Bill Zosel wins City Club People’s Choice Award

Congratulations to Bill Zosel for winning a City Club People’s Choice Award!! Bill, the Mayor of 12th Avenue, has been a tireless advocate for the neighborhood and so deserves this recognition. He has been the driving force behind the 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee, been very active with the Squire Park Community Council, and been involved in everything happening in the neighborhood, from the First Hill Streetcar, new park design, planning the City’s first woonerf, and participating on the citizen advisory committee for Seattle University.

I have only known Bill for a short time and I know his accomplishments go far beyond those listed here.  Congratulations!!!

Transit town hall meeting with Larry Phillips

Tuesday, November 9
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Seattle University
Campion Ballroom
914 East Jefferson St.

Campus map

Metro is facing a cumulative deficit of more than a billion dollars over the next five years and expects to cut more than 600,000 hours of bus service in response. Nearly one-fifth of all bus service may be eliminated.

To respond to this crisis, the Council and Executive convened a regional task force of transit stakeholders and experts to examine the current system and recommend major changes. After seven months of work, the task force is ready to present their findings.

This town hall meeting will be your chance to hear directly from task force members on what they are recommending. After the briefing, you will have a chance to provide public testimony on what you think should be done.

12th Avenue Benches

at Lucky Devil Tattoo near Howell


Have you noticed the new 12th Avenue benches?

at Velocity Dance Center near Pine Street

at Chatterbox near Spring St 

at WaterTown near Barclay Court

The benches were funded by the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development with input from the 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee and project management by Capitol Hill Housing.  The City of Seattle provided the raw materials that were originally granite curbstones.  Who knows, maybe some of these pieces of granite used to reside on 12th Avenue before being torn up and replaced with concrete…

Special thanks are due to Kevin Long of Urban Wilds who did a fantastic job on design and fabrication of the granite stones as well as installation on the sidewalk. We also want to thank Daniel Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studio for help with the design, offering up a workspace, and general assistance with the project, Greg Lewis for help with installation, 12th Avenue Iron who fabricated the bench legs, Kate Leitch at the Seattle Department of Transportation for helping us with City permits, and to each property and business owner who supported this project.

Be sure to check out all five benches located on 12th Avenue between Yesler and Denny.  Each one is designed a little differently and shows the amazingly different qualities of the granite — both the rough and rugged raw stone and the smooth and shiny polished stone. 

So,  pull up a seat, and enjoy the view of 12th from these really cool benches! 


at Saba Ethiopian near Yesler

Take the 12th Avenue Retail Survey

Through the 12th Avenue Initiative, Capitol Hill Housing is working on a retail survey to gauge what types of businesses are missing from the 12th Avenue neighborhood.  We’re specifically looking at 12th Avenue between Yesler and John Street.   I know this overlaps a bit with Pike Pine and parts of the Central Area so when you’re taking this survey, please focus on 12th Avenue by itself.  We’re looking for ways to improve 12th as a commercial corridor and to help create an identity for the street.

Take the survey here!

Please take a few moments and fill out the survey so that we can understand what YOU want from 12th Avenue. All input will be extremely valuable and can help guide future development in the area.  This information will also be compiled as part of a larger retail study that should be completed by mid-summer.

We appreciate your help!