Archive for October, 2013

Man shot inside Union Gospel Mission

October 30, 2013  |  Homeless, PI, Violence  |  No Comments


From Seattle PD:

One man was seriously wounded  in a shooting inside the Union Gospel Mission today. Shortly before 11:45 AM, police received reports of a shooting at the Mission, near 2nd Avenue and Washington St.

The gunman, a man believed to be in his 70s, shot the victim twice before he was arrested at the scene. The victim, believed to be in his 40s, was taken to Harborview with life-threatening injuries.


3rd Annual Fruit Hard City Taste Fundraiser Nov 7

October 30, 2013  |  Event, PI  |  No Comments


City Fruit will celebrate local fruit and cideries at the 3rd Annual Hard Cider Taste Fundraiser on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Hosted by Little Uncle Restaurant, 88 Yesler Way, the event coincides with Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk. A silent auction will feature items donated from Tom Douglas Restaurants, Modernist Cuisine, and more.

The fundraiser supports City Fruit’s harvest and donation of thousands of pounds of fruit which would otherwise go to waste. Through City Fruit’s efforts, the bounty from Seattle’s backyard trees is distributed to dozens of organizations serving the hungry.

Learn about the harvest and City Fruit’s other initiatives, including Seattle Parks fruit tree stewards, at

Four Washington cideries–Alpenfire Organic Hard Cider, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Snowdrift Cider, and Tieton Cider Works—will each bring a variety of hard ciders to taste, and Little Uncle’s will offer pairings of Thai street food. Cider may also be Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets ( and tickets will also be sold at the door. Cost is $25/person ($10 for non-‘tasters’). Street parking is free after 6 p.m. for First Thursday Art Walk, and there will be free parking vouchers for the following garages: Butler Parking, Frye Parking, Pioneer Square, and Merrill Place.

Jennifer Dunlap, Event Coordinator

Freak Night Festival starts tonight at CenturyLink

October 25, 2013  |  Event, PI, Traffic Alert  |  No Comments


Freak Night starts its 2-night event this evening — expecting crowds of up to 22,000 around WaMu Theater at CenturyLink. More info below:

Freak Night 2013: 7:30 p.m. – 3:30 a.m. (Saturday)

FreakNight returns for a 2-night frightful affair on October 25 & 26! Step inside our baneful bigtop where you will be haunted by bloodcurdling beats and bone-rattling performances all night long. For 2 nights, the Wamu Theater will become a fully themed Halloween Haunt for you to explore multiple chambers of spooky performers, death-defying carnival rides, and eerie surprises around every turn.

Halloween just got freakier.

Pioneer Square in the News

October 23, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

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Eyeglass company sees business beyond the Web (Seattle Times)
Rivet & Sway’s company, which began as an online store in August 2012 added a Pioneer Square showroom in July.

Picklebacks and Loaves of Bread (Stranger)
Huge windows showcase the place’s namesake trees, all along Pioneer Square’s cobblestone Occidental Park; a London plane is a kind of sycamore, and they’re waving their branches gently in the October sun, leaves just starting to change.

Art Space and Race (Stranger)
How did affordable artist housing in Seattle’s least-white neighborhoods end up more than 80 percent white?

Kitchen fire strikes Pioneer Square night club (Seattle PI)
A 911 caller reported seeing white smoke emanating from the roof of Last Supper Club in the 100 block of South Washington Street at 8:44 a.m., according to the Seattle Fire Department.

Charter Schools ‘3.0:’ Would-be Founders Show Their Hands (Seattle Weekly)
Hannah Williams, a 30-year-old former teacher at Aki Kurose Middle School who just got a Masters in Education at Harvard University, says she’d like to start a charter school in a Pioneer Square warehouse.

Deloitte Digital takes root in Seattle, buys social media agency Banyan Branch (GeekWire)
Banyan Branch employs 50 folks, most of whom are located in the company’s Pioneer Square offices. They will be staying put for the time being, even though Deloitte now has a large presence in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood as a result of the Ubermind deal.

E. Smith Mercantile Will Start Offering Back Bar Coffee Service Monday (and Eventually Brunch) (Eater)
It started with the addition of a kick-ass cozy “hidden” bar in the back of their store in September. Now comes word that E. Smith Mercantile in Pioneer Square will start offering coffee in the Back Bar, followed by brunch.

