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‘What’s Wrong With Capitol Hill’ panel will feature Stranger writers proclaiming neighborhood’s death

In 2012, forum attendees pondered sustainability and the environment on Capitol Hill (Image: CHS)

In 2012, forum attendees pondered sustainability and the environment on Capitol Hill (Image: CHS)

About the only thing positive about the latest Stranger tantrum proclaiming the death of “Capitol Hill” (See also: November 30, 2006) is its timing.

Tuesday night, people who live, work, edit an alt weekly and play on Capitol Hill will gather in the Broadway Performance Hall to talk about how Capitol Hill is changing — and how to make it better:

Demand is increasing for dense, walkable neighborhoods located near transit and jobs. On Capitol Hill, this demand has resulted in over 30 proposed developments with more than 2,500 units of housing and more than 250,000 square feet of commercial space. As demand for our neighborhood increases, how do we preserve affordability and economic and social diversity in the years to come?

Join Capitol Hill Housing for a lively panel discussion on the benefits and challenges of new development and policies to promote affordability.

Oh, and attention Dominic Holden, Tuesday night’s event will be emceed by Michael Wells of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. Unfortunately for Dominic, the panelist list is now full:

  • Sally Clark, Seattle City Council Member
  • Stephen O’Connor, Director of the University of Washington Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies
  • Liz Dunn, Principal of Dunn + Hobbes, LLC
  • Knute Berger, Columnist at
  • A-P Hurd, Vice President of Touchstone

The event is free to attend but online ticketing is already in “waitlist” mode — given the size of the hall, we say go for it.

June 11, 2013
Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
5:00 PM Doors open
5:30 PM Presentation and Panel discussion
7:00 PM Reception

Past topics of the forward-looking Capitol Hill forum have included the future of 12th Avetransit oriented development on Broadway, and the Capitol Hill ecodistrict. CHS has recently reported on 12th AveBroadway TOD and, yes, the Capitol Hill ecodistrict.

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16 thoughts on “‘What’s Wrong With Capitol Hill’ panel will feature Stranger writers proclaiming neighborhood’s death

  1. This is the most confusing thing I’ve ever read on the CHS Blog. (1) The title seems to imply that The Stranger is hosting or taking part in this event but there are no Stranger panelists and it doesn’t seem like they are involved at all. What pieces am I not putting together? (2) Did you read Dominic’s article? I don’t understand where you get the “death of Capitol Hill” bit or really the “tantrum” piece. He just thinks we need density and not a Target…not death but a different direction?

    I know that issues around growth are contentions (for some folks) but I would like it better if you take the high road and and consider reporting and not pitting well-intentioned neighbor against well-intentioned neighbor. Neighborhood news is exciting enough without having to resort to fanning the flame, if indeed a flame even exists.


    • “not the Capitol Hill run by a guy with an inflated sense of self-importance who thinks he’s god’s gift to politics and the economy. You’re right—that still sounds like Michael Wells”

  2. Tonight’s forum should be interesting and well-emceed. We live in a neighborhood in the midst of great change, in a city in the midst of great change. Nothing is cast in amber, and it’s incumbent of all of us to be engaged in shepherding these changes, as Michael Wells has been for the past decade or so – trying to be sure the neighborhood has a voice in what Sound Transit brings us with the Light Rail Station for example. None of this should be about personalities, neither Michael’s nor Dominic’s. I hope there is a great discussion tonight about what’s happening on the Hill and what our neighborhood is going to be like. Remember, until the sale of real estate is outlawed or strictly regulated, property will change hands and neighborhoods will change. How do we make sure the Hill can support the kind of retail we all think we’re missing? How do we make sure affordable housing remains in the mix on the Hill?

    • Keep drinking that New Urbanist Taliban Kool- Aid Cathy!

      Other than hearing from Liz Dunn I can’t imagine why anyone would want to go listen to someone from Crosscut or “Mister” Sally Clark spew their drivel about “improving” Capitol Hill. Utter garbage.

  3. Michael Wells, who Holden slandered in the Slog article, represents the businesses of Capitol Hill, as head of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, so of course he has a slightly pro-business slant. But he is also someone who cares deeply about our neighborhood and has been directly involved in making it better for years, not only for business-owners but for the many segments of those who live here. In my opinion, his activism (along with others on the Chamber) are absolutely crucial to counteracting some of the sleazier aspects of Capitol Hill….the things that some people choose to ignore…and in making it more liveable for everyone.

    Thank you, Michael, for all that you do!

  4. I second the comment above about taking the high road. I’ve almost quit reading the CHS blog a few times recently due to its thinly (or confusingly) veiled political pandering, which is often just inarticulate and and not very well thought out. It would be nice to know what’s going on in the neighborhood without the subtext.

  5. Holden is supposed to be some ant-density crybaby for saying stricter panhandling laws would be horrendous and the last thing Capitol Hill needs is more mall?

    Couldn’t you just disagree on merits instead of going all personal? It would make for much more interesting reading.

  6. I live in a Capitol Hill Housing building. I was forced to battle bed bugs for 20 months!!! This whole time I paid rent while I lost my furniture, worked ten to twelve hours a day trying to get rid of them. Capitol Hill Improvement Program refused to do anything because a bug couldn’t be found. I Emailed and called numerous agencies. In April it was found out, after I got a different dog than the one they were using ( I told them the dog was wrong with it’s false negatives). It was discovered my neighbor was a hoarder and had several alerts for bed bugs. I have moved but he is still left untreated because CHIP said “it’s too hard to treat him.” This is inexcusable and he is infesting the city.I have also not been reimbursed for all the money I spent and posessions I lost. Capitol Hill Improvement Program is a Nono-Profit Organization taking money to help it’s tenants. It is a sham, as it did not help, but cost me. I will be at the Forum to speak about this.

  7. Maybe I’m stating the obvious, but I think the condescension in the first few paragraphs was supposed to be tongue-in-cheek. At least, I thought it was.

  8. I was able to let others know about my experience with Capitol Hill Housing, even though I was threatened with being thrown out. I said what I wanted to, so there was no need. It is a travesty to subject a tenant to 20 months of bed bugs because of a neighbor who is a hoarder and infested. Worse CHIP, as of to date, has done nothing to treat this hoarder who is infested in Helen V Apartments;1319 E. Union St. Seattle,W.A. I have moved.
    BTW @Jseattle, I was not escorted out, I left after I spoke. This is just my first time so I thought I would go easy . I felt it was my duty to inform others and be proactive about eradicating bed bugs in Seattle. What’s wrong with trying to warn citizens???

  9. What? There is always something wrong with Cap Hill, which is why I stay here. The more wrong the better. Change is part of nature, we evolve and adapt. If more people want to live here, I think that’s a great thing, makes me prouder of my hood, with more hot babes to check out.