Occidental All Day: a 24 hour photoshoot in the park happening today

September 19, 2014  |  Event, Fun, PI, Residents  |  No Comments


Reason #572 why I love this neighborhood:

Architect and special effects photographer Kevin Scott is currently set up in Occidental Square Park in the hopes of capturing portraits of everyone and anyone who comes through the park in a 24 hour period.

While I stood there, waiting to get my picture taken, interested commuters kept stopping by to find out more and to sign the disclosure to get their own portrait taken.

He has been there since 5:30 this morning, and will be around until 5:30 Saturday morning (or maybe more like 4:30am).

Stop by and check it out — the pictures will eventually be collated into a coffee table book, and posted online at: www.occidentalallday.com sometime in December.

Sponsors of the project include: Kevin Scott, Vanessa Naff, and Olson Kundig Architects





Seattle Design Festival coming to Pioneer Square this weekend

September 4, 2014  |  Event, Families, PI  |  No Comments

The Seattle Design Festival, now in its fourth year, celebrates the ways design makes life better. Every September, Seattle’s citizens, city leaders and design experts come together at workshops, tours, talks, films and gatherings to exchange ideas.

You can find out more on their website here, but below are the events specifically happening in our neighborhood, starting this friday:

9/5 6–9 p.m.
Tether Inc. 316 Occidental Ave S, #400

A fun celebration to kick off the start of the 2014 Seattle Design Festival. Live music. A limited number of tickets will be available to the public at the door, $20 suggested donation. Food and libations included in cost of entry.


9/6–9/7  10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Block Party at Occidental Plaza 310 Occidental Ave S

The SDF Block Party will present design demonstrations, activities, workshops, exhibits, tours and more! This year the Block Party will feature nine installations from the SDF
Rumble, designed and built by teams of local designers, community groups and contractors. Visit the SHOWCASE14: Seattle Design Gallery and Pop-Up Shop with innovative products from local designers. Come hear and see performances, try parkour and take part in art activities and games. Families welcome and encouraged. Suggested donation at the Block Party.

Other events during the block party include:

- rumble installations (ideas for large-scale, inhabitable installations for public display)

- free library design/build competition interactive exhibit (walking map and presentation of competition)

- relief printing (learn how to make a relief print)

- pronto cycle share (meet seattle’s new bike sharing system)

- experiencing transportation projects through visualization (hands-on educational activity experiencing a simulated driving experience)

- traveling tinker tank (a fun, hands-on challenge great for kids and parents)

- how would you get there? (discover industrial design’s impact on movement)

- alley scope (bringing awareness to alleys)

- crea.t.u.r.e (explore the ‘what if” future of sentient buildings, personalized transport, and interactive space)

- mobile couch armada (tricked out mobile furniture)

- Wayfinders community mural (throw paint at a giant canvas)

- add space: shaping interior stories (help design collective Creature Environments for Design Block Creatures)

9/6 5PM
Little London Plane, 322 Occidental Ave S

Seattle seems to be developing and growing at the speed of light. How can the city become a place where people of all ages and incomes can affordably live, work, travel and thrive? What are the relationships between design, density, community and mobility? What are the factors that make a great, affordable, livable city, and how can we achieve them equitably? What are the relationships between well-being/ happiness/work/play and planning/urban design/architecture/mobility? Come ask the questions you think need to be asked and speak directly with the panelists around a large community table. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments available from Little London Plane’s SDF special menu

9/8 – 9/12
The space between home and work

Participants will challenge themselves, hundreds of employees and companies around the city to track trips (to and from work and portions of the commute) and miles. Participants are encouraged to recognize how design plays an important role in great walking experiences and support pedestrian safety and accessibility in Seattle. The daily architecture themes include Mosaic Monday, Terra Cotta Tuesday, Windows Wednesday, Stair Tread Thursday and Fountains Friday. Prizes will be given to people with the most miles and trips and will be awarded at the SDF Closing Party on September 19. To participate, RSVP by email to info@feetfirst.org.

For a full schedule of events, click here.