7th Annual Thrill the World event on Oct 26

October 18, 2013  |  Event, PI  |  No Comments

thrill the world

The Seattle Thrillers are organizing their 7th annual worldwide attempt to break the world record for the Largest Simultaneous Thriller Dance on Saturday October 26, 2013.  This event will take place at Occidental Park in Pioneer Square at 2:00 pm.

Every year “Thrill The World” hosts a global event inviting Thriller groups in cities all over the world to perform Michael Jackson’s Thriller at the exact same time. To date, “Thrill The World” is represented in 33 countries by over 23,000 people.

Seattle Thrillers is a non-profit group organized by Sheri Kinley to teach the Thriller dance for the world record attempt and to raise money for charity.  This year the Seattle Thrillers are donating to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s is currently the 3rd leading cause of death in Washington State.  At present, more than 150,000 Washingtonians are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and they are being looked after by over 350,000 caregivers—mostly unpaid family members. That’s over 500,000 of us, our family members, friends, and neighbors—and we expect that number to triple by 2050.

Donations from the Seattle Thrillers on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association will support programs, services and research and benefit individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias, including:

  • 24/7 Helpline – 800.272.3900
  • Support Groups
  • Early Stage Memory Loss Programs
  • Care Consultation
  • Education, training, workshops,     conference and forums
  • Resource library and online resources
  • Advocacy and public policy

To learn more about the Seattle Thrillers, contact Sheri Kinley @

For more information on “Thrill The World” visit

Special Underworld Tour offered on Halloween

October 17, 2013  |  Event, Fun, PI  |  No Comments


Too old for trick-or-treats? Then come in for a special R-rated Underworld Tour on Halloween, October 31.

The Underworld Tour is an adults-only stroll through the old red-light district of the abandoned, underground city that was Seattle’s birthplace.

A big-sister version of the world-famous Underground Tour, the Underworld Tour is seamier, raunchier and laugh-out-loud lewdicrous. Totally inappropriate!

Twenty-one and over only, with valid picture ID. $25 admission includes a cocktail. Tours at 7, 8 and 9 pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance online, at, and by phone at 206 682 4646; or in-person at our ticket booth at 608 First Avenue in Pioneer Square, on First Avenue, between Cherry and the James-Yesler Street junction.

For more information about the Underworld Tour and the all-ages Underground Tour, please visit

Seattle City Light Construction Notification for this weekend

October 16, 2013  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

scl construction

Seattle City Light will be building a new hatch at 1st Avenue Alley and South Jackson Street. This project is necessary to avoid future impacts to traffic when crews need to work inside the vault. The second (and final) phase of our work is planned for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • What: Cutting into existing vault, building the infrastructure for the new hatch, installing the hatch, backfilling and providing temporary alley and street restoration.
  • WhyConstruction of the new streetcar stop conflicts with vault access at this location. Currently, City Light crews would need to block traffic each time the vault needs to be accessed. To avoid these emergency situations, a new access hatch must be installed in the south side sidewalk.  See project map  below
  • Where:  The work will occur in Jackson Street at the existing hatch and in the new hatch location at the mouth of the alley on the south side of Jackson Street.

What You Can Expect:

  • No planned outages
  • Traffic will be closed to eastbound traffic on South Jackson Street from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Uniformed police officer to direct traffic
  • Intermittent noise from sawing and breaking concrete, excavation, trucks

Overview of Entire Project Sequence:
Once Seattle City Light’s work is done the work will be turned over to the Seattle Department of Transportation for permanent alley and street restoration.

Thank you for your patience.  For any questions you may have or for more information, contact John Harvey, Electrical Service Representative, at (206) 386-4275 or

Pioneer Square in the News

October 15, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

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Young Educator Targets Seattle For Charter School; Dreams of Pioneer Square Warehouse (Seattle Weekly)
Hannah Williams, a 30-year-old educator, plans to apply for charter authorization in November and hopes to plant her high-concept school in a Pioneer Square warehouse.

Curiosity keeps Private Eye Tours in business (Seattle Times)
For more than a decade, a local woman has been giving residents and visitors a glimpse into some of Seattle’s most famous and infamous murders, mysteries and hauntings.

