Did you travel for the holiday? Spend all day in the kitchen? Work extra shifts? Nap the whole week? We’ve got you covered. Here’s what happened on, around, under, and above Capitol Hill last week. Happy holidays!
- Protests: Ferguson rallies and marches criss-crossed between downtown, Capitol Hill and the Central District. Some were loud but mostly calm. Some were highly organized, refreshingly young, and strategically disruptive. Some shut down the mall early and put SPD in the strange predicament of defending a Christmas tree lighting and Santa’s workshop. Some broke things. There were a handful of arrests, no major injuries, one Macklemore sighting, one mayoral sighting and a couple proclamations, broken windows, graffitied buildings, torn down construction fences, flash bombs, pepper spray (from both protesters and police), explosive fireworks, a nut arrested with an arsenal of guns and several cold and tired cops. No word on what it all leads to. Attention now shifts to the federal investigation as rallies and protests are expected to continue in Seattle — and beyond.
- Snow: As we noted, Capitol Hill got just enough snow Saturday morning to make for a lovely walk. And make local meteorologists look pretty much on the ball.
- Crime: The incidents fell below the radar of major media but Capitol Hill had an awful week for street crime. To start the week last Sunday night, a male and female victim in a hold-up inside of Volunteer Park reported they were robbed at gunpoint and pistol whipped leaving both with facial injuries. Then, just blocks from the first night of Ferguson protests, a trio reportedly attempted two armed street robberies near Harvard and Union. Even freezing temperatures and snow didn’t deter criminals. Early Saturday morning as many were trying to stay warm on their way to work, a gloved bandit pulled off two gunpoint robberies within a few blocks on 15th Ave. At least one victim was reportedly pistol-whipped in the hold-ups.
- Food: The Melrose neighborhood — yes, we’re making the call — boasted a new addition over the weekend as Stateside debuted on Pike. We’re told the French-Vietnamese restaurant’s Thanksgiving closure was the last time it’s planned to not be open… ever.
- Development: The Landmarks Preservation board has deemed the Value Village building — once known as the home of Kelly-Springfield Motor Truck Company — worthy of further consideration for special protections. There’s another round to come. And, come mid-December, it’s neighbor — the White Motor Company building — will also be judged. Meanwhile, there are only four firms left making a play to develop the housing, community, and commercial space around Capitol Hill Station.