Pedestrian Streets Pilot Programming

New details about the programming for the Pedestrian Streets Pilot are now solidified!! 

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, the first two nights, August 8 and 15, will be shorter and focus on crowd management and public safety. The second two nights, August 22 and 29, will expand on this concept with community based programming that starts earlier in the
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August 22nd

From Laura Culberg, the owner and instructor: “The SweatBox is a Bikram influenced studio offering traditional Hatha Yoga, usually in a hot room. For this Pike-Pine Pedestrian Streets Pilot class, The SweatBox owner Laura Culberg will offer a beginners level class, primarily standing series that’s appropriate for all levels and all ages. Wear yoga gear and bring a mat if you want, or just show up in your street clothes and try something new. Join us for a fun class and start your journey to health and wellness.”

From Jackie Hell, the Host: “You won’t be the only drag queen on E Pike St this night! The lineup includes some of Seattle’s finest, including: Freckles Riverside, of New Noise Productions (the King of F’ing with Burlesque). RainbowGore Cake, the 12 year old, drag superstar.  Samuel L. JackYouSon, bringing you Drag King realness.  Ade, the sultry singer we all love.  Honey Bucket, Pac Highway’s hottest Ho. Hosted by Jackie Hell.  We’ll announce additional performers as they are confirmed.

  • These performances and all amplified sound will be done by 10pm.

August 29th

  • 8:00 to 10:00pm Century Ballroom will be hosting queer friendly swing and salsa partner dance classes in the street.
  • Again, these activities and all amplified sound will be done by 10pm.

Both Nights

  • The plan for both nights is to have silent (or very quiet) performers from 10:00pm to 1:00am including human statues, clowns, and dancers.
  • Then, for a half hour right around closing time, we’ll have musicians serenade people goodnight and indicate that it’s time to get out of the street, get some food or head home.
  • We still need more silent performers and string musicians and we do have a budget to pay performers.  Please respond to the contact information below if you know people that are interested.
  • The Imperial Court has also generously offered to be out and about in regalia, handing out condoms, establishing their presence throughout the night.  Other LGBTQ and community groups are welcome and encouraged to participate in similar ways.
  • We are also working to bring the Deehubs image projections back, building on what was done for Pride and SelfID with a chance for people to comment on the pilots, add to the Here and Queer and SelfID comments, and see those comments up on neighborhood walls in real time once it gets dark.

For questions contact Alex Brennan at abrennan(at)capitolhillhousing(dot)org, (206) 204-3832.

Volunteers Needed for Pedestrian Streets!

A Pedestrian Streets Pilot is coming to Pike Pine this summer –we need YOUR HELP to make it possible! 

(I am excited to announce that we can now offer a $15 stipend for your volunteer shift!! -Alex)

Volunteers should meet organizers at 10th and Pike to sign-in for their shifts.  Sign up links are below.

In collaboration with Capitol Hill Housing, SDOT, Office of Economic Development, Seattle Police Department and neighborhood supporters and volunteers, the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict will be testing out a series of pilot street closures in the Pike Pine area of Capitol Hill this August. See the latest update and information on the project.

The sustained nightlife explosion in that neighborhood has created a vibrant, public scene, but has also generated mobility, safety, and civility concerns.  The pilot street closure project is intended to release the pressure that is built up on the limited sidewalk space. These temporarily open streets will allow for increased pedestrian mobility, improved police monitoring, and more positive activation through community-led programming.

Learn more about the pilot

To better understand the dynamics and scale of this unique street environment, we will be conducting a series of pedestrian counts and surveys during weekend nights in July and August. With eight nights targeted for study, we need a lot of help! We are looking for volunteers to collect data as well as help with the community programming. Email Alex Brennan at abrennan(at)capitolhillhousing.org if interested or sign up below. 

Volunteer with data collection: sign up here. This will be an opportunity to gain first-hand experience with data collection as well as help provide important quantitative and qualitative feedback on the outcome of these pedestrian street closures to guide future plans. The study will be conducted in three shifts (8p-10p, 10p-1a, 1a-3a) on the following dates:

  • Baseline data counts – 7/31, 8/1, 8/7, and 10/3
  • Street closure events –8/8, 8/15, 8/22, and 8/29

Volunteer with day-of event/programming: Sign up here. The community programming will happen on the evenings of 8/22 and 8/29. The shifts are still: 8p-10p, 10p-1a, 1a-3a. (*final schedule coming soon*)

Do you have photography and/or video skills (all levels welcome)? We’re also looking for people to help document the street closures. Email Alex at abrennan(at)capitolhillhousing.org if interested!

