Capitol Hill Pets | Django the hangover dog in Cal Anderson

Django is about five years old and is an American Bulldog/ Staffordshire Terrier. He is originally from the back of a pickup truck in southern Oregon and is about 80 pounds of solid muscle and sweetness. This pup is apparently very lazy, enjoying his Tempur-Pedic mattress and fan this summer. He is also the perfect size to cuddle with, says Dana, his minder. “He’s a perfect hangover dog.”

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.


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Tourist says dangled from building in rooftop party robbery

The front clerk at SPD’s East Precinct at the corner of 12th and Pine hears some crazy stories but the report that started at 7 AM on the morning of Thursday, August 9th when a Canadian tourist walked into the lobby lost, exhausted, and carrying a dead phone with a tale of being dangled “10-14 stories” above the ground and robbed by armed men at a rooftop party is probably weirder than most.

According to the report on the incident, the tourist arrived seeking help from police to contact his friend at a nearby hotel after losing track of him during the night. The man told the officer it had been a long evening — he had just had a gun pulled on him. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Air quality alert for Puget Sound region due to wildfire smoke

For latest measurements, visit airnow.gov

From Seattle/King County Public Health

This is an air quality alert for August 15, 2018, from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the local health jurisdictions of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Air pollution is increasing due to wildfire smoke and may cause health problems. Currently, the air quality has reached levels that are UNHEALTHY for everyone in the Puget Sound region. Although we could have some clearing tonight, with so much smoke around it will likely linger through Thursday. The outlook for early next week shows smoke could return. Check the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s website for the most recent conditions.

Wildfire smoke can cause a range of health problems: Continue reading

What has bubbled to the top of ’30 ideas’ for saving — and developing — Seattle studios, galleries, and music venues

Not everything is about preservation. The new Hugo House is set to open soon on 11th Ave.

As Seattle once again wrestles with the fragility of its arts spaces in the face of continued growth, change, and development, the Seattle City Council this week heard an update on City Hall’s efforts to preserve and grow the number of studios, galleries, and performance venues on Capitol Hill and across the city.

Tuesday, the Seattle Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development & Arts Committee convened to discuss the cultural space access and stabilization project currently being undertaken by the Office of Arts and Culture (ARTS).

ARTS has been working for the past eight months to implement concepts proposed in The CAP Report: 30 Ideas for the Creation, Activation and Preservation of Cultural Space (PDF), which was published by ARTS last year. ARTS is assessing the feasibility of the project and working on a racial equity toolkit to ensure the communities of color that will be impacted have their voices heard.

Council member Lisa Herbold, chair of the committee, expressed her support for the project and its research.

“Our ability to preserve cultural spaces is really important,” Herbold said. “It goes beyond one particular threatened cultural space and we really need to figure out what the tools are that we have available.” Continue reading

Developer ready to build two seven-story buildings on Broadway flips one in Pike/Pine for $69M

(Image: Modera Capitol Hill)

Residents of the 11th Ave Modera Capitol Hill Apartments were surprised to be informed last week that their brand-new building has already been sold.

Just as its development to replace the Broadway Bonney Watson funeral home has received the OK from the design review board, Mill Creek Residential is getting a big wad of cash in a deal to sell another of its Capitol Hill developments. Continue reading

Pot shop The Reef ready to light up for Hempfest debut on E Olive Way

Signage coming soon to E Olive Way

The Reef, E Olive Way’s first legal pot shop and Capitol Hill’s third marijuana retail outlet, is preparing to make a Hempfest debut giving it a smokey head start on nearby rival Uncle Ike’s.

The annual celebration of cannabis takes place starting Friday along the waters of Elliott Bay in Myrtle Edwards Park just as the wildfire haze is forecasted to be clearing out of the city.

Joining its Bremerton-born sister location, the new Reef is positioned as taking “a tech-forward but high touch approach” at the intersection of John, Denny, and E Olive Way “on Capitol Hill’s ‘Amazon Slope'” — please direct all “Amazon Slope” hate mail to The Reef, thanks. Continue reading

The 9th annual Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day is Sunday

From humble beginnings in the People’s Parking Lot, Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day has grown into quite a thing. Now in its ninth year, CHGSD is this Sunday, August 19th. CHS used to organize the whole thing ourselves — now we have a lot of help:

The Cal Anderson Park Alliance invites all local treasure seekers to enjoy an afternoon of bargain hunting that promises something for everyone. On Sunday, August 19th, residents all over Capitol Hill will populate their front lawns, apartment stoops and Cal Anderson Park with heirlooms, antiques and bric-a-brac for sale as a part of the “9TH ANNUAL CAPITOL HILL GARAGE SALE DAY” from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For this one-of-a-kind neighborhood event, no garage is no problem! Seattleites are invited to join their Capitol Hill neighbors in Cal Anderson Park for five hours of bargain shopping, DJ music and sun. In addition, this year, shoppers can access an online map of Capitol Hill neighbors who will be simultaneously hosting a more traditional garage/stoop/yard/sidewalk sale in front of their homes. This map is available on the event website or at the Garage Sale information tent in Cal Anderson Park. In Cal Anderson Park, event goers will be treated to an afternoon of upbeat dance-floor favorites courtesy of DJs LA Kendall. Alongside neighborhood purveyors of wonders there will also be knife sharpening courtesy of the Sustainable Capitol Hill Tool Library, as well as tasty beverages and treats available at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market just a block away (open from 11:00am until 3:00pm).

So far, we count around 90 sales on the official map. If past years are any indication, expect a lot of “off map” surprises around the neighborhood, too.

Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day 2018

Thanks much to our friends at CAPA, Capitol Hill Housing and the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, and you, salers and shoppers, for being part of the fun. See you Sunday. Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s last independent service station’s days numbered as developer has deal for 15th Ave E corner

After more than half a century of business on Capitol Hill, the Hilltop Service Station on 15th Ave E is slated to be no more. Customers have been told the station’s last day of service is coming — possibly this week.

Cadence Capital, a Colorado-based real estate and development firm, finalized an agreement to purchase the property last month, according to King County records, making the deal official and paving the way for the property to be acquired and redeveloped. Financial details and terms of the memorandum of agreement are not yet publicly available.  Continue reading

Chief Best sworn in to lead Seattle Police

(Image: City of Seattle)

Carmen Best has served Seattle citizens on the sometimes-dangerous streets of the city for 26 years. Now she has successfully navigated the equally sometimes-times dangerous pathways at City Hall to win confirmation as the Chief of Police in Seattle, the 22nd most populous city in the nation.

“As the new police Chief, I’ll continue to lead our department through a culture of continuous improvement and innovation,” Best said in a statement released Monday following her official swearing-in: Continue reading

Capitol Hill currently down one coffee shop

(Image: Honor Coffee)

Honor Coffee, a Seattle-area chain that got its early start on a hoped path to market in China with a 2015 opening on Capitol Hill, has quietly closed one of its two cafes in the neighborhood.

The Honor cafe at 15th and Pine is dark and empty this week. CHS was told by a person familiar with the situation that Honor decided not to renew its lease for the space. We have not heard back from Honor Cafe’s Hana Hu about the closure.  Continue reading