Give Feedback on First Avenue Streetcar

Streetcar at Jackson & OccidentalIf you missed the Center City Connector Open House on October 29th, you can still learn about the options and provide feedback online. The goal of the Connector is to connect the South Lake Union and First Hill streetcars through downtown, to make it easier for more people to get north-south. SDOT has honed in on a streetcar along 1st Avenue, connecting Jackson Street to Westlake. They are now looking at operating details – this streetcar could share a lane with traffic, or run in its own lane. Each option has its trade-offs.

For more details on the options you can read about them here. To send your input, take the survey here.

Do you think the streetcar should have its own lane? Or should the streetcar be mixed in with traffic? The purpose of this survey is to get feedback on which option you prefer and why. It should take about 10 minutes to complete. Thanks for sharing your ideas! Your comments will help inform a final recommendation that staff will make to the Mayor and City Council in late 2013/early 2014. You can learn more about the project background and the analysis leading up to this point at

Community input needed on proposed police reforms

Seattle Police DepartmentCommunity Police Commission invites community input on proposed reforms

The Community Police Commission (CPC) needs your help to create a stronger, safer and more connected community.

On September 20, the CPC issued draft policy recommendations for public review. These recommendations are in the areas of bias-free policing, stops and detentions, and in-car video recordings. The CPC is also seeking public comment on the Seattle Police Department’s proposed use of force policy. The CPC must issue a report with its final policy recommendations in these areas on November 15.

Public meetings are being held during October with Seattle residents to get their perspectives about SPD and to gather their thoughts on the CPC recommendations. Many of these meetings are being arranged to ensure we reach those community members most impacted by police practices.

All Seattle residents have a stake in better policing. We hope you will attend a scheduled meeting or offer your views online.


How to participate

Share your thoughts on improving police services in Seattle by taking our online survey! Please forward this message and survey link to interested friends, neighbors and community members so their voice may also be heard.

To learn more, go online to our website at

  • Find information about CPC meetings which are open to the public and review meeting minutes.

You can sign-up for our listserv, ask CPC representatives to meet with your group, or offer ideas for how we can better reach community members by calling 206-233-2664 or emailing


Upcoming community events

Meetings and small group discussions have been arranged by a range of community organizations. You are welcome to attend. Here are some of the meetings coming up:

  • Oct 16, 7:30pm, Delridge District Council meeting, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW
  • Oct 21, 6:00pm, LGBTQ Allyship community forum, Southside Commons, 3518 S Edmunds Street (Please RSVP to
  • Oct 23, 6:45 pm, Duwamish District Council, Georgetown City Hall, 6202 13th Ave South
  • Oct 23, 7:30 pm, Southeast District Council, Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave South

Community & Business Development Update – October 2013

Altstadt - a work in progress!Yes, it’s still happening in the Square.

The transformation taking place as Altstadt prepares to open its doors to serve beer and brats is stunning.  They assure us it will be this month.  We’re watching and counting the days.

Across the street, E. Smith Mercantile is offering a selection of snack and small bites with their classic cocktail menu in their new back bar.  In a couple of weeks, they’ll offer an extended offering of entrees and specialty cocktails featuring house-made infusions and bitters.  Bar hours are Tuesday through Friday from 4pm to “close.” (“Close” meaning until the people are gone. They’ve been shutting down around 10-10:30 lately.)

Coming soon: A family-friendly restaurant in Smith Tower!  Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill & Irish Pub (O’Donnells for short) will be about much more than corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day. Shawn O’Donnell’s excitement about being part of the new Pioneer Square story is contagious.  We’ll keep you posted on details.

The party will be at Ebbets Field Flannels on Friday, October 25.  They’ll be hosting a Grand Opening celebration in their new space at 119 S. Jackson, along with a pop-up shop for PF Flyers.  A DJ will be spinning 45s from the sixties.  How fun does that sound!?

Work continues at London Plane’s second space on Occidental Mall.  Be sure to stop by to shop, eat, or enjoy a glass of wine at their open space at the other end of the block.

As always, more is bubbling behind the scenes that we hope to share soon.

Stay in touch!




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Community & Business Development Update – August 2013

Kristen Honeycutt Photo Co.-038Yep, I’m still leaning on you again to get out for a summer neighborhood walk.  What better time to take another look at new developments in Pioneer Square?

  • Add Madboy Electric Vehicles to the “must see” list.  They’re on 1st Avenue South, just a little south of Railroad Ave.  Not only will you discover the coolest electric bikes, there’s a good chance you’ll be convinced to take a test ride.  Even if you’re not in the market for an electric bike, you’re going to love meeting Daniel and Maggie.  And the things you will learn…
  • The official opening of AXIS Pioneer Square will be August 1 during the First Thursday art walk.  A nod to the Globe Building’s rich history is evident throughout the space.  The connection between the sidewalk on 1st Ave South and Nord Alley in the back offers yet more opportunities to activate these unique public spaces.
  • The lease is signed.  Finally.  Manu Alfau will open La Bodega in the Prefontaine Building this fall.  Stay tuned.  This is welcome news.
  • The new Mediterranean Mix is open on Occidental Avenue between Yesler and S Washington, a welcome addition to the block.
  • Another First Thursday opportunity.  The Nolo at Stadium Place will be giving hardhat tours August 1, 4:00-7:00 PM.
  • Have you heard that the Seattle Design Festival is coming to Pioneer Square?  The dates are September 13-22.   “The hub of the Festival will be at the ‘Design Block’ at Occidental Avenue South in Pioneer Square featuring large scale installations, design competitions, activities, and demonstrations investigating design’s impact on active lifestyles and healthy communities….” (From the Design Festival website.)  Wow.  Aren’t you curious?
  • Don’t forget to watch for the new Trail to Treasure kiosks around the neighborhood…since you’ll be out and about.
  • Only in Pioneer Square:  Even if you’re not a soccer fan, you should check out the “March to the Match” that starts in Occidental Park one hour before every home Sounders game. These folks know how to have fun!  (Click here for the Sounders FC schedule.)

I’ll be getting out of the office more in the upcoming weeks to look for retail and restaurant businesses that we might like in Pioneer Square.  Who would you like to see in the neighborhood?  Email me at

Final negotiations are underway on a few exciting retail/restaurant leases, but they’re not quite ready for prime time.  We hope we’ll be ready to share more next month.  If you’d like to get this kind of news when it breaks, follow us on Twitter @PioneerSquare.