In the beginning, while CHS was still figuring it all out, we were fortunate to luck into working with some extremely talented people who were still figuring it all out also. One of them was Capitol Hill video production pro David Albright. Why he chose the byline Cheesecake, you’ll have to ask him. But one particular series of work has been one of our favorites. Like many things from CHS’s digital past, Albright’s CHS-V series decayed over the years and eventually was removed completely from the various video services it utilized. Let that be a warning and reminder to you as you slave away at digital content today. But for these holidays, Cheesecake has given us a lovely present. His short-lived but much-loved video series is back online. His assignment was simple. Give us a version of Charles Kuralt’s Sunday Morning-style meditations on nature. Only do it on Capitol Hill. The result, we think, is loving, moving portrait of the neighborhood. Tune in to one of the episodes whenever you need to chill or want to remember the parts of Capitol Hill that you like. Or if you are feeling very nostalgic for 2009.
The full CHS-V series is below.
In the biggest Broadway pho news since Than Brothers moved across the street, Pho Cyclo is gone. Welcome, The Pho.
The new sign went up Thursday. The deal, however, went down way back in October of 2015, a representative for new owner Sam Cho tells CHS. We expect many didn’t notice the new ownership which is good news when it comes to hot soup “starting at $4.99.”
In 2013, CHS spoke with Pho Cyclo’s Taylor Hoang about her near decade at the Broadway favorite and her approach to creating food and drink ventures in the city. “Seeing how hard they worked in restaurant business — seven days a week,” Hoang told CHS back then. “I didn’t want that for myself. So we put in time and effort to develop procedures.” In the run-up to the approval of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage plan, Hoang joined a chorus of business figures opposing the measure. “You ask why if we’re not profitable we keep going. We keep going in the hopes that tomorrow will be a better day,” Hoang told the council.
Though Capitol Hill’s food and drink scene swings more and more toward the midscale and up, Broadway continues to make a home for pho. In 2014, the retreat from Broadway of chain restaurant Qdoba made way for Than Brothers to upgrade with a move across the street.
Unlike the Than Brothers chain and Hoang, who has been part of multiple restaurants in the city, we’re told Cho is more of an investor than a restaurateur. Fans of the relatively giant pho joint are likely happy about the investment.
The Pho is located at 406 Broadway E. You can learn more at thephobroadwaycapitolhill.com.
On Thanksgiving, Mayor Ed Murray signed an executive order reaffirming policies including a 2003 ordinance prohibiting city officers or employees to ask people about immigration statuses.
But city policies, orders and the label “sanctuary city” don’t put immigrants in Seattle in a protected bubble, which is why Matt Adams, legal director at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, doesn’t use the term “sanctuary city.”
“This place doesn’t protect you from our current federal immigration laws,” he said, adding that he still feels it is important for city leaders to do what they can to support all community members.
The city supports its immigrants by not reporting them to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Seattle Police Department exists to serve and protects all community members, he said.
“Some cities and police departments go out of their way to spend their resources to enforce immigration laws,” Adams said. Immigrants then become afraid to work with police or be witnesses. Continue reading
Now that the 2016 election cycle is over, it’s time for Seattleites to start thinking about the local election in 2017.
On Thursday, the Democracy Voucher Program opened for Seattle residents apply for four $25 democracy vouchers to give to candidates running for Seattle City Council or city attorney next year.
“Seattle is the first city in the nation to put democracy vouchers in the hands of its residents,” Wayne Barnett, executive director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission said. “The goal is to give all of our city’s residents a greater say in our democracy.”
Registered voters in Seattle will automatically receive $100 in vouchers in the mail after January 3rd. Seattle residents who are at least 18 and are either a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or a lawful permanent resident can apply for vouchers here.
Voters can immediately start giving the vouchers to qualifying campaigns for the November election. The new program means Seattle’s first publicly financed election season is about to begin. In his announcement of an exploratory campaign for a possible run for a citywide seat on the City Council, housing advocate Jon Grant cited the vouchers as part of his decision to run. Continue reading
You’ve probably already seen the news rocking the coffee world.
Yes, Capitol Hill’s only drive-thru coffee stand has a new owner.
Candace Smith took over the former TNT Espresso this fall. With a new trans flag-colored paint job and under a new name — Let it Bean — the 80-square-foot coffee stand in the teriyaki restaurant parking lot at Broadway and Harrison continues to serve Capitol Hill customers on the go. Its presence presents one of our favorite choices on Broadway — stand in the Vivace walk-up line, or get a move-on and visit the shack. Continue reading
The East Design Review Board moved two projects forward Wednesday that many hope will lead Seattle forward to new ways to develop the rapidly growing city.
24th and Union’s “inclusive development” showcase Liberty Bank Building and 1300 E Pike’s first Passive House-certified mixed-use project in the city received their final blessings from the review board Wednesday night clearing important hurdles on the way to the start of construction.
In its first decision of the night, the board unanimously approved the affordable housing development from Capitol Hill Housing slated to fill the lot that used to be home to Liberty Bank, Seattle’s first black-owned bank. But the group moved the development at 2320 E Union forward on the condition that Mithun architects reexamine its color scheme — a mix of beige, orange and brown — and choose more vibrant colors. “The color choices were a little bit more muted than they could have been,” board member Sarah Saviskas said. Continue reading
This post has been updated with information from Top Tree’s management
A new media venture powered by Seattle’s burgeoning legal cannabis culture is hard at work on Capitol Hill in a space that was once home to an upstart campaign headquarters and an equally rebellious drag queen-inspired cosmetics company.
