 15 years seems long enough to make real progress and short enough to express urgency in addressing serious challenges related to climate change and neighborhood health.

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Capitol Pill | Re-Solve

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 tend not to celebrate holidays when you are supposed to celebrate them. I am particularly not fond of New Years, which has always seemed to me like such a random day to stay up later than I want, drink shitty champagne and make promises that I don’t even know if I can keep.

Resolutions are hard enough; making them on the same date as a billion other people, in a state of post-holiday exhaustion seems a little crazy. I am always so grateful for the grace period between January 1st and my Capricorn-cusp birthday to actually think about what I want for my own New Year, and to consider what the habits are — either in actual practice or in thoughts or belief — that I am ready to contend with. Continue reading

CHS Community Post | Local crowd funding project aims to bring Capitol Hill its first 64 tap tasting room

Local Seattleite Loren Klabunde left his healthcare career in search of his true passion: beer. The result of Klabunde’s quest for beer became an exhausting expedition as he found many of the local craft breweries are geographically spread out. After navigating through Seattle’s infamous traffic it dawned on him: Why not host all the best local craft brews in one central location? Thus marked the beginning of Growl64, Klabunde’s Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign for the perfect solution.

“I have been a craft beer drinker since 1990 and bought my first growler from Snoqualmie Brewery back in 2002. During the last boom in the 1990’s, I could be found drimking Mac & Jacks, Portland Brewing Company and Alasking Brewing amongst others. It has been great to see this amazing resurgence in the number of breweries and all of the new beer. The thing is, I know I have missed out on a lot of new beers and it’s because I have to drive all over Puget Sound to visit many of my favorite local breweries,” recounted Klabunde. “When you have a 3-year-old daughter, brewery tours don’t always make the priority list and I end up with whatever the grocery store has available.”

With Growl64, Klabunde aims to provide Capitol Hill with the perfect and convenient solution for all the craft beer drinkers needs. Featured at the to-be location will be 64 taps full of local craft beer sourced within 100 miles. Growl64 will also be an efficient and sustainable operation with minimal waste from bottles, electricity, or other operational byproducts by focusing on reusable growlers.

“Culture change is risky but believe it’s an achievable goal due to the incredible interest in craft beer. Similar to farm-to-table, craft brewing encompasses ‘buy local’ at its core. By becoming part of their communities, breweries should experience longevity, similar to small European community breweries,” Said Klabunde.

Hosted on the popular crowd-funding site Indiegogo, Klabunde aims to raise $100, 000 to build Growl64. Fundraisers will have the option for exciting donation packages including:

$10.00: Receive a Growl64 branded brewzy, a beer cozie for a pint glass.
$50.00: Receive a Growl64 branded brewzy and 3 free growler fill certificates.
$100.00: Receive Growl64 branded growler, brewzy and 5 free growler fill certificates.
$500.00: Receive a GrowlTap, a Growl64 branded growler, Growl64 branded growler cooler, a brewzy and 10 free growler fill certificates.
$1,000.00: “A beer for a year!” Receive a growler fill every week for 52 weeks, 2 Growl64 branded growlers, a GrowlTap, Growl64 branded cooler bag and a brewzie.
$5,000.00: Have a private event for 15 people prior to grand opening. All attendees will be provided with a Growl64 branded growler, a fill to go and 5 free growler fill certificates, catered food, and hosted by owner Loren Klabunde.

Interested in learning more about Growl64? Stop by Freds Wildlife Refuge (128 Belmont Ave E Seattle, WA 98102) this Saturday, January 25 from 3-5pm for an afternoon of family-friendly fun, tasty treats, and the live debut of musical guest King Junior. RSVP here:

Hill Wonk | Dreaming big — asking ‘What if?’ — invites us to imagine a shared future

We’ve asked Zachary Pullin, Vice President of the Capitol Hill Community Council, to contribute to CHS about community civics and politics on a monthly 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.

Martin Luther King Jr. (discoverblackheritage, flickr)

[This is dedicated to a special woman, K. Toering.]

Sitting at the back of the theater — the din of people shuffling in, a lingering aroma of freshly-made popcorn — I waited for the film to begin.

Selma, shown as part of a special community screening for communities of color groups and organizations, portrays one of our country’s most critical chapters in civil rights history. Before it began, she stood at the front of the theater and looked out at all of us, smiling. The type of smile born of confidence in the creation of something that evolves into more than imagined, and she asked, “What if?” Continue reading

CHS Community Post | 206 Free Skool up and running!

