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Capitol Hill Community Council November Meeting Update

Early this morning, the Capitol Hill Community Council sent an email to our contacts list. Below is the email that outlines the update for the November General Meeting. It will still take place at 6:30 p.m. and begin at Cal Anderson Park Shelter House, however, our council and Central Seattle Greenways invite the community to walk with us, similar to the Mayor’s Find It, Fix It walks, along the future Denny Greenway to Garfield Community Center for the city’s housing affordability forum.

The following is the email sent this morning:

Hello Capitol Hill Community Council subscribers,

Please read carefully as we are doing something unique this month!

Thursday, November 20
6:30 pm
Cal Anderson shelter house

Our meeting will begin as usual at 6:30pm, but promptly at 6:40pm, we will be walking to Garfield Community Center to attend the community open house on housing affordability. To get there, we will walk as a group along E Denny Way, the route of the future Denny greenway. For those unable to walk the route, please email us, and we will help arrange transportation to Garfield CC.

If you are new to greenways or want to know more about the Denny greenway please join us! This will be a great opportunity for you to help make our neighborhood streets safer for people of all ages and abilities. Central Seattle Greenways will join us and will be collecting your concerns and ideas about the street and sidewalk conditions along the route.

City’s website on greenways:

Once at Garfield Community Center, we of course encourage you to share your thoughts at the open house.

See you Thursday at 6:30pm at Cal Anderson shelter house!

We hope to see all of you at this week’s “meeting!”

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chcc meeting update wall pic

Ten Cities Where the Most People Walk to Work

According to, Seattle rates number 7 in cities where people walked to work. Of course, Capitol Hill plays a large part of this, despite the proliferation of residential building in Belltown and South Lake Union.

Just 2.9% of American workers walked to work as of 2012, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the Census Bureau notes that there were massive regional differences in the proportion of people who chose to walk to a work. Different factors influence commuters’ preferences, including a city’s layout, climate, and infrastructure.

Boston residents were the most likely Americans to walk to work, with 15.1% doing so as of 2012. By comparison, less than 1% of workers in Gilbert, Arizona and Plano, Texas commuted on foot. Based on U.S. Census Bureau figures, these are the cities with the highest percentage of commuters walking to work.

While commuters choose walking for various reasons — ranging from lack of resources to simply residing near their place of business — many of the cities reviewed were also pleasant places to walk. The publicly accessible walkability index generated by Walk Score gave seven of the 10 cities a score of at least 70, a rating described as “very walkable,” as measured by residents’ proximity to amenities as well as friendliness to pedestrians. New York City, where more than 10% of residents walked to work, had a walk score of 87.6, the highest in the nation

High population densities also tended to encourage walking. For example, the New York City metropolitan area was the densest metro area nationwide, with 31,683 people per square mile in 2010. The area included two of the cities where a high proportion of commuters walked to work, New York City and Jersey City. Five other cities on this list were among the country’s 10 most densely-populated metro areas.

A walkable city also tends to support public transit and bike infrastructure. The cities where people walked most to work also had among the nation’s top five transit systems, as measured by Walk Score. These include New York, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, which all have well-developed and heavily used public transportation systems. On an average weekday, the New York area’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has a dailyridership of more than 8.5 million people.

Cities where people walk to work are also often ideal destinations for residents who enjoy riding bikes. Five of these cities were among the 10 best large cities for the quality of biking. Most notably, San Francisco was the third best such city, with a bike score of 70, according to Walk Score. In fact, some of these cities not only had a high proportion of workers who walked to work, but also a substantial proportion of commuters who biked. In Madison, Wisconsin, more than 5% of workers commuted by bicycle, the second-most of any major city.

Of course, with walking a viable option for a large number of workers in these cities — in many cases supplemented by biking and public transit — relatively few households elected to own cars. As of 2012, just 9.2% of households nationwide did not have a car. In New York, that number was greater than 56%, the highest in the U.S. At least a third of households did not own a vehicle in half of the cities where people were most likely to commute by walking.

Many cities promote walking as a way to get-around due to the various health benefits associated with regular, brisk walking. According to the American Heart Association, walking half an hour a day reduces the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and stroke, while helping people improve their blood pressure and lower their body weight.