Help us reclaim the streets!

Pike Pine Pedestrian Streets Pilot – UPDATE!

After soliciting feedback from businesses, residents, and City departments, and looking at examples in other cities, we can now confirm and share more details on the Pike Pine Pedestrian Streets Pilot.

 Click here to learn more about the Pike Pine Pedestrian Streets Pilot

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Here’s the plan: The pilot will close three blocks of Pike Street to car traffic on four Saturday nights in August. The first two nights, August 8 and 15, will be shorter and focus on crowd management and public safety. The second two nights, August 22 and 29, will expand on this concept with community based programming. Volunteers needed for data collection!

WHERE: Pike Street from Broadway to 12th Ave

WHEN: August 8th and 15th (10pm to 3am) & August 22nd and 29th (8pm to 3am)

See the traffic control plan and map

*Daytime and weekday times originally considered didn’t make it to this pilot, but could be an option in the future if there’s continued interest and support to make it happen.

Vehicular Traffic: 

  • E Pike Street between Broadway and 12th Avenue will be closed to car traffic.
  • The Pike and 10th Avenue and Pike and 11th Ave intersections will be closed as well, but 10th and 11th Avenues will remain open for local access.

Parking and Loading: 

  • On-street parking will be restricted on Pike Street and on the east side of 11th Avenue between Pike and Pine.  All other on-street parking on 10th and 11th will be preserved.
  • Off-street parking garages and lots and loading docks on 10th and 11th Avenue will be fully accessible.
  • Off-street parking garages and lots and loading docks on Pike Street will be accessible based on specific arrangements with those facilities.

Programming: 

  • August 22 and 29 will include a variety of LGBT and community focused activities and small performances earlier in the night. Later in the night programming will be quiet and focus on promoting a calm atmosphere and directing activity off of the streets at the end of the night. Details and schedule will be announced soon!

See more about the background and development of the Pike Pine Pedestrian Street Pilot

Help volunteer with data collection and community programming!

If you have questions or would like to learn more, contact Alex Brennan at abrennan@capitolhillhousing.org, (206) 204-3832 or seth.geiser@seattle.gov, (206) 615-1035

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Thanks to everyone who provided feedback!

Learn more about the Pike Pine Pedestrian Streets Pilot

The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict has been leading a community engagement and planning process – in partnership with other community groups and City departments – about piloting pedestrian-only streets in Pike Pine since the spring. Based on feedback from local businesses, residents, and City departments, and looking at examples in other cities, we think this idea has potential. 

In collaboration with Capitol Hill Housing, SDOT, Office of Economic Development, and Seattle Police Department, we will be testing out a series of pilot street closures in the Pike Pine area of Capitol Hill this August. See the latest update and details on the project here. 

Get involved – volunteer!

Why pedestrian-only streets?

The sustained nightlife explosion in that neighborhood has created a vibrant, public scene, but has also generated mobility, safety, and civility concerns. Other neighborhoods and cities have had success with the strategy of limiting vehicle access at certain times to make more space for people on foot and improve the feel of the street. The aim of this pilot is to test out and fine tune this approach to address the challenges our neighborhood is facing.

What do we want to achieve?

The pilot street closure project is intended to release the pressure that is built up on the limited sidewalk space. These temporarily open streets will allow for increased pedestrian mobility, improved police monitoring, and positive street activation through community-led programming.

We want streets where:

  • Everyone feels safe and welcome
  • We celebrate the LGBTQ and artistic culture and history of the neighborhood
  • The street is a platform for building community
  • There are no gates, no fences, no drinking in the street
  • Garage, delivery, and emergency vehicle access is maintained

Following up

As a pilot, the Pike Pine Pedestrian Streets will allow us to test out and experiment with temporary interventions that can then inform future nightlife management strategies. A key component of the pilot is *data collection as well as a community debrief and feedback process from the street experience. If the pilots go well, they could be recurring (monthly or weekly) in 2016.

*To better understand the dynamics and scale of this unique street environment, we will be conducting a series of pedestrian counts and surveys during weekend nights in July and August. With eight nights targeted for study, we need help. Interested in volunteering? Learn more here or contact Alex at abrennan(at)capitolhillhousing.org with questions.

