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Pine Box @ Capitol HillHere are the top stories from this week in CHS history:

Capitol Hill Housing reaches agreement for 50 years of affordability in Squire Park Place deal

(Image: CHH)

(Image: CHH)

Capitol Hill Housing announced it has agreed with a Central District community organization to keep the rules governing affordable apartments in Squire Park Place for another 50 years in the building it acquired late last year.

CHS reported on non-profit developer Capitol Hill Housing’s plan to acquire the 18th and Jackson property last summer. Though the deal closed in December for $11.25 million, the, Capitol Hill Housing announced Wednesday it had reached an accord on a 50-year agreement “following several months of conversations” with the Central Area Development Association about “continuing the organization’s commitment to equitable development in the Central District.”

“Half of the apartments at Squire Park Plaza are reserved for working individuals and families earning between 50 and 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for King County,” the announcement on the agreement reads. “CHH will extend this affordability for a minimum of 50 years.” Continue reading

‘Really good Garfield High boys basketball team’ repeats as state champs

Coach Haskins (Image via @GHSBulldawgs)

Coach Haskins (Image via @GHSBulldawgs)

We told you they were “really good” — over the weekend, 23rd Ave’s Garfield High School boys basketball team defeated Rainier Beach for the state title:

Garfield preaches unity. It thrives on doing everything as a team, from leaving the locker room after a game together to each person taking responsibility for the ups and downs of the season.

The team came together one more time this season on Saturday night, this time to win a state championship. The No. 3 Bulldogs pulled away late to capture the Class 3A state title with a 66-51 win over three-time defending champions No. 1 Rainier Beach.

“There’s no one person; we say this all the time: What we can’t do alone, we can do together,” Garfield coach Ed Haskins told the Seattle Times. “It’s not about me, it’s not about one person or two people, it’s about Garfield basketball.”

CHS Community Post | Bootyland is going to Wallingford Center

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 3.25.56 PMAfter so many years watching Pike and Pine grown and change we are heading out to a family friendly Wallingford. We are excited to begin setting up our new location in Wallingford Center.

Come and visit us in our new location beginning March 4th!
Until then feel free  see us at the shop til 4pm this Saturday or on-line any time.

CHS Community Post | GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards Recognize Puget Sound Biz Leaders

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 11.40.15 AMWalking the Talk for Equality 
GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards Recognize Puget Sound Biz Leaders
Recipients Honored at 34th Annual Gala Dinner Last Week
SEATTLE – March 4 – The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) honored outstanding business leaders, nonprofits and individuals February 24 at its annual Business & Humanitarian Awards dinner.  The award recipients, each one demonstrating proven leadership in our community through philanthropy and volunteerism.  These are leaders who are “walking the talk for equality” every day.
“The energy in the room was palpable — over 500 guests came together to honor the success and philanthropy of such a diverse and broad representation of GSBA’s business and nonprofit communities,” says Louise Chernin, President and CEO of GSBA.  “The icing on the cake was having our Governor kick off the evening and Justice Mary Yu captivated us all as she shared the power and importance of being true to yourself, whether serving on the bench or behind the counter of a local business.”
GSBA honored the following recipients at the 34th annual Business & Humanitarian Awards dinner:
New Business of the Year
Urban Animal, Cherri Trusheim, DVM
Business Leader of the Year
Linda Derschang, The Derschang Group
Business of the Year
Holland America Line, Rick Meadows, President of Seabourn & Cunard Line, North America
Corporate Leader of the Year
The Space Needle, Karen Olson
Nonprofit of the Year
Ingersoll Gender Center, Marsha Botzer
Community Leader of the Year
Rev. David Strong, AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma
Special Recognition — Voice for Equality
Jen Self, PhD, MSW, Q Center, University of Washington
President’s Award
Kirsten Weiss, Safeco Insurance
This year’s awards dinner was held at the Marriott Seattle Waterfront, with 525 people in attendance.  Governor Jay Inslee delivered special remarks and Justice Mary I. Yu gave the evening’s keynote address, both to standing ovations.
The businesses, nonprofits and leaders recognized all have a proven track record of community engagement and giving back, and they have been especially supportive of the LGBT and allied community.  The leaders honored with GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards were chosen by a committee comprised of former Awards recipients.
GSBA thanks Presenting Partner, Vulcan Inc. for their generous support.

CHS Community Post | Free-Floating Car Share Expands Citywide

citysealFree-floating car share now serves the entire city with more vehicles available to members

SEATTLE – In January Mayor Murray and the Seattle City Council advanced legislation to expand Seattle’s successful free-floating car share program. Seattle’s existing free-floating car share operator, car2go, has now extended their service area to encompass the entire city. Coupled with this larger service area, the free-floating car share legislation also allows companies to have more vehicles in their fleets. To serve the more than 60,000 current Seattle area members, car2go will be able to have up to 750 vehicles in Seattle, and many of those new cars are available and on the street today.

“Car share is making a difference, as people who use cars infrequently now have an easy alternative to ownership,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Seattle continues to promote more choices, with equity for all neighborhoods being a driving principle.”

Seattle’s free-floating car share program, managed by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), allows car share companies to pay for parking as a part of their annual permit fee. Because parking is paid for by the company and car share members can use a car only when they need it, car sharing can be a more convenient option than driving a personal vehicle. Early program data indicate that three to four percent of car share members have given up their personal vehicle. As a result, the program may lead to fewer overall vehicles on Seattle streets.

The January free-floating car share legislation also created the opportunity for new car share operators to enter the Seattle market. In 2015 SDOT anticipates that one additional car share company will likely come to the city, and that there will also be a greater variety of types of cars available.

