Archive for July, 2013

ALLEYPALOOZA this Thursday

July 31, 2013  |  Alley, First Thursday, News, PI  |  No Comments

From Post to Pioneer Square
August 1st, 2013 – 5pm to 9pm

Explore Seattle’s Historic Alleys from Pioneer Square to Post Alley, as these forgotten passages come alive with music, food, art & entertainment for all ages.

JOIN US in NORD ALLEY for A Meeting in an Unlikely Place

An installation by Benjamin Maestas exploring the intersection of dance and architecture premiering August 1st, 2013.

The installation will open at 5pm with performances at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm. Featuring performers Benjamin Maestas, Ezra Dickiinson and Zeke Keeble.

Follow the link to view the trailer:  A Meeting in an Unlikely Place

Also enjoy music by 5bit – a smooth, soulful, and funky a capella group hailing from the greater Seattle area. Captivating audiences with covers of both current hits and classic favorites using only the power of the voice, their goal is to ensure you’re having as much fun listening as they are performing!

AlleyPalooza map

Pioneer Square in the News

July 29, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

The Post is popular, another sign that Pioneer Square is coming back (DJC – subscription only)
One of Pioneer Square’s newest apartment buildings, The Post, is nearly full a month and a half ahead of schedule, another sign of how hot things are these days in Pioneer Square.

Rain Shadow Meats Squared (Stranger)
The newest addition to sandwich-heavy Pioneer Square is Rain Shadow Meats Squared, a lunch-counter offspring of the popular butcher shop.

Pike Brewing Company Releases New Barrel-Aged Stout (Brewbound)
Pike Brewing Company announces the release of Pike Entire barrel-aged stout and the introduction of a new Pike Pub Menu timed to coincide with the Post Alley Hooley, a neighborhood party that stretches from the Gum Wall to Pioneer Square; along one of Seattle’s most charming and undiscovered walking streets.

Needle exchange gets prickly in Greenwood (Q13 Fox)
“Most of us wouldn’t want this in our neighborhood,” said Ben Katt, executive director of Aurora Commons. “We would much rather prefer for them to be in Pioneer Square, (but) it’s just not a sustainable approach for the city.”
[editor’s note: awesome]

SR 99 tunnel construction starts Monday (King5)
Brooks’ office has worked with tunnel contractors and WSDOT throughout the process, particularly on ensuring old buildings in Pioneer Square are not adversely impacted by the work.

Pioneer Square Redux (Seattle Weekly)
The Pioneer Square Pike Place Express Market in Occidental Park is the latest food-focused event in the embattled historic neighborhood’s larger revival.

Pioneer Square’s Pergola Gets Its Yearly Accident Out Of The Way (curbed)
A light pole that’s part of the Pergola complex was damaged by a truck early Thursday morning. All things considered, the structure got off easy.

Pioneer Square discussion + walking tour this Thursday

July 23, 2013  |  Event, PI  |  No Comments


Seattle’s First Neighborhood: Its Past And Future

Dubbed the “Heart and Soul of Seattle,” Pioneer Square embodies the spirit of Seattle: proud of its past, but always with an eye to the future.

Hear from a dynamic array of lunchtime speakers comprised of residents, business owners and community leaders as they discuss the challenges that the neighborhood has faced, and how they are working towards stimulating more economic growth.

Come walk along the brick-lined streets and tour some of the new and revitalized residential developments.

Go behind the scenes of what it takes to redevelop and restore a historic building into first class office space for emerging companies.

Take a stroll through one of the alleys… transformed into an inviting pedestrian pathway and entrance to retail businesses.

Then join us for cocktails and hors d’oveures at one of the newest co-working spaces in the City.

Tour Schedule: July 25, 2013

Registration & lunch: 11:00 am
Panel discussion: 11:30 am – 12:45 pm
HUB Seattle – 220 2nd Ave S. Seattle, 98104

Walking Tour: 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Reception: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
HUB Seattle – 220 2nd Ave S. Seattle, 98104

For more information, please contact either Garrick Hughes, GLY Construction, at or Denice Trimble, Riddell Williams, at

Police arrest burglars connected to at least 8 Pioneer Square break-ins

July 22, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Random shot of police in Pioneer Square

West Precinct Commander Captain Jim Dermody, shared some great news regarding two arrests made last Friday:

[Friday] morning, 3rd Watch Officers Floyd and Hill responded to a burglary in progress at the OSA Soccer Store located at 83 Yesler Way at 2:05AM.  Witnesses had called in about two burglars breaking the front business glass, entering the store, and then running away from the scene carrying multiple bags.

