November 2017

Neighborhood News + Updates
November 2017

Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Get ready to #shopsmall and support local businesses

 Small Business Saturday is right around the corner on November 25th! As Pioneer Square’s official Neighborhood Champion , the Alliance is excited to encourage everyone to celebrate our community by supporting the small businesses that make it special. Shop Small is about more than just shopping at small businesses. It’s a cause that helps to support local economies and promote vibrant, diverse communities. It’s also a nationwide movement fueled by shoppers, business owners, and organizers who come together and celebrate the community because they know it matters. We know that when we support our local businesses, the entire neighborhood thrives!

We’re also excited to announce for our BIA businesses in Pioneer Square that we’ve received two huge boxes full of fun giveaways and promotional materials to help make your Small Business Saturday successful. We have signs, tote bags, pens, and much more to share. Email Jenelle at to request a kit of supplies for your business!

Help shape the design of Pioneer Square’s parks and public spaces 

WHEN: November 15th, 11am – 1pm
WHERE: Grand Central Building Atrium – 216 1st Ave S

Pioneer Square Parks and Gateways is excited to invite community members to an open house on Wednesday, November 15th to discuss the design proposals for King Street Station Plaza and Union Station Square. This is the perfect time to meet the designers and learn more about these projects. Grab some lunch and come weigh in on the current design proposals!

Visitor center closes on November 25

Joe Hedges – AWV Program Administrator

5 – 8pm (brief presentation at 6pm)
Thursday, November 2
Milepost 31, 211 First Ave. S., Seattle
Admission is free.

After six years and nearly 80,000 visitors, Milepost 31 is closing on Nov. 25. They are celebrating the visitor center and the many people who helped make it possible with a final celebration and speaker series. Join Milepost 31 for an evening featuring a presentation from AWV Program Administrator Joe Hedges at 6 p.m., followed by remarks from their partners. The event will also include engineering activities and light refreshments.

To commemorate the center, they are also asking the public to share their favorite memory or photo of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.  Participants will be entered in a contest that runs through Friday, Nov. 10. Five participants will be randomly chosen and invited on a special tour that will go into the new SR 99 tunnel. Please see their website for more information about this contest.

Support the Alliance for Pioneer Square in our community-building efforts!

As we head into the last few months of 2017, we’re reaching out to our community and inviting you to join the growing neighborhood momentum by offering your support to the Alliance for Pioneer Square. Your gift allows us to engage in the vital work of strengthening, preserving, and promoting the amazing assets the Pioneer Square neighborhood provides to Seattle residents and visitors alike. Pioneer Square is a place rich in history, art, and innovation. It’s really unlike any other neighborhood, and we’re thankful that people like yourself recognize and value the importance of championing that.

Get ready to get festive as Holiday Hooky Hour returns

On Friday December 15th, the Alliance is once again organizing a day-long event called Holiday Hooky Hour, and is inviting businesses to register now to participate! The focus of this promotional event is to encourage people who work, live, and visit Pioneer Square to take a break during this busy season and explore the many unique establishments in our neighborhood. We’ll be promoting all the great ways to shop, play, dine, and relax in Pioneer Square all in the spirit of the holidays.

Holiday Hooky Hour details:

  • When: Friday, December 15 / during each business’ regular hours
  • Who/Where: Pioneer Square BIA businesses
  • Fee: Free to all participating businesses – REGISTER BY NOVEMBER 15

The Alliance will be printing promotional “passports” for customers to take along with them throughout their experience. After visiting a certain number of participating businesses, customers can turn in their passport to be entered into a drawing for a Pioneer Square prize package!

In order to participate, businesses can sign up now to offer a promotion, prize, fun event, or other festive activity to encourage customers to get out in the neighborhood and explore.


What’s happening in the neighborhood

2nd Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration – Casco Antiguo
Wed, Nov 1, 5-9pm
Food, drinks, and silent auction to benefit Urban Artworks’ youth programming for at-risk and adjudicated youth.

“Goats for Good” Petting Zoo – Occidental Square Park
Thurs, Nov 2, 12-2pm
Tether Inc. is hosting a goat petting zoo with proceeds benefiting WE Charity.

First Thursday Art Walk – Various locations
Thurs, Nov 2, 5-9pm

Pilchuck Holiday Sale 2017 – Pilchuck Glass School
Thurs, Nov 2, 5-8pm
Featuring pottery, craft, and handblown glass pieces from local artists.

