Archive for April, 2012

Fellow residents to hold a candelight vigil for Nicole Westbrook this Saturday

April 27, 2012  |  Announcement, Event, PI, Residents, Violence  |  No Comments

Two fellow residents of recent Pioneer Square shooting victim Nicole Westbrook are organizing are candle light vigil for her this Saturday at 8pm outside of the Quintessa apartments.

Although she was a member of the neighborhood and the Quintessa apartments for only a short time, they want to bring everyone together as a community and have a moment of silence in her memory.

Planning Seattle’s Future

April 26, 2012  |  Call to Action, Event, PI  |  No Comments

Which Seattle neighborhood has the highest number of people and jobs within a 10 minute walk of a frequent transit station? Join us on May 3 to learn the answer and why it’s important to your neighborhood’s future.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

City Hall – Bertha Knight Landes room
600 4th Avenue, Seattle, Washington

What are we doing?

Seattle will add more than 100,000 residents by 2035, along with thousands of new jobs.  The City’s Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint for how and where we handle all that growth.  We want your ideas on how we can best guide smart and sustainable growth for future generations.

How can I participate?

On May 3rd, you are invited to join City planners and the Seattle Planning Commission at an interactive and thought-provoking discussion.  Our breakout sessions will focus on climate change actions, walkable communities, and attractive and functional buildings and streets.

This meeting is an important step for developing amendments to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan and the update to the Climate Action Plan.  Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors about this opportunity and join us on May 3rd.

Where can I learn more?

Visit us at:

Police need help regarding Pioneer Square shooting

April 25, 2012  |  PI, Violence  |  No Comments

As posted on the SPD Blotter:

The Seattle Police Department needs the public’s help in finding the person who indiscriminately opened fire in Pioneer Square Sunday morning, seriously wounding 21-year-old Nicole Westbrook.

Westbrook and her boyfriend were walking home from a comedy club after 2 am on April 22, when a white car rolled past them on 2nd Avenue and Yesler Way. Someone in the car fired several shots out into the street, striking Westbrook in her neck. Patrol officers arrived on scene within 20 seconds and gave Westbrook CPR until medics arrived a short time later. She is currently in critical condition at Harborview.

Go to the SPD blotter to see the surveillance video and to see photos of the suspects.

If you witnessed Sunday’s shooting or have information about the vehicle or suspects involved the incident, please contact the Seattle Police Department’s violent crimes hotline at (206) 233-5000.

Pioneer Square’s community police officer, Officer Chad McLaughlin, emailed me to say that it doesn’t matter how trivial the information seems, but that if anyone has heard even rumors about what happened, that it would be useful to reach out to them.

Here is Officer McLaughlin’s info:
(206) 386-4056

Pioneer Square in the News

April 24, 2012  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Why Pioneer Square is a better fit for the Creative Economy than South Lake Union (Crosscut)
A real estate expert explains how these old work districts fit the needs of new creative workers better than the sleek tech zones such as South Lake Union. One reason: small blocks.

Groundbreaking for new Seattle streetcar line (Seattle Times)
Sound Transit and Seattle officials are breaking ground Monday for a streetcar line through the city’s First Hill neighborhood.

PHOENIX JONES VIDEO: Woman shot in Pioneer Square (Seattle PI)
The gun shots were heard near the 11:20 mark on video recorded by Seattle Superhero Phoenix Jones who was standing near the scene; Jones had 9-1-1 called immediately.

Police seek tips in Pioneer Square shooting (Seattle Times)
Seattle police are asking for the public’s help in their search for the person who shot a woman early Sunday morning in Pioneer Square.

Comment(s) of the Day: Phoenix Jones is Awesome and You’re a Spineless Piece of Crap (Seattle Weekly)
Yesterday I posted about Seattle “superhero” Phoenix Jones and how a video he recorded early Sunday morning is being used by Seattle Police as part of the investigation of a shooting in Pioneer Square. And, yes, I pointed out with no lack of snark that Seattle Weekly has questioned Jones’- shall we say – superpowers in the past. This questioning of a beloved Seattle crime fighting institution led to a torrent of negative comments. Here are some of the highlights …

Gorgeous watercolor map of downtown Seattle/Pioneer Square

April 20, 2012  |  Art, Fun, PI  |  No Comments

Stamen Design overlaid watercolor textures onto “open street map tiles,” showing us what our neighborhood could look like if it were painted by a local artist:

(it’s worth it to click on the images to view them larger)

I could already picture a print of this up on my wall. Stunning!