Officer Floyd located the suspects at 1st Ave S and S King St coming out of an alley carrying a brand new soccer bag.  A show-up was conducted and the two suspects were positively identified.  Both suspects were subsequently interviewed.  One confessed to the burglary but the other chose to “lawyer up.”  The suspect who chose not to cooperate with the current investigation did admit that several years ago he committed numerous burglaries in the Pioneer Square area and had been released from prison four months ago.  Both suspects were booked for Investigation of Burglary.

This morning, the suspect who was interviewed, led detectives to 8 other burglaries he recently committed in the Pioneer Square neighborhood.

Both suspects are convicted felons.  The cooperative one, an adult male 57 years old with reported drug and alcohol addiction, has been arrested 92 times since 1982. The suspect who “lawyered up,” an adult male 56 years old, has a Lake City address and has been arrested 38 times since 1989.  He has a non-extraditable arrest warrant for Theft out of Tacoma.

Completion of the follow-up is being handled by the West Precinct’s Burglary/Theft Detective Squad.

I’m proud of the work of the responding officers as well as the quick follow-up by our detectives.  This should put a halt to the recent surge in burglaries we’ve seen in the past several weeks in our oldest neighborhood.

I live on one of the more challenging corners in the neighborhood, and can speak to the good presence the police have had, even though it feels like we have never-ending problems, they are definitely doing their part to make the neighborhood a safe place to live and work.

Paul McCartney “Out There” Concert tonight at 8 p.m.

July 19, 2013  |  Announcement, Event, PI, Traffic Alert  |  No Comments

Paul McCartney “Out There” Concert:  8 p.m.

Safeco Field

42,000 attending

Gates open at 6:30. Expect early arrivals in the area around the ballpark.  The 42,000 + crowd will be coming from throughout the Pacific Northwest so traffic could be impacted on all our major highways during the usual heavy Friday afternoon commute.  Typical Mariner game day traffic controls will be in place.  However, as many out-of-towners may be unfamiliar with the area, traffic could be considerably worse than it would normally be for a baseball game crowd of the same size.

Center City Initiative and how it impacts Pioneer Square

As stated on Mayor McGinn’s website, the Center City Initiatives specific goals are to:

  • Create a street environment where all people feel safe
  • Sustain a vibrant and inviting public realm
  • Support thriving business and residential neighborhoods downtown
  • Provide outreach, health and human services to people in need
  • Provide many attractive options for traveling around downtown

They will do this by ensuring:

  • The community’s needs are met in a just and equitable manner
  • City, community, business and agency partners are accountable for actively working together to deliver lasting solutions
  • Existing policies, programs and standards are reassessed and revised to accomplish desired outcomes
  • Approaches are cost effective and sustainable

In an article in the Seattle Weekly, Matt Driscoll took a deeper look at the Center City Initiative, frustrations being faced by business owners, and what these groups are doing to address safety and homelessness issues. The following are what I felt were key quotes from the article:

Enter the Center City Initiative (CCI), a city-led effort to find not just common ground between commerce and compassion, but, more important, results when dealing with street disorder, chronic homelessness, and the problems associated with all of the above.

According to most, however, CCI’s biggest accomplishment so far has been the dialogue and understanding fostered within an entangled community more accustomed to fighting than working together. No longer is the conversation purely business vs. social services. While raw frustrations remain, leaders on both sides say there’s something different about the Center City Initiative.

The article is long, but well worth the read. It gives multiple perspectives from local business owners, homeless individuals, DSA, the Mayor, and other stakeholder groups involved in the process.

Backyard Bard performance at Occidental Park this Sunday

July 18, 2013  |  Announcement, Event, PI  |  No Comments
Since 2008, GreenStage has offered its (free!) one-hour, four-actor production of Twelfth Night as a show-for-hire.  “Tiny” Twelfth Night has performed at theme parties, community functions, and the occasional backyard, serving as a gentle introduction to the best parts of the larger play, and bringing the story vibrantly to life in more intimate venues with verve and brevity.


Shipwrecked in Illyria, separated from her twin brother Sebastian, Viola disguises herself as a man and hides in the court of her nation’s enemy, Duke Orsino, who also happens to be the man of her dreams.  The course of true love ne’er ran less smoothly than in this delightful tale of mistaken identity, passions poetically misdirected, and two or three or four hearts bourne aloft on the clumsy wings of romance.

The show is this Sunday at 3pm at Occidental Square Park.

They will also be performing the Merry Wives of Windsor in Occidental on August 4th. More information here.

