Archive for May, 2013

Pioneer Square in the News

May 28, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Activating Streets: The makeover of Pioneer Square (Crosscut)
The ISI has been studying streets and alleys in Seattle’s “first neighborhood” and suggesting ways to make them safer, more usable and appealing.

2 full-time rangers added to patrol Capitol Hill, Pioneer Square parks (Seattle Times)
Seattle will add rangers to Cal Anderson and Occidental parks after a recent spate of violence (in Cap Hill, not our ‘hood)

La Bodega’s Pop-Up (Seattle Weekly)
La Bodega is planning to transition from pop-up to permanent sandwich shop in Pioneer Square sometime later this year.

Kickstarter for local resident/business owners

May 28, 2013  |  Business, Call to Action, PI  |  No Comments

Delicatus is one of my favorite spots in Pioneer Square. Not only does it have amazing food (and as a vegetarian — the BEST sandwich in the ‘hood), but they stay open for dinner, and the owners are active in the neighborhood (and one even lives here).

They have a new initiative in the works, however: Soul Sol Winery — and are trying to raising much needed funds for equipment and structural upgrades to their new space in the heart of Pioneer Square. Please check out their kickstarter, and consider investing in a group that has already invested a lot in our neighborhood.

They are almost 20% there with 25 days to go, and they are offering some great gifts and experiences for donating, such as private events, a wine key, or a sincere thank you (and the satisfaction of helping support local business).

For more info, you can also check out their Facebook page or their twitter feed.

Waterfront Whimsea – FREE Family Fun Event

May 24, 2013  |  Event, Fun, PI, Residents  |  No Comments

Family friendly entertainment, fun and games return for a second year!

What:  Grab the family and get ready for the return of a Downtown Seattle favorite! The Waterfront Whimsea Family Fun Day will showcase family friendly entertainment such as Bubbleman, The Not-Its! and The Magic & Comedy of Bruce Meyers.

The Seattle Seafair Clowns will be working the crowd and the Seattle Firefighters are scheduled to do a show-and-tell with fire-fighting equipment.

Event attendees will also enjoy activities such as a bouncy house, games and more.

When:  11:00 a.m. –  2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2013

Where:  Waterfront Park, 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101

Who:  Produced by the Metropolitan Improvement District in cooperation with Seattle Parks & Recreation.  Sponsored by Ivar’s Acres of Clams & Pier 54 Fish Bar.

Details:  This event is FREE and open to the public!

Why:  To attract and entertain local families and visitors along the Downtown Seattle Waterfront neighborhood.

Info:  For more information visit

Pioneer Square in the News

May 22, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

It’s Hip to be Pioneer Square (Seattle Mag)
How our city’s revolutionary restaurateurs are changing a neighborhood, bite by bite

Semi gets stuck under Pioneer Square pergola (King5)
A semi driver attempting a right turn onto First Avenue ended up with the truck stuck under the Pioneer Square pergola.

Rolling with Seattle’s biking execs: John Duggan (PSBJ)
Seattle attorney John Duggan rides to work each day from Bellevue to his Pioneer Square office. In his law practice, he often represents victims of bike accidents.

Cafe Nordo: Some spaghetti with that western? (Crosscut)
The prolific dinner theater company’s latest heist is in Pioneer Square. Blazing guns and stiff drinks are just the beginning.

‘Bertha’ The not so boring machine (West Seattle Herald)
With art viewers walking the streets of Pioneer Square on a sunny Thursday evening 20 or so people gathered in the projects public relations office, called Milepost 31, to listen to Chris Bambridge, tunnel specialist and consultant for WSDOT, explain how this incredible machine being assemble on Seattle’ waterfront will do its’ job.

About the “Portland Loo” coming to PSq:
City planning for high-tech toilets in Pioneer Square (Kiro)
Five years after a multimillion dollar fail, Seattle is trying again to put a public toilet in Pioneer Square

Seattle wants to give free-standing public toilets another go (KPLU)
Five years after Seattle had to get rid of its free-standing public toilet structures, Mayor Mike McGinn wants to give it another go, this time with a new design.

Seattle and Portland’s Strange Toilet History (Seattle Weekly)
If all goes as planned the Portland Loo will be installed on west end of the Sinking Ship Garage in Pioneer Square sometime late this summer or early this fall.