“Thanks to this legislation, drivers will have more cars to choose from and more destinations available to them,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “Given car2go’s success, we look forward to more car sharing companies soon serving the Seattle marketplace.”

Car sharing is a valuable transportation option for many people throughout Seattle. The expansion of car share marks Seattle’s leadership in promoting transportation options that meet our goal of providing a connected transportation system.


CHS Community Post | Mayor launches Move Seattle transportation strategy

SEATTLE (March 2, 2015) – – Today Mayor Ed Murray launched Move Seattle, his 10-year vision for transportation in Seattle, providing a comprehensive strategy that will improve how people and goods move around the city.

The plan integrates Seattle’s many travel modes to better support everyone, whether walking, biking, riding transit, driving a car or delivering freight. With a strong emphasis on safety, maintenance, innovation and performance measurement, the plan aims to improve travel even as the city continues to grow rapidly.

“Move Seattle will help transform our transportation system over the next ten years,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “With new technologies and infrastructure investments, we have the opportunity to reshape the way we get around the Seattle.”

By creating a unified transportation strategy, the Move Seattle plan focuses on investments in critical corridors and projects that serve all modes. The plan outlines arterials throughout the city that will benefit from multi-modal overhauls.

As one example, the Ballard to Downtown project seeks to enhance bus transit service ahead of future Sound Transit light rail service to the neighborhood. It would also invest in intelligent traffic signals to ease the flow of cars and freight, while making bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements to the Ballard Bridge.

“Anything we can do to improve traffic and coordinate our planning is a win for everyone whether we walk, bike or ride transit,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Chair of the Council’s Transportation committee. “Thanks to Mayor Murray for working to improve the integration of our Transportation system and to create safer streets.”

Responding to rapid population growth and documented demographic shifts, Move Seattle seeks to increase the number of people who bike, walk, ride public transit or share cars by making these choices more attractive. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will provide better pedestrian crossings, more protected bike lanes, and improvements to accommodate streetcars, light rail and buses, while continuing to support truck and car traffic.

Safety is a key theme for Move Seattle. The city recently launched the Vision Zero campaign with the goal of having no traffic fatalities and fewer serious collisions by 2030. To reach this goal, the city will employ street designs that emphasize safety, predictability and the potential for human error, coupled with targeted education and data-driven enforcement.

Smart maintenance is another goal of Move Seattle. The plan calls for seismic retrofit of Seattle’s remaining unreinforced bridges, repaving of city streets to prevent accidents and reduce wear and tear on vehicles, improved pavement markings, replacement of aging signs and additional lighting to enhance visibility.

“By investing in the existing transportation system now, we will help keep it safe and functional longer,” said Scott Kubly, Director of SDOT. “Rather than waiting until infrastructure reaches a critical state, we will prioritize early maintenance efforts that minimize the need for costly future replacements.”

Innovation throughout the transportation system and its components is another important area of emphasis forMove Seattle. SDOT will test new materials and designs, and will adopt innovations that prove to be the most successful for Seattle.

Complete with cost projections, the plan includes a 10-year project list and maintenance and operations priorities to keep Seattle’s transportation system functional and safe, whether for everyday use or during a major event like an earthquake.

The city has also developed strategic goals to ensure success, and has established performance metrics to track the accomplishment of its Move Seattle goals.

More information is available on the city’s website:

On the List | Magmafest, Northwest Regional Science Olympiad, Search for Meaning Book Festival, EastPAC, Langston Hughes party

Science Olympiad champs past (Image: CHS)

Science Olympiad champs past (Image: CHS)

February is done. It’s already time for March. The spanning weekend is full of things to do on and around Capitol Hill including the start of a month-long music fest, a spirituality and book festival, a community meeting on public safety, and a birthday celebration. Saturday, you can also stop by Seattle Central to check out the fun and competition at the Northwest Regional Science Olympiad Tournament.

Details on Magmafest, the Search for Meaning Book Festival, Thursday night’s EastPAC meeting, and the Langston Hughes Motown Birthday Bash are below. Continue reading

Community Post | Only 31% of Downtown Seattle Commuters Are Driving Alone to Work

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.46.56 AMDowntown Seattle Commuters Increasingly Walking, Biking, and Riding Transit

Nearly 70% of Downtown Seattle Commuters Now Choosing Not to Drive Alone

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.47.08 AMSEATTLE – The proportion of Downtown Seattle commuters driving alone to work has fallen to a new low.   According to a new Commute Seattle survey conducted by EMC Research[1], just 31 percent of Downtown’s estimated 228,000 daily commuters[2] drive alone to work, continuing a strong downward trend from 35 percent in 2010 and 34 percent in 2012.

Public transit[3] continues to be the top choice for Downtown commuters (45%), followed by driving alone (31%)[4], ridesharing[5] (9%), walking (7%), teleworking (4%) and bicycling (3%).  Continue reading

Transit notes | Safer streets downtown, 520 Seattle-side survey reminder (and, yay, boat openings to end)

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  • Vision Zero: City officials are hoping for safer downtown streets as speed limits are lowered as part of a broader road safety initiative dubbed Vision Zero:
    Seattle is consistently recognized as one of the safest cities in the country. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a 30 percent decline in traffic fatalities, even as our population grows. Despite this fact, traffic collisions are a leading cause of death for Seattle residents age 5-24. Older adults are also disproportionately affected, and as our population ages, this trend could grow. In 2013, there were 10,310 police-reported collisions in Seattle. 155 people were seriously injured and 23 were killed. This is unacceptable. We can do better. Vision Zero is our plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.
    While the crossing of Pine at Broadway is the cover girl for the initiative, most of the near-term changes will be found off Capitol Hill. Continue reading