Pioneer Square in the News

July 18, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Restaurant Report: Bar Sajor in Seattle (NYTimes)
At Bar Sajor, which opened in March in Pioneer Square, a stone’s throw from Seattle’s waterfront, food is cooked exclusively by wood flame. Matt Dillon, the chef and owner (and a 2012 James Beard Best Chef award winner at another of his restaurants, Sitka & Spruce), said he likes the challenge of being “at the whim of the fire.”

City, business owners prepping for the arrival of ‘Big Bertha’ (KOMO)
Big Bertha, the world’s largest tunneling machine, is nearly ready to begin boring through downtown Seattle as part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement, and business owners in the impact zone are apprehensive about what that means to them.

New King County Metro electronic bicycle lockers roll out (King5)
People who ride their bikes then take the bus have a new place to stash their bicycles. King County Metro recently installed electronic bike lockers at 10 different locations, including Park and Ride Transit Centers, as part of a pilot program. To the buy an access card, users can go to or call 1-888-540-0546. People can also buy a card at Bicycle Alliance of Washington’s Pioneer Square office, located at 314 1st Avenue South in Seattle.

La Bodega and Juicebox Find Homes, Brimmer & Heeltap to Open, and More Food News (Seattle Weekly)
La Bodega is finally moving from pop-up to permanent digs. Nosh Pit reports that chef/owner Manuel “Manu” Alfau plans to settle into a brick-and-mortar shop at 100 Prefontaine Pl. S. in Pioneer Square this fall.

La Bodega Finds a Home in Pioneer Square (Eater)
What started out as a major Dominican sandwich tease is now (finally) a reality. Chef Manuel “Manu” Alfau has just singed a lease for a storefront at 100 Prefontaine Pl. S. to house his current pop-up, La Bodega.

Farmers market food stamps: More beet for your buck (Crosscut)
Last Wednesday, the city officially launched Fresh Bucks, a fund that matches food stamp benefits used to purchase fresh food at Seattle farmers’ markets up to $10. [love this!!!]

Revitalizing Our Historic Areas: Seattle’s Pioneer Square (Huffington Post)
There’s a determined band of business owners bent on revitalizing Pioneer Square and restoring it to its former glory as the Seattle center for business and culture.

Seattle business owner puts up homemade outhouses in Pioneer Square (My NW)
On the Fourth of July, Joanna Urrego decided to take matters into her own hands. She set up two homemade outhouses complete with little carved half moons near the entrance to her photo studio in Seattle’s Occidental Park.

Zoning deal could lead to new public toilet in Pioneer Square (King5)
A zoning deal in Seattle allowing a developer to build higher could lead to a new loo in Pioneer Square.

Is this the best deal for solving Seattle’s crappiest problem? (Seattle PI Blog)
The plan as it stands would let Mr. Smith put in a “Portland Loo” at the cost of roughly $90,000 plus maintenance to fulfill his obligation for a “public good” that is commensurate with his allowed height variance.

Pioneer Square in the News

July 8, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Sick of the stench, Pioneer Square merchant installs outhouses (KOMO)
The business owners didn’t want to wait for the city to install a public restroom, so they did it themselves.

Look Inside the New Little Uncle in Pioneer Square (Eater)
They opened June 11, and while they’re still trying to wrap their heads around the madhouse they become between noon and 1 pm, Little Uncle finally entertained the idea of letting Eater send in a photographer to take some shots of their new subterranean spot in Pioneer Square.

VIDEO: Phoenix Jones goes into the sewer to help Seattle Police (PI – Inside Belltown)
Seattle Superhero Phoenix Jones went face first down a sewer manhole with Seattle police permission to get drugs used to arrest a man down the street in Pioneer Square.

Coffee shop owner attacked after banning man for lewd behavior (KOMO)
A man attacked the owner of a Pioneer Square coffee shop with a jar of loose-leaf tea Monday after the owner banned the man for inappropriately touching himself in front of a female customer, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Noshing with Nancy: Of love and meat (Seattle Times)
Rain Shadow Meats Squared

The City’s New Gambit to End Homelessness (Seattle Weekly)
In the battle to end homelessness, can the city balance commerce and compassion? You’d be surprised by who is saying “Yes.”

First Thursday in July has been moved to July 11th

July 3, 2013  |  Art, First Thursday, PI  |  No Comments

First Thursday in July has been moved to July 11th due to the Fourth of July holiday! Free parking will be available at Frye Garage only. Check individual gallery schedules.

Also, Nord alley will be hosting Alley Cats from 5 – 8pm: A family friendly event with adoptable kittens & cats, kids games, raffle, snacks, beverages and light music (hosted by PAWS)

For more information on free parking, please see First Thursday’s Website.