Capitol Hill Pets | Aurea and Raider in Volunteer Park

CHS caught up with Aurea Astro and Raider at the Holiday in the Park event at Volunteer Park. Raider is a pit bull/lab mix who is about seven. Raider is usually never without her ball but lost it on the way to the park that night. Aurea and Raider were united on Christmas Eve two years ago and so far “it has worked out” for the both of them. If you find Raider’s ball, let us know.

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.

CHS Ink | Eric’s hands

Name: Eric Eye
Location: Dark Age Tattoo
Artist: “A very good friend did both at different times. I put them on my hands so that they’re always staring at me and sort of keeping me in line. The right hand keeps me striving to be better and the left hand keeps me staying in the moment. Some tattoos I get just for style or because they’re cool. Also, my name’s Eric Eye.”

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Capitol Hill Pets | Protective Furyan and Sarah on Broadway

Furyan, a Dutch Shepherd, is named for a character in The Chronicles of Riddick. CHS found Furyan hanging out with his owner Sarah at Cafe Vivace. Known for their work in dog sports, herding, police and military work, Dutch Shepherds are very athletic and obedient dogs. Other than being a very friendly dog, Furyan is also training in a dog sport called IPO, known as Schutzhund in German, which means “protection dog.” IPO focuses on obedience, tracking, and protection. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Jeremy and Doctor on Broadway

Jeremy, a huge Dr. Who (David Tennant version) fan, was hanging out near Seattle Central with his pup Doctor when we stopped by to say hello. “He loves to run, play, and get into mischief. We are *his* companions. People think he’s a miniature Rottweiler, but you can’t do that,” Jeremy tells us. Doctor is a four-year-old Carlin Pinscher, which is a mix between a pug and a mini-Pinscher. “Our previous dog was a German Rottweiler, and after he passed away we had to downsize for the city,” Jeremy said. “The German Rott was a lot nicer, Doctor’s nice too, but he’s a little putz sometimes.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | Be Bop Bars installation finds temporary home in Capitol Hill Housing’s 12th Ave Arts

12th Ave Arts played host to a unique musical experience during Thursday night’s Capitol Hill Art Walk. The “Be Bop Bars,” designed by Encore Architects in collaboration with JazzED, is an “interactive musical experience powered by people!” designed for the musician in all of us. A safe, low-voltage electric circuit completed by human touch, helps create a melody as you move from bar to bar. Continue reading

23rd and Union development update: Notes on Africatown Plaza, Liberty Bank, and East Union’s New Seasons grocery

As developers snag every available piece of land in the booming real estate market of Central Seattle, African American community members demand a seat at the table when it comes to who fills the future Africatown portion of Midtown development at 23rd and Union. How do you address the concerns of a diverse community while understanding the history of the land the development is being built on? By meeting, bringing those voices together, and giving them a chance to express their concerns and desires for positive change.

Africatown is holding “Central Community Development Update” sessions to create a forum.

”We want to use this as a catalyst to build a database and organize and build capacity, so future projects can have greater participation,” Wyking Garrett said, addressing the Thursday evening crowd at the October update.

Garrett brought together a wide variety of voices at a meeting hosted by Africatown and held at the Casey Family Program near 23rd and Union. Garrett, a community organizer and head of the nonprofit Africatown, brought together developers and community members to give updates and discuss issues regarding continuing development of the Liberty Bank property, Midtown Center, and East Union. It was a packed meeting room, with over 75 people representing the community and unions.

Here are some of the night’s topics of discussion:

Liberty Bank Building
Crews planned to begin pouring concrete footings last week. Jill Fleming spoke on behalf of Capitol Hill Housing. She talked about possible outcomes of the Memorandum Of Understanding focusing on securing long term African American ownership in the community. The investors have a 15-year term, when that is up the nonprofit owner has the opportunity to purchase the building. In 15 years, Africatown will be able to step into that role. Part of the MOU is that they will prioritize minority and local subcontractors. CHH is working with Walsh construction out of Oregon. They currently have 30% women and minority subcontractors with 17% being African American subcontractors. The ground floor along Union will be retail with the corner space being a negotiated with a restaurant. The retail space will be affordable and marketed so CHH can maintain and preserve CD business or open space for emerging businesses. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Minerva in a skull sweater on E Pike

We found Minerva hanging with her human friend, Cloud, outside of Caffe Vita. Minerva, known around the streets of Capitol Hill, is a “Heinz 57 of Whippet, Rhodesian Ridgeback, and Jack Russell.” She was born in a van between California and Seattle about seven years ago. According to Cloud, she’s been traveling “hopping trains and shit, and now she’s a lazy house dog.”

CHS Ink | Miki’s arm

Name: Miki Sodos, owner at Cafe Pettirosso
Location: 11th Ave
Tattoo artist: David Choe at Laughing Buddha donated his time, equipment, and space for a fundraiser to help out Yuki Sodos’s husband Shawn Kock after he was in a motorcycle crash and broke both hands, a wrist, his elbow, a leg, and six ribs. A dozen people got the Broken Stick Man tattoos — including Miki.

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Next arts and culture space to lose its lease: Capitol Hill’s Eclectic Theater

(Image: Alex Garland)

Where do small theatre companies take the stage when their affordable performance spaces can no longer afford the rent? While many actors having long been priced out of the neighborhood, the Capitol Hill theatre community is losing another piece of its charm: affordable rents.

Rik Deskin, the founder of Eclectic Theater, has announced the end of the venue’s 11-year run on 10th Ave at the end of the month.

“We knew that we had a five year lease, and we knew the end was coming. We started exploring the possibility of renewing the lease,” Deskin said. “At the same time, we were having difficulties paying the current rent so we decided to not renew the lease. We heard from some other people who looked into it that he’s expecting $3,500 a month for the space, which is ridiculous in my opinion. With no upgrades, not that I’m aware of.”

“Capitol Hill is the densest area of arts and culture businesses and organizations in the state,” says Tonya Lockyer, executive director at the neighborhood’s globally respected Velocity Dance. “Imagine if you have this incredible natural resource — creative businesses, organizations, and people. When that is threatened, you want to preserve it.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Jack (human) and Jo (dog) in Volunteer Park

It’s been a bit but CHS couldn’t resist a few more Capitol Hill Pets. Enough about CHS. Let’s talk about Jo. Jo is a four-year-old Australian Shepherd. Originally from Iowa, Jo has traveled with Jack to North Dakota, Massachusetts, Indiana, and now Capitol Hill. “She is affectionately known to me and the roommates as ‘Trash Dog,'” Jack said. “It doesn’t matter what we do to the trash cans, she figures a way inside them.” She also has a super shaky butt when she gets excited and is an “amateur twerker” according to Jack. Continue reading