The flowers are starting to bud, and the sun is peaking through the clouds (on some days); Spring is in the air and For Sale signs are emerging around Seattle. How do you stay ahead of the game? As the housing market begins to heat up, sellers can take these extra steps to help stand out among the rest. At first glance, potential buyers are scrutinizing your property before they even step foot in the door, and having a clean entrance and yard can make a big difference for first impressions. Adding a beautiful potted plant to the front porch, or staining the front deck could be relatively small projects that could add generous appeal to your home.
Staging your home is another great way to entice buyers to choose your home. Hiring professionals to arrange your home to appeal to a broad array of buyers could be the difference between a buyer choosing your home, or choosing one just down the street. Removing personal belongings helps buyers envision themselves living on the property- not you. Also remember to give your home a good cleaning before showings; a clean home feels bigger and more inviting.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) released its comprehensive report this week detailing last August’s experimental closure of East Pike Street to car traffic. Ultimately remaining reticent, the city is recommending more community discussions before moving forward with the project.
While SDOT is far from abandoning the project, which attempted to address issues of pedestrian congestion, aggressive crowd behavior, and LGBTQ visibility and inclusivity in the nightlife core of Capitol Hill, the city is approaching the concept of pedestrian-only streets very carefully. Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce director Sierra Hansen approves of the city’s decision to adding, “That’s exactly what we had been calling for…[to] get all the diverse perspectives at the same table. We want to foster a conversation between critics and supports.”
A further conversation between supporters and critics is likely a good idea, as the project is controversial. SDOT’s survey of the neighborhood’s residents and businesses found 66 percent were in favor of continuing pedestrian-only weekend nights on East Pike street, with 57 percent in favor of expanding the pedestrian-only zones to other times. However within those numbers, there is a split between how residents view the project and how local business owners view the project. 70 percent of residents surveyed approved the project while only 48 percent of businesses did. Additionally, just 44 percent of businesses wanted to expand it, while 66 percent of residents did. Comments regarding the street closure SDOT collected via a survey reflect this divide. One support for the project stated, “I felt safer and more connected to the community.” While a critic argued, “The space created felt like a big dark void. The police presence made it feel like a pen. And the side streets were abused as Parking lots by limo vans, etc.”
According to the report, SDOT will soon announce the date and time of an upcoming stakeholder community meetings on the street closure project. While the project remains controversial, the issues on Capitol Hill that inspired its implementation still need to be addressed. EcoDistrict director Alex Brennan argues that the “Issues [on Pike/Pine] with sexual harassment, gay-bashing, a lack of visibility for the queer community and the arts community, those issues aren’t going away.”
Seattle police are investigating a metro bus/pedestrian collision that occurred this morning around 6:00am near the 1100 block of E Pine St on Capitol Hill. When officers arrived they found a deceased adult male lying in the street behind the bus. There were approximately three people on the bus at the time of the collision none of which witnessed the incident. The circumstances leading up to the incident are unknown as is any other information. Traffic Collision Investigation Squad was on the scene assisting officers.
A man believed to be in his 60’s walked into a Capitol Hill bank on Broadway and Thomas around 10:45am Wednesday morning, gave the teller a demand note and walked out. The Seattle Police Department was called. After checking to make sure everyone in the bake was alright, police arrested the suspect after spotting him on Broadway and E Olive.
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If you are looking for family entertainment in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, on the first Friday of each month there is the Family Fun Night at Miller Community Center. The fun includes bouncy toys, bingo, and an ice cream social. The next event, will be on Friday, May 4th.