by Jessie McKenna
This is the second in our series of articles checking in on the neighborhoods of South Seattle, produced by community members living within them. Read our first, a Rainier Beach and Dunlap check-in, here.
Per the new norm in the era of COVID quarantine, I don’t see people out on Beacon Ave as much or at the coffee shops, restaurants and grocery stores like I normally would, and I miss my community — our interactions and checking in with each other, sharing news and resources. I miss being connected to my neighborhood in a way that feels organic and authentic (vs. awkward and/or virtual).
I’m grateful for the online realm where my friends and neighbors are sharing stories and information, but nothing beats face-to-face conversation and we’re not getting as many of those these days. But I caught up with some neighborhood folx to check in on them one-on-one (virtually), and then later we arranged a time for me to snap their pics from a safe distance.
Continue reading Neighborhood Check-In: Beacon Hill
by Andrew Engelson
Sheltering in place at her home during the coronavirus pandemic, Callista Chen was scanning the internet for ways to help struggling businesses in the International District.
That’s when she stumbled on the tulips.
Chen, who lives on Beacon Hill, had been regularly visiting the Facebook group Support the ID, seeking out tasty restaurants for takeout orders, and finding other ways to support the beleaguered neighborhood during the COVID-19 outbreak. Not long ago, Chen noticed a post from a flower grower named Nikki Cha, whose family-owned flower-growing business, Blong’s Garden, was in trouble. After Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order, their stand at Pike Place Market had virtually no customers, and the closure of farmers’ markets across the city had devastated their sales. Continue reading Neighbors Unite to Bring Spring Flowers Into Their Homes—and Save a Local Business
By Carolyn Bick
Pouring from the entrance of the cozy Estelita’s Library in Beacon Hill, people listened to Jerrell Davis, also known artistically as Rell Be Free, perform inside. Out back in the library’s courtyard, others created silkscreen prints with the help of Takiyah Ward, the visual artist behind T-DUB Customs, and Franklin High School students raised money for an art class. Continue reading Estelita’s Library Holds Teaching Event Imparting Lessons From Black Panther Party’s Newspaper
by Rosalind Brazel
Just like postal workers, “neither snow, nor rain, nor heat” will stop Chris Lally of Outsider Pizza from slinging slices. He’s fearless in the face of any weather condition. It’s sort of a requirement of owning your own pizza cart that is stationed in the windy courtyard of Beacon Hill’s El Centro de la Raza. His strategic setup includes wind shielding and careful clothing selection. It helps him weather the storm, as it were, and focus on the important things: his pies.
Continue reading Take it Outside: Beacon Hill Pizza Cart Brings Years of Experience to Local Pies
by Carolyn Bick
photos by Carolyn Bick and Susan Fried
Squinting in the sun and pinching her lips in concentration, Gloria Duncan maneuvered the fishing rod’s line inside a wooden box, casting about for a magnetic “fish” that would win her a prize.
Continue reading PHOTOS: Sun Shines on Beacon Hill Festival
First Show, “3 Queens,” Opens Feb. 21
by Jessie McKenna
Update: Due to the snow, the original Friday, Feb. 8 opening of “3 Queens,” has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21.
Crick Lont, aka Dozer of Dozer Art and Dozer’s Warehouse, has been quietly curating upcoming shows, painting walls and drizzling on the funky linoleum floors a la Jackson Pollock to create an art space on Beacon Hill. He’s partnering with local artists to put their mark on the storefront, pro bono; Leo Shallot’s trademark calligraphy ribbon design in gold on black wraps around the storefront.
“That’s what’s so great about this place, people just want to be a part if it,” Lont said.
Continue reading Dozer’s Warehouse & Gallery, an Artist’s and Art Lover’s Dream Realized
by Jacob Uitti
The Seattle-based rock ‘n’ roll band, Tres Leches, thrives in poorly lit, vulnerable spaces. The group, however, doesn’t use darkness as a cause for being closed off. Rather, the trio, which is known for strapping on instruments only to switch them mid-song, uses dim spaces to open up to one another within them, exchanging the creative energies and personal conversations that have helped fuel their punk prowess.
Continue reading Tres Leches Trio Blends Their Skills into a Unique Brand of Punk
Dozer’s Warehouse closes as Beacon Arts, Crick Lont, and collaborators show us what’s possible.
by Jessie McKenna
If you live in the South End, and even if you don’t, there’s a good chance you’ve heard rumors by now about an unlikely art gallery—a warehouse on Beacon Hill absolutely bursting with street art, sprawling, multi-wall-spanning murals, and art installations. If you haven’t heard and didn’t get a chance to see the glory of this remarkable project…I’m about to break your heart: Dozer’s Warehouse, a rare South Seattle treasure, held its “Last Hurrah” last Saturday and is now closed to the public for the final weeks Beacon Arts, caretakers of the space and partners in the establishment of Dozer’s Warehouse, inhabits the building. Continue reading Dozer’s Warehouse: To Be Demolished—a Last Hurrah but a First for Beacon Hill
by Megan Saunders
On an unusually sunny early April day, the Rainier Beach branch of the Seattle Public Library is bustling with young children hauling large backpacks into a glass-paned room. There is homework to be done. Continue reading Beyond the Classroom: Homework Help Programs in South Seattle Libraries Cater to ELL Students
by Will Sweger
An uninitiated pedestrian will find more than a few Seattle intersections daunting. The confluence of Columbian Way, Oregon Avenue, and 15th Avenue on Beacon Hill is one of those places. The arterial passage of Columbian Way, bearing heavy traffic heading to and from I-5, passes uncomfortably close to the traditional grid intersection of 15th and Oregon, leaving pedestrians and cyclists to navigate a network of crosswalks on the way to their destination. Continue reading Neighbors Collide Over Beacon Hill Intersection