Capitol Hill Community Post | Community Design Day: What People Think of 15th Ave. E.

Nonprofit architecture firm Environmental Works celebrated national #CommunityDesignDay last Friday by hosting a sidewalk forum outside Fire Station 7 on 15th Ave. E. About 50 Capitol Hill residents and visitors shared what they love about 15th, and what they’d like to see on 15th.

Loves: great, small local businesses; walkability; wonderful people; genuine, full of life; diverse; full of history; distinctive. Hopes for 15th’s future: more pedestrian-friendly features, including trash and recycling bins; no giant high-rises or chain stores; more fresh local produce; and better nighttime safety.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Capitol Hill-based artist John Criscitello to show at 4Culture in September

Capitol Hill-based artist John Criscitello will exhibit In Code, a new body of work at 4Culture this September. It will feature rock stars, re-imagined album covers, and printed garments. Through the use of traditional media, video, and installation, the show builds on themes of gay identity and the fragile architecture of masculinity.

On the gallery’s storefront electronic screens, will be works by Bill Santen and Laurent Lévesque, both with a maritime focus. Bill Santen, a New York artist, will be in town to lecture at Cornish, and his film Rocko Ramdin looks at fishing culture in the Bronx. Lévesque, a Seattle artist, will screen a piece filmed on the Bering Sea. Adam’s Home frames the office window of Adam, a merchant marine.

In Code runs September 7 – 28, 2017, and Criscitello will be have limited edition T-shirts available at the opening on Thursday, September 7. 4Culture is located at 101 Prefontaine Place South, Seattle WA 98114.

More information at

Image Credits:
Softcore, 2017. Silkscreen, graphite, and crayon on paper. 22 x 30 inches.
William Santen. Rocko Ramdin, 2016. Digital still.
Laurent Levesque. Adam’s Home, 2015. Digital still.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Mayor Murray statement on Confederate monument in Lake View Cemetery

From the City of Seattle

SEATTLE (August 16, 2017) – Today, Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement:

“We must remove statues and flags that represent this country’s abhorrent history of slavery and oppression based on the color of people’s skin. It is the right thing to do. During this troubling time when neo-Nazis and white power groups are escalating their racist activity, Seattle needs to join with cities and towns across the country who are sending a strong message by taking these archaic symbols down.

“The monument to Confederate soldiers in the Lake View Cemetery is located on private property. My office has called the cemetery operator to express our concerns regarding the monument. As we continue our ongoing proactive work to be an inclusive and welcoming community, we must also join the fight against the mainstreaming of hateful and despicable far-right political ideology.”

Capitol Hill Community Post | GARAGE SALE DAY – ‘No garage, no problem!’ August 27, 2017

From the Cal Anderson Park Alliance

The Cal Anderson Park Alliance invites all local treasure seekers and thrifty hipsters to enjoy an afternoon of bargain hunting that promises something for everyone. On Sunday, August 27th, residents all over Capitol Hill will populate their front lawns, apartment stoops and Cal Anderson Park with heirlooms, antiques and bric-a-brac for sale as a part of the “8th ANNUAL CAPITOL HILL GARAGE SALE DAY” from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For this one-of-a-kind neighborhood event, no garage is no problem! Seattleites are invited to join their Capitol Hill neighbors to shop for five hours of bargains, both in Cal Anderson Park and around the neighborhood. Cal Anderson Park Alliance has plotted a map of Capitol Hill neighbors who will be hosting a more traditional garage/stoop/yard/sidewalk sale at their home. This map is available on the event website ( or at the Garage Sale information tent in Cal Anderson Park.

In Cal Anderson Park, event goers will be treated to musical wonders courtesy of DJs LA Kendall and Tony Burns. Alongside neighborhood purveyors of wonders there will also be knife sharpening courtesy of the Sustainable Capitol Hill Tool Library, as well as tasty beverages and treats available at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market just a block away (open from 11:00am until 3:00pm). Continue reading


Our beloved 15-year-old cat Miso has been missing for four days now. She’s a neighborhood fixture at 16th and Harrison, camping out on the sidewalk in front of the Gables co-op, where she offers her cute self to passersby for petting and rubbing on legs.

My wife and I are beside ourselves with worry. Miso has never gone missing before, and what’s worse is each passing day is a day she has missed her meds, without which she’ll soon get very sick. We’re blitzing social media and saturating the neighborhood with flyers and posters–500 so far and I’m on my way to the copy shop after I post this.

This little kitty has had a firm hold on my heart for one third of my life. I know there are bigger problems in the world and tons of human suffering right here in Seattle right now, but that doesn’t diminish the pain of not knowing where she is or what’s happening to her. The thought of her being trapped and slowly expiring in a hot garage elicits real anguish.

But one bright spot in all of this has been the outpouring of empathy and assistance from friends, neighbors, and even strangers. We’ve received dozens of leads from anonymous eyes on the street. Others have joined us in search parties. One young man we’d never met but who knows Miso from his Saturday morning walks to Victrola donated 200 color posters and helped us flyer door to door. It’s hard to stay cynical about humanity when you see the community stepping up like this.

I get choked up just thinking about how many folks stopped to offer help and sympathy as I made the rounds putting up posters this week. If you want to thaw the alleged Seattle Freeze, print some copies of our flyer and go out stapling. You’ll be talking to people in no time.

I’ve never felt so fortunate to call Capitol Hill home. Deepest thanks to all who have expressed concern and given of their time and effort. We’re not giving up until we find her. Anything you can do to spread the word would be greatly appreciated:

Thank you all!

