Consulate of Mexico in Seattle and its Mexican Cultural Institute celebrate nation’s arts — plus, Mexican wine and mezcal

Capitol Hill’s Harvard Exit didn’t just become the new home Consulate of Mexico in Seattle when the diplomatic facility moved in this summer.

The Mexican Cultural Institute also now calls the building home.

You can join the effort to embrace and growth Mexican culture and arts in the Northwest this month with El Festival MEX AM Northwest events across the neighborhood including a reception on Thursday along with the monthly Capitol Hill Art Walk showcasing the work of sculptor Adrian Gomez in the institute’s gallery inside the consulate:

NosotrUS: Adrían Gómez

Meanwhile, you can enjoy some more of the nation’s creations with a Mexican wine tasting event at Capitol Hill’s Aluel Cellars and a night of mexcal at Mezcaleria Oaxaca on E Pine.

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Thief makes off with Amazon delivery van in Capitol Hill carjacking — UPDATE

UPDATE 9/10/18: New information in the SPD report on the carjacking clarifies the location of where it went down and reveals that the ripoff appears to have been a targeted heist.

According to the report, the suspect wore a green motorcycle helmet to cover his face as he attacked the driver from behind, smashing him in the back of the head before leaping into the van and speeding away.

According to the report, Amazon valued the loss at $30,386 but it’s not clear if that included any packages stolen with the van.

As of last week, the vehicle had yet to be recovered, according to Seattle Police.

Original report: Amazon did not become a one trillion dollar company by losing packages but the retail giant is down a full delivery van in a carjacking Wednesday afternoon that began at E Roy and Harvard in the 200 block of 10th Ave E on Capitol Hill and had SPD and Washington State Patrol searching I-5 and area streets.

Police were called to the area just off Broadway around 1 PM to a report of an Amazon delivery driver who said his van had just been stolen from him. The van suffered damage to the driver side as the thief smashed into a vehicle or two as he fled the scene. Continue reading

Barbara Bailey, founder of Broadway’s much-loved Bailey/Coy Books, remembered

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Barbara Bailey, a Broadway business and property owner who created one of the city’s most loved book shops, has died. She was 74.

Friends have posted tributes to Bailey on social media. There has not yet been an announcement regarding services.

Mayor Jenny Durkan noted Bailey’s place in the formation of the Capitol Hill we know today. “Her mark on Seattle cannot be overstated; Capitol Hill would not be Capitol Hill, were it not for Barbara,” Durkan writes. “She went to school there, lived there, built a business there and cheered the neighborhood on like few others.”

“No LGBTQ+ person would have been elected to any office in this region were it not for Barbara Bailey,” the mayor said. “She always stood by her principles, and she inspired others through her work.”

Bailey is remembered on Broadway for her Bailey/Coy Books, an important part of the street’s culture and LGBTQ communities through three decades at the end of the 20th century.

Her contributions to the neighborhood were remembered when Michael Wells, who took over Bailey/Coy ownership from Bailey, announced the shop’s closure in late 2009: Continue reading

Waiting for its light rail station plaza future, Capitol Hill Farmers Market still thriving on Broadway

Leah Litwak, Capitol Hill’s market manager (Images: CHS)

Someday, Capitol Hill’s farmers market will stretch out inside the plaza in the middle of the under construction development projects around Capitol Hill Station. The expansion will also likely mean added days of market shopping. For now, you can find the market every Sunday along Broadway just north of Pine.

“For 25 years we’ve been running markets with the core of providing a direct, sustainable marketplace for farmers,” said Leah Litwak, Capitol Hill’s market manager for nearly two years following her tenure at the parent organization. Continue reading

Even with new acting director, Seattle Department of Transportation seems unlikely to unstick work to speed up First Hill Streetcar

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A project to speed up the notoriously pokey First Hill Streetcar remains stuck in neutral on Capitol Hill and the mayor’s new choice for an interim leader for her transportation department seems unlikely to kick the work into motion.

Seattle Department of Transportation officials have responded to CHS inquiries about the project to streamline the streetcar’s route with a proposed four-block southbound “Business Access and Transit” lane on Broadway that would shave off three minutes of travel time and be part of a package of changes hoped to boost ridership by about 10% — 350 riders — per day.

Property owners and business representatives tell CHS that SDOT has remained silent on the project that had been planned for construction this summer. The department said Monday that the project isn’t dead. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Station development not tall or affordable enough for you? Sound Transit approves deals for more

The Sound Transit Board approved the nitty gritty business terms of two deals Thursday that will create hundreds of affordable housing units a short walk or a First Hill Streetcar ride away from its Capitol Hill Station light rail facility.

Terms approved Thursday in one deal are worthy of the most complicated baseball trade involving a four-way swap between Sound Transit, Seattle Central and the state community college system, and Capitol Hill Housing.

  • Sound Transit will convey Site D to the College Parties in exchange for the Atlas Site. Sound Transit will then convey the Atlas Site to CHH for a mixed-use, affordable housing development that meets the requirements of RCW 81.112.350. Continue reading

‘NO WEAPNS, NO THREATS, NO STRUGGLE’ — Thief runs off with thousands in Broadway ATM cash bag heist

It might just have been the calmest, coolest $20,000 heist in Capitol Hill history.

And it would have been even larger if the bandit hadn’t somehow dropped a massive stack of bills after he won a game of high stakes tug of war and beat a hasty retreat on Broadway. Continue reading

Man charged with rape of unconscious women in Capitol Hill apartment

Redwolf Pope

A Capitol Hill man has been charged with the rape of two unconscious women and detectives are still hoping to identify one of the victims in a case centered on a Boylston Ave apartment where police say they have proof the sexual assaults occurred after two business associates discovered secret cameras, and a stash of incriminating recordings.

“The women who were raped have no memory of the event and were not even aware that they had been raped until they were contacted by Seattle Police in the course of this investigation,” prosecutors write.

Redwolf Pope has been charged with two counts of second degree rape in the assaults at the Boylston-Howell building in the 1700 block of Boylston. Pope maintained a fourth-floor residence in the Capitol Hill Housing building, available only to tenants earning 40% and 50% of area median income, and another in Santa Fe where he faces similar charges for a sexual assault on a Seattle-area woman. Continue reading

Sweatshirt bandit holds up Broadway bank — UPDATE

Seattle Police filled the streets around the 200 block of Broadway Wednesday afternoon after a reported hold-up at the nearby Bank of America.

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were looking for a suspect last seen leaving the bank headed north on Broadway described only as a white male in his late 60s, wearing a white Nike hat, and, despite temperatures above 90F, a grey sweatshirt, and unknown color pants at the time of the robbery.

The suspect reportedly handed over a note demanding money before fleeing the bank just before 4:30 PM. We do no know how much if any cash he made off with.

Police were continuing to search the area but there were no immediate arrests.

All details in this report are preliminary and have not yet been confirmed with SPD.

UPDATE: Police say one witness say the suspect is homeless and has been seen panhandling near the Convention Center. Police say the suspect made off with around $500 in the heist.

Capitol Hill smoke? Arson investigation after semi fire behind Harvard Market QFC — UPDATE

Seattle Police are investigating after a reported arson fire set a semi truck’s load ablaze on Harvard behind the Broadway at Pike QFC.

The incident began just before 8:30 AM as the truck was in the area for a grocery delivery to the nearby Bartell’s. According to East Precinct radio reports, police were interviewing at least one witness who saw a person acting suspiciously in the area.

According to Seattle Fire radio dispatches, the driver was unloading a delivery outside the QFC and returned to find someone had apparently set the contents of the trailer on fire. Continue reading