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

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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

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle JazzED and Capitol Hill Housing to develop a youth performing arts hub and affordable housing in Rainier Valley

(Image: Jim Leavitt/JazzED)

From Capitol Hill Housing

Seattle JazzED, the music education non-profit co-founded in 2010 by Laurie de Koch, Shirish Mulherkar and Garfield High School Band Director Clarence Acox, announced today a joint purchase of land with Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) in the Rainier Valley neighborhood, 2101 22nd Ave S. Seattle JazzED will build a youth performing arts center and music school on the ground floor, and Capitol Hill Housing will develop affordable apartments on the upper five floors.

Amid Seattle’s rapid growth and soaring prices, this partnership will create equitable access to youth empowerment and affordable housing. Furthermore, two like-minded Central District independent schools—Lake Washington Girls Middle School and Giddens School—will co-locate next door. Together, this network will offer more educational opportunities for youth and families of the Rainier Valley and beyond. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Here’s what the third annual Lusio in Volunteer Park looked — and sounded — like

Born in the park three summers ago, the Lusio light and sound event bloomed in Volunteer Park Friday night before fading away — again — until next year.

The annual free night of art and music drew what appeared to be its largest crowd yet. The word interactive gets abused so much that it means nearly the opposite but at Lusio, the term pays off: Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 36,000 photographs — most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line.

We also keep our eyes on the #capitolhillseattle Instagram tag —- you should, too! Below are this week’s best Capitol Hill shots. Thanks for sharing!
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Here’s why there are ‘Black Teen Wearing Hoodie’ images up and down 12th Ave

The 12th Ave arts and business community has responded to an act of vandalism targeting a work exploring the visual legacy of the Black Panther Party by incorporating the image damaged in the attack into their storefronts and buildings.

12th Ave’s Photographic Center Northwest is at the center of the effort: Continue reading

CHS Pics | Even more neighbors will come to E Republican’s block party next year

The neighbors around E Republican between 10th Ave E and Federal Ave have been gathering together for Night Out block parties for a few years now. Tuesday night, CHS stopped by the party. Next year, there will be even more neighbors to join in.

“We need to have more housing but development in a way that kind of fits the neighborhood,” neighbor John Stuntebaeck told CHS about the four-story, 36-unit apartment building under construction on the block.

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With increased call for community say in redevelopment, mayor helps kick off Umoja Fest with ribbon-cutting at 23rd and Union

Mayor Durkan joined K. Wyking Garrett of the Africatown Community Land Trust at a Saturday ribbon-cutting (Image: City of Seattle)

Mayor Jenny Durkan joined with Africatown for the official ribbon cutting on the Imagine Africatown Pop Up Plaza and Art Installation to kick off Saturday’s 2018 Umoja Fest parade march in the Central District:

The Imagine Africatown Pop Up Plaza and art installation is located at Midtown Center on 23rd and Union, a longtime hub for African American small businesses that is slated to be demolished for redevelopment in 2019.

“Before the existing Midtown Center meets its fate with the wrecking ball, we are partnering to transform the site into a vibrant community activation space to host a wide range of events and activities aligned with the rich African American and African diaspora heritage of the neighborhood,” landscape designer and project lead designer Sara Zewde said. “The goal is to capture the community ideas about the potential for the future development at 23rd and Union, including space for gathering, Black and African diaspora identity, culture and Black-owned businesses.” Continue reading

Vote now! August primary ballots due

If you have an August primary ballot and you haven’t voted yet, today is the day. You don’t have to travel far. You don’t have to travel at all and you don’t need a stamp. There are some big names like Cantwell, Jayapal, and Macri on the ballot.

Trouble with your ballot or want to check the status of your vote? Visit the King County Elections site.

Vote Now! (Image: prima seadiva via Flickr)

Your very own 2018 Capitol Hill Block Party

You can view the full Night Out 2018 map here

Tuesday brings the annual Night Out celebrations to neighborhoods and blocks across Seattle.

The official event is about public safety and policing but the unofficial part of the party is the best. It’s an excuse to hold a neighborhood gathering and meet the people who live around you.

It’s too late to add your ‘hood’s party to the city’s map but it’s most definitely not too late to make sure your block is part of the fun. Apartment folks, come down and invade the sidewalks and the parking strips.

If you’re looking for a party to join, everyone is welcome at the Capitol Hill Tool Library Night Out party for “a night of games and fun.” Organizers will have some party chow (“while supplies last”). You can also bring a side to share.