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Capitol Hill gets new Arts District street signs

DSC05136Part of the “Creative Placemaking Toolkit” designed for Seattle’s Arts District program is hitting the streets around Capitol Hill.

New Capitol Hill Arts District “caps” featuring the Hill district’s diamond logo have been added to street signs around the neighborhood near cultural centers, galleries, and theaters.

The new signage is part of a roster of relatively low cost but also relatively scalable marketing features the district program helps fund. We’ve asked the Seattle Department of Transportation about the cost for the caps and will update when we hear back. In June 2015, Mayor Ed Murray unveiled the new rainbow crosswalks across Pike/Pine that helped mark the neighborhood’s place in gay culture in the city at a cost of around $73,000 each — about 14x what a standard white-lined crosswalk costs. Judging by the thousands of rainbow crosswalk selfies across the internet, we’re thinking the city got a bargain.

CHS wrote about the launch of the arts district on Capitol Hill — the first district in the city — in 2014. For now, the arts district programs are focused on promotional efforts and advocacy but the opening of the temporary V2 arts space on 11th Ave in the old Value Village building could be a model for deeper investments in making arts and organizational space for the city’s creative communities. In 2015, a second arts district to represent the Central District was announced. Earlier this year, we looked at the possibility of the city creating incentives for developers to create and preserve space for the arts.

Meanwhile, Tuesday night, SDOT reps will be on the Hill to hear your ideas for more (relatively) cheap and (relatively) easy ways to make Pike/Pine streets safer and expand on the findings from last summer’s pedestrian zone pilot.

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