Weekend of action: 2018 Seattle Women’s March is only the beginning

It will be difficult to outdo the amazing signs from the 2017 march. Sign makers gathered Sunday at Capitol Hill’s The Riveter co-working space to begin working on this year’s batch

The day after Donald Trump’s inauguration last year, women around the world marched: for each other, for the future, for the flickering hope of a sane world.

The marches were massive, attended by an estimated 2.6 million people around the globe, including your correspondent’s mama. In Washington, D.C., hundreds of thousands of marchers overwhelmed the nation’s capital. In the Emerald City, organizers estimated more than 120,000 marchers stretched from the Central District to the Seattle Center. Last year’s marches set the tone of mainstream “resistance” that has defined political opposition to current ruling party’s agenda. The symbolic import of the march is difficult to overstate.

“The mantra of the Women’s March is that all issues are women’s issues,” says Liz Hunter-Keller, who helped organize last year’s march, “and that nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”

Power to the Polls: Anniversary of the Womxn’s March on Seattle/Seattle Women’s March 2.0 – 2018

The “Unity Principles” shared by Women’s Marches across the country expand on that view, detailing opposition to state violence and environmental degradation and support for civil rights for people who are pregnant, queer, employed, political, immigrants, or disabled. The marches are sometimes titled with nonstandard spellings of “womxn” or “womyn,” in order to repudiate discrimination against trans women by bigoted feminists and to reject the categorization of women as a subset of “mankind.”

In short, lots of women et al marched last year in lots of places for lots of reasons, with lots of feelings. So that’s good. But let’s get practical for a moment: what did last year’s march actually accomplish? Continue reading

Officials unsure how many thousands to expect on Capitol Hill as plan for 2018 Seattle Women’s March comes together

In 2017, the first marchers reached Seattle Center before the last marchers left Judkins Park (Image: CHS)

For the thousands hoping to come to Capitol Hill for the January 20th Seattle Women’s March, we have two words for you: light rail.

In 2017, officials believe more than 120,000 people marched from the Central District’s Judkins Park as part of the march, the city’s contribution to women’s rights marches across the country in the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory. But, to be honest, they’re not sure. It was impossible to count. In 2018 with a year since the election passed and with some advocates saying it is time to move beyond demonstrations, nobody knows how many thousands will gather January 20th on Capitol Hill for this year’s rally and march.

Organizers and city officials are preparing and gathered Wednesday to plan for how to help those thousands get to and march off of Capitol Hill in the smoothest, safest, most First Amendment-y way possible. Continue reading

Organizers of 2018 Seattle Womxn’s/Women’s Marches to join forces at Cal Anderson

Organizers planning two different Seattle marches on January 20th, 2018 to mark the anniversary of the 2017 nationwide protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump will work together on an event starting in Cal Anderson Park.

CHS wrote about the separate efforts earlier this month. Over the holiday break, organizers announced they will collaborate on a single anniversary march on Saturday starting in the Capitol Hill Park.

Power to the Polls: Anniversary of the Womxn’s March on Seattle/Seattle Women’s March 2.0 – 2018

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2018 Seattle Women’s March 2.0 will start on Capitol Hill — UPDATE: Power to the Polls

UPDATE: Groups are working together to organize one march on January 20th:

Organizers of 2018 Seattle Womxn’s/Women’s Marches to join forces at Cal Anderson

In January of 2017 to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump and his bizarrely sexist branding, women, womxn, and those who love them marched by the thousands in cities across the nation. In Seattle, the march stretched from the Central District to the Seattle Center, with an unofficial 120,000 filling the route.

In January 2018 as many Trump administration efforts have been turned back and plenty more have taken root, organizers from the 2017 march are readying a reboot. Continue reading

Take a walk through what a well-lit Cal Anderson would look like

Proposals for transforming the lighting of Capitol Hill’s central Cal Anderson Park to make the space safer and friendlier to nighttime visitors were unveiled Thursday night at a community open house.

Here is a walk through the park with the elements recommended by Seattle design firm the Berger Partnership. Berger, by the way, has a lot to say about future lighting changes in the area around Cal Anderson. It is also leading the design of landscaping and lighting around the developments at Capitol Hill Station just north of the park.

