I’ve lived in this neighborhood since I first moved to Seattle. I remember the sights unfolding before my bright eyes: the colorful people, the pocket parks, the urban chic and tragic. I talked up the neighborhood as my iridescent home. When out-of-town visitors started to come, I was elated to craft itineraries that showcased the glory of my new frontier. My new beginnings. That was two and a half years ago; how time sneaks through the cracks. For old times sake, I walked around Capitol Hill as its resident one last time this past week. I passed my old job. My old studio apartment. My old walking route to the grocery store. The bars I never enter. Cal Anderson Park—a nexus of protests; of past "dates" and breakups; of mourning and laughter. I’ve been here for a while. The honeymoon has long passed. Bright eyes have since dulled. I’m not new anymore. I've lived many lives on these streets, blooming bright colors and growing my soul. These rainbow crosswalks are haunted with memories. Capitol HIll has been my home, where my roots are planted in this eclectic city. I've been around the block and back; watched it gentrify with luxury apartments and trendy boutiques. Change is inevitable—for this neighborhood, for myself—and more is yet to come. But I'll always find myself here, just as I've done these past few years, enjoying warm evenings on park benches and my climbs up the Pike Pine corridor. And for now: a change of scenery, if only a few miles away, if only for a little while.
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Change is coming for Yesler Terrace. But, in the meantime, weeds keep growing. CHS found this work crew taking it easy on a slowly warming Seattle spring day not far from Washington and Yesler, just off Broadway. Continue reading
Tuesday, a celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney was held at McCaw Hall following the civil rights leader’s death at the age of 91 early last month. Now, legislation is in motion to designate McKinney’s home church at 19th and Madison as an official Seattle landmark and protect the building’s architectural features.
“Landmark status is reserved for locations in our City that have been of exceptional value to social, political, architectural or community causes – and in the long history of Mount Zion Baptist Church, it has contributed greatly to all of these and more,” an announcement of the legislation from Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office reads. Continue reading
Capitol Hill’s neighborhood butcher is now even more focused on its Melrose Market shop. Rain Shadow Meats announced that a big jump in its Pioneer Square rent and sagging business due to construction in that neighborhood has forced the company to pare back:
After five years of operation, Rain Shadow Meats Squared is closing its popular restaurant location in Pioneer Square. The closure is due in part to a significant rent increase, coupled with a recent drop in sales as a result of debilitating construction surrounding the immediate area. Business owner Russell Flint has decided to get back to his original mission statement by focusing solely on his Melrose Market butchery program, while expanding his newly launched Home Delivery Service. The Capitol Hill full- service butcher shop will continue to remain open with regular business hours 10am-7pm every day.
The Melrose Promenade group threw a spur of the moment party Thursday night after a Seattle Department of Transportation work crew needed only one night to install new “community crosswalks on the street the organization is dedicated to improving.
“Thank you to our artist Sara Snedeker for her design, Seattle Department of Transportation and Berger Partnership PS for their partnership, everyone in the community for helping select this public art, and Promenade team member Patrick Jones for always being in the right place at the right time with his camera!,” the Melrose Promenade note about the community party read. Continue reading
The debate over the proposed Seattle business tax has turned into a fight. Next week, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce is bringing neighborhood business representatives for a “roundtable discussion” with City Council members on the proposed tax:
“It is important that small business SPEAK UP as Councilmembers finalize their proposal,” the Chamber implores.
The proposal from the council’s Lorena Gonzalez and Lisa Herbold aims to raise at least $75 million annually to address the twin crises of affordable housing for the city’s most vulnerable people, and the increasing number of people living unsheltered. It comes in two parts: an ordinance that enacts the tax, and a resolution that lays out the spending plan.
The world’s largest transgender film festival returns to Capitol Hill this week with 50 films from 15 different countries including Kenya, Japan, Brazil, Ukraine and the Netherlands.
This year’s Translations, the 13th edition of the annual film festival from Three Dollar Bill Cinema, features “a plethora of fun non-film events” including performances and workshops at 12th Ave’s Velocity Dance, an All-Bodies & All Genders Swim at Rainier Beach Pool, a Speed Friending event, a stand-up comedy night, and a return of our How To Be A Trans Ally workshop “for folks who are new to the community.” Continue reading
— Gary Horcher (@GaryKIRO7) May 1, 2018
With reporting by SCC Insight
A day after a lone May Day protester was arrested for trying to toss a rock through the Amazon Spheres, the world’s
third fourth most valuable company returned fire Wednesday announcing it would halt planning on its new “Block 18” commercial office tower and considering subleasing their space in the Rainier Square building, pending the Seattle City Council’s decision on whether to enact a proposed new tax on big businesses that would cost the company $20 million annually.
The move set off a firestorm of responses from politicians. The Seattle Times quotes a spokesperson for Governor Jay Inslee saying that Amazon had raised the topic of the tax with the governor, and that he hopes there is room for compromise. The newspaper also quotes Mayor Jenny Durkan, who recently sent a letter to the City Council expressing her concerns with the proposed tax. Durkan expressed concerns about the jobs impact if Amazon follows through, and pledging to work with the council and business and labor leaders to strike a deal. Continue reading
With Mayor Jenny Durkan’s first community town hall on Capitol Hill taken care of, CHS thought we’d check in on how you feel your relatively new Seattle mayor is doing. We’ll share the results here and check in again the next time the mayor is planning a Capitol Hill appearance.