After some initial scheming, our first open house, a delicious meal at Chef Cafe (22nd and Jackson) between some participants, and some work to launch our website (…the 206 Free Skool is here! Be on the lookout for our regular community gatherings and in the meantime see below for how to get involved immediately!

206 Free Skool is looking for YOUR submissions for our website and upcoming newsletter! We need local art of all sorts from artists in the 206.

This newsletter will come in printed and online forms. Content of submissions should address questions of learning outside of education: how do people learn outside of schools? learn in schools things we are “not supposed to”? why is autonomous learning outside of schools important? in what ways is it already happening? how can we improve? what do we need to know to live free of empire and authoritarianism?

Please send your free workshops, intensive course proposals, visual art, video, music and writings to before 11:59PM PST January 25th, 2015 to be considered for the first edition of the newsletter.

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Don’t forget to check out the Calendar, Free Skool Network, and sign on to our mailing lists, and of course…

CHS Community Post | Medical Marijuana Green Card Certification on Seattle’s Capitol Hill

75-ad-for-stranger-RENEWALSNW Green Resource is accepting new and renewing patients who are seeking a medical marijuana authorization card. Those who qualify under RCW 69.51a (chronic pain, nausea, vomiting, appetite loss, seizures, muscle spasms, crohns, cancer, HIV, or multiple sclerosis) please call us to schedule an appointment at 206-453-4181 Seattle or 425-609-7858 Everett.

Visit one of our compassionate doctors to receive a certified medical marijuana green card today.

CHS Community Post | Book Now Available! Tradition and Change on Seattle’s First Hill: Propriety, Profanity, Pills, and Preservation

Tradition-and-Change-CoverHistoric Seattle’s recently produced 40thAnniversary publication, Tradition and Change on Seattle’s First Hill: Propriety, Profanity, Pills, and Preservation, is now available for sale! This beautifully-illustrated history makes a perfect gift for those interested in regional and local history, architecture, and culture.

Each chapter explores and reveals the essential nature of a different historical, cultural, or social dimension of First Hill. We hope it will encourage longtime and newly settled residents, office workers, shoppers, concert and lecture attendees, and visitors to think about what makes this place special and worthy of preservation.

The book retails for $34.95 plus tax/shipping. Call (206) 622-6952, ext. 221 to order your copy. Or stop by the H.H. Dearborn House, 1117 Minor Avenue at Seneca Street, and pick one up. All proceeds support Historic Seattle Preservation Foundation educational programming.

CHS Community Post | Squire Park Community Council: Who delivered this newsletter to your doorstep and why?

Upcoming public Swedish/Sabey Citizen Advisory Committee(CAC) meeting: Thursday, January 15th, 2015 Citizen Advisory Committee 6:30pm — 8:30pm – Swedish Cherry Hill Campus (A time change of 6:00pm to 9:00pm has been proposed) Location tbd.
The SPCC Newsletter you are reading on line is a copy of the 3,000 delivered by neighbors to neighbors’ doorsteps. Since the dawn of the digital age some community councils have given up the work of paper home-delivered newsletters. The Squire Park Community Council continues to make this effort, four times a year, never missing an edition for over 20 years. Over the course of a year, over a dozen of community volunteers bring these pages to neighbors’ doorsteps, hoping it will be an invitation you will accept to check out the next SPCC meeting. Every healthy
neighborhood needs places where long-time residents and new residents can come together. SPCC could be such a place for you. January 10th
10:00 a.m. to Noon at Centerstone,722 18th Ave.

CHS Community Post | Two years of being an aPodment building neighbor

I bought and moved into a condominium on Seattle’s Capitol Hill in the summer of 2012. At a time when most properties on the Hill sold within a week or two, my home was on the market for a month. I suspect that many buyers were scared off by the construction site next door where Alturra, an aPodment building, was under construction.

I toured Alturra shortly before it opened in November 2012. The units ranged from extremely small (90 square feet) to small and inconvenient (a 200-square-foot, 4-story walkup). They were priced from $600 to $1,200 a month including utilities and Internet and they rented very quickly. The minimum lease of 3 months made them attractive for transplants and temporary residents. Many of my neighbors were skeptical that Alturra residents would be a good addition to my neighborhood. Continue reading

CHS Pics | CHS Flickr Pool Best of 2014

Nearing 25,000 submissions, the CHS Flickr Pool is filled with one of a kind images of Capitol Hill and beyond from photographers pro to pro-am. Below, we’ve selected some of the best images from the year shared in the pool. Thanks to everybody for contributing and sorry if we missed your amazing shot — nobody will judge you for self-nomination in the comments! Keep ‘em coming in 2015!

CHS Year in Review 2014: Development  |  Food+Drink |  Most Important Stories | Year in Pictures

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CHS Community Post | Capitol Hill Community Council gathers neighborhood feedback, unveils new logo

1794549_10153396491788696_276564671098180380_nBy Capitol Hill Community Council Secretary Elliot Helmbrecht

More than 80 people gathered at the Cal Anderson Shelter House on Thursday, December 18th to celebrate the inaugural Capitol Hill Community Council Winter Open House.

The event – sponsored in part from a grant awarded by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods – also provided the Capitol Hill Community Council with meaningful neighborhood input and advice that will guide their work in 2015. Posters were placed around the room during the duration of the event with header titles such as: “Affordability”, “Neighborhood Safety”, “Historic Preservation,” “Homelessness,” and many others. Attendees were each given six dot stickers upon their arrival and encouraged to vote for the issues that they viewed as the most important. Towards the end of the evening, the Capitol Hill Community Council members then put out another round of poster boards for the issues that received the most votes and encouraged neighbors to write down their ideas, hopes, and inspiration relating to each topic.

The event was free and open to the public. Guests enjoyed live Brazilian jazz music by local band, Maracujá; food and drinks from local favorites like Caffé Vita, Hot Mama’s, and Cupcake Royale; and, short remarks from elected officials in attendance including: State Senator Jamie Pedersen, Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, and City Council Members Sally Clark and Kshama Sawant.

Thanks to the work of community council Vice President Zachary Pullin and a friend from Gay City Health Project, the community council revealed their new look and logo!

The Capitol Hill Community Council plans to use the advice and suggestions from guests at the Open House to guide their neighborhood work in 2015. The opportunity provided for community connection, increased interest in our work and the improvement of the neighborhood, and allowed neighbors and more to get to know the new, re-energized cohort of community council members.

The Capitol Hill Community Council meets every third Thursday of the month. They will be discussing the results of the voting and will begin planning their work for the upcoming year at the next meeting on January 15th at 6:30 PM in the Cal Anderson Shelter House.

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Capitol Hill Christmas 2014 Open Thread — what’s open, Christmas Eve services, etc.

(Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

Below, find a stocking full of Christmas Eve and Christmas things to do and more around Capitol Hill.

We’ll add more as we find them so please comment, send us a note or holler via Twitter or call/txt (206) 399-5959 with additions.

Happy holidays, everybody. Thanks for reading CHS.
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CHS Community Post | Wage Slaves: Tales from the Grind

Langdon-Cook_low-resSeattle’s favorite reading series about work makes its Hugo House debut.
Literary journalist Langdon Cook, poet Holly Hughes, fiction writer Jenny
Hayes, slam poet Ela Barton, and journalist Ruchika Tulshyan share their
stories and poems about making a living–on land, at sea, in antiseptic
offices, in dead-end minimum wage jobs. Michelle Goodman and Sierra Golden
emcee. The event is free and the bar will be open serving beer, wine, and
cocktails. In keeping with Wage Slaves tradition, free donuts will be

CHS Crow | Keoni, Sarah and Nick — ‘When you have all the eyes and ears on you, you have to deliver’

Music and community were in abundance at Scratch Deli when the CHS Crow stopped by during a Thursday night open mic at the 12th Ave eatery. Among the performers and attentive audience members — and there was significant overlap — the CHS Crow met three dedicated young Seattle musicians with day (and night) jobs, and loads of talent. Read on, and if you’re inspired to stop by sometime, do know that several regulars asked that people respect the special and supportive scene that’s been created at ‘Scratch.’

  Keoni, 21

Keoni and Lewis playing a rendition of “Rocks in my Bed,” written by Duke Ellington and famously sung by Ella Fitzgerald.

Who are you?
I was born in Hawaii, moved up here about a year-and-a-half ago. And I came up here to open myself to new opportunities, meet new people, have a little fun.

When I moved up here, the main event why I came up here was that, you know, I’m gay. Hawaii didn’t pass their same-sex marriage law until last winter. I was like, ‘Are you serious?’ So, I had my first Pride here with my boyfriend and a couple of his other friends. And it was so crazy, you know!? I didn’t know this whole thing happens — in downtown Seattle. Continue reading