Police can’t find gunman — or intended target — after overnight Capitol Hill shootout

Police found shell casings but couldn’t located the shooter or the possible intended target after a volley of gunfire on Capitol Hill early Saturday morning.

911 calls began around 3:30 AM with reports of up to eight shots fired and glass breaking on Belmont near Pine. Police arrived to find shell casings but the combatants and a vehicle possibly involved in the shootout were nowhere to be found.

Police were searching for two men reportedly seen headed west on Pine toward downtown after the gunfire. Another man seen fleeing north on Belmont during the shootout also could not be located.

There were no arrests and no immediate reports of anybody with a gunshot wound arriving at area emergency rooms.

The gun violence follows the three-month “Operation Triple Beam Jet City” led by the U.S. Marshals office which reportedly rounded up dozens of suspected criminals with gang ties off the streets of Seattle.

Here’s your chance to help shape new Pike/Pine protected bike lanes

Planning is underway for new protected Pike/Pine bike lanes, and a community group wants to hear from residents about it.

The idea of protected bike lanes along Pike and Pine streets, connecting existing lanes on 2nd Ave and Broadway has long been in the city’s plans. Earlier this year, there had been some mixed messaging about how high a priority the lanes were, until the City Council in July voted to make them a priority.

The city is hoping that connecting these two sections will help increase bike ridership by forming a connected bike network throughout the core of Seattle.

The plan now is for the lanes to be operational, if not entirely permanent, by the end of 2019. The plan recognizes that there are some complications likely with the western portion of the lanes. Construction on major expansion of the convention center will begin relatively soon. And the “Pike Pine Renaissance” project will reshape the downtown portion of the corridor.

For those reasons, the city is hesitant to spend too much money on bike lanes west of the freeway, only to have them torn up during one of those projects. But there will be something, with plans for interim lanes generally between Bellevue and 2nd Ave.

The Capitol Hill portion of the lanes is likely to be a more permanent section, said Brie Gyncild, who is working on the project with Central Seattle Greenways. The group is sponsoring a workshop to discuss options for how the new lanes might be designed. Continue reading

By chef Sun Hong’s hand, By Tae handrolls coming to Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row

Chef Sun Hong at a recent pop-up at Bar Ferd’nand (Image: By Tae)

For chef Sun Hong, quality fish, seaweed, and perfectly seasoned rice are, each, a given. What matters is the tae — “the hand,” the style, the detail, and the finishing of each creation he wants to serve.

“Your hand is your signature,” Hong tells CHS. After a run of popular pop-ups around the city, Hong is brining to his By Tae handrolls to Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row. Continue reading

New indie fashion retailer Ritual plans to bring an edge — and conscience — to Pike/Pine

Two industry veterans are coming together to create a new fashion shopping experience on E Pike they hope moves beyond faceless, soulless big box retailers.

“We both became a little more disillusioned with faceless, fast profit, fashion companies,” William Rheinhardt tells CHS about Ritual, the new store he and business partner Sarah Randall Williams are creating in the 900 block of E Pike in the middle of the neighborhood’s nightlife and club scene.

After meeting in the trenches working on West Coast efforts for Swedish retailer H&M, Rheinhardt says he and Williams are breaking out after a combined 40 years in the industry to create their own fashion shop featuring clothing as well as household and lifestyle goods.

“We’ve been looking to partner with brands that have a social conscience,” Rheinhardt said. “We see that as the greatest need in fashion.” Continue reading

15 things CHS heard at Rep. Jayapal’s Capitol Hill town hall

7th Congressional District Rep. Pramila Jayapal spoke with over 100 constituents Thursday evening at The Summit on Pike as part of her ongoing efforts to get out the vote and boost campaign donations across the nation ahead of the November 6th midterm elections.

The Democrat spent the previous four days in four different states stumping for candidates challenging Republican incumbents including Ohio’s Aftab Pureval, the first Tibetan American running for U.S. Congress, and Kara Eastman in Nebraska. Jayapal was planning next to visit Los Angeles and New Mexico, among other places, to try to help boost chance of a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives following the critical midterm vote.

Jayapal said she was asked if she was exhausted. “I said ‘yeah, maybe, I haven’t really given myself the time to think about it’ because you know what, I will be more exhausted if we don’t flip the house,” Rep. Jayapal said. “So I’m going to do everything I can to flip the house.”