Based on recently released U.S Census Bureau figures, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the cities with the most workers walking to work between 2008 and 2012. Walk Score produced the figures on the quality of walking, biking and public transit. Data on population-weighted density and the percent of households without a vehicle are based on the 2010 Census and 2012 American Community Survey (ACS), respectively. We used the 2012 ACS for population data.



7. Seattle, Wash.
> Pct. walking to work: 9.1% (tied for 6th)
> Walk score: 70.8 (10th highest)
> Pct. households with no car: 16.7% (23rd highest)
> Population density (of metro area): 4,721.6 (24th highest)

Seattle had the ninth best public transit score among all cities, according to Walk Score, which also ranked the city 10th for walkability, and 11th for bike friendliness. As a result, many residents chose to avoid driving to work. More than 9% commuted to work on foot and another 3.4% by bike, both among the highest proportions in the country. According to the Seattle Department of Transportation, the city’s long-term goal is to become the nation’s most walkable city. Although the Seattle metro area is more densely populated than most cities, the population is still relatively widely dispersed in comparison to New York, Boston, San Francisco, and other large cities of similar size.


Read more: Ten Cities Where the Most People Walk to Work – 24/7 Wall St.




Community Conversation regarding Safety

Please join us on Thursday October 17th at 6:30pm at the Cal Anderson Shelter house for a living room conversation regarding safety in our Capitol Hill community.  We are all aware of the uptick in crime in our neighborhood, it’s a hot issue right now and we have heard tragic stories affecting businesses and local residents. The Capitol Hill Community Council is looking forward to hosting this event for the members of our neighborhood.  These conversations are designed to bring together local community members in a way that is more comfortable and informal than traditional meetings and panel discussions. The group setting promotes an open dialogue that allows participants to address neighborhood issues directly with the guests.  While we can’t address all aspects of the safety issues in one short meeting, we have identified two areas of immediate interest. We have invited Officer Sina Eginger of the East Precinct to attend to address issues concerning safety, police presence and to provide any updates on current progress on the issue.  We will also have two members of the Low Income Housing Institute in attendance to address any community based solutions we can initiate, discuss the LEAD program (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) and the need for mental health support in our area, and what safety issues are affecting their residents.

We anticipate this will be the first of many discussions and a way to bring together all members of the community who are interested in helping find solutions to this very complicated, multifaceted issue.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Response from Conlin re micro housing

The following is the response from Council member Richard Conlin in regards to our request that he explain the slow process regarding micro housing design review.

Thank you for the message. As you may imagine, my schedule is pretty jammed right now with budget, and we will not take up the legislation until after Thanksgiving. However, I am pleased to report to you that DPD has issued the DNS on the legislation, which it describes as:

“The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is proposing to amend the Land Use Code to establish a definition for micro-housing, apply design review thresholds to micro-housing and congregate residences, and modify certain development standards including:

§ require common spaces in micro-housing and congregate residences;

§ clarify prohibition of micro-housing in single family zones;

§ provide for vehicle and bicycle parking for micro-housing and congregate residences; and

§ modify income eligibility requirements for incentive programs related to micro-housing, congregate residences, and very small studio apartments.”

I will be happy to meet with the Council in November or December when we are ready to consider this legislation. I expect to move it as expeditiously as possible.

Councilmember Richard Conlin

Seattle City Hall

600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2

PO Box 34025

Seattle, WA 98124-4025

(206) 684-8805

City of Seattle awards $465,000 in matching funds to support community-initiated projects

Neighborhood Matching Fund awards were announced September 5. Reviewers met in early summer to meet the applicants and to review the projects. Awards were based on the merit of the projects themselves. This year, John Akamatsu was the City Wide Reviewer from the East District.

Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle City Council today announced $465,000 in awards from the Neighborhood Matching Fund for six community-initiated projects. With awards ranging from $41,250 to $100,000, the matching funds go to neighborhood groups for projects as diverse as building play spaces to creating an agriculture demonstration project for youth.

“The Neighborhood Matching Fund reflects the city’s commitment to providing concrete ways to help community members make Seattle a better place to live,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “The fund serves as a resource and catalyst for community members to turn their creative ideas and energy into reality.”

Recipients of the Neighborhood Matching Fund match their awards through a combination of cash, donated materials and expertise, and volunteer labor. This round of Large Projects Fund projects is matching the city’s $465,000 contribution with resources valued at $936,000.