Seattle Sounders FC v. Vancouver Whitecaps FC – CenturyLink Stadium (playoff game)
Thurs, Nov 2, 7:30pm – March to the Match at 6:30pm

Dog Park in Occidental Square – Occidental Square Park
Sun, Nov 12, 9am – 3pm

Small Business Saturday – Various business locations
Sat, Nov 25, during business hours

First Thursdays: Holiday Kick-off – Occidental Square Park
Thurs, Dec 7, 5:30-8pm
Get in the holiday spirit at First Thursdays Art Walk in the square with live ice sculpting, carolers and more!

BIA Annual Ratepayers Meeting – Location to be determined
Wed, Dec 6, 3:30-5:30pm
For all Pioneer Square BIA Businesses – more info coming soon

Pioneer Square Howlidays – Occidental Square Park
Sat, Dec 9, 11am – 3pm
Bring your pooch to the sixth annual Pioneer Square Howlidays featuring free entertainment, activities, and treats-for dogs and people!

Holiday Hooky Hour – Occidental Square Park and various business locations
Fri, Dec 15, during business hours

Information from the City Connector project team

SDOT has some updates to share about the City Connector Streetcar project:

Utility locating work Over the past week, crews set up their staging area at 1st and Main. They also began utility locating work on Jackson and along 1st between Jackson and Washington.

Next week, crews will continue this work along 1st between Main and Yesler.

You can expect some parking and travel lane restrictions as well as traffic detours. This mid-block work is expected to last until approximately mid-November. Once it’s finished, crews will complete intersection work at night and on weekends.

The construction notice has more detail about utility locating work.

What to expect starting January 2018
In January, crews plan to install a temporary water main along the curb and connect it to buildings on both sides of 1st between Jackson and Yesler and on a small section of Jackson. SDOT will share more details as the work gets closer, but please expect:

  • Northbound lanes on 1st between Jackson and Yesler to be closed
  • Most parking along 1st between Jackson and Yesler to be removed
  • Temporary water shutoffs for some customers
  • Nighttime and weekend intersection closures

The construction folio has more information about the project and upcoming construction impacts. SDOT will update this information and provide advance notice as the work progresses.

Other work in the area
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Seattle City Light (SCL) are also conducting work in the area.

Contact the project team at or by calling (206) 400-7578.

For more information about the project:

Highlights from October’s press

Arts & Culture News:
CoCA looks back on 35 years of contemporary art with ‘Legacy’ (Seattle Times)
Culture News: Two Pioneer Square Artists Win Award, TWIST Begins, And Seattle’s Supergroup Who Is She? (The Stranger)
Witches, Magic, and the Occult Come to Pioneer Square (The Stranger)
First Thursday Guide for Nov. 2, 2017 (Real Change)

Restaurant & Retail News:
All-Day Cafes Are a Byproduct of Seattle’s New Work Culture (Seattle Met)
Magic potions, nostalgia and more at modern general store (King 5)
Flora and Henri Reopens in Pioneer Square (Seattle’s Child)
November Issue – The 100 Best Little Shops (Seattle Met)
Intrigue Chocolate finds sweet spot in Capitol Hill (Capitol Hill Times)
The Best Upscale Happy Hours (The Stranger)
Sip, Slurp, and Twirl Noodles at These 11 Restaurants (Seattle Met)
Photos: This Restaurant Week, experience contemporary Korean food (Seattle Refined)
25 Hidden Speakeasies and Bars You Don’t Already Know About (The Venue Report)

Tech News:
Pioneer Square Labs MD Sees AI Revolution in Future (MSN)
Plot twist: How this startup founder went from writing plays to reshaping U.S. immigration policy (GeekWire)

Other News:
Seattle’s best architecture: Beyond the Space Needle (CNN Travel)
Chief Seattle Club Plans for Future in Pioneer Square (Seattle Met)
Rebuilt Yesler Way bridge to open today with same artistic, steel look (Seattle Times)
Elevator upgrades mark the end of an era at Smith Tower (KUOW)
National park-goers react to proposed fee increase (King 5)
“Defend Our Cup” spreading throughout the region (Seattle Sounders Blog)
Graham Baba brings its ‘magic touch’ with people spaces to bigger projects (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Tree topples in Seattle’s Pioneer Square (Seattle Times)

Have you seen an issue in the neighborhood, but didn’t know how to report it to get it taken care of? “Find It, Fix It” is a smartphone app offering mobile users one more way to report selected issues to the City of Seattle. Reporting an issue is as easy as snapping a photo with your smartphone, adding detailed information, and hitting submit. Help us keep our neighborhood clean and well maintained. Be on the lookout to report graffiti, potholes, street lights out, abandoned cars and other issues through the Find it, Fix it app, online, or by calling 206-684-7587. If graffiti shows up on your property, make a police report by calling 206-625-5011.