Pioneer Square Tech Social tonight

April 19, 2012  |  Event, PI  |  No Comments

You are invited to the Q2 (second quarter) Pioneer Square Tech Social! As part of our neighborhood’s emerging tech startup scene, you are integral to making Pioneer Square a bustling hot spot on the Seattle map. Come celebrate with us and meet some new colleagues!

Our host this quarter is BuzzBee, a strategic marketing consulting firm that specializes in driving results for enterprise technology companies. Beer, finger foods and music will be provided, courtesy of our hosts. Capacity is limited to 70 people so RSVP now!

To send an invite to a colleague, visit the event webpage and click on the forward icon or email a list of names and email addresses to hien[at]

What: Q2 Pioneer Square Tech Social
Where: BuzzBee
307 Third Ave S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
When: April 19th, 2012, 5pm – 6:30pm

Pioneer Square in the News

April 17, 2012  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Updated–Artists to Poster Giant, “We all live in this city, please show us some respect, is that really too much to ask?” (Seattle PI – Arts)
It began as a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I was sitting at my computer when reports started to come in that something was up. One post after another came in to my Facebook, mostly from artists bemoaning the loss of some important Seattle mural work on 2nd and Main in Pioneer Square. The artwork of artists like Baso Fibonacci, Jean Nagai, Weirdo, huemr and a tribute to Ana Dyson by some other local artists had been recently covered-up wholesale with yellow, black and red placards. Some FB posters were rabid and absolutely certain that this was the work of Poster Giant and that it was further evidence of the company’s disrespect for anything but filthy lucre! And upon further research, their Facebook page seemed to corroborate the group’s involvement.
First off, thank you Poster Giant, for at the very least not dragging this out to the point where it created any more enmity–I personally hope that this will lead to a new era of positive interaction between the city, its artists and your company.

UPDATE: Pioneer Square pergola damaged, again, when semi gets a bit too close (Seattle Times)
A truck stayed put in order to do no further damage after it hit the pergola in Pioneer Square Thursday evening.

Seattle’s historic Pergola hit, but only minor damage this time (King5)
A semi-truck hit the Pergola in Seattle’s Pioneer Square Thursday night, causing only minor damage.

‘Bunnarchy’ takes over downtown Seattle bars (Seattle PI)
On Saturday afternoon dozens of people wearing furry ears and cotton tails invaded Pioneer Square during the annual “Bunnarchy” bunny bar hop.

Streetcar work expected to bring more noise and disruption (Seattle Times)
Seattle’s First Hill streetcar project begins this month with utility relocations, followed by track and street construction in June, lasting until February or March. The bike lane and the northbound road lane will be built mostly in mid-2013.

20 Seattle bars we miss (Seattle PI – Big Blog)
#4 is the Fenix Underground

Seattle’s office towers filling up, brokers report (Seattle Times)
Empty space also is more difficult to find in downtown’s northern reaches. The total vacancy rate in South Lake Union and the Denny Regrade is under 10 percent, according to Broderick, compared with 15 percent in the central business district and 23 percent in Pioneer Square.

Cafe Bengodi’s Rustic Pastas Will Carbo-Load You Into A Food Coma (Seattle Weekly – Voracious)
You’re downtown, it’s lunch time, and you’re starving. You certainly have options–sandwich shops, soup and salad joints, Vito’s two-martini lunch–but nothing satisfies a powerful hunger like a pile of pasta, and for this particular craving, Cafe Bengodi delivers in spades.