More Resources:

Slides: PPPS Presentation – part 1PPPS Presentation – part 2

Case Study: Vancouver’s Street of Shame Report

Inspiration: Bogota’s night time Cyclovia [Video] 

Press coverage:

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Examples of various “Open Streets” initiatives

 

Safe Streets for All – Central Seattle Greenways

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As part of a city-wide coalition, Central Seattle Greenways advocates for people-focused and prioritized neighborhood streets in the Central Area, including Capitol Hill.

From organizing events, providing community input and local expertise on transit policies and plans and advocating for greenways, protected bike lanes, safer intersections and parklets, they envision and work to create neighborhood environments that are active, accessible, safe and fun!

Based on Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan, they work with SDOT to build a greenway network throughout the city.

What are Greenways?

Neighborhood greenways are traffic-calmed residential streets that are safe and comfortable for people walking, biking, pushing strollers, and using wheelchairs. Through the implementation of traffic calming measures – speed limits under 20 mph, speed humps – safer crossings, improved sidewalk infrastructure, signs and other place-making and activation activities, these streets are made safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to get around.

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As a volunteer-run group, Central Seattle Greenways (CSG)  is made up of neighborhood residents and stakeholders who believe in the potential of our streets. Recognizing that is takes a committed community of individuals, elected leaders, businesses, and organizations to create meaningful change, CSG brings an accessible, positive and passionate neighborhood voice and perspective to these often technical and top-down transportation projects. As their goals below demonstrate, these neighborhood advocates put transportation issues in their full local context of safety, livability, health, equity and community.

Goals:

  • NGW DiagramEmpower neighbors to identify, advocate for, and activate safe and healthy streets for all people.
  • Create a connected network of safe, pleasant, and healthy streets in Seattle.
  • Make it easier for people to choose to walk, bike, or take transit for their daily transportation.
  • Make it easier for kids to walk and bike to school safely.
  • Work with the city to eliminate serious and fatal crashes (Vision Zero).
  • Prioritize people over cars.

GET INVOLVED

Join the Central Seattle Greenways group in advocating for safe streets for all! Stay connected via facebook, the google group, or stop by a monthly meeting, the second Monday of each month at Cortona Cafe – all are welcome!

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Current Projects:

The Central Area Neighborhood Greenway, built in conjunction with the 23rd Avenue repaving project, will provide a comfortable path for people walking and biking parallel to 23rd Ave from Rainier Ave S to E Roanoke St. The project is divided into three phases: Phase 1, from S Jackson to E John, will be finished by late July 2015. Phases 2 and 3, which extend the greenway south to 24th & Rainier and north to E Roanoke St, should be completed by early 2016.

Additionally, an East West Central Greenway along E Columbia from Broadway to 34th Ave is in the planning stages, and we expect SDOT to complete it in 2017. A greenway on E Denny, from 21st Ave to Broadway, linking East Capitol Hill with the new light rail station, is on SDOT’s work plan for completion in 2019. Central Seattle Greenways is working with several community groups, including Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, to make improvements at the key intersection of 12th Ave E and E Denny closer to the time of the light rail station’s opening. The Ridge Route greenway, which follows the ridge of the hill from Judkins Park to Volunteer Park, is also on SDOT’s work plan to be completed in 2019.

The Greenways’ Lets Talk Safe Streets campaign was recently featured on City Lab.

Rent Control, yes or no and why?

[This blog post was originally published July 10 in the CHS Seattle blog HERE]

How do you feel about rent control? We want to know. Participate in the online dialogue.

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Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata are squaring off against Smart Growth Seattle Director Roger Valdez (and a player to be named later) on the topic of rent control. Scheduled for July 20th, this free-to-view cage match (kidding about the cage) promises to be bloody.

Both sides are passionate and articulate advocates from opposite sides of one of the most hotly debated topics in Seattle. Rent control, love it or hate it, is a possible intervention being considered for addressing the skyrocketing rents in Capitol Hill and across King County.

Where do you stand?

Mr. Valdez contends that we don’t need rent control; that rent control feels good (“who doesn’t want to the cost of rent to just stop?”) but actually makes housing prices go up and is, by the way, prohibited by state law.

Councilmember Sawant wants tenants, unions and community organizations to organize to pressure the state to remove its ban on rent control. Councilmember Licata agrees.

There are thousands of people in Seattle already living in rent controlled apartments, also known as affordable or subsidized housing, like the 47 buildings operated by Capitol Hill Housing. But there are far more apartment buildings that are not subsidized where rent rises and falls with the market.

How do you feel about rent control? Do you believe the City of Seattle should institute rent control as a partial solution to skyrocketing rents?