“Community volunteers make these projects happen. They raise the money, donate their time, and reach out to neighbors over the span of several years all in an effort to make improvements to their neighborhood and community,” said Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, chair of the Parks and Neighborhoods Committee. “They truly are committed to fostering and building a better Seattle, and we are richer for it.”

The Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Projects Fund applications are reviewed by the Citywide Review Team (CRT) which recommends the projects to the Mayor and City Council. Made up of volunteers from each of the 13 neighborhood districts, plus four at-large community members, the CRT reviews applications, interviews applicants, and makes funding recommendations. The applications are also reviewed by members from District Councils.

Created to promote and support community-based, self-help projects, the Neighborhood Matching Fund is managed by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Fund has awarded approximately $50 million with a community match of more than $71 million. The next opportunity to apply to the Neighborhood Matching Fund is through its Small and Simple Projects Fund. The deadline for applications is October 7. To learn more, visit

2013 Large Projects Fund Awarded Organizations and Projects:

Central Area Urban Gardeners for the Central Area Urban Gardeners Project

Awarded $67,330; Community match $71,138

Equipment purchase and installation to support a new agricultural demonstration project designed to grow healthy, safe, affordable, organic vegetables indoors. It will involve year-round training and education in food production for youth in the community.

Madison Valley Community Council for the Madison Valley Neighborhood Landmark Construction

Awarded $41,250; Community match $100,000

Construction of a neighborhood landmark sign located at East Madison St and 28th Ave East, the heart of the district. Plans include landscaping, a means to advertise seasonal events, and possible redesign of the intersection crosswalks.

View Ridge Elementary PTA for the View Ridge Playground Project

Awarded $100,000; Community match $130,455

Design and installation of a play/sport court and related amenities, such as seating, natural elements, and drainage improvements to increase the availability of useable and safe play and gathering spaces.

Historic Seattle for the Get Lifted: an Elevator for Washington Hall

Awarded $100,000; Community match $504,900

Outreach, fund raising, and construction of an elevator and tower for this historic landmark to make Washington Hall accessible to the community.

Friends of Lower Kinnear Park for the North Trail Pre-design Work

Awarded $57,500; Community match $29,500

As the second phase of the North Trail project, completion of a Slope Stabilization Study that includes a survey, geotechnical evaluation, and a stormwater and drainage report.

Montlake Family Fitness for the Montlake Family Fitness Project

Awarded $99,290; Community match $100,348

Construction of a 65’ x 80’ (approximate) sport court next to the Montlake Community Center playground and placement of four to five pieces of adult fitness equipment.

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Walking Tour of Capitol Hill Apartments

We are pleased to present our first walking tour of historic Capitol Hill apartment buildings.

Diana James, author of Shared Walls: Seattle Apartment Buildings 1900-1939, will lead a walk along either side of 15th Avenue on Capitol Hill, an area with a dense concentration of apartment buildings representing a wide variety of ages, styles, sizes, and histories. James will talk about what prompted their construction, their developers, builders, and architects, how their appearances have changed, and the people who lived in them. Her goal is that Seattle’s trove of early apartment buildings will gain your attention, respect, and support.

Click here to reserve your space and to pay.

Copies of her book can be purchased at Elliott Bay Books.



Sustainable Seattle: free walk next Saturday, August 24

From Sustainable Seattle:


We’re putting on a free walk next Saturday, August 24 in your neighborhood and would love to have some of you there. Participants will be led by a guest tour guide around the neighborhood, visiting the areas most sustainable sites. They’ll hear from most of the project leaders and learn how to join in on the positive action at home and take home some swag.

Highlights include:

-an urban edible garden that’s open to the public
-one of only few designated Eco-District’s in the nation
solar power for your home
-green building design, particularly the “world’s greenest office building”
-storm water management
-how to get your own urban garden (p-patch) space
-an exciting new street revitalization project set to give Melrose Avenue a much needed makeover
-and how to get involved in the community!

Organizations speaking:

To continue the sustainability theme, our event is taking place the same day as the Seattle Bike-In which we are co-presenting with NW Film Forum and Vera Project.

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Happy Saturday! Hope you can join!

Michelle Ruiz

Communications Manager

M. (206) 458-9927  |  O. (206) 622-3522  |