CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

Take a knee for Justice

The CHS Flickr Pool contains nearly 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.

BREAKING NEWS! 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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First Look: With a line up E Madison, Westman’s Bagels and Coffee opens

A long line at Westman’s. The good news? Lines for “Seattle-style” doughnuts were shorter than usual Friday.

Molly Westman

Just down the Hill from Temple De Hirsch Sinai and 2,800 miles from Brooklyn, Westman’s Bagels and Coffee opened for business Friday to a long line on a dark and drizzly morning in Seattle.

CHS wrote here about the project and quest to create a Capitol Hill “morning culture” from small-space food and drink entrepreneur Monica Dimas and baker Molly Westman. The duo spent the past year researching and perfecting recipes. “We now can tell a good bagel by just looking at the crumb,” Dimas said. The bagel arts, apparently, are closely guarded. “There are lots of secrets in the bagel industry,” Dimas told CHS in December, “and lots of disinformation from other bakers.” Continue reading

Price of pop from Capitol Hill’s Mystery Soda Machine hits $1.00

A can of sugary, delicious Coca Cola, or Mr. Pibb, or Orange Crush from Capitol Hill’s Mystery Soda Machine(tm) now costs $1.00.

The latest bump in price for the E John vending machine comes along with Seattle’s new soda tax — 1.75 pennies for every ounce of sugary drinks purchased. Gatorade shoppers are appalled — though there is no reason the excise tax has to be passed along to consumers. The soda industry is now worried the tax might spread to the entire state and mystery soda machines in cities from here to Pullman.

The secret organization that stocks and operates the Capitol Hill machine could not be reached for comment.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Ride Sound Transit and Metro to the Seattle Women’s March 2.0; expect crowds

From Sound Transit

The Women’s March is expected to start at 10 a.m. with a rally at Cal Anderson Park. The march is expected to begin at 11 a.m. and proceed through downtown to Seattle Center. Transit riders should prepare for significant delays before, during and after the march.

Sound Transit plans to operate extra Link light rail trains to help serve expected crowds using the Capitol Hill Station adjacent to Cal Anderson Park. Those planning to take Link to the march can ride light rail from 15 other stations between the University of Washington and Angle Lake. Customers also can ride Metro and Sound Transit to downtown and join the march from there.

Metro will operate on a normal Saturday schedule and will have additional buses as needed on routes 8, 41, 44, 101, 150, 255, RapidRide C, D, and E Lines. ST Express Routes 512, 550 and 554 will also operate extra service, and additional buses for Pierce County riders will be available as needed.

Extra Metro buses do not have schedules, will not appear in the Metro’s online Trip Planner or One Bus Away, and will be dispatched based on demand. Riders should prepare for overcrowding and for some buses that are too full to accommodate more passengers.

In addition, beginning at noon, Fourth Avenue will close north of Pike Street to all traffic for the duration of the march. ST Express and Metro buses will be rerouted, and ST Express Route 512 will truncate at Westlake Station.

Detailed information on bus service during the march is available at Sound Transit’s rider alerts page and Metro’s Service Advisories page.

Transit riders should use regularly published timetables, plan ahead, allow plenty of time and prepare for traffic delays. Metro will have extra supervisors to monitor crowds in downtown, the International District, and Pioneer Square, and will adjust to accommodate transit needs when possible.

After the event, Metro will provide shuttles from the west side of Seattle Center, northbound on First Avenue North at Harrison Street, for people wishing to return to the central downtown area.

Use online timetables or Metro’s online Trip Planner to find bus service to Capitol Hill or University of Washington Link stations. Bus service that travels to or near these areas includes Metro routes 8, 10, 11, 12, 31, 32, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 60, 65, 67, 71, 73, 75, 271 and 372. Sound Transit Route 545 serves both Montlake Freeway Station and downtown Seattle for connections with other service.

More than 330,000 rides were logged on Metro and Sound Transit during the 2017 Womxn’s March, which contributed to a record Saturday ridership on Link light rail of 80,000 boardings.

