In the “election surprises” category, this curious nugget of information wins first prize: in Broadmoor, the gated golf club community near Madison Park, five people voted for District 3 incumbent and Socialist Alternative member Kshama Sawant. Over 400 people in Broadmoor turned in ballots (mostly supporting third-place finisher Pat Murakami) this year. An unusually high number for the precinct.
Broadmoor is not alone. The uptick in voter turnout reflects a city- and D3-wide trend. Particularly higher-income homeowners turned out in larger numbers compared to 2015.
“The most conservative voters were more motivated for this election than they’ve been in quite some time in Seattle,” said local political consultant Crystal Fincher.
But, she added, “we’re seeing an overall energized electorate, particularly in Seattle. That’s a really, really big deal.” Fincher partly credits the city’s Democracy Voucher program.
It’s no surprise that Capitol Hill leans hard to left in local elections. In 2015, socialist City Council member Kshama Sawant decisively won reelection against Urban League CEO Pamela Banks with roughly a ten point margin, and lefty Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders had a solid base of support on Capitol Hill during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.
The November 2017 general election results complicate this picture — but only slightly. Thanks to Phil Gardner, regional Democratic strategist, CHS has access to detailed visualizations of the final precinct-level voting data from the 2017 local general election. (November’s final election results were finalized on November 28th, according to King County Elections.) Gardner looked at voting data from the citywide Position 8 city council, mayoral, and King County Sheriff’s races. Continue reading →
Support for Sawant goes to 1.01 in this map of Election Night totals by precinct created by @gardnerphil
Kshama Sawant has secured her City Council job for four more years, and with it a new challenge: representing an extremely polarized District 3. Maps of election night-only returns show the “Capitol Hill divide” was in full effect in the race between Sawant and challenger Pamela Banks.
Capitol Hill and the Central District, representing nearly all of apartment-dense precincts in the district, went solidly for Sawant. In fact, early returns show Sawant took nearly every precinct west of 31st Ave and south of Roy St. Sawant also made inroads north of the Republican St divide that characterized the 2013 mayoral race between Mike McGinn and Ed Murray. Continue reading →
You’ve probably seen this map from online real estate service Trulia that shows the “noisiest” areas of Seattle. Depending on where the editor took a screen grab from the animation — which is showing noise complaint locations by month, by the way — Capitol Hill and the University District either look really “noisy” or really super “noisy”
While it’s true that Pike/Pine noise is significant enough that leases for new buildings in the area are including clauses stating that tenants acknowledge they are living in a “vibrant” area for nightlife, we took another look at noise issues that shows a slightly different view.
Looking at SPD incidents involving noise — not just the formal complaint filings — shows a much noisier city as a whole. Continue reading →
If you’re reading this anywhere within the rectangle of dense apartments between Roy and Thomas and Broadway and I-5, please keep it down. Your bartender might be sleeping.
The most excellent Seattle Times FYI Guy has posted a new map and dataset based on the 2013 Census that shows what time of day different areas of the city start their workdays.
We assume that I-5 Shores workers rolling out of the house between noon and 4 PM are the folks that make the neighborhood — and the city’s — food, drink, and entertainment economy hum. There is a similar time of day pattern seen south of Madison around 12th Ave and Seattle U, too. Meanwhile, don’t be envious of those blocks around Stevens Elementary in Fancy Pants Capitol Hill that start their workdays a little later around 10 AM — they’re probably just cleaning up after their children.
One recurring theme in the debate over reforming the city’s — and the nation’s — policing has been the idea that officers should live in the communities they patrol:
Beach and Bradburd both also suggested the city promote — or require — more police officers to live within the city. “When the police are not part of our community, and they come in to police us, it creates this Us and Them kind of situation,” Bradburd said. Beach thinks the city should require some minimum number of cops to live within the city (most of them don’t). The City Council “just passed a priority hire program that focuses on a quota for the number of Seattle residents who have to work on construction projects that are funded by the city,” Beach said. “We should definitely do the same thing for our police force.”
Below, you’ll find a ZIP code map based on a fresher dataset focused only on the 70 or so officers assigned to patrol East Precinct. The takeaways: The officers who patrol Capitol Hill and the Central District also mostly live outside the city — and little has changed since 2011.
UPDATE: A spokesperson for the department says that the most recent counts through different processes at SPD puts the East Precinct patrol officer count at somewhere around 90 to 100. Not all of those officers are on patrol simultaneously, of course, with standard staffing running somewhere around 12 to 15 officers in the field at any one time in the East Precinct. Sometimes more… sometimes less.
UPDATE x2: I wasn’t happy with the original “heat map” style visualization for this. Then I saw that Tableau Public just released an updated version of its service. Here’s a better view thanks to Tableau:
City Arts magazine art director and HillebrityDan Paulus “wanted to document, as accurately as possible, the change that has swept across” Capitol Hill in the decades he has lived here. Armed with a turn-of-the-millenium architect’s map of the neighborhood, Paulus set about creating Project 2013 2014:
So I spent a weekend riding my bike up and down every street—from I-5 to 15th Ave. E and E Roy St. to E Union St.— noting any buildings that appeared to be from the early-’90s, any that I knew had been built in the past few years, and Proposed Land Use Actions for any future developments that were in the works. It was amazing to reconnect with and rediscover the neighborhood I thought I knew so well. (How long have those Hobbit cottages on the North end of Bellevue Ave. been there?)
Project 2014 is a 22-year master plan aimed at transforming the face of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood in a manner that would maximize financial potential by replacing structures deemed no longer conducive to the city’s long-term economic goals.
(Images: Project 2014)
He writes about his alternate reality creation that reimagines the piecemeal redevelopment of the Hill as some sort of master plan and name-drops a few Capitol Hill haunts past here — Proposed Land Use Action. “To report errors or order your own print,” the article notes, “contact email@example.com.”