Police investigating new Seattle hit and run attacks after homeless man run over while sleeping on North Capitol Hill sidewalk — UPDATE

A homeless man who survived being run over while sleeping on the sidewalk along Capitol Hill’s 19th Ave E appears to have been intentionally targeted.

Seattle Police say they are investigating two similar attacks that took place within hours across Seattle early last Saturday morning that sent two people to the hospital after a driver drove onto sidewalks and struck them.

In the Capitol Hill attack, a 39-year-old man suffered lower body injuries and was rushed to Harborview after being run over while sleeping near 19th and Prospect in front of a stretch of businesses including the neighborhood’s Windermere real estate office on the block mixed with single family-style homes and a small business strip.

“The victim was asleep on the sidewalk when he was struck by a vehicle,” SPD’s brief on the February 17th, 3:50 AM incident reads. “The suspect vehicle ran over the victim’s legs and then fled the scene.” Continue reading

‘Suspicious death’ investigation after man found down outside First Hill’s Town Hall — UPDATE

Seattle Police are investigating after a man was found dead outside Town Hall on First Hill early Thursday morning. SPD said it was investigating the death as suspicious.

Seattle Fire was called to the scene just after 5 AM to a report of a man who appeared to be in his 50s down outside the building at 8th and Seneca with a head injury. According to SFD radio updates, the man was found dead and the coroner was immediately called to the scene.

Police were taping off the area as homicide detectives gathered evidence and traffic was closed in the area during the response.

The suspicious death comes as investigators have identified the victim in a Saturday, February 10th in an alley off 12th Ave as a longtime homeless resident of the area.

UPDATE: SPD has posted a brief on the investigation:

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Homicide detectives are investigating a suspicious death after a body was found in First Hill Thursday morning.

Shortly after 5:00 a.m., officers responded to a report of a deceased male in the 1100 block of 8th Avenue. Police arrived and located the victim lying in an alcove of a building.

Officers secured the area until Homicide detectives and members of the Crime Scene Investigation Unit arrived. The King County Medical Examiner responded to the scene and will determine cause and manner of death.

If anyone has information regarding this investigation, please call the SPD Violent Crimes Tip Line at (206) 233-5000.

 

 

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Despite owning its Capitol Hill home, Hugo House’s struggles continue as executive director steps down

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Instability in its leadership will continue at Hugo House, one of Capitol Hill’s most prominent arts nonprofits and operator the 11th Ave literary center and complex across from Cal Anderson Park. The organization announced this week that executive director Diana Delgado will resign her position after less than a year on the job.

It comes amid reports of signifcant financial challenges for the organization.

CHS reported here last April as Hugo House brought on Delgado with hopes of forging new paths for the literary center after years of conflict over diversity.

Delgado was Hugo House’s first permanent executive director since Tree Swenson resigned in February 2021 in response to a letter demanding her removal based on racial equity concerns. Continue reading

Where the Canterbury reigned over Capitol Hill for a half century, Meliora faces restart after less than a year of business

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Seattle’s Singh restaurant family is used to success. Their Rasai is celebrated for its take on “progressive Indian” in Fremont.

Things haven’t worked out as well for Meliora, the “New American Restaurant” and cocktail bar opened to give a new, calmer life to the former Canterbury Ale House space on 15th Ave E.

After just over a half year of more than half empty seats, the restaurant has been temporarily closed for a restart:

We have temporarily closed our door for essential maintenance and enhancements in our unwavering commitment to providing you with the best possible experience. This break is aimed at ensuring your future visits are even more enjoyable.

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After the race for District 3, Hudson continues advocacy work and sees hope in Seattle’s big 2024 goals: an equitable comprehensive plan and an ambitious new transportation levy

Hudson making a 2023 campaign stop before her new path with Commute Seattle (Image: @AlexHudsonforSeattle)

It is very likely the voters in the Seattle City Council’s District 3 could not go wrong in November. Though Central District born and raised Joy Hollingsworth reached a solid victory, First Hill neighborhood and transit champion Alex Hudson also would have brought a strong fight for the needs of Seattle’s core neighborhoods to City Hall.

After the election, Hudson has spent the past few months finding a new path to helping the residents of First Hill, the Central District, Capitol Hill and the entire city resting up from the long campaign, sorting out her new priorities, and moving forward in her new role as executive director at Commute Seattle.

“Running for office is an incredible experience and a grueling task,” Hudson told CHS. “I was grateful for the opportunity, especially right after the election, to take a little break—spend some time with my family, catch up on much needed sleep, unwind my brain, and thank people and reflect on the experience.”

