CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

Supermoon crowd at Louisa Boren Lookout
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 | The Harvard Exit Garage Sale

WebThe developer of the project set to transform Capitol Hill’s Harvard Exit into a preservation-minded restaurant and office development is holding a garage sale Saturday in preparation for construction and renovations to begin:

We will be clearing some of the final items out of The Harvard Exit Theater this weekend and are having a sale on Sat from 11-4:00. We have tons of theater seats that we’re offering at $10 each!! Would love a plug in the blog. Hoping your readers may want to take home some Seattle cinematic history!

Saturdays’s sale runs 11 AM to 4 PM at the E Roy theater. If you see any of Harry’s missing signs for sale, holler.

Following a final screening in June, the historic theater shuttered as Capitol Hill developer Eagle Rock Ventures prepared for the redevelopment project. ERV’s latest project? The Lodges on Vashon, a 16-room development that we’re told is the “only hotel” on Vashon Island.

The company’s Scott Shapiro tells CHS that he expect to have permits lined up for Harvard Exit construction to begin in November. The garage sale, Shapiro says, is a chance for the community to take home a piece of the old theater but also “an opportunity to see the place pre-renovation as the before and after viewings will confirm that renovating it was the right thing.”

For more things to do on and around Capitol Hill — or to add your own! — check out the CHS CalendarContinue reading

CHS Community Post | City Light Plans Silicone Cable Injection on North Broadway

Seattle City Light will start another project this October to enhance the reliability and extend the life of aging underground electrical cables in parts of Shoreline, Lake Forest Park and Seattle by injecting them with silicone. The fliers below are for your own information, so no action is required on your part. Affected customers are receiving the same fliers.


Highlights from the flier:

  • Starting in early-to-mid October 2015 and extending for approximately six weeks, Novinium will test and where possible, inject underground cables with silicone to fill cracks in the cable insulation to prevent unplanned outages.  Daily work hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the maps on the fliers for approximate construction areas.
  • The work will extend the life of the cable for an additional 25 years and improve electrical reliability.
  • Maintenance outages are anticipated for this work. All affected customers will be notified the Thursday before the following week’s outage. The outage date and time will be specified on the notification.
  • Traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate area. Crews will be careful to try and maintain access to driveways.

Media inquiries can be directed to Scott Thomsen, External Communications at (206) 615-0978

Customers can contact the following Electrical Service Representatives for more information:

Please visit our construction website for additional information:




CHS Community Post | WestSide Baby Welcomes Second Saturdays To Encourage Donations for Capitol Hill Kids In Need

12000876_10153691366949540_8905352362830331387_oSeattle, WA: Local nonprofit WestSide Baby will be extending the opening hours of their Central District branch to accept donations and volunteers on the second Saturdays of the month between 10am and 1pm, beginning immediately. WestSide Baby, who have operated in the area since their merger with St Joseph’s Baby Corner in 2014, provide essential equipment, clothing and diapers for children and babies in need.

As the winter months are almost upon us, and more children need a helping hand to keep them safe, warm and dry, Second Saturdays will see the WestSide Baby Central Branch at 2301 S Jackson St, Suite 202 open to accept donations of:

  • Lightly used clothing up to size 12 (most needed items are winter coats, newborn to 9 month clothing, pj’s and pants for “big kids” and new socks and underwear)
  • Essential equipment including strollers, safety gates, portacribs / pack and plays and high chairs
  • Diapers, especially size 6
  • Wipes and other hygiene items.

Volunteers are invited to fulfil various roles including:

  • Sorting clothing donations
  • Filling orders in preparation for distribution
  • Packaging diapers
  • Sorting, recall checking and packaging toys
  • Creating clothing bags for orders


More info can be found at


CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

Happy new year

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

CHS Community Post | First closure at E Union St intersection this weekend

unnamed (5)Friday, September 25, crews will close the E Union St and 23rd Ave intersection to begin replacing the water main underneath the street. The intersection will reopen by 6 AM on Monday, September 28.

  • Neighbors can expect detours, continuous work, noise, dust, and vibration throughout all hours of the weekend
  • Please follow the signed detours and avoid cutting through neighborhood streets
  • Residents and customers can drive into areas marked for local access to reach homes and businesses near the intersection
  • Businesses along E Union St and 23rd Ave will be open for business throughout this work
  • Please call our hotline at 206-727-8857 if you have questions

As a reminder, crews will need to close this intersection 1 to 2 additional weekendsover the next several weeks to complete the water main connection. We’ll share an updated schedule for the future weekend intersection closures through email updates andour website each week. Please check back for the latest information.

Check out the construction notice for more details, including a map of the detour routes and information about temporary water service interruptions.

Sidewalk work from S Jackson St to E Yesler Way

Construction crews are working to demolish and repave sidewalks from S Jackson St to E Yesler Way on the east and west sides of 23rd Ave. Please use caution and pay attention to sidewalk closures and pedestrian detours.

Upcoming E James St intersection closure

Crews will close the E James St and 23rd Ave intersection in early October to work on the storm drain. This closure is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of October 2, but may be shifted depending on the schedule for E Union St intersection work. We’ll share a confirmed date and more information about the closure early next week.

Water main work to continue north of E Union St next month

Around mid-October, crews will wrap up their early work on the water main between E Cherry and E Union streets and will continue their work north of E Union St. As with thecurrent work in Zone B, there will be traffic revisions and temporary side street closures associated with this work. Drivers will still be able to travel both north and south on 23rdAve, though travel will be reduced to one lane in each direction. We will provide more detailed information as the work gets closer.

