CHS Pics | Chelsea Clinton gets out the vote on First Hill


“I don’t think there can be a compromise for bigotry.” Chelsea Clinton championed her cause to help her mother Hillary Clinton to defeat surprisingly popular bigot Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election with a stop in Seattle at First Hill’s Town Hall Saturday.

The forum’s Great Hall which holds more than 800 appeared filled to capacity with many children in the crowd of the free event positioned as a “get out the vote” rally for Democrats looking to both build a landslide victory for Hillary Clinton and a tailwind rally for the party’s candidates in state races across the country. Continue reading

Down Pour aims to be new off-Broadway coffee spot

Capitol Hill’s coffee scene may have a neighborhood vibe but you’re still most likely to find cafes on the main drags like Broadway or Pike and Pine. Down Pour, born in Redmond two years ago, is expanding to Capitol Hill, opening on Monday just off Broadway on the ground floor of the Rubix Apartments at 515 Harvard Ave. E.

Down Pour owners Steve and Ronni Fields didn’t have plans to expand out of Redmond, but the owner of the building approached them about opening a location there.

“We spent a lot of time here and really got excited about the idea,” Steve said. Continue reading

Blotter | Police search for Saturday morning Broadway bank robbery suspect

(Image: SPD)

(Image: SPD)

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  • Broadway bank robbery: Seattle Police and the FBI are searching for the suspect in a Saturday morning hold-up at the Wells Fargo branch inside the Broadway Market shopping center. The robbery was reported around 10:45 AM Saturday. Monday morning, SPD distributed these security images of the suspect described by witnesses as a white male, dressed in black “from head to toe.” He reportedly had what was described as a Russian accent. It’s not clear if the suspect was armed or implied he had a weapon and police typically won’t say what if any cash is taken in bank hold-ups. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot, eastbound on E Republican. If you can help identify the suspect or have information that might help the investigation, call 911.

  • Purse snatch: A woman had her bag stolen in a purse snatch at Harrison and Belmont around 11 PM Sunday night. The victim’s son contacted CHS with details of the mugging and said a group of three had jumped the woman and stole her bag. If you see a ditched purse, call 911 or turn it in at the East Precinct at 12th and Pine.
  • Seattle U bias investigation: Seattle University is trying to find out who is responsible for swastikas drawn on white boards on the school’s campus earlier this month: Continue reading

100 dumpsters pulled off Capitol Hill’s streets and sidewalks

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Businesses participating in the bag pick up program. (Image: SPU)

Approximate locations of dumpsters before the bag program began. (Image: SPU)

Around 75 trash and recycling dumpsters have been tossed by Capitol Hill businesses for high-frequency bag pick ups starting last week. Another 36 dumpsters have been pulled off streets and sidewalks and on to private property.

It’s part of a city-mandated program to improve safety in Capitol Hill’s core restaurant and nightlife area by moving the large metal containers out of the public right-of-way.

Half of the businesses in the corridor — roughly bound by Melrose, E John, E Union, and 15th — were able to keep their dumpsters by storing them on private property. Some of those businesses may still be dragging dumpsters into the street for pickup, but Seattle Public Utilities officials say they should not be out for long and certainly not over night. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Meet Hybrid_Space: a Local Art / Architecture Venue – Call for Artists

Hybrid-Call-for-Artists_Page_1Hybrid Space is a Public Venue for Discussions about Urbanism, Art, and Design.

We provide Artists, Urbanists, and Educators a Space to discuss larger Urban Issues. We hold 12 Events a Year, Sponsoring 6 – 12 Artists & Educators to Produce Thought Provoking Events. We reach out to individuals and organizations in the community to discuss ideas and issues that affect our Community. A Sustainable City is not just Energy Efficient, but Socially Engaged as well. Originally starting as Site specific Art installations, our events have expanded to include educational exhibitions, Urban Research, and Interactive Experiences. The space is open to the Public during Capitol Hill’s Art Walk as well as for private showings. Continue reading

After encampment backlash, mayor rolls out ‘Interim Action Plan’ on Seattle homelessness

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In the wake of intense backlash against proposals from the Seattle City Council earlier this month, Mayor Ed Murray took a quieter route to officially unveil his plan to change how the city sweeps encampments and what can be done in coming months to address homelessness in Seattle. In a late Friday announcement, the mayor said he remains committed to a long range overhaul of Seattle’s homelessness resources under his “Pathways Home” strategy but that short-term solutions are also needed.

