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Back in November, the Seattle Times reported that the RapidRide buses between Ballard and Belltown were regularly delayed 10 to 15 minutes during late afternoon rush hour. That RapidRide line is the D Line, which Seattle Metro acknowledged was “just one minute faster than the local bus it replaced Sept. 29; the advantage is supposed to be six to eight minutes,” according to the Seattle Times article.

Now that signal and road changes for the RapidRide bus lines are nearing completion, transit managers are turning toward fixing the problem for rush hour metro commuters.

On January 10th, the Seattle Times reported an update: that SDOT has released its layout for a westbound bus lane on two blocks of Broad Street in Belltown. While this proposal will require some loss of parking spaces and cuts on the space of the traffic lanes in general, the proposal will hopefully cut down on the delays the D Line has seen since the launch of RapidRide lines in Seattle on September 29, 2012.

The new bus lane on Broad Street is just a proposal, however, and the city will be open to suggestions throughout January. Email Jonathan Dong with your comments at jonathan.dong@seattle.gov. Back in November, the Seattle Times noted that an estimated 8,300 people use the D Line per day – hopefully those people will see more consistent, timely service with the bus line, no matter the outcome of the changes.

We’re beginning a new thing here on the Belltown in Seattle blog; each month we’ll provide a crime recap from the last month. Safety is important in any neighborhood, and in Belltown particularly, it’s important to be aware of what’s happening near your home or business.

So, here are the highlights for what happened in Belltown over the last several weeks, from the Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct blotter:

  • 2 Arrests from Vigilante Sex Sting: Two men, aged 28 and 19 years old, were arrested December 17th after the younger man was robbed in a Hotel Five hotel room by the 28-year-old. The older man had posted an ad online, advertising sex with an underaged girl, and then handcuffed and robbed the 19-year-old man who responded to the ad and met him at the hotel. Both men were arrested and detectives are still investigating.
  • Early Morning Gunshots Followed by Arrests: Just before 3 a.m. on December 21st, an officer on duty at 2nd Ave and Blanchard St. heard about a dozen gunshots. Upon investigation, the officer and others who came to his aid found that two men (who both appeared to be intoxicated) had participated in target practice in an alley with a revolver and a soup can. Both men were arrested for Reckless Endangerment and Discharge of a Firearm.
  • New Year’s Eve Drinking, Driving, Fireworks Arrests: Two men were arrested on New Year’s Eve in Belltown after they were caught drinking, driving, and shooting fireworks out of a moving car.
  • Victor Steinbrueck Park Stabbing: Two women were involved in a stabbing in Victor Steinbrueck Park (located at the north end of Pike Place Market) on January 4th at about 7 p.m. Witnesses say that the stabbing resulted from a drug dispute gone bad, when one woman pulled out a knife and stabbed the other in the abdomen. The suspect was arrested and the victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for non-fatal injuries. Investigations continue.
  • Bus Hits Pedestrian, Who Walks Away: At about 7:15 a.m. on January 8th, a man was hit by a bus after he stepped in front of it. Despite injuries that he was later hospitalized for, the man walked away from the accident before being stopped and evaluated by Seattle Fire. The bus driver is suspected of having been under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, and the investigation is ongoing.

 

The 1922 discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamen rocked the world of archaeology, and since May 2012, the long-dead pharaoh’s golden treasures and opulent possessions have wowed Seattleites from their exhibition at the Pacific Science Center.

That exhibit closes this Sunday, January 6th. Tickets have been booked pretty consistently since the opening of King Tut’s showcase last May, so if you want to get in to see the sights before it closes, you should buy your tickets sooner rather than later. Buy your tickets here.

Although King Tut’s treasures have been sent all over the U.S. for viewing, they will go to rest permanently back in Egypt after they leave the Pacific Science Center next week. The exhibition at the Center features over 100 artifacts from Tutankhamen’s tomb as well as other archaeological sites in Egypt, showing more than 2,000 years of history from that region of Africa.

Belltown is the place to be on New Year’s Eve! How will you be bringing in the New Year? Say ‘goodbye’ to 2012 and party in 2013 at one of these rockin’ New Year’s party locations (click the links for ticket purchase options):

  • Retro Dance Party at the Edge Grill on 6th Ave., $49/person or $79 VIP. Bring in 2013 right with dancing, trivia, karaoke, XBOX championships, photo booths and more at the Edge Grill. At midnight, there will be a Balloon Drop and Champagne Toast, followed by a Midnight Breakfast Buffet. (Champagne Toast and Breakfast Buffet included in ticket price).
  • New Year’s Eve at Trinity Nightclub on Yesler Ave., $30/person. Trinity is basically understood as the #1 dance club in Seattle, so where else would you want to be on New Year’s Eve? Celebrate the New Year with champagne, party favors, noisemakers, a dramatic video countdown and more at Trinity Nightclub.
  • Boudoir Party by DList Magazine and Foundation Nightclub on Western, $49/person. Celebrate the New Year with a sexy twist! Foundation Nightclub and DList Magazine have teamed to bring you a seductive Boudoir night, including Burlesque dancers, vintage Parisian themes, and an all-around great night!
  • Atomic Rodeo: A NYE Throwdown at Crocodile Café on 2nd Ave., $25/person. Party like it’s 1899! Catch this New Year’s Eve Throwdown before it’s gone, with The Atomic Bombshells Burlesque, Brent Amaker & the Rodeo, The Country Lips, and more!
  • X-TREME New Year Theatresports Party at Market Theater in Post Alley, $28/person online or $40 at the door. What’s a party without laughs? Unexpected Productions improv theater is hosting