15 Things CHS heard at the ‘Don’t Agonize, Organize’ town hall

  1. Rep. Jayapal does not think of her platform as progressive. “These are centrist ideas in that they serve the center of the country,” she said. “Why should centrist mean serving the top 10 percent?”
  2. When prompted by an attendee, Rep. Jayapal said “I love the idea of a federal jobs guarantee,” referring to the idea pushed by progressives across the nation that every American should be entitled to a job that pays $15 per hour and includes benefits, such as health care and child care. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Dora, the Chinese Crested Brazilian comfort dog of Pike/Pine

Dora Miss ‘Merica is a “Chinese Crested Powder Puff Mini” that is often carried around Capitol Hill by Travis, “The Waxing Diva” who runs Salon DEWI just down the street from Cafe Pettirosso where we found the pair getting their morning coffee. Dora is super “comforting” which might be nice as Travis specializes in Brazilians. Give Dora a pet next time you get waxed.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

Glamorous Refusal: a new magazine about women saying ‘no’ has a storefront on 14th Ave

Emily Orrson at the 14th Ave Glamorous Refusal storefront (Image: Dylan M. Austin for CHS)

There is a magazine stand, of sorts, being opened on 14th Ave between Pike and Pine. But you’ll find only one title at 1402 E Pike starting Thursday night with the Capitol Hill Art Walk.

The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal is a print magazine, Capitol Hill pop-up, and series of events centered on the exploration of the word, “no.” The images and prose within the magazine shine an absurdist light on empowering individuals — specifically women — to say “no” as an exercise of power and confidence, while dismantling the notion that saying “no” is always a negative. A recipient of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture smART Ventures Grant, the magazine seeks to provide a platform for others to find confidence in their own “Glamorous Refusals.”

CHS talked with Emily Orrson to discuss the inspiration behind the magazine, upcoming events in the pop-up space on Capitol Hill, and the future of the movement.

What is the inspiration behind the magazine? No was my first word. And I have had a harder and harder time saying it since then.

I just think it is really hard to say no. We live in this culture that conditions people to say yes, women especially, where we’re bred to be socially-obliging and to appease, and it makes it really difficult to say no. Continue reading

Roq La Rue rises again on Capitol Hill

After some wild years, “lowbrow” gallery Roq La Rue is back in the Seattle art scene and set to debut in its new Capitol Hill incarnation on E Pike during Thursday’s neighborhood art walk.

Creatura House was initially supposed to be more of a shop concept but unfortunately things developed that made it not possible to follow the original plan, so I started showing art again. Then, I figured if I was going to be a gallery — it should be the famous one, not the brand new one!” owner Kirsten Anderson tells CHS about her decision to put her E Pike space into motion as a new home for the longtime Seattle gallery favorite. Continue reading

Anne and Valentin bringing French luxury eyewear to Pike/Pine

Inside Anne and Valentin’s Nolita U.S. flagship (Image: Anne and Valentin)

Young but aging tech workers and luxury are, apparently, booming Pike/Pine retail markets. French luxury eyewear concern Anne and Valentin — or Anne et Valentin, if you prefer — is sizing up a space in the neighborhood’s Odd Fellows building.

CHS has confirmed the project with the Toulouse-founded global fashion brand with plans for Pike/Pine to join the exclusive ranks of locations with A&V shops — the southern French capital, Paris, and three New York City locations: Madison, the Upper West Side, and the Nolita flagship.

Marc Oliver, who will manage the Capitol Hill store for the company, tells CHS the Seattle expansion is part of Anne and Valentin “dipping a toe” into creating more stores “out west.” Continue reading

Where, when, and why Capitol Hill calls 911

We’re #2!

Residents and businesses around Broadway and Pike/Pine have produced the second highest number of 911 calls so far in 2018 but a huge bulk of the calls on Capitol Hill and across the city involve traffic issues and disturbances involving noise or fighting, according to a newly available dataset from the Seattle Police Department.

SPD’s new online dashboard tracking the number of 911 calls it receives comes after years of complaints that the department’s focus on completed crime reports obscured the true levels of crime and safety issues in Seattle neighborhoods: Continue reading