Real Estate Buzz: Next up for Daniels: Fifth & Columbia (DJC)
Kevin Daniels has just finished his first apartment building at Stadium Place in Pioneer Square, and now his company, Daniels Real Estate, is preparing to start its 43-story office and hotel tower at Fifth and Columbia.

Prospect for public toilet in Pioneer Square now in the hands of developer (Real Change)
The city council passed an ordinance Sept. 30 that allows developer Urban Visions to build a 130-foot residential tower at 200 S. Occidental in exchange for installing a Portland Loo in the neighborhood. The site is zoned for 100-foot office buildings, but the city allows developers to build taller residential towers in exchange for public benefits.

Pioneer Square in the News

October 7, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

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Country’s smallest national park — in Pioneer Square — also suffers in government shutdown (Q13 Fox)
The Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park in Seattle’s Pioneer Square is the smallest national park and it’s closed, due to the U.S. government shutdown.

Seattle’s Klondike Gold Rush Museum may close due to D.C. standoff (King5)
“We strongly hope a lapse in appropriations does not occur, but we are taking proactive steps in the event it does,” says Spirit Trickey, one of seven employees at the Park. The museum hosts 75,000 visitors a year, and highlights Seattle’s good rush boom, and history.

Seattle authorizes a Sodo improvement district and Pioneer Square restroom (PSBJ)
The Sodo neighborhood will get a new business improvement association (BIA), Seattle businesses soon will have to recycle more materials, and Pioneer Square now stands a better chance of getting its public restroom.

Bring the Portland Loo to Seattle (Seattle Times)
The residents and retailers of Pioneer Square don’t just want a public loo. They need it. The smell of pee permeating from street corners and alleys is truly unpleasant for visitors. Seattle’s most storied district should elicit fond memories, not disgust and wrinkled noses.

Suspect pleads not guilty in Pioneer Square slaying (Seattle Times)
The man accused of killing Shoreline Community College Professor Troy Wolff in an unprovoked knife attack Sept. 13 in Pioneer Square pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

City trades extra floors for Pioneer Square loo (DJC – subscription only)
Seattle City Council has approved a plan by Urban Visions to build an 11-story office and apartment complex just east of Occidental Park in Pioneer Square in exchange for putting in a public toilet. Urban Visions’ CEO Greg Smith didn’t return a call for comment after the meeting yesterday, but he said last week he is unsure whether he will move forward with the 11-story, mixed-use version of the project he calls 200 Occidental.

From alleyways to retail recruitment: Seattle offering $1.6M to improve neighborhoods (KOMO)
Business leaders in Pioneer Square are working hard to recruit more retailers. And, residents in Chinatown-International District continue looking for ways to keep their streets safe and clean.

‘Boarding’ mentally ill becoming epidemic in state (Seattle Times)
Far more involuntarily detained patients are stuck in chaotic hospital ERs and ill-equipped medical rooms. They wait days, even months, for treatment. The practice is traumatizing thousands of mentally ill residents, wreaking havoc on hospitals, and wasting millions of taxpayer dollars.

Jury’s still out on Amazon Art (Seattle Times)
Gallery owners in Seattle and around the world are divided over the new Amazon Art venture, still in beta. Some have embraced it, while at least one longtime dealer says “it doesn’t seem right.”

‘Gritty’ Homelessness Tour Guarantees Unforgettable Adventure (Jezebel)
Homelessness is badass, according to this guided three day “sub-urban adventure” tour of the “gritty underbelly” of Seattle, which can be yours for $2,000.

Seattle tour offers life as a homeless person, for $2,000 (Seattle PI)
To understand homelessness, you could work at a social service agency. Or volunteer. Or read. Or, if you believe a website called “Real View Tours,” you can also pay $2,000 to live undercover as a homeless person in Seattle with a tour guide for three days.

People in Seattle Are Outraged By This $2,000 ‘Homelessness Tour’ (The Atlantic Cities)
Feedback to Momany’s business venture has mostly come in the form of outrage, his Facebook page inundated with angry comments like, “this is horrible,” and “I’m warning ALL Seattle shelters to be on the lookout for you. Shame on you.” But Momany thinks he can actually help customers, according to his site, “gain a new respect for the folks that find themselves in this predicament.” As for the high cost for such an excursion, Momany argues it’ll better attract those “who really want to understand.”