Transit users can also follow these tips:

  • Plan to arrive early to avoid traffic congestion and full buses.
  • Prepare for overcrowding on buses.
  • If possible, ride light rail to Capitol Hill station and walk into the park.
  • Prepare for significant delays – as thousands march through downtown, buses may be stopped up to an hour at some locations.
  • Have your transit fare or an ORCA card ready, or download a ticket to your phone through the Transit Go mobile ticketing app.
  • Sign up for Transit Alerts on Metro’s website.

RELEVANT LINKS

Sound Transit Trip Planner

King County Metro Trip Planner

Metro’s Service Advisories page

Transit Go mobile

Council Notes | A resolution to bring the World Cup to Seattle

  • World Cup bid: The full City Council voted 9-0 Tuesday approving a resolution from Mayor Jenny Durkan to support Seattle’s efforts to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America. Seattle is a potential host city in the U.S.-Canada-Mexico joint bid. Though CenturyLink would host Seattle’s games, training facilities would likely sprout at fields across the city. The U.S. hasn’t hosted the men’s World Cup since 1994. The U.S. men’s team will miss this summer’s World Cup hosted by Russia after being eliminated in qualifying last year. In 2015, Canada hosted the women’s World Cup with Team USA reigning as global champions. The 2019 women’s tournament will be hosted by France.

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Capitol Hill landmark-protected Galbraith House readied for demolition

It’s been a bit since CHS heard from neighborhood historian and preservationist John Fox. He’s moved off the Hill these days but we’ve learned to listen and take a look when he points us at a piece of Capitol Hill history. John wrote to us recently about a planned demolition at 17th Ave and Howell. Designated an official landmark in 2005, the Galbraith House/Seattle Mental Health building only had its exterior protected in the process. But the landmarks board decided recently to allow “no controls” on the building freeing landowner Sound Mental Health to move forward on its plans for the property. Those apparently include demolition — a permit to demolish the structure was issued on January 3rd. Preservationists have objected to the decision but work is already underway. The giant old house completed in 1904 for Seattle merchant James E. Galbraith and designed by the same architect as 15th Ave’s landmarked Gaslight Inn has been undergoing a salvage by Earthwise who have been nice enough to share some pictures. UPDATE: Here’s more from Sound Mental Health and the landmarks board about why the house is being demolished.

From John Fox
Many have probably noticed this grand Colonial Revival house at the corner of 17th and Howell is now surrounded with construction fencing. It is scheduled for demolition very soon.

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With hope for 2018 construction start, time to finalize design tweaks on $1.6B convention center expansion

After three years of design review, the final touches on plans for the $1.6 billion expansion of the Washington State Convention Center are down to the nitty gritty. The refined massing, the updated glazing pattern, the landmark lighting plan — each will be broken down as the project takes what could be its final bow in front of the review board Tuesday night at City Hall. Continue reading

CHS Pics | MLK 2018 the start of a week of activism on Capitol Hill

Thousands of people took to the streets Monday from 23rd and Jefferson’s Garfield High School, to the East Precinct at the corner of 12th and Pine on Capitol Hill, and on down Pine to Westlake as part of a day of rallies, seminars, and marching to mark the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bolstered by amazing January weather, the crowds filled multiple city blocks with groups representing indigenous communities, Black Lives Matter, and area labor organizations. Helicopters from local television stations — and the King County Sheriff — spun through the blue sky. At 12th and Pine, the march came to a stop as the marchers took a knee, echoing the ongoing pre-game protests in the NFL. Continue reading

CHS History | Kingfish RIP, Neighbours arson investigation, Capitol Hill forum on *lowering* building heights

This week in 2014 included a forum on the proposal to lower building height limits in lowrise zones

Here are the top stories from this week in CHS history:

2017

 

Clever Dunne’s, Capitol Hill’s ‘Irish House,’ to close at end of month


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CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

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The CHS Flickr Pool contains nearly 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.

BREAKING NEWS! 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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