Neighborhood Hero: Jane Richlovsky

Jane Richlovsky: Neighborhood Hero

Throughout Pioneer Square, there are heroes working to make the neighborhood a great place to be. GiveBIG and the Alliance for Pioneer Square honors our neighborhood heroes.

Jane Richlovsky is the founder of ’57 Biscayne, a 13-studio artist space on the corner of 1st Avenue & Cherry Street in Pioneer Square. Jane is a former tenant of the 619 Western art building which was shut down due to seismic safety concerns. The 619 Western was legendary for its contribution to Pioneer Square’s First Thursday art walk and many were sad to see it go, but Jane wanted to create something positive out of her eviction. She took her relocation funds from the Washington State Department of Transportation, gathered a few of her compatriots from the 619 Western and created a new space in the neighborhood that was safe for artists to work in. Best of all, she helped keep artists in the neighborhood.

Thanks Jane Richlovsky, for bringing ’57 Biscayne to the neighborhood and for keeping art and artists in Pioneer Square! In addition to running the art studios, Jane has stepped up to be on the Pioneer Square BIA Board. What a hero!

You too can be a neighborhood hero on May 6th during the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event. Make a donation to the Alliance for Pioneer Square on our GiveBIG page on May 6th and have it matched by a percentage of the stretch pool fund. You’ll help continue our revitalization efforts to make Pioneer Square the place to be for everyone.

July’s First Thursday art walk is moving to July 11th

1TParkingMap_JulyJuly’s First Thursday art walk in Pioneer Square coincides with the Fourth of July holiday this year. In response, several gallery owners have coordinated moving the First Thursday art walk to the second Thursday of the month – July 11, 2013. Free garage parking will be available on July 11th at the Frye Parking Garage only. No free garage parking will available on July 4th.

Pioneer Square’s First Thursday art walk is not organized by any formal entity. While the Alliance for Pioneer Square does promotions and marketing for First Thursday, it is largely a grassroots event. When a few studio and gallery owners realized many venues in Pioneer Square were not going to be open on the Fourth of July, they coordinated a First Thursday opening on July 11th instead. The Alliance for Pioneer Square, WSDOT, and SDOT supported the move by coordinating free parking at Frye Garage.

See you on the art walk on July 11th!

Alliance Parking Mitigation Work

1t-parking-web-282x315The Alliance partnership with Washington State Department of Transportation, Seattle Department of Transportation, and Waterfront stakeholders on Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project parking mitigation to bring you free parking on First Thursday. Now we are excited to announce the parking program has been extended through to the end of the year! Visit for details on the free parking program.

The partnership has also helped address parking on other days besides First Thursday. Visit for discounted parking lot rates throughout Pioneer Square and the Waterfront. The website was created to be a central location for parking information in the neighborhood. Refer friends, family, clients, and customers to the website to let them know that even with all the construction going on there are still places to park!