Starting on the north end of the park, a visitor to a well-lit Cal Anderson would notice new “entry paving” wall lights at the park’s three northern entrance points. New globe lights would shine from the existing poles along the park’s pathways which would include base lights along the main sections of the path. Water mountain would be specially illuminated. Teletubby Hill would not. Continue reading

Parks ready to show off lighting plan to keep Cal Anderson busy, safe at night

White Light at Midnight, Cal Anderson Park

Lighting at Cal Anderson could be getting a makeover in the coming years, and the public is getting a chance to weigh in next week on the potential improvements to create a safer, more efficient, and hopefully more aesthetically lit park.

The city has been engaged in a lighting study of Cal Anderson for the past few months, explained Oliver Bazinet of Seattle Parks. They began by walking around the park at night with some community groups and looking at where and how the lighting in the park might be improved.

The study focused only on Cal Anderson Park, not the adjacent — and frequently fully lit — Bobby Morris Playfield.

A group of consultants came up with a mock-up plan, and that plan will be presented to the public for review for the first time next Thursday night. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Historical Society | The many landmarks of Cal Anderson Park

Cal Anderson Park was designated a Seattle Landmark 19 years ago this month on November 4, 1998.

But if you search the city landmark list for “Cal Anderson,” you won’t find anything.

In 1998, Cal Anderson Park was still a civic dream. As part of the process leading to the creation of Cal Anderson, Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Parks self-nominated the existing reservoir (Lincoln Reservoir) that they hoped to lid over, the grounds around it, and Bobby Morris Playfield to the south which would also be affected. The entire stretch from Pine to Denny, Nagle to 11th became a landmark.

Holding Seattle’s water

Lincoln Reservoir was an important part of the municipal water system created by Seattle following the Great Seattle Fire in 1889. One of the realizations after the fire was that the collection of private wells at springs across Seattle’s hillsides could not supply enough water to carry the city forward. After a successful funding vote, City Engineer R. H. Thomson set out to create a dammed reservoir in the Cascade mountains and a 20 mile pipeline to three reservoirs. Continue reading

Under new ownership, Cure a happy Capitol Hill story of exit — and entrance — across from Cal Anderson

(Image: Cure)

With success in Capitol Hill food and drink more and more dictated by the muscle and scale that comes with owning multiple locations, there aren’t a lot of happy exit stories for owners of simpler ventures dedicated to simply giving the neighbors a nice place to hang out, eat, and drink. We’re happy to report an exception in Capitol Hill’s Cure. In addition to a good feels exit story, the Nagle Place bar also has a happy entrance story.

“That’s kind of the inspiration here,” new Cure owner Sean Sheffer tells CHS. “A lot of people talk about their dreams of having their own place. I wanted to do it right.”

Sean and his brother Joe Sheffer took over the small bar across from Cal Anderson this week from Amy and Eric Haldane. The couple opened Cure on the tucked away alley in spring of 2011 and posted a goodbye to regulars announcing the sale over the weekend:

First and foremost, thanks to all of you that have supported us and become a part of our family. We have spent almost 7 years getting to know you and making memories with you. Opportunities abound. Things will remain much the same. Cure will continue with new owners who are committed to preserving what Eric & I have built over the years. Prosciutto di Parma will be there, fromage blanc with truffle honey will be there . . . . I could go on.

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Review board says Bonney Watson development needs better connection to Cal Anderson Park

Mill Creek Residential will need to take another crack at their plan for two mixed-use apartment buildings that will eventually rise on the site of Broadway’s Bonney Watson Funeral Home.

At Wednesday night’s meeting of the East Design Review Board, board members asked the developer to come back after presenting them with a laundry list of more details they want to see before the project moves on to the next phase. Continue reading

Pictures from the crowd: Capitol Hill Pride 2017


Seattle Pride 2017 will be remembered for the record heat that nearly melted Sunday’s parade — and an important protest that briefly brought it to a halt. It should also be remembered for a rekindled Pride presence on Capitol Hill with new organizers pumping life into Saturday’s Broadway street festival while on-Hill Pride weekend traditions like Saturday night’s Dyke March still contined strong and other elements like Trans* Pridealready in its fifth year! — drew huge crowds. Here is a look at the fun and messages from Capitol Hill Pride via the viewfinders and mobile devices of festival goers, dancers, doggie drag friends, and more. Thanks for sharing your pictures and videos. Continue reading