Take your time getting around Capitol Hill this morning. Most major streets are clear but sidewalks, stairs, and pretty much everything else is cold and icy after a gentle blanket of snowfall Wednesday night. Some areas of Capitol Hill report up to one inch fell and froze through the night.
As of early Thursday morning, there were no reports of major street or transit issues across Capitol Hill or the Central District but we will update this post as issues arise. SDOT handled one issue already this morning with signal issues at Broadway and Pine repaired to start the morning commute. Traveling off the Hill is a slightly different story as traffic is slowed by the icy conditions. Washington State Patrol reports more than 20 collisions so far due to the slippery roads. Lower traffic volumes thanks to the Seattle Public Schools mid-winter break will help.
UPDATE 8:30 AM: A large Seattle Fire response was dispatched after a car crashed into a utility pole at 12th and Republican. There was one reported injury but most SFD units were turned loose from the scene. The crash was blocking traffic in the area and a few cars backed up on side roads were having trouble with the ice.
UPDATE 8:50 AM: A stuck Metro bus was reported blocking traffic on E Cherry at 19th.
Police detained a man who tried to leave the scene of a Tuesday night Central District shooting in a ride-share getaway car, according to the SPD report on the incident.
SPD says the victim was shot in the stomach but suffered non-life threatening injuries in the assault reported just around 10:30 PM Tuesday: Continue reading
The City Council’s planning committee Wednesday morning is scheduled to continue its work reshaping Seattle’s parking policies in an effort to reduce building costs and, hopefully, help address the city’s growing affordability crisis.
CHS wrote here in January about Seattle’s so-called “Neighborhood Parking Reform” process and the hope of reducing requirements, “unbundling” costs, and opening up the city to “shared parking” for motor vehicles and bikes. Here’s a rundown of the elements in the latest version of the legislation under discussion Wednesday from a City Hall staff memo on the proposals:
- “Unbundling” of parking: requiring that renting or leasing of parking be covered by a separate agreement from rental agreements and leases,
- Calling non-required or public parking “flexible use parking” and broadening the locations where flexible use parking is permitted and how it can be used, Continue reading
Capitol Hill’s Century Ballroom might not be the first place you’d think of to make a donation but the Odd Fellows building dancehall was host to a special blood drive Monday.
The drive came as Century owner Halle Kuperman wanted a unique way to begin the ballroom’s 21st year of business. “I now know why it’s so important to give blood if you can; because many cannot,” Kuperman wrote. “There are some restrictions for sure, but not everyone who has a tattoo or piercing or is gay, or has traveled, etc. is excluded.” Last year, CHS wrote about Century Ballroom marking 20 years of dance on Capitol Hill.
The drive with Bloodworks Northwest comes as older donors have aged and younger generations are much less likely to donate blood.
“Like dance, giving blood is a community need,” Kuperman said.
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Tuesday night, Seattle City Council member Teresa Mosqueda will give over the meeting of her Housing, Health, Energy, and Workers’ Rights Committee to a special public hearing on Seattle’s housing gap:
On Tuesday, Feb. 20, a special meeting of the Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee (HHEWRC) will find out. From 6 to 7:30 p.m., a panel composed of housing and homeless service providers and advocates will inform City Councilmembers what structural obstacles exist to creating enough affordable housing for everyone in Seattle, and what steps could be taken to overcome these challenges. A slide presentation will show how the loss of housing for very-low-income households is part of the broader affordability crisis. Discussion among panelists and Councilmembers will be followed by public comment. This event is hosted by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda in collaboration with the Housing For All Coalition, and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Lisa Herbold, Mike O’Brien, and Kshama Sawant.
“Last fall the City Council passed Resolution 31782, expressing their intent to pass an Employee Hours Tax and use the revenue to ‘assist people who are homeless or at a high risk of becoming homeless in obtaining and retaining stable housing,'” an announcement on the hearing from the Housing For All Coalition reads. Continue reading
As the meme goes, happy Presidents Day — for 44 out of the 45 presidents. You can put that fighting spirit to good use Monday night as a collection of Seattle venues including Capitol Hill’s The Woods, Bar Sue, Chop Suey, and Barboza host Protest Fest, “a celebration for a cause” featuring music and donations to some of the big nonprofits on the front lines of battle with the Trump Administration.
The festival from event promoter Do 206 spans three neighborhoods Monday night. Proceeds from Barboza are destined to help power the ACLU, Chop Suey is supporting the Anti-Defamation League, The Woods supports the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Bar Sue is earmarking proceeds from its Motown on Mondays night to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.
The full lineup of the night’s performers and information about sister events at The Tractor and Nectar Lounge can be found at do206.com/p/protestfest.
Meanwhile, Seattle-area groups are beginning to rally around plans for student walkouts to call for action on gun control reforms in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school mass shooting. We’ll have more on those efforts, soon.
An under construction Capitol Hill microhousing development became one of the city’s centers of attention Sunday as a cold winter storm blew into Seattle and tore loose scaffolding while sending a wall of plastic sheeting into a flapping fit at 12th and John.
Traffic in the area was detoured for hours and the sidewalk closed after the scaffolding came loose and could be seen rocking and swaying in the wind. Continue reading
As work begins on the $54 million overhaul and expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum, officials will hold a community meeting March 1st to discuss the coming “14–15 months” of construction:
Seattle Asia Art Museum Community Meeting
In January, the Seattle City Council made its final approvals of legislation that put the museum on track for a fall 2019 reopening.
The $54 million SAAM project has been designed to expand the 1933-built museum more than 13,000 square feet by extending the backside of the building 3,600 square feet into the park. The museum will add more display space to represent South Asia and India as well as fix infrastructure issues including a climate control system and seismic upgrades while making the museum ADA accessible. Last February, officials put the museum project back in motion after a brief pause. That month, visitors also said goodbye to SAAM before the planned two-year closure.
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