Pioneer Square News + Updates 
Ways to Stay Engaged
Open Office Hours

When : Thursday, March 21st, 10-11 AM 
Where : Mezzanine at Cherry Street Coffee at 700 1 st Ave. & Cherry

Join Lisa Howard, Executive Director for the Alliance for Pioneer Square, for a cup of coffee and chat about all-things-Pioneer-Square or just to say "hi." Lisa will be joined by one of our small business advocates from the Office for Economic Development (OED), Michael Wells or AJ Cari. Our OED advocates will have resources to help you navigate the maze of permitting, find consultant services, understand licencing requirements, address construction impacts, or finance your small business.

Find us on Facebook

Are you a resident or business owner in the neighborhood? The Alliance for Pioneer Square recently created a Facebook page. This page will spread resident and business owner specific news/information that to compliment our more general Pioneer Square Facebook page. Follow us today!

Call to Action: Public Safety
In late February, several of Seattle’s neighborhood business districts transmitted a report to municipal elected officials that analyzes the impact of prolific offenders in our city.

“System Failure – Report on Prolific Offenders in Seattle’s Criminal Justice System” was commissioned by neighborhood business districts in Pioneer Square, Chinatown/International District, SODO, Downtown, Ballard, the University District and Seattle’s tourism industry. It analyzes a sample of 100 individuals with high frequency levels of criminal activity (four King County Jail bookings within the past year), community impact, root causes of problem behaviors, and why Seattle’s criminal justice system fails to reduce their recidivism. Report data was compiled from publicly available databases.

For several years, our organizations have raised concerns about growing public safety challenges in our neighborhoods. And many of you, your customers and visitors are asking for help in the face of thefts, assaults and other crimes.

We have shared this report with Seattle’s elected officials, including the mayor’s office, city council, city attorney, municipal judges and others – and we have asked Mayor Durkan for her leadership in finding long-term, sustainable solutions to this issue. We hope you’ll raise your voice as well.

It is critically important that we take this opportunity to have our views on public safety known to the elected leadership of our city. Please send your comments via email to the city officials.

Business News and Updates
A warm welcome to our newest businesses and attractions in the neighborhood!

  • CV Gallery: 85 Yesler Way – nested inside Curated Vintage, this gallery offers art alongside vintage clothing and will open for for First Thursday, March 7.
  • JuJu Beet: 107 1st Ave S.– a juice bar and cafe that offers nutritious fruit and vegetable juices as well as wholesome breakfast and lunch opens Friday, March 1.

We bid farewell to these neighbors this month!

  • Mariane Ibrahim Gallery: 608 2nd Ave– this gallery, which is moving to Chicago, hosted a variety of artists and their multi-media artwork, such as film, photography, prints, installations, costumes.
2018 Inspiration Fund Impact
What is the Inspiration Fund? I n 2018, the Pioneer Square Business Improvement Area ( BIA ) launched a matching fund for community members to implement projects and programs offering a positive impact.
HOME NOW Located inside Impact Hub, this street facing gallery exhibit will host a full reveal show for First Thursday, March 7th. HOME NOW: Stories of Homesteading in Pioneer Square is a series of portraits and stories of our neighbors who live outdoors in Pioneer Square. The exhibit is a culmination of 6 months of relationship with the folks who live in the shelters and on the streets of our neighborhood. HOME NOW will have its first opening March 7th- 10am for coffee and donuts to view the outside images and 5pm for the full show.











Art Outside the Box! The Pioneer Square Residents’ Council has recently launched its first public art project in our neighborhood. In collaboration with neighborhood organization, the Chief Seattle Club, the Council will embellish five plain gray Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) signal boxes with art created by Indigenous Coast Salish artists, our First People in Seattle’s First Neighborhood. A public comment event will be held on Thursday, April 4th, from 5-8pm in conjunction with First Thursday Art Walk at the Tashiro Kaplan Building located at 115 Prefontaine Pl S.
Artist Feature: Patty Gone
Patty Gone is a multimedia artist based in New York City. They are the March artist-in-residence at Mount Analogue, the small-press book shop and interdisciplinary gallery space in Pioneer Square. Gone’s multipronged residency includes a reading of Love Life on March 7 to open their art installation (which runs March 7—22), a screening of their episodic video faux drama Painted Dreams (March 21), a workshop on how to write a romance novel, personalized tarot-style readings directly from Danielle Steel novels, and a Seattle Public Library gathering with avid Steel readers.
First Thursday + FREE Parking
March 7, 5-10 PM

Every First Thursday of the month, Pioneer Square welcomes you to join us in the venerated tradition of Art Walk with exceptional artists, innovative works, and creative kinship. During Art Walk, parking is FREE from 5-10 PM! Make sure to grab your voucher from a participating gallery or studio to park for free at one of three neighborhood garages.
From the Public Realm
CAP Bag Color Changes Are Coming

The Clear Alleys Program (CAP) bags will be changing colors to provide uniformity across the city. Garbage bags will be gray and recycling bags will be clear starting April 1. Customers who place bag orders in March will start receiving the newly colored bags. After April 1, customers that still have the old colored bags (green, blue, or yellow) can continue to use them until they run out. 

To order more CAP bags:
Save the Date for
Spring Clean !

Spring will be upon us before you know it, which means it’s time for the annual Pioneer Square Spring Clean! Join us the morning of Saturday, April 27th to help give the neighborhood a little extra TLC. Team up with your fellow coworkers and neighbors for this community effort. Activities include litter pickup, graffiti removal, gardening, and more! All ages and abilities welcome!
Neighborhood Construction Updates
Sound Transit EIS Scoping

This is a very important time, and we are encouraging everyone in the Square to share their feedback with Sound Transit.

On Friday, February 15, the Federal Transit Administration and Sound Transit launched the 30 day window to submit public comment on what they should study in the West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions project. We ask that you take a moment to share your feedback by the following methods:

Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

Wondering how the new SR 99 tunnel may change your routes? WSDOT has created four videos explaining how to get to and from the tunnel.

Viaduct demolition began on Feb. 12, starting with the Columbia Ramp.  Click here  to see real time demolition area updates using WSDOT’s fancy demo tracker tool.  Join the email list to receive weekly updates on the work.

For questions about the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, visit the website or send an email to viaduct@wsdot.wa.gov

The 24-hour construction hotline number for the project is 1-888-AWV-LINE (298-5463).

The next Viaduct Demolition Progress meeting with WSDOT will happen in late March (stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information). Mark your calendars, bring your questions, and stay informed! 
Press Highlights
Monthly Resource
FREE Mental Health First Aid Hosted by SPD West Precinct

Sometimes first aid isn’t about a bandage, or CPR or calling 911. Sometimes, first aid is you! A person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse problem. Learn an action plan to help! You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Learn how to help a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor in need. Get trained in Mental Health First Aid:

When: March 23, 2019, 8am-5pm 
Where: SPD West Precinct Community Room, 810 Virginia St
Register: Sue Wyder- (253) 426-5957 or swyder@valleycities.org 

This training is provided by King County at no charge. Visit Mental Health First Aid's site for more information.
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