- Cal Anderson Park has been officially reopened. You can learn more about the city-led community efforts in the park here.
- Growing encampments: Many homeless campers swept from Cal Anderson have moved to encampments in other Capitol Hill parks.
- Lockdown: With worries about a possible post-holidays surge in the spread of the virus, Washington has extended COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and social gatherings an additional week through January 11th.
- Protests: Anti-police unrest continues to target the East Precinct and its barrier wall.
- Hit and run death: An 18-year-old has been arrested and is suspected of DUI in the early New Year’s hit and run death of a man standing in the roadway at the Montlake Bridge.
- Save Neighbours: Left empty and dark by the pandemic, Neighbours needs help after being trashed after months of break-ins and squatters.
- RIP Wandering Goose: 15th Ave E bakery and cafe The Wandering Goose has closed permanently due to the pandemic. Another sad departure: E Union distillery Oola has left for Georgetown.
- Meanwhile, new on 15th Ave E: A new startup COVID-19 services center has popped-up in the space left empty by another virus business casualty.
- 14th Ave E Stay Healthy Block removed: Here is why Millionaire’s Row isn’t a pedestrian and biking street anymore.
- Weather! It snowed.
- Look back: CHS looked back at the most important Capitol Hill stories of 2020, the pictures of the year, and all the restaurant and bar closings in 2020. You can tell us about your favorite new food and drink places here.
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In past editions as CHS has attempted to tally the most important stories from the year, many of our biggest came and went with the relentless flow of news and other stories to tell. But in 2020, those stories never ended and will continue into 2021.
To break through the fog of COVID-19 and a year of unrest and protest on Capitol Hill, we need to consider the Year in Review through the prism of some of the individual stories that formed the larger narratives around the pandemic and the protests. This year, it might be more accurate to call them Capitol Hill’s most important news moments — pieces of the larger issues that dominated the year in Central Seattle.
Viewed at that level, there is also some room to see a few smaller but still important chapters in the year that was including closures of some loved small businesses and bits of the fabric that made up life here in 2020 like, yes, a tofu shortage.
In 2019, by the way, readers said the race for the District 3 seat on the City Council was the story of the year. This year, we are also again asking you about your optimism for the year ahead. We get the feeling those measurements may have changed over the past year.
Given all that, here is a look at some of the most important news moments around Capitol Hill in 2020. Thanks for reading and being part of CHS. Continue reading
Happy holidays, indeed. We hope you have opportunities to find a few moments of seasonal joy or, if nothing more, some rest. CHS is settling down for a long winter’s nap. Join us? We’ll be around if news arises but, mostly, we hope to enjoy a break and get out to wander through the neighborhood without taking notes. Thanks for all the support and for being part of CHS in this challenging year. In the meantime, holler if there is something others need to know about — call or text (206) 399-5959 or say hey on Twitter @jseattle.