WildTangent opens new Seattle office, plans to hire more than 20 engineers for ‘secret’ project (GeekWire)
In fact, companies in our own backyard are now finding it necessary to be in the middle of the city in order to attract tech talent. The latest example is Redmond game distributor WildTangent, which just opened a new office in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood at 101 Yesler. That’s a stone’s throw away from another big name in gaming. San Francisco’s Zynga opened an office in the old Washington Shoe Building last year.

New Plan to Replace Ride-Free Area: Tiny Buses (PubliCola)
King County and the city of Seattle may replace the downtown ride-free area with small, 15-seat “circulator buses” to serve people who can’t afford to pay bus fare, which ranges from $2.25 to $2.50, once the ride-free area goes away at the end of September. The circulator would offer service about every 20 minutes.

More construction coming to Pioneer Square with the Streetcar

April 12, 2012  |  Construction, PI  |  No Comments

In addition to all of the construction that our neighborhood is dealing with in regards to the Viaduct and the new tunnel, we will also soon feel the impacts from the (wonderful) new streetcar that is coming:

Wherever workers are tearing open and repaving the road, one lane of traffic will be reduced. Crews will be proceeding simultaneously through four sections of the 2 ½-mile route: Broadway, Yesler Way and 14th Avenue, South Jackson Street through the Chinatown International District, and Pioneer Square to Union Station.

Down in Pioneer Square, the city this fall will strengthen old steel bridges that support the streets alongside King Street Station, then lay tracks for the streetcar.

source: The Seattle Times

I’m not one to complain about this, though — I’m just glad it’s still going to come into Pioneer Square!

Pioneer Square in the News

April 9, 2012  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Scenes from Pioneer Square art walk April 2012
Just a few of the eye-catching things at this month’s art walk, below. Artists: Forgive the quality of the pics, taken with a phone.

Police: Man caught with meth in Pioneer Square (KOMONews)
A 22-year-old man was arrested early Saturday morning after police say he was caught carrying methamphetamine.

Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts Cafe Coming to 3rd & Columbia (Market Watch)
“We are proud to extend our presence within the downtown Seattle corridor,” says Top Pot Doughnuts co-founder Mark Klebeck. “Like our flagship cafe in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, downtown business patrons as well as the Pioneer Square neighborhood will have their own Top Pot Cafe!”

Downtown Seattle could be in line for 1st elementary school in years (Seattle Times)
After months of discussions with city planners and downtown developers, Seattle school officials have included $32 million to open a public elementary school in the South Lake Union area in the district’s first draft project list for its next construction levy. The school wouldn’t open until 2019.

April Art Walk Gets Real. (Seattle Weekly)
The Soil, Platform, and Fictilis galleries in Pioneer Square all have something in common; crowds that flock to them on the First Thursday Art walk. One of the strongest reoccurring themes you ask? Stickin’ it to the man!… Literally.

Major railway also has concerns about new Seattle arena (King5)
The railroad serving the Port of Seattle is echoing concerns raised by the Port and the Seattle Mariners about the effects of adding a third sports venue in SODO.

7-year-old shatters fundraising goal for Union Gospel Mission (King5)
A few weeks ago, he set the goal of raising enough money to buy 5,000 meals for Union Gospel Mission by Easter. He learned Sunday morning that he shattered that goal, raising enough for 8,295 meals.

SR 99 tunnel construction open house

April 5, 2012  |  Announcement, PI, Viaduct  |  1 Comment


If you’ve been near the Alaskan Way Viaduct lately, you know that construction of the SR 99 tunnel is well underway. The project has affected traffic and parking at the western edge of Pioneer Square and along the waterfront. More changes are on the way this spring, including:

· A new traffic detour beneath the viaduct that allows us to close Alaskan Way south of Spring Street

· Changes to ferry access

· Changes to bicycle and pedestrian access

· Parking changes

Please join us next week at Milepost 31 (211 First Ave. S.) to learn how this work will affect Pioneer Square and the waterfront, and how we’re working with residents and businesses to keep these neighborhoods vital during construction.

Wednesday, April 11 or Thursday, April 12

7 to 9 a.m. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Note: The same information will be presented at both meetings.

If you are unable to attend and have questions, please contact us at or 1-888-AWV-LINE (298-5463), or visit