“Pathways Home remains our long-term plan to transform the way the City invests in programs to address homelessness,” Murray said in the announcement sent to media headed into the weekend. “Today’s announcement, however, recognizes our need to bridge the gap as we still have over 3,000 people living unsheltered on our streets. We need to ensure we are providing safer alternatives for those living on our streets, increasing our outreach efforts, focusing on a more compassionate set of protocols when clean cleanups are necessary and offering trash and needle pickup services to address public health and safety issues.”

The interim plan, included in full at the bottom of this post, will include four new sanctioned encampments boosted by $900,000 in funding plus a new Seattle Navigation Center “to bring adults living outdoors into the Center and work to transition them to stable housing within 30 days.” Two of the sanctioned encampments will be Representatives from Murray’s office have said details on the locations of the encampments and the center will be released in the coming weeks. Continue reading

Spare the Change panel: Get to know your Capitol Hill homeless neighbors

Spare the Change attendees help assume care packages with donations for people homeless in the area (Images: CHS)

Spare the Change attendees help assume care packages with donations for people homeless in the area (Images: CHS)

Many Capitol Hill residents want to do something to help their homeless neighbors, but don’t know where to start or how different organizations are involved. Spare the Change, an open house and forum Thursday night on homelessness in the neighborhood, provided those with homes information and resources for helping those without.

Long-time Seattle resident Jean Fukuda, who moved to the Hill a few months ago, came to the forum to learn about what each organization represented there does and to find a volunteer opportunity to help those living on the streets.

“It’s just such a heartbreak to see people struggle so hard,” she told CHS.

Fukuda knows money is important for the organizations, but she said it doesn’t feel as meaningful as volunteering. She previously helped build five Habitat for Humanity houses and would like to do some hands-on work for the homeless whether it’s serving a meal or something else. Continue reading

SPD investigates third reported gun incident in three nights outside Capitol Hill clubs

Seattle Police were investigating a third gun incident in as many nights in the core of the Pike/Pine and Broadway bar and club district after reports of gunfire and a fight involving a crescent wrench in front of Neighbours early Sunday morning.

Arriving police found one person down in the 1500 block of Broadway after being hit in the head by the wrench in the incident around 3:30 AM. Witnesses said they heard gunfire during the fight though police were looking into whether the shot was related to the assault, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

Shaun Knittel of public safety group Social Outreach Seattle posted about Sunday’s incident:

Shots fired (again) on E Pike and Harvard. NOT at Neighbours but Neighbours security did help individual hit by wrench who was involved. Shooter threw gun into trash can on Broadway after running into a person. I’ve had enough. Our district representative does nothing about crime, shootings are common now, and obvious gang violence on the Hill is going unchecked. NO MORE!

We have not confirmed if SPD recovered a gun.

The reports follow an incident early Saturday morning near Harvard and Pine in which the suspect’s arrest was caught on video and another early Friday morning at Harvard and Pike in a small string of overnight gun incidents reported to police. Despite the gunplay, there have been no reported injuries.

Arrest caught on video in second night of Capitol Hill nightlife gunfire incidents

screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-4-00-55-pmA second night of late night gunfire in Pike/Pine ended with an arrest on Broadway as police blocked in a suspect’s vehicle in front of sidewalks full of nightlife crowds.

Police rushed to the area around Harvard Ave for a second straight night — this time around 12:30 AM to reports of a man firing shots at Harvard and Pine and possibly in another incident in the Seattle Central parking lot. Officers found at least one shell casing at Pine. There were no reported injuries.

As police searched for the shooter, a vehicle associated with the suspect was spotted in a Broadway parking lot. Police moved in and blocked the car in the 1500 block of Broadway, ordering the occupants out at gunpoint in an arrest captured on video by not one but two different police video enthusiasts.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The shooting incident was part of a second night of gunplay around the area’s busy bars and clubs. Early Friday morning, police rushed to the area around Harvard and Pike around 1:45 AM after a man was reported firing a gun. Officers found shell casings but the suspect was not located and there were no arrests.

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

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The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 32,000 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

Capitol Hill Pets | Gentle giant Momo in Cal Anderson Park


Momo the Old English Shepherd was found hanging out with Brenda in Cal Anderson Park. This was Momo’s first time to Cal Anderson but he will probably be seen more often as he lives just a few blocks away. Brenda, originally from Mexico, now lives on Capitol Hill and adopted her neighbor’s dog because he was too big for a new apartment. Despite Momo’s size, he’s a little timid, so be super sweet when you say hello.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill. Are you a Capitol Hill Pet we should know about? Drop us a line.