Capitol Hill Community Post | Your Voice, Your Choice Results — Four District 3 Projects


We’ve counted each vote and checked it twice! And, now is the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the announcement of vote results for Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks and Streets!


  • Capitol Hill: Crossing Improvements at I-5 Exit on to Olive Way (Cost: $75,000, Total Votes: 240)
  • Central District: Traffic Calming on 17th Ave S between E Yesler Way & S Jackson St (Cost: $15,000, Total Votes: 200)
  • Judkins Park: Improved Connections to Judkins Park from S. Dearborn St (Cost: $90,000, Total Votes: 173)
  • Capitol Hill: Crossing Improvements at 19th Ave E & E Denny Way (Cost: $83,000, Total Votes:  171) 

As a bonus, while Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) reviewed ideas submitted by Your Voice, Your Choice participants, it ran the projects through its program priorities and was able to fund additional traffic calming and pedestrian improvement projects in underserved neighborhoods throughout the City. SDOT will work with communities to announce, design, and implement these projects in the upcoming year.

To provide some context to the results above, with $2 million to spend on park and street improvements, we allotted a maximum of $285,000 per City Council District. After the top projects in each district were selected by voters, there was $233,019 remaining in the budget. These dollars were used to fund one additional project in the three districts with the highest voter participation (Districts 1, 2, and 5).

You will also note that the number of funded projects varies per district. This is because the fund allotment is based strictly on overall cost and not the number of projects. The funding for these projects will be included as part of the Mayor’s 2018 Proposed Budget, and the work will begin in 2018.

This is the second year we have asked residents to weigh in on how to spend a portion of the City’s budget. Last year the focus was on youth, and this year anyone over the age of 11 could participate.  We are blown away by the response with 7,737 community members voting for projects in their neighborhoods! We are so grateful to everyone who participated:

  • The community members who kicked things off in February by submitting 900 ideas for projects.
  • The community members who participated on the Project Development Teams.
  • The Vote Champions who mobilized their communities.
  • The educators in Seattle Public Schools who made sure students’ voices were heard.
  • Our Community Liaisons who were out in force with translated ballots in Arabic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
  • The amazing City staff at libraries and community centers who facilitated in-person voting.
  • And, of course, you the voters!

Capitol Hill Community Post | Central Ridge Neighborhood Greenway Most Promising Route

From the City of Seattle

You may have recently received an invitation in the mail to one of our upcoming events for the Central Ridge Neighborhood Greenway. I wanted to also reach out to a wider group of community stakeholders with a personal invitation to attend a pop-up event on Thursday afternoon at Firehouse Park near Swedish Cherry Hill Campus.

We’ll also have a booth at this year’s Umoja Fest at Judkins Park and an option to participate online if you can’t make it.

Learn more at our project website and on the attached mailer and factsheet. Our online survey will be open from July 27 to August 20.

Public events:

  1. Pop-up lemonade stand
    Thursday, July 27: 4 – 6 PM
    Firehouse Mini Park, 712 18th Ave
  2. Umoja Fest table
    Saturday, August 511 AM – 3 PM
    Judkins Park, 2150 S Norman St

We’ve been working with community members from Capitol Hill, First Hill, Central Area, and Judkins Park since winter 2017 to identify routes for a new north-south neighborhood greenway to be built as soon as 2019. We also asked for input on route options between Lowell Elementary School and Meany Middle School (opening fall 2017). Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Melrose Promenade Community Crosswalks Project

From Mel Burchett

The Melrose Promenade Community Crosswalk Project is finally moving forward, and we need help spreading the word within the community.  If you have time and are willing to assist us, we’d really appreciate it!

The Artist Selection Committee has hired an excellent artist, Sara Snedeker, to develop 3 design concepts for us.  We are on a super-rigid timeline to get a concept(s) selected and submitted to SDOT by August 1st.

We have created an online survey to help us collect feedback:

More information about the Community Crosswalks project can be found here:

Capitol Hill Community Post | Affordable Seattle: Housing for People, Not Profit!

From Kshama Sawant


The for-profit housing market is failing the majority of Seattleites: 92% of new units built in the last 10 years have been Luxury units! We need a Seattle that benefits the many, not the few on Wall St. 

To fight skyrocketing rents we need to build a movement, like we did to win $15 an hour minimum wage, to challenge the big developers and landlords.  Kshama Sawant and Socialist Alternative initiated Affordable Seattle to organize our communities to fight for a Seattle affordable for all.

Come join us at 1:00 on Saturday, July 29 for our official campaign launch at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave) to learn how you can get involved! 

Since the beginning of June, the Affordable Seattle Campaign have gone to hundreds of doors across the city to build support for three demands for addressing the affordable housing crisis: Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | ‘We believe Mayor Murray should complete his term in office’ — Former Seattle mayors open letter

From Charley Royer

The undersigned former Seattle Mayors released the following statement regarding the balance of Mayor Ed Murray’s term:

“We have been saddened by the recent allegations against Mayor Murray. He made the honorable, but personally painful decision to drop out of his re-election campaign, a decision that underscores his commitment to Seattle.”

“We firmly believe Mayor Murray should continue to lead the city through the remainder of his term. A transition merely months before electing a new mayor would be messy and time consuming, and would present serious challenges to the day-to-day operations of the city. As former mayors, we know transitions are long, difficult, and important processes, which is why Mayor Murray and his team have already begun the job of preparing for the new mayor to be sworn in next year.”

“We should now thank the mayor for his service to our city and look forward to him coming to work every day on behalf of the people of Seattle throughout the remainder of his term and an orderly transition.”