Maybe it’s in reaction to the city’s push for more law enforcement, or maybe it’s just a crazy idea people got from watching recent movies like Kick A** and other “normal-Joe-turned-Superhero” movies like Spiderman and Batman. As of late, the city of Seattle has been catching glimpses of the new band of vigilantes patrolling the streets at night, who focus more on preventing crime, rather than fighting it. The group, which calls themselves the Rain City Superhero Movement, have been taking the city by storm and showing up all over the place. They’ve been spotted in the Capitol Hill area numerous times. Apparently part of a nationwide movement, the Superheros work to perform good deeds, wearing costumes and upholding the same values as your typical comic book superhero. According to investigators, there are 9 people in the Rain City group, and some carry weapons like Tasers and nightsticks. Despite their heroic efforts, the fully-costumed group have often been confused with the perpetrators themselves, as they are often donning full ski masks. In one case, a member came running out of a dark park and was nearly shot by Seattle Police. The question is, how do these superheros find the crime? Is there a 1-800 number to dial when your purse has been stolen or your car has been jacked? Is there a super secret underground chamber tracking the city’s crime and a batman-like symbol shown in the night sky? Although they are fighting the good fight and it’s undoubtedly one of the most unique movements to hit Seattle in a long while, the “vigilante” persona might not be the best idea. The group could get hurt, as did Phoenix Jones, the Guardian of Seattle who was stabbed during an intervention. Although Jones says each member is either trained in martial arts or has military experience, fighting crime can be a slippery slope. Some say good intentions can lead to bad places. I say, keep on fighting Superheros, just know your limits. Assuming no one in this group can fly, shoot webs, or use mind control, they should leave the tough stuff to the SPD.
Seattle Public Schools recently released a district wide report on state test scores and yearly improvement rates. Eighty-two schools were involved and rated from 1-5, one being low passage rates and little improvement and a 5, the contrary. Some schools received high grades, while others scores were not so impressive. Twelve schools in the district got a perfect score, but almost just as many received a 1. The Elementary Schools in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle include Montlake, Stevens and Lowell. According to score reports on seattleschools.org, Montlake received a 4, Stevens a 4, and Lowell a 4. Scores among the middle schools and high schools for the Capitol Hill area included: McClure Middle School-3, Tops K-8-4, Garfield-4 and Nova@Meany-3. The Capitol Hill neighborhood had mid-high scores among elementary schools, and showed a mid-range average for their middle and high schools. In the areas who scored lower, district leaders have conferred and said that if these rankings don’t improve (in schools scored in the lower range) in the next couple of years, replacing the staff or closing schools may both be possible consequences. Schools will be provided funds to carry out improvement plans, and those with the lowest scores will get the largest dollar amounts. Among other communities whose primary schools received lower grades, residents have expressed concern over how this reflects on the education and curriculum in the community, and school representatives plan on providing them information as well as a meeting to discuss the reports. Because the data is fairly extensive, some school staffers are organizing meetings for residents to attend. Hopefully, these resulting scores will increase the emphasis put on the importance of education in our communities. More detailed reports can be seen at www.seattleschools.org.
Stuart Silk designed the flawless remodel of this beautiful, classically styled home, sold in 2005. New additions include a gourmet kitchen with slab granite counters and a large family room addition with built-in speakers throughout. There is also a luxurious master suite addition, a new media room, and rec room with exquisite millwork and moldings and wainscot throughout. The arched doorways both inside and out add to the style of the home. The exterior features a courtyard with fountain, a brick BBQ patio and romantic, pretty gardens. The home has a new tile roof, new systems and new furnace. Outside of the home is a 200 sf heated studio and a new two-car garage.
This early century, English residence in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood was sold in 2005. The home has a one-of-a-kind design including a large formal dining room with a barrel vault ceiling. The home has many unique characteristics such as wainscot, stained glass, sconces, 1/4-sawn oak finishes, oversized windows, stained glass, and high ceilings. The home has over 5 bedrooms and a third floor art studio. It also features a sun room and state-of-the-art kitchen. This Capitol Hill home is truly rare and distinctive-it’s a must see!
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This home sold in in 2006 is a gorgeous 1912 home on Capitol Hill’s best street restored to perfection with current features. The home features a sweeping front porch, quarter sawn oak floors, and gracious rooms with lovely moldings. The fantastic new kitchen is a cook’s delight with the best appliances and custom cabinets. There are fantastic, light filled rooms including the family room which opens to outdoor terraces and private gardens. This home is a true delight!
This incredible Capitol Hill home sold in 2009. A complete, studs out remodel of impeccable design and unprecendented quality makes for a traditional meets modern style in this complete. The home features a spacious, desirable floor-plan, state-of-the-art kitchen, slab Carrerra marble detailing, and sublime styling. The interior includes a family room off kitchen, an upstairs den, and a third floor office. The climate controlled 2500 bottle wine cellar is perfect for party guests.