PARTICIPATE NOW IN A PUBLIC DIALOGUE ON RENT CONTROL

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https://capitolhillecodistrict.consider.it/Rent_Control

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EcoDistrict Update – July

 Hello Neighbors!

It’s been an incredible month.  Pridefest is over but the rainbow sidewalks and SCOTUS decision(s) remain. July is here. We urge you to stay hydrated and check out the latest goings on in your EcoDistrict.

Thank you for your ongoing interest and support.

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YOU’RE INVITED: Join us for a Capitol Hill Sustainability Social

Do you want to learn more about sustainability in your neighborhood? Join us for a Capitol Hill Sustainability Social on Monday July 6th! Meet your neighbors, hear from interesting organizations and enjoy delicious food and drink from Capitol Cider. RSVP here.

Community Profiles: Meet the EcoDistrict Co-chairs!

This new series highlights people making our neighborhood great. The inaugural post features the EcoDistrict Steering Committee co-chairs: Mike Mariano and Neelima Shah. Read it here!

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“Innovation in parking systems is an important way for communities to forge a low carbon, economically inclusive future.”

Last month we released a report on District Shared Parking, outlining the potential for a new parking management strategy in Pike Pine. You can read the full report here.

Volunteers Needed! Help make the Pedestrian Streets Pilot a success!

As part of the Pike Pine Pedestrian Streets Pilot happening in August, we are looking for volunteers to help with everything from data collection to set up to management. This work is crucial to the ensuring a safe, fun and positive street closure experience for everyone. Email Arielle at alawson@capitolhillhousing.org if interested.

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SATURDAY JULY 4th:  Cal Anderson Park Independence Day Picnic

Enjoy Cal Anderson’s annual 4th of July fun! This family friendly event has free food, activities, crafts and much more! 11am-4pm, Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave.

MONDAY July 6th: Capitol Hill Sustainability Social 

The Capitol Hill Sustainability Social will be an informal opportunity to get together and chat. Meet your neighbors, hear from interesting organizations and enjoy delicious food and drink from Capitol Cider! 6-8pm, Capitol Cider, basement room, 818 E. Pike St. RSVP here.

Sunday July 12th: Community Solar Celebration

With our Community Solar project fully subscribed, it’s time to celebrate! Seattle City Light is throwing a party in Cal Anderson Park to recognize all of the Community Solar participants and projects, including our project on the Holiday Apartments! Join us for music, ice cream and to hear about this awesome work. 1:30-2:30pm, Cal Anderson Park (N. of Shelter House), 1635 11th Ave. RSVP here.

In The News:

Check us out on facebook and twitter to catch all the updates!

Community Profiles: EcoDistrict Co-chairs

This EcoDistrict Community Profiles series highlights people who are working to make our neighborhood great. For the inaugural blog post, we’d like to introduce the co-chairs of the EcoDistrict Steering Committee: Mike Mariano and Neelima Shah.

Mike Mariano is an architect, Capitol Hill resident, and the father of a first grader at Lowell Elementary (Go Dragons!).

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Mike, Grace and daughter Ella

Mike Mariano thinks globally and acts locally, especially when it comes to his personal and professional work around sustainability and community. As an architect and urban designer, he understands the importance of the human scale when creating and defining great places and resilient communities.

“Sustainability can’t just be about individual buildings. It needs to be about the collection of buildings and the synergy that all the people occupying those buildings bring to the community.”

After moving back to Seattle in the early 2000s, Mariano and his wife Grace Kim opened Schemata Workshop. This winter they will wrap up construction of their Capitol Hill Urban Co-Housing project, an inter-generational urban community committed to sustainable living. “We often sum up our work as the responsibility to bring a little more ‘hygge’ to our community.” Hygge – a Danish word with no exact translation in English – represents the feeling of belonging, contentment and quality of social experience within the built environment. It also speaks to Mariano’s values and commitment to a sense of place, quality of life and shared community.

Now with a young daughter, he enjoys experiencing the neighborhood through her eyes and building for long-term sustainability. “Commit to your neighborhood – its locally owned shops, services, schools and culture. We can do all this while providing safe places to walk, bike, play, work and live.”

Mariano brings this same ethos to co-chairing the EcoDistrict Steering Committee, where he emphasizes strengthening community connections, building collective action and advancing a holistic vision. “It’s about thinking long-term, especially for the people that make our neighborhood what it is—and who are at risk of displacement.” Mariano is especially interested in housing affordability and how to provide it in innovative and creative ways, like co-housing.

