CHS Year in Review 2020 | The year in pictures

Happy New Year. As we do every year, CHS has assembled photographs that tell the story of the year behind us as we look ahead to the year to come. In 2020, CHS was helped like never before by our readers and community photographers as the incredible stories of the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests converged on Capitol Hill. Thanks so much for the help and thanks, again, to CHS regular contributor Alex Garland. Drop Alex a line if you’d like to learn more about supporting his work or purchasing photographs.

Please also consider becoming a “pay what you can” CHS subscriber to help us pay reporters and photographers for their amazing work covering the neighborhood.

Meanwhile, explore CHS’s 2020 in photos, below. Each image links to its CHS post so take a minute to explore the stories from the year. We thank you for being part of CHS and look forward to bringing you more images and stories from around Capitol Hill in 2021.

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911 | Thieves make off with reported $5K in merchandise in Madison Valley luxury consignment shop heist

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS 911 coverage here. Hear sirens and wondering what’s going on? Check out Twitter reports from @jseattle or tune into the CHS Scanner page.

  • Purse heist: A Thursday afternoon heist at a Madison Valley luxury consignment shop netted a team of thieves thousands of dollars in merchandise. According to the SPD report on the ripoff, a group of three males entered the Refind store in the 3100 block of E Madison just before 3 PM and told an employee they were “just browsing” as they began picking up items off the shelves. The employee said she asked, “Can I help you find something?” “Yes,” one of the males replied as he grabbed more items and the three ran for the door, according to the report. The store employee managed to head off one of the trio and grab a jacket but was smashed in the face as she struggled with the thief. The employee “grabbed the pants of the suspect as he was trying to get up and he picked up one of the gucci handbags he had dropped and turned around and slapped [the woman] in the face with it,” police write. The three bandits were reported fleeing the area in an old Chevy sedan last seen speeding from the area. According to police, the thieves targeted Gucci purses and Chanel clothing in the heist. The employee did not suffer serious injuries. A search for the suspects was not successful. Police say the reported value of the items stolen is more than $5,000. Continue reading

This week in CHS history | Olmstead debuts, youth jail protest targets Murray, Peloton cafe and bike shop is born, Capitol Hill Station’s first Christmas

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



Patching a hole in Capitol Hill, Olmstead brings new life to the old Broadway Grill

Amazon driver — and mom — reported victims in Capitol Hill carjacking

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Sound Transit board to vote on fare enforcement policy reform

(Image: Sound Transit)

The Sound Transit board of directors will vote Thursday afternoon on what the body is calling the start of “major reforms” for how the agency handles fare enforcement.

If approved in Thursday’s vote, the proposed motion (PDF) would direct the creation of “a new fare enforcement/engagement program” and suspend all “civil infractions for fare evasion” until the board can vote “on an updated fare enforcement policy.” Continue reading

Helmed by Pike/Pine nightlife vets, Post Pike Bar and Cafe now open for days and nights on Broadway

Day drink or night drink or don’t drink at Post Pike (Image: Post Pike Bar and Cafe)

The Post Pike Bar and Cafe, helmed by two veterans of the Pike/Pine party scene ready for a more chill neighborhood existence on Broadway, is now open.

CHS reported this fall on the project from former Lost Lake manager Onjoli Dela Torre and Comet bartender Max Lovelace to create a daytime/nighttime spot on the Broadway strip replacing the short-lived tamale and cider joint A&A Cafe.

“I love Capitol Hill and working on this side — the fun part,” Dela Torre told CHS earlier about opening on Broadway. “When I lived on Capitol Hill 15 years ago, this is where I hung out.”

Next to the Broadway post office, Post Pike is also opening just in time for your last-minute holiday shipping needs. Continue reading

City Council passes disclosure rules targeting ‘indirect lobbying’ like Move Seattle Forward

This summer, the Move Seattle Forward group helped organize opposition to the City Council’s efforts to cut back on police spending in the city. it was a slick effort. And it probably helped shape the final budgets that followed.

Monday, the City Council passed new rules based on recommendations from the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission to clamp down on so-called “indirect lobbying” efforts that shape public opinion without having to disclose who was calling the shots and where the money was coming from. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Lockdown Trivia!

From Dan Carlisle

The former Lookout, It’s Hard! Trivia has been hosting trivia on Zoom for the last 7 months. Every Tuesday at 7, we offer the same difficult trivia, the same raunchy team names, and it is free to play, though tips are accepted and split with our favorite causes.

Teams of up to 7 may compete in this weekly, moderately difficult trivia event. There are 4 rounds of 10 questions each, some of which are audio or visual rounds. Players compete for prizes such as original photographs by host Sam Smith sent via USPS and the right to choose a category for an upcoming trivia round. Disclaimer: team names and general tenor tend toward the adult.

Please send an email to to be added to our mailing list and receive one weekly reminder each Tuesday just prior to the event. Your email address will be shared with no one, and will be used for no other purpose. See you there!

Remembering Daniel Streissguth and looking back on the growth of Capitol Hill’s family-run hillside gardens

Daniel and Ben worked together to build the Woodland Path in Streissguth Gardens in 1974. (Image: Streissguth Gardens)

By Lily Hansen, UW News Lab/Special to CHS

On a steep hillside just off Broadway sits just over an acre of cultivated woodlands. Home to Seattle’s third-longest stairway, the Blaine Street Steps, with views overlooking Lake Union and the Olympic Mountains, the idyllic gardens are the 48-year product of one dedicated family: the Streissguths.

Its patriarch, Daniel Streissguth, created the garden in 1962 after purchasing a plot of land and constructed a four-story house just north of the staircase. In 1965, Ann Roth Pytkowicz moved into the house next door and began cultivating her own hillside garden.

Bonding over their shared appreciation for gardening, Daniel and Ann fell in love. They married in 1968, and welcomed a son, Ben Streissguth, in 1970. Together, the family of three built, expanded, and maintained the Capitol Hill oasis known as Streissguth Gardens.

On November 21, Daniel died peacefully at his home of natural causes. He was 96.

In honor of his father’s memory, Ben is remembering Daniel for the loving husband, skilled architect, avid gardener, and community socialite he was. With the help of his fiancee and Streissguth Gardens assistant director Jade Takashima, the two are working to ensure that the green space is maintained for generations to come.

In 1972, Daniel and Ann purchased two hillside lots across the Blaine stairs, looking to beautify the land and expand their garden. Although Ben was only two at the time, he has vivid memories of working with his parents in the newly acquired land.

“Some of my earliest memories are of playing in what’s now called the public garden,” he said. “And realizing, even back then, that the soil that we were working with was really horrible. I don’t know how my parents managed to make [gardening] fun for me, but they did. And I’m so grateful to them for that.” Continue reading

This week in CHS history | Westman’s Bagels debuts, Broadway streetcar extension nixed, Vulcan deal at 23rd and Jackson

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



Capitol Hill ‘neighborhood cafe’ Tallulah’s isn’t closed — but it’s not open, either — UPDATE: It’s closed

Continuing three decades of business, the apprentice has become the master at Broadway Shoe Repair

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