More fancy public toilets coming to Seattle (My Northwest)
Each Portland Loo costs $90,000, according to their website, and this first toilet, to be placed near the Sinking Ship Garage in Pioneer Square, will reportedly be covered by non-city sources of funding.

Why you should go on the SubSeattle Tour

May 17, 2013  |  Business, Event, Fun, PI  |  No Comments

Even if you’re a local, it’s a fun outing to go on the SubSeattle Tour. Although it’s run by the Underground Tour, it is 100% above ground.

You meet at the Underground Tour office, where your group will load up on one of their signature buses. What follows is a 90-minute bus ride through “out of sight” city neighborhoods. I already knew some of the info that was being shared, but I learned a lot, as well, including some great new locations for a picnic or family photos. We had two tour guides on the bus who were very knowledgeable about the history of Seattle, and we even got onto a tangent regarding home prices in one of the neighborhoods we ended up in.

Tickets are $30/person, and the tour only runs from March until November.

Besides the interesting tour guides, relaxing bus ride, and historic information, the best reason to check it out is the following:


GiveBIG to the Alliance for Pioneer Square

May 14, 2013  |  Call to Action, Event, PI  |  No Comments

GiveBIG – Seattle’s biggest day of charitable giving – is in one week! Here are just three reasonswhy you should consider supporting the Alliance for Pioneer Square:

1. They fight for the neighborhood

2. They fill up empty storefronts

3. They’re changing the story of Pioneer Square

Help them maintain their momentum and carry their work forward. On May 15th, you will have the opportunity to make your charitable donations go farther if you give during the Seattle Foundation’s annual GiveBIG event. Credit card donations during this 24-hour period will be matched by a large stretch fund, making this event the biggest day of community giving of the year.

Bookmark the Alliance for Pioneer Square’s GiveBIG page and prepare to give big on Wednesday May 15th!

Follow them on Facebook or Twitter for reminders the day of the event.

Thank you for your support.

Bike to Work Day is May 17

May 14, 2013  |  Event, PI  |  No Comments

Bike to Work Day is May 17 and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington is hosting an energizer station for Pioneer Square bike commuters from 6-9 am in front of their office at 314 First Ave S.

They’re serving coffee from Zeitgeist and shortbread cookies from Grand Central Bakery to fuel you up for the day. Bike safety checks and minor mechanical adjustments will be offered, as well as local bike maps and Share the Road information. They’ll also have a Metro bike rack on hand so you can practice loading your bike on one.

Grand Central Bakery will treat all bike commuters a second time on Bike to Work Day. Drop by any of their retail locations with your bike helmet and receive a complimentary baguette!

Many Washington communities are planning Bike to Work Day activities. Check their Bike Month Round-up for a summary with links to other events.

Pioneer Square Residents Council Meeting this Wednesday

May 13, 2013  |  Event, News, Residential Council  |  No Comments

Where: The Kitchen (309 First Ave So.)

When: Wednesday, May 15th from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Who: Pioneer Square residents are encouraged to attend

Agenda: Click here to view in PDF

Review of Q1 minutes
(Tija Petrovich-resident)

WESTPAC report
(Mike Klotz-resident)

National Night Out
Neighborhood BBQ planning

How do we grow?
Expanding our membership/getting the word out

Creating resources for neighborhood info.
Neighborhood “insider” secrets/deals

New business
Dog Park?
Metro Bus Rerouting Update

Reminder: Like us on Facebook

Neighborhood Meeting to discuss public restroom

May 13, 2013  |  PI, Residents  |  No Comments

The Alliance, in partnership with the Residents Council and the Street Civility Steering Committee has been working for the past couple years on the issue of access to public restrooms.

If you are interested in their progress to date, including the siting of a new Portland Loo, please bring your questions to a neighborhood meeting, Wednesday May 15th, 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.


Pergola hit… again

May 13, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

The Pioneer Square pergola has been hit again, this time by an 18-wheeler that got became high centered on the bollard that was installed to protect it from getting totally knocked over and hit the top corner, where it became stuck.

Seattle Parks Tweet

It has now been removed and traffic cleared.

Photo credit: Pete Cassam KingTV

Close up of bollard that prevented it from doing more damage to the pergola