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CHS Pics | Warming up for the 30th year of Seattle’s End AIDS Walk


Saturday morning in Volunteer Park, there weren’t many who could hold their hand up to say, yes, I was there 30 years ago for the first walk against AIDS in Seattle. Mayor Ed Murray was one of the few.

“30 years ago during the first walk, I was here — which makes me so much older than everybody else here,” Murray said. “But 30 years ago when I walked, nobody was there responding for helping those suffering from HIV/AIDS. As young gay men, we were isolated, and we were scared.”

That year, organizers say a can was passed around to collect donations for the cause. The first year’s total? $42. Continue reading

Paseo Capitol Hill is coming

Paseo died. And then the Fremont legend and its much-loved Caribbean roast sandwiches were reborn. And then Paseo grew to a new SoDo location. And now it is coming to Capitol Hill.

Mix in an earnest entrepreneur with the cash to make all of the above happen, and you have a very modern Seattle story. Ryan Santwire, who purchased the rights to the Paseo name and its original Fremont location, will open Paseo Capitol Hill in the space in front of music club Neumos left empty when Pike Street Fish Fry closed in late 2015. Continue reading

CHS Pics | ‘Central to the Community’

It felt like a day of activism at Seattle Central right down to the contingent of bike cops called out to “protect your First Amendment fights” — and keep traffic moving. Seattle Central College professor Carl Livingston led a light hearted march of faculty and staff from the school’s Egyptian Theater across campus Thursday morning to start a yearlong celebration of the institution’s 50 years on Capitol Hill.

With a legacy of activism stretching from civil rights to labor to WTO to Occupy to anti-fascists, the school for 16,336* students in the heart of Capitol Hill chose to begin its celebration marking the college’s dedication to social justice. Continue reading

Man charged for bag incident that brought snipers, bomb robot to 12th Ave

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SPD’s bomb robot at work on 12th Ave (Image: @mmitgang via Twitter)

The man police say wore a mask to cover his face as he dropped a bag in front of a Seattle Police vehicle at the East Precinct headquarters and caused what prosecutors call a “massive response” to a bomb scare on Capitol Hill the weekend of the Chelsea explosions in New York City has been charged with second degree “malicious placement of imitation explosive device,” the King County Prosecutor’s office tells CHS.

David Gurz, 44, was taken into custody by police as the blocks around the precinct at 12th and Pine were cordoned off around the suspicious bag in the Sunday, September 18th incident. Police say he was caught on surveillance video but had shed some of his clothing and turned his shirt inside out as he attempted to flee the area. Continue reading

New Pike/Pine design and furniture showroom finds Plantation name worked in LA, won’t work in Seattle

Looking out from the showroom that will not be Plantation Design (Image: CHS)

Looking out from the showroom that will not be Plantation Design (Image: CHS)

Times change. If Plantation Design was born in any other era than the late 1990s, it might be known as Midcentury Modern Design or Flat Pack Scandinavian Design. But the new furniture and design boutique that just opened in Capitol Hill’s Pike Motorworks development was born when Southern Californians were into the plantation look of botanical motifs, woven surfaces, and shutters, apparently.

“We’re a small business and we’re back where we have roots,” Katie Largent tells CHS.

She also says the work has begun on a branding change. Plantation Design worked for around 17 years in Los Angeles and another showroom in San Francisco. But in Seattle and with the current awareness around the Black Lives Matter movement, the name has brought online criticism and a change of heart. Continue reading

Blotter | Cal Anderson sex assault, crime stats, fireworks, elementary school poop ‘attack’

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • UPDATE: Man struck at Belmont/Bellevue: A man in his 70s was reported unconscious and bleeding from the head after being struck by a driver as he walked in a crosswalk at Belmont Ave E and Bellevue Place E Wednesday morning. Police and Seattle Fire arrived at the scene of the 9:39 AM collision to block off traffic and provide treatment before taking the man to the hospital. According to Seattle Fire radio, the driver was traveling around 10 to 15 MPH when the pedestrian walking his dog was hit. The man suffered a laceration to his head and was rushed to Harborview. The dog was not injured and with Seattle Police after the incident. UPDATE: We don’t have any current information on the victim’s condition but SFD tells us he was considered to have suffered serious injuries including injuries to his head and legs in the collision.
  • Crime stats: The latest SPD SeaStat (PDF) statistical crime analysis public report has been released and it shows crime overall in the city so far in 2016 is up about 2% compared to the same period last year. The rise is driven mostly by big jumps in commercial burglaries, car prowls, and, worse, sexual assaults and domestic violence assaults. This month’s report also tallies how many firearms have been confiscated so far in 2016 — 698 — and shows that the most recent trend for gunfire reports in the city has shifted south from Capitol Hill and the Central District to South Seattle. Thursday brings this month’s EastPAC community crime meeting at Seattle U’s Chardin Hall.
  • Cal Anderson sexual assault: Seattle Police arrested a man Sunday evening for allegedly grabbing a woman’s breasts at Cal Anderson Park while yelling “rape culture is awesome.” According to police reports, the victim was taking a nap in the park around 7 PM when the 31-year-old suspect laid down next to her and grabbed her. The victim told police she did not know the man. Two friends of the woman tried to stop the suspect. One punched the man before police arrived. He was treated for injuries and booked into King County Jail. Continue reading