She also snatched up the leadership position at Commute Seattle, a nonprofit that works towards making the city more walker and bicycle friendly, while centering those disproportionately impacted by transportation costs.

Hudsons calls her new role the “perfect fit”and is “still very much doing the work that I love and that I’m committed to around transportation, transit and mobility, and doing that in service of the people of the City of Seattle.”

Running for D3 has changed Hudson, she said, by helping her come to appreciate the community’s experiences and real concerns around safety. From her campaign team canvassing a total of 18,000 people during her campaign, Hudson listened to residents’ genuinely held concerns that were backed up by numerous negative experiences, and holds a well of compassion and empathy for those who are struggling in society.

“I think it has helped to crystalize so many of the values that I had walking in—that people deserve a government that works for them,” Hudson said. “People deserve to have a government that invests in opportunities that spreads that fairly, that has meaningful and specific plans for making life better here in the City of Seattle. I feel more committed to making that possible than I did before.” Continue reading

‘The scale of this deficit is significantly larger than in past years’ — Council committee hears update on Seattle’s looming $230M+ budget hole

Seattle’s City Hall will be pinching pennies and on the hunt for new sources of revenue as it tangles with a looming, more than $230 million budget deficit next year.

The Seattle City Council’s Finance, Native Communities, and Tribal Governments Committee will hear an update on the numbers, an overview of how we got here, and a look at some of the possible paths to take climb out of the hole in a presentation (PDF) Wednesday morning.

According to the City Budgeting Office update, while the 2025 deficit will top $230 million, it could balloon to more than $452 million in 2026. Continue reading

CHS Pics | More scenes from Machiavelli’s last night on Capitol Hill

CHS included a few images from the final night of service at Ristorante Machiavelli in our report on the real estate deals and development behind the closure that will transform its block but we wanted to also provide a few views of the night focused only on the good times and hugs from the Thursday, February 15th event.

Below, you can find more images from Machiavelli’s last night so you can remember the neighborhood favorite and get ready for what will come next on the block. Continue reading

Homeless man found stabbed to death in 12th Ave alley identified as longtime neighborhood resident

Investigators have identified the man found murdered in a 12th Ave alley as a 68-year-old man who lived unsheltered in the neighborhood.

Medical examiners say Paul Ewell died of “multiple sharp force injuries of the head” early on Saturday, February 10th. His body was discovered later that morning in the alley near 12th and Terrace by a passerby. Continue reading

‘Unfortunate, but amicable’ — How Capitol Hill’s Machiavelli block is becoming the Voodoo Doughnut block

One last night at Machiavelli

As diners paid their respect to Ristorante Machiavelli during one last night of service on Capitol Hill last week, the restaurant’s Melrose Market block just above downtown Seattle is undergoing a doughnut-centered makeover under San Francisco-based real estate company Prado Group that will transform its Pine facing edge after it acquired the property for $5 million in 2022.

A Voodoo Doughnut, the first Seattle location for the Portland-born company, is coming along with a near full-block turnover for the businesses that have called this stretch of Pine between Melrose and Minor home. The change is bringing and end for Machiavelli as well as its neighbors Pho 4 U and Lan Hand-Pulled Noodles.

For this small cluster of Capitol Hill businesses in the middle of real estate and development change, the situation around the ending leases have similar echoes of high costs and the fact that time has run out.

“Unfortunate, but amicable,” is how a Prado Group representative described the end of Machiavelli’s run after more than 35 years at the Capitol Hill corner. Continue reading

Mayor’s ‘State of the City’ report touts progress increasing trust and confidence ‘in local government’s ability to serve our residents’

Mayor Bruce Harrell will deliver his 2024 State of the City speech “addressed to the City Council and the people of Seattle” Tuesday afternoon. The speech will mark Harrell’s second State of the City address.

Harrell’s office says the speech will outline his “One Seattle” vision and priorities for the year ahead. In 2023’s speech, Harrell launched the One Seattle campaign and “Space Needle thinking” amid optimism for a hoped for downtown revival stoked by the return of Amazon and more office workers to the city’s core. Those hopes have been slow to play out.

In conjunction with Tuesday’s 2024 speech, the Harrell administration has released a report detailing progress on the One Seattle initiatives and touting Harrell’s attendance at 285 “community engagement events” across the city.

The mayor continued his effective working relationship with the City Council, passing 187 bills, confirming 8 department directors, and approving the 2024 budget which included record investments in affordable housing, wage increases for human service providers, and support for diversified emergency response options to improve public safety.

“[A]bove all else, we worked to increase trust and restore confidence in local government’s ability to serve our residents,” Harrell says in the report’s introduction. Continue reading