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Why did the Cal Anderson duck pool turn red?

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

There is a lot of water testing going on around here these days. Seattle Parks officials tell CHS they’re working to figure out why the Cal Anderson reflection pool water has taken on a red hue. If it turned purple this week, there would be no questions. But apparently water testing is needed to figure out what, exactly, is plaguing the duck-friendly pool. “Our crews will take a sample to have the water tested this week,” a spokesperson said. “Once we have results, we will develop a plan to drain, clean and refill the pool.”

While a working reservoir still lurks below Cal Anderson (CHS wrote about it here in 2015 when the facility was due for a cleaning), the reflecting pool next to the pump house is purely for aesthetic. There has been a reservoir at the site for 115 years. After the state mandated that Seattle’s open water sources needed to be covered in the early 1990s, community groups helped lead an effort to cap the reservoir with a park. The ripple pool and water mountain have become an iconic element of the neighborhood. But a murky red pool? Not as much.
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Union members throw support behind Central Co-op’s Capitol Hill Station bid

DSC02980Somebody hand you a banana at Capitol Hill Station? They’re part of the #coopthestation campaign to help the E Madison-headquartered Central Co-op win its bid to be the anchor grocery store at the 85-foot development slated to rise around the Broadway light rail station where empty pavement sits today.

Now, a group of members from UCFW 21 — “the largest private sector union in Washington State” and representative for Central Co-op’s nearly 100 unionized employees — have sent an “open letter” to Gerding Edlen partner Jill Sherman calling on the developer to “do better by local workers and choose a union grocer where workers have a voice on the job, and earn a living wage.”

The full letter is below. Central Co-op, by the way, is a CHS advertiser.

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Here’s what police say really happened in Broadway/Pike shooting

Tuesday afternoon outside of QFC, there really was gunfire, there really were two shots fired and broken grocery store glass, and, even though he couldn’t be found, there really was a man who got shot.

Police say they believe Tuesday’s shooting at Broadway and Pike was an act of self-defense by a legally armed man. Here’s what the shooter told police:

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Arriving officers cuffed the shooter during the initial investigation but eventually released him at the scene. He told police he didn’t know the man he said attacked him. Witnesses at Broadway and Pike that afternoon agreed that it appeared the shooter was the victim:

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Two shell casings were recovered at the scene. But the man who was shot could not be found… until three and a half hours later:

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Police say the man who was shot was not taken into custody but could face charges for the assault. They also report that he wasn’t pleased to find out the shooter wasn’t arrested:

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Police tell CHS that the shooter’s actions — even as they played out on a crowded corner in the middle of Capitol Hill — appear to have been entirely legal.

Capitol Hill food+drink | Sizzle Pie and Dark Bar open in Pike/Pine

Jacobson, right, and McKennedy (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Skater bros and metalheads finally have a place to drink brews, eat pizza, and be themselves in Pike/Pine. And everybody else can come, too.

“Our whole approach is to have something for everyone,” Matt Jacobson (on the right, above), who founded Sizzle Pie with partner Mikey McKennedy in 2011, tells CHS. “We have a pretty comprehensive menu, vegan, and gluten free.”

The new restaurant and accompanying Dark Bar opens for real Thursday after a few nights of “soft openings” for the heavy metal pizza joint. It will keep some of the latest hours in Pike/Pine — and pretty much never rest.

“At Sizzle Pie, we don’t close,” Jacobson said. “Open on Christmas. Open on Thanksgiving. There are a lot of transplants in cities. We’re happy to be one of those places when everything is closed and you want some place to go.”

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The pizza is described as “classic and unconventional” with en emphasis on variety and some surprising options like, yup, breakfast pizza. “Available all day.” There are “meat,” “vegetarian,” and “vegan” pie menus, as well as a set of special “seasonal” choices. You’ll pay around $25 for a large. A slice and a salad deal runs $7.

Though Sizzle Pie is a sibling to Jacobson’s now 25-year-old Relapse Records, live music isn’t part of the recipe. But late o’clock in the morning hours are. “When we decided to put flag in the ground, we knew we were going to have some slow Mondays and Tuesdays,” Jacobson said. “Now we’re known as the place that is open late.” Sizzle Pie Capitol Hill has transformed the former home of sports bar Auto Battery into a hardworking pizza hangout. The staff will keep rocking from 11:00 AM to 3:00 AM Sundays through Thursdays and until 4 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. The former Po Dog hot dog shop next door is now the Dark Bar, exorcising demons and giving you some new ones every day, 4 PM to 2 in the metal funking morning.

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May Day 2016: Chamber prepares, anti-capitalists, for a change, plan march *off* Capitol Hill

Though May Day 2016 is a “day of rest,” the neighborhood business community and city officials are preparing for possible clashes between police and protesters after last year’s riot on Capitol Hill:

Again, an estimated 2,000 to 4,000 people took to the streets from Judkins Park to downtown in the annual pro-worker and immigration rights march and a Black Lives Matter rally in a peaceful demonstration. And again in 2015, the violence and mayhem of May Day in Seattle was shoved back into Capitol Hill neighborhoods as police blocked the “anti-capitalist” and “anti-police” crowds that gathered at Broadway and Pine later that night from streaming into downtown with strong lines of armor-plated officers who deployed pepper spray, “less lethal” projectiles, and so many flash bangs that the efforts in East Precinct had to be re-supplied.