Take a look inside the Capitol Hill Real World Seattle house

The production is wrapped and the 12th Ave space transformed into living quarters and a set for the MTV reality series Real World is being flipped back to offices. Editors are probably frantically splicing together dramatic scenes in time for the show’s announced October premier. Even if you aren’t interested in the fabricated human drama that played out across the neighborhood, you probably want to know what kind of couches they sat on, right? Warning: contains couch spoilers. Here is a sneak preview complete with “the only room with doors” in the house — the Real World confessional.

Design review: Passive in Pike/Pine, towering on First Hill

Passive in Pike/Pine

Passive in Pike/Pine

Towering on First Hill

Towering on First Hill

You can get a quick handle on the latest building trends in your neighborhood in one evening of design review.Two projects fully emblematic of the respective waves of development moving across First Hill and Capitol Hill will come before the review board Wednesday night. On Capitol Hill at 1300 E Pike, six stories of what could be Seattle’s first Passive House-certified, net-zero energy, most-hyphenated ever, mixed-use development will be up for review. On First Hill, meanwhile, the story at 707 Terry is not one but a set of matchy matchy, artfully leaning, skybridge-connected 33-story towers just elegant enough to call the Frye Museum a neighbor.

Look. Plans for a mural.

Look. Plans for a mural.

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On Capitol Hill, the buildings may only reach six or seven stories but they’re starting to get complicated. Destined to rise above the corner at 13th and Pike currently home to the former Fran’s Chocolates, this uber-green development cruised through its first review this spring. CHS reported then on the first of its kind “sustainable apartment building” that will include “a passive house design that reduces energy needs to as close to zero as possible.” Continue reading

SDOT says nope to plan that would push parking $ back to Capitol Hill, yup to possible late night paid parking

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Across Broadway and Pike/Pine, Capitol Hill generated some 12% of the city’s parking revenue in 2015 (Source: SDOT)

Department of Transportation officials will argue Tuesday afternoon that the city shouldn’t move forward with a plan to create “parking benefit districts” across Seattle that would give neighborhoods a major slice of the revenue generated by pay meters on their streets.

In a briefing planned to be part of Tuesday’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee session at City Council, SDOT officials lay out their case that there are significant logistical and legal concerns about earmarking any of the more than $30 million in paid parking revenue annually collected in the city for neighborhood-specific budgets: Continue reading

Wanderfish hopes sustainability, chef give it head start in Capitol Hill poke rush

unnamed-98Maybe there really is a Broadway boom underway. Another empty space on the reportedly light rail-boosted Capitol Hill main drag is being put into motion.

Wanderfish Poke will open in early October in the Broadway Building near E Pine in a space left empty by the summer exit of local fro-yo project Refresh Desserts.

“Seattle is very passionate about its salmon,” Wanderfish partner Tim Lee told CHS as he explained that a focus on sustainable fish and “chef-driven” preparations will be what sets his restaurant apart from the in-progress wave of trendy poke-related concepts. Continue reading

Agreements clear Central District homeless encampment

In a city twisted with conflicts about how to best deal with homeless encampments, a Central District camp on land part of a $20 million-plus development deal was cleared with pen and paper Monday afternoon.

Members of the Bangasser family and a uniformed SPD officer were inside an empty storefront in 23rd and Union’s Midtown Center to process the paperwork as a line of people who had been camping on the backside of the block-long property filed in to sign agreements, one by one, and pledge never to return to 24th and Spring.

Margaret Delaney, a member of the Bangasser family that has owned the Midtown land for 75 years, confirmed the nature of the agreements but declined to comment further. “It’s been a long day,” she said. Continue reading

Boost to Broadway, cocktail bar Witness used to tout benefits of Sound Transit 3


Happy six-month birthday, Capitol Hill Station.

Mass Transit Now, the pro-Sound Transit 3 campaign, is using the half-year milestone since this spring’s opening of light rail connecting the Husky Stadium and Broadway to downtown to tout the local success both transit and economic of the service as part of its push for the $53.8 billion funding package.

“For the past six months, Capitol Hill businesses are thrilled to see an increase in customers using light rail to shop, dine and drink,” Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce director Sierra Hansen says in a press release sent out by the campaign Monday. “Broadway and surround areas are abuzz with new visitors from around the city, region and world as folks realize they can travel to the coolest neighborhood from downtown in under 10 minutes.” Continue reading