NFL Game tomorrow: what to know, and traffic alerts

September 3, 2014  |  Event, PI, Sports, Traffic Alert  |  No Comments
Image from the Alliance for Pioneer Square

Image from the Alliance for Pioneer Square

Today through 5:15 PM Thursday: Gameday Village in Occidental Mall and Park. We hear Shaun Alexander is there, giving autographs, and Jim Zorn might be around, too. They’ll even autograph your phone case!

Wednesday Night: “Practice fireworks” at CenturyLink in preparation for tomorrow night’s big bash. Somewhere between 6 PM – 7 PM tonight. EXPECT NOISE!

Traffic Impacts:

  • Helicopters and Television crews are already here
  • Soon our streets will be packed with cars and fans, so expect traffic delays, especially Thursday.
  • Metro is altering routes, detouring away from S. Jackson Street (#16,66, and 99) Metro link: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/
  • If you are driving to work on Thursday, it might be easier to come back home into PS about an hour after the game starts. (5:40 PM kick-off)

Click here to see a map with Thursday’s street closures.

For more information about what’s happening surrounding the big game and all of the local events, go to the Alliance for Pioneer Square’s website here.

Remember, cell phone networks can be overloaded during special events, so text when you can.

Be safe and have fun out there!


Underground Tour: ‘Til Death Do Us Part

August 20, 2014  |  Event, Fun, PI  |  No Comments


Come to a Murder Mystery Dinner at the Underground Tour:

Help the bride and groom solve a marital murder mystery when a member of the wedding party is murdered.

Take your own vows to help solve this crime before it’s too late!

If you’re attending the world’s worst wedding then you should dress like it.

Pull out your unfortunate bridesmaid dress, terrible ties and downright disastrous wedding attire!

Price is $65 per person General Seating
$75 per person Premiere Seating
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
18+ Event



FLEURT grand opening Thursday from 5pm – 7pm

August 19, 2014  |  Announcement, Business, Event, PI  |  No Comments
photo credit: pioneersquare.org

photo credit: pioneersquare.org

Celebrate FLEURT’S grand opening in Pioneer Square on Thursday, August 21st, 5 pm to 7 pm. Welcome them to the neighborhood with drinks, light snacks and giveaways.

Starting out 4 years ago in West Seattle, local darling neighborhood gift and flower shop FLEURT has expanded and opened a second location in Pioneer Square.

“After a year of researching for a second location for FLEURT, we kept coming back to Pioneer Square. Luck may have it that we stumbled upon a beautiful old space reflective of our current style and aesthetics at our West Seattle shop – but with an added twist of urban delight”. – As quoted by owner and lead designer Sam Crowley.

FLEURT Pioneer Square (nicknamed Fleurt PS) offers alluring rustic décor (think sun drenched white washed walls and rolling display tables), pops of vibrant color from the carefully curated gifts, and not to mention the swoon worthy and delightful selection of lush local flowers and artfully potted plants.

Sam Crowley – the Australian born creative force behind the brand FLEURT has been dubbed “the accidental florist”. With a background in product development and marketing within the fashion, gift and home décor markets – FLEURT’S eclectic mix of gift worthy products, flowers and plants all come together in a seamless fashion that has you awestruck from the moment you walk through the front door.

FLEURT is widely known for its floral design work. You can stop by FLEURT anytime and pick out fresh flowers, order online and have flowers delivered throughout Seattle for any occasion or event – and let’s not forget flowers for weddings.

FLEURT has been voted BEST FLOWER AND INDOOR GARDEN SHOP – Seattle magazine 2012, and BEST GIFT AND CARD SHOP – Seattle magazine 2013.

FLEURT has graced the pages of several print publications and blogs including the front cover of Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom Magazine, Seattle Bride Magazine, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Met Magazine, RUE magazine. Southern Living Bride magazine, Style Me Pretty blog, Wedding Chick blog, Ruffled Blog – to name a few.

FLEURT Pioneer Square is located at: 112 South Washington Street (just north of Occidental Square Park)

National Night Out Against Crime – August 5th in Occidental Park

July 30, 2014  |  Event, PI  |  No Comments


From the Office of the Mayor:

This year marks the City of Seattle’s 30th Annual “Night Out Against Crime” celebration on Tuesday, August 5th.