“This year, May 1st falls on a Sunday, and for the past few years, various organizations and individuals have chosen to participate in coordinated and impromptu protests in downtown Seattle,” a special notice sent to Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce members Monday afternoon reads. “Recently these protests have migrated to Capitol Hill and have led to property damage and aggressive behavior that makes residents, employees, business and property owners concerned for their safety.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | Life through the eyes of a driver, played out on board a Capitol Hill bus


IMG_2293IMG_2418We may be excited about our new subway but Capitol Hill’s first love is the bus. Performer Stokley Towles has turned interviews with the city’s Metro drivers into a show so public transit oriented, you’ll watch it performed on a real live bus on the real live Capitol Hill.

Check out Behind the Wheel:

“Behind the Wheel: Life on the Metro Bus” will take place on-board a Metro bus parked at the Route #47 bus stop near 727 Bellevue Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102 on Capitol Hill.

Performance running time: 50-minutes. Ticket prices: General $15/Student $10. For ages 12 to adult (performance includes the word f#ck).

April 28, 29, 30. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:30pm
May 5, 6, 7. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:30pm
Purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.

The performance debuted last week and CHS stopped by to check out the action as crowds climbed aboard to experience the one-person show that “attempts to see the world through the eyes of a King County Metro bus driver.” The performance was funded in part by 4Culture and Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture.

And, if you plan to attend, you can, of course, take the bus:

We recommend you take the bus to the performance. The #47 stops at the performance site. The #9 and #49 are walking distance from the performance site. The #8 is also walking distance and operates on Denny Way and stops at Bellevue Ave E.

Make note of your driver — Towles might eventually need more material.

Police search for victim after reported Broadway/Pike shooting — UPDATE: Found

Seattle Police took one into custody following a reported shooting at Broadway and Pike Tuesday afternoon — but couldn’t track down a victim.

The incident began just before 2 PM as witnesses told CHS two men were seen fighting in front of the QFC. Police said the victim appeared to have been shot in the lower back and fled the scene. One male was taken into custody and could be seen cuffed and sitting on the hood of a squad car at the corner. Witnesses said the fight may have involved an airgun. SPD has not yet said if a gun was recovered at the scene but the victim who fled was not believed to be armed.

A search for the victim spread around the neighborhood and to nearby emergency rooms. As of 2:30 PM, the white male had not been located. One tip said he had fled in a cab headed west on Pine but police didn’t turn anything up with the taxi company, according to East Precinct radio.

SPD said it will update us once it sorts the situation out.

UPDATE: From SPD — we’re also asking for more information about if a gun was recovered and any shots fired involved with the incident:

UPDATE 4/27/2016 7:10 PM: A KOMO reporter says the victim was tracked down in Green Lake, bleeding in a bar. We’re still waiting for more from SPD whose communications team was out for training Wednesday.

Woman dies in fall onto I-5

A woman died Tuesday morning after a fall onto I-5 below the Madison overpass.

A Washington State Patrol spokesperson said that two of the freeway’s northbound lanes were closed for a death investigation Tuesday morning. Around 8:15 AM, Seattle Police responded to a report that a woman had fallen or jumped from the overpass. A driver witnessed the incident and a purse was found on the sidewalk above the scene, according to police radio dispatches.

Seattle Fire responded to the scene which also involved a motor vehicle collision. There were no other significant injuries reported in the crash.

Traffic backed up for miles during the response and investigation.

UPDATE 11:30 AM: In another 911 incident Tuesday morning, a male motorcycle rider was injured in a collision as he crashed headed downhill on E Olive Way and Bellevue in front of City Market. Police were investigating the just before 11 AM incident to determine how the rider lost control and ended up slamming into a delivery truck in front of the grocery. The male rider was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries but was reported alert and conscious after the crash.

A pizza joint every two blocks: Meltdown Pizza Co. ready to serve its slice of Capitol Hill

In a Capitol Hill’s pizza economy so strong that even Amante’s is upgrading its game on E Olive Way, there are are two new openings to celebrate this week.

Meltdown Pizza Co., at Pine and Minor in a former therapeutic shoe shop at the base of Capitol Hill, is already up and running. Catch up.



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Capitol Hill’s royal funeral for Prince: dancing, sermons, street art


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Pop music legend Prince was remembered across Capitol Hill this weekend in karaoke bars and on the streets where a dance party briefly broke out on E Pike before sending patrons back inside the taverns and restaurants for Purple One-inspired playlists.

“We have so many choices of what we do in our lives,” Witness owner Gregg Holcomb said Saturday night, as he made Prince the subject of his weekly sermon inside the Broadway bar. “Let’s try and bring a little bit of love, and a little bit of sex, and a little bit of peace. And try to honor his memory as long as we can.”

On E Pike, Neumos, the Comet Tavern, and Big Mario’s hyped the Pike/Pine crowd into a disco that briefly closed off the street for a mini Capitol Hill Block Party with Prince’s music and purple lights up and down the street. East Precinct brass, clearly wanting to keep a tight lid on things one night after a shooting incident on the backside of Pike/Pine came in a string of gun violence across Seattle, told the Neumos management they needed to bring the tribute party to a close and gave the revelers 20 more minutes to enjoy the party. By 11:15 PM, the music was moved inside out of any purple rain and the friendly crowd — which reportedly included Mayor Ed Murray — was back on the sidewalks or inside the bars.

Prince’s night of tributes is the second wave of memorial energy to sweep over the Hill in 2016 in a year that has seen what feels like a greater than usual share of notable deaths. In January, David Bowie’s passing was also marked across Capitol Hill. Be ready for more and what could be a nearly perpetual state of pop culture mourning fueled by art and creativity, social media, marketing, and good old fashioned nostalgia at the scale of an increasingly interconnected planet.

More pictures from the remembrances, below.

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