Top Tree, a marijuana-focused culture magazine and digital advertising agency, has quietly moved into the overhauled retail space at Pike and Boylston formerly home to the Bernie Sanders campaign’s Seattle headquarters and, before that, Jen’s House of Beauty. Glimpses of the now-bustling office can be seen through the art wrap-coated windows. A new keyless security panel guards the front door that had become a favorite camping spot for people on the street in the months since the campaign workers departed earlier this year.
“It’s definitely changed,” Top Tree director of operations Benito Ybarra tells CHS of the neighborhood he grew up hanging out in. “But to be represented on Capitol Hill and on Pike Street specifically, we’re very proud of that.”
While its office space is secreted away, Top Tree’s presence on Capitol Hill is unmissable. The company has been responsible for the series of large murals on the E Pike wall of Neumos since summer — including a recent edition featuring Mariner great and Seattle icon Ken Griffey Jr. Meanwhile, stacks of the free zine-sized publication with day glo colors, a healthy selection of local advertising, and trippy cover imagery can be found in cafes and shops across the neighborhood and beyond.
“I always believed in being physically real for people,” Ybarra said.
In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, it’s a little more difficult to trust the numbers. Still, thousands of people say they plan to attend a rally and march Saturday from Volunteer Park to Cal Anderson.
The Seattle Women March Against Hate appears to have struck a nerve.
Organizers Demi Wetzel told CHS the event was created with little more than an idea of standing up against a tide of ugliness following the declaration of victory by Donald Trump.
“Though I originally started the FB event page on a whim, the community has since stepped up and helped organize right alongside myself,” Wetzel said. “My inbox is currently flooded with people offering their help and guidance.”
“We must stand together to show the world that misogyny, misogynoir, racism, xenophobia, transmisogyny, transphobia, and hate of any kind is not welcome in this city,” organizers write. “Together we can show the world that women will not be bullied by anyone—not even the next president.”
If that’s not enough love for you, there is also something called the Capitol Hill Happiness Sprinkling taking place on Broadway around the same time.
The rally and march starts at 1:00 PM at the Volunteer Park amphitheater stage. Dress warmly — it’s expected to be a chilly weekend.
Seattle Women March Against Hate
Sugar Hill, not open quite yet, at 414 E Pine
The waves of new openings across Capitol Hill have definitely slowed — but not by much. A few more Capitol Hill joints might make it in under the 2016 wire including E Pine’s Sugar Hill.
It hasn’t been an easy sprint to the finish for the “contemporary Thai chicken and rice restaurant and bar” from restaurant veteran Guitar Srisuthiamorn. The buildout of the former Bauhaus space — and onetime Capitol Club — has stretched out longer than planned but she tells CHS an opening is in site with hopes to begin service in the next week or so. The liquor license for cocktails, beer, and wine is in place. The permit for a new sign out front has been issued. The buildout is nearly complete. The plan is to be open from 11 AM to 2 AM, every day.
UPDATE: They’re open.
Former Capitol Hill resident and Pike/Pine regular Matt Hickey was in a King County courtroom Tuesday morning after extradition from Las Vegas to face accusations he raped incapacitated victims he allegedly lured with promises of work in the porn industry.
The 40-year-old appeared with his court appointed lawyer who argued unsuccessfully for Hickey’s bail to be lowered as he entered the initial “not guilty” pleas on behalf of his client.
Hickey remains in the King County Jail, held on $200,000 bail.
The sometimes journalist and photographer is charged with three counts of second degree rape. Prosecutors allege the crimes were part of a string of sexual assaults in which women said they went with Hickey “under false pretenses or stated Hickey had sex with them when they were too intoxicated to give consent.”
Hickey was arrested in Las Vegas in October where the Stranger reports he had continued his online search for women to photograph.
King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector also approved protection orders prohibiting Hickey from contacting his alleged victims.
A woman was shot in the leg in early morning gun violence near the Melrose foot trail on the northwest corner of Capitol Hill.
Police were called to the area just after 2 AM Wednesday morning to a report of one shot fired and sounds of a man and woman yelling. Officers arrived to find the female victim down at E Roy and Melrose. The suspect was described by the victim as a white male, around 30 years old, 5’10″, 150 pounds, wearing a gray trench coat but police were unable to find anybody in the area matching that description.
As police fanned out across the area near the homeless encampments along the trail, they encountered one male and took him into custody without incident. Another male reported he had been stabbed in the hand and was treated at the scene. Continue reading
The big tent — Macri talks with Capitol Hill Community Council’s Zachary DeWolf in the early days of her campaign (Image: CHS)
First Nicole Macri won the primary election for the 43rd District House seat.
Then she won the general election over lawyer Dan Shih, taking about 65% of the vote.
Now she’s preparing for her start in a seat in the legislature that she says comes with a lot of responsibility.
“I’m excited and I feel like we ran a great campaign and I had a lot of great engagement with voters in the 43rd District,” Macri told CHS in an interview before the Thanksgiving holiday.
As she prepares for the session beginning on January 9th, 2017, Macri knows there’s a learning curve for newcomers, but she’s excited to work. Continue reading