Recently, Mayor Murray laid out a comprehensive public safety plan for Seattle that underscores the importance of providing opportunities for youth and community members to enjoy their streets and public spaces citywide. The Mayor believes Night Out is a great example of the types of opportunities that exist for reconnecting community to Seattle streets.

Night Out, an annual national event hosted locally by the Seattle Police Department, shows that residents and City government can mobilize resources and energy together to move toward a safer and more connected Seattle. We hope you’ll join in making this Seattle’s best Night Out yet.

Attend a Picnic in the Precinct:

Another key element of safer communities is when we all know our local police officers. Coming up are several opportunities for you to get to know the Seattle Police Officers who protect your neighborhood. Meet the new Chief of Police, Kathleen O’Toole, your local police officers, and other community members at one of four upcoming Picnics in the Precincts:

  • Tuesday, August 5th: West Precinct Picnic / National Night Out
    Occidental Square in Pioneer Square, 5pm – 8pm


Traffic Alert: Rock n’ Roll This Weekend

June 18, 2014  |  Announcement, Event, PI, Traffic Alert  |  No Comments


Just a reminder that the Rock n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon is this weekend.

In addition to the race on Saturday, the expo will be in Pioneer Square on Thursday and Friday.

You can check out a map and schedule of road closures on their website here:



World Cup Alley Double Header – TODAY!

June 16, 2014  |  Alley, Event, News, PI, Sports  |  No Comments


Iran v Nigeria @ 12pm
USA v Ghana @ 3pm

Bring your lunch or just drop by and watch World Cup Soccer in Nord Alley

June 12 Brazil v Croatia 01:00pm
June 13 Spain v Netherlands 12:00pm
June 16 Iran v Nigeria 12:00pm
June 16 Ghana v USA 03:00pm
June 17 Brazil v Mexico 12:00pm
June 18 Spain v Chile 12:00pm
June 19 Uruguay v England 12:00pm
June 20  Switzerland v France 12:00pm
June 22  USA v Portugal 03:00pm
June 23 Cameroon v Brazil
Croatia v Mexico
June 24 Japan v Colombia
Greece v Cote d’Ivoire
June 25 Honduras v Switzerland
Ecuador v France
June 26 USA v Germany 09:00am
June 26 Korea Republic v Belgium
Algeria v Russia
June 30 Round of 16 01:00pm
July 1 Round of 16 01:00pm
July 8 Semi Finals 01:00pm
July 9 Semi Finals 01:00pm
July 12 3rd Place 01:00pm
July 13 FINAL in Occidental Park 12:00pm

Call to Action: Public Safety Open House

Occidental Mall

Pioneer Square Public Safety Open House

Thursday, June 12
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
301 Occidental Ave. S

Please join the Alliance for Pioneer Square, the Pioneer Square BIA, and the Pioneer Square Residents Council to share your concerns and ideas about public safety in our neighborhood. Your input is vitally important and will be key in developing a multifaceted set of strategies regarding street civility and public safety. Those strategies will include:
Advocacy with the Mayor, Police Chief, City Departments and the City Council

  • Implementation of tools and strategies for neighborhood residents and businesses
  • Communication strategies

Help us spread the word. Share this with your co-workers, neighbors, and friends. Then mark the date on your calendar and drop by to join the conversation. This is an all-day open house format so everyone can drop by as schedules allow.

One more thing. Please take a moment to complete our survey regarding your observations and perceptions at http://bit.ly/PSQsafety2014

See you on June 12.

Red Bull Soapbox Race is coming to Pioneer Square on August 24th!


Get your team together and apply by May 30th! 



Not to be confused with the youth soapbox derby, Red Bull Soapbox Race is a national race for amateur drivers, which is fueled by creativity and competitive fun – not to mention the need for speed. This unique non-motorized racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous, human-powered soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race.

Teams are judged on three criteria: speed, creativity and showmanship. This criteria has inspired a piano, a baby carriage, a rodeo clown, a massive cob of corn, a jail cell and even the Golden Gate Bridge to grace the Soapbox starting blocks.  Since the first Red Bull Soapbox Race took place in Belgium, in 2000, more than 40 Red Bull Soapbox Races have been held around the globe, attracting up to 120,000 spectators for a single event.