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Neelima Shah is a human rights and environment advocate, lifelong vegetarian, mom, and program manager at the Bullitt Foundation.

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Neelima Shah moved to Seattle for a UW master’s program in the early 2000s and never left. She finds peace and calm through hiking, her yoga practice and by spending time with friends, her husband Scott, her four legged daughter Lucca, and her two legged daughter Aria.

As the Program Officer for Urban Ecology at the Bullitt Foundation, Shah leverages Foundation funding to promote responsible human activities and sustainable communities. “Addressing huge issues like climate change can be overwhelming, but I think one of the key strategies and opportunities for both people and the planet lies within our cities—we need to foster dense, livable and sustainable urban environments.”

Shah was an early champion of the EcoDistrict model as it emerged in Portland and helped bring the idea to Capitol Hill.

“People care about their neighborhoods—it’s a scale at which everyday people can take tangible action and see progress.”

The EcoDistrict model provides a framework for collective action and the ability to test solutions at the neighborhood scale. Shah believes the EcoDistrict can serve as a model and inspiration for other neighborhoods. Ultimately, she says, it’s about bringing people together to create meaningful change.“We’re working at the intersection of human and environmental well-being and that is why we will be successful.”

EcoDistrict Update – June

 Hello EcoDistrict supporters, enthusiasts and friends!

After months of work we’ve finally released our District Shared Parking report. We’re also getting feedback on piloting Pedestrian Streets in Pike/Pine. Check out these updates as well as Joel Sisolak’s latest blog post and learn how you can take action to promote a sustainable and equitable community.

Thank you for your ongoing interest and support.

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District Shared Parking Report Releasedcover

Parking is often a contentious issue, but there’s little question that we should use the parking that we do have more efficiently. The potential for such a strategy in Pike Pine is detailed in our 2015 report District Shared Parking: Program, Policy, and Technology – Strategies for a More Resilient Parking System in Pike Pine. Share your feedback with us!

Nothing Endures but Change: Lessons on Community Resilience 

Experimentation and shared learning are critical in resource management and in shared housing. The model also applies in urban neighborhoods. Read Joel’s blog post here to learn more (originally posted on the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog here).

Piloting Pedestrian Streets in Pike/Pine – we want your feedback!

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The EcoDistrict is The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict is leading a community engagement and planning process – in partnership with other community groups and City departments – about piloting pedestrian-only streets in Pike/Pine a couple times this August.

Learn more and take our survey!

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Check out some pictures from last month’s events you might have missed!

Bike to Work Day Station We have some pretty awesome bike commuters in the EcoDistrict.
Forterra Breakfast Awards We pledged to support neighborhood sustainability #ForThisPlace.
We’re Community Solar-Powered New pictures of our panels on the Holiday Apartments.
CHCC Pedestrian Streets Meeting The Capitol Hill Community Council hosted an interactive community meeting to get feedback on the idea of piloting Pedestrian Streets in Pike/Pine.

In The News:

Check us out on facebook and twitter to catch all the updates!

Piloting Pedestrian Streets in Pike/Pine

The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict is leading a community engagement and planning process – in partnership with other community groups and City departments – about piloting pedestrian-only streets in Pike/Pine this August. Click here for updates on the project!

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Photo credit: Tim Durkan

These pilots would close down a few blocks of Pike and/or 10th and/or 11th to cars – and open them up to people and positive, community-led programming.  If they go well, they could be recurring (monthly or weekly) in 2016. 

We want streets where:

  • Everyone feels safe and welcome
  • We celebrate the LGBTQ and artistic culture and history of the neighborhood
  • The street is a platform for building community
  • There are no gates, no fences, no drinking in the street
  • Garage, delivery, and emergency vehicle access is maintained

We are considering testing this out on two or three late Friday and/or Saturday nights in August to address challenges like:

  • Nightlife and crowd management/mitigation
  • Violence, including gaybashing and sexual harassment
  • Public urination, defecation, vomiting and vandalism

We are also looking at one 2nd Thursday Artwalk evening and one Sunday daytime as community building opportunities.

Other neighborhoods have had success with the strategy of limiting vehicle access at certain times to make more space for people on foot and improve the feel of the street.  However, we recognize that there are also concerns about this approach and want to make sure they are heard. 

Give us your input! [survey now closed].

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For more information or if you’d like to talk further, please contact Alex at ABrennan@capitolhillhousing.orgphoto

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