Upcoming construction activities

  • The intersection of E Yesler Way and 23rd Ave will be partially closed to through traffic on weekdays through September 25. Southbound travel will be maintained, but east- and westbound traffic will be detoured. See the construction noticeabout this work for more information
  • Dates have not been confirmed for future weekend work at the S Jackson St intersection. Please stay tuned for details

For more information

Call the 24-hour project hotline: 206-727-8857

If you need this information translated, or to request an interpreter, please call 206-727-8857.

On the List | A weekend of Capitol Hill classics with Seattle End AIDS Walk, db in the Park

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

Two classics of the Volunteer Park event calendar return to Capitol Hill this weekend.

Saturday, around 2,000 will converge on the park for the 29th Seattle AIDS Walk:

The 29th annual End AIDS Walk will take place at Volunteer Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The walk will feature Seattle band Cataldo, a beer and mimosa garden, HIV testing booth, C89.5 DJ and fabulous local drag queen Aleksa Manila at the finish line. Margaret Larson from KING-5’s New Day Northwest will emcee, and Mayor Ed Murray and Senator Jamie Pedersen will both speak.

More than 100 teams have registered, and close to 2,000 people are expected to participate in the Walk in support of Lifelong’s mission and this year’s theme: “Washington is walking together to End AIDS.”
As a result of Governor Inslee’s announcement of the End AIDS Washington Campaign on World AIDS Day, organizations are working together to reduce new HIV infections by 50% over the next five years. Lifelong has joined forces with Spokane AIDS Network and the Pierce County AIDS Foundation to promote the End AIDS Walks. Lifelong connects those living with HIV to medical care, safe housing and nutritious food, and The End AIDS Walk raises money to support these services.

MAP (1)The consolidated End AIDS Walk route circles Volunteer Park and travels along Broadway and 12th north of John. You can learn more and donate to the cause at

dB in the Park: raver girls

Sunday, Volunteer Park hosts the annual db in the Park with DJs and dancing as part of Seattle’s renowned electronic music festival:

Sunday, September 27th at Volunteer Park as part of the 12th Annual Decibel Festival

dB in the Park

J.PHLIP (dj)
Dirtybird – San Francisco, US

Dirtybird – San Francisco, US

Starborne / Cascadia – Seattle, US

Studio 4/4 – Seattle, US


Doors at 12PM / all ages w/ 21+ bar / FREE

Volunteer Park
1247 15th Ave E., Seattle

There’s plenty more to do. Thursday night continues the Eat Out on Capitol Hill benefit for Country Doctor, the Local Sightings festival (and opening night costume party!) marks 20 years at the Northwest Film Forum, you can learn how to roll sushi, ask questions about your condo tax assessment, or shop in Cal Anderson Park.

Looking for more? You can find all these events and more on the CHS Calendar. Or you can add your own. Continue reading

CHS Community Post | Volunteer Park Trust’s Fall Stewardship Day a Success

Volunteers50 eager volunteers descended on Volunteer Park last Saturday at 10 am hoping the rain would hold off and the wind wouldn’t pick up. All were greeted by friendly and organized Volunteer Park Trust committee members. Volunteers were given good tools, coffee and even a donut after signing in.

The southeast corner of the Park needed lots of attention and it got it! Massive weeding and mulching commenced. Volunteer Park’s Landscape Committee Chair and the Head Gardner at Volunteer Park were prepared to lead the charge. Neighbors greeted each other, friends were made and fresh air was enjoyed, all while bringing back some of Olmsted’s original vision for the Park.

Four hours later, supplies were packed up and Volunteer Park Trust signs were scattered through the newly transformed beds. 50 volunteers headed home very satisfied with all they had accomplished. A big thank you to our fabulous volunteers!

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CHS Community Post | Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund available to support Shop Small activities

Awards of up to $1000 for activities supporting neighborhood business districts 

10670101_879163345434923_6340198801927141915_nSEATTLE (September 28, 2015) – Is your neighborhood business group, chamber of commerce, or business district planning an activity for Small Business Saturday? If so, your group may qualify for support from Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund program. Its Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars of up to $1000 for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement.

Small Business Saturday and Shop Small are efforts to promote shopping and dining at small independent businesses in neighborhood business districts during the holiday season. This year’s Small Business Saturday is November 28, and the Shop Small campaign lasts through the holiday season.

The Small Sparks Fund has resources to support efforts to promote your business district. Activities could include events, entertainment, or marketing to neighborhoods during the winter season, but the ideas are endless. The application is online at The deadline to apply for Small Business Saturday is October 16; and for other events, the deadline is at least six weeks before your activity. To learn more call 206-733-9916 or visit our website a

Capitol Hill Community Council | The neighbor in all of us

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Buildings don’t create a neighborhood, the neighbors do.

Creating a neighborhood requires us to work together in pursuit of shared community. The type of community that is distinct, welcoming, accessible, caring, and neighborly and only realized through the unique and diverse people who make it up.

Lately, I’ve thought about what community will mean if the HALA recommendations become official policy. It was after the Mayor announced the “Grand Bargain,” two weeks ago, that I came across a Sightline Institute blog post by Alan Durning, titled, HALA and the $100,000 Question. What struck me were the comments, as those comments and concerns are being raised in discussions of the proposal devised by the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda.

One blog commenter, lamented, “I live in Roosevelt/Ravenna so I know about density and welcome it. But…if you throw “rowhouses” up, you will change the neighborhoods. The backbone of this city is our neighborhoods (no matter what developers or downtown interests think). Radically change those neighborhoods and you will not know Capitol Hill from Wallingford.”

And while I recognize that generic rowhouses may transform the lived environment of a neighborhood by limiting potential for expression or distinctiveness of housing, the buildings or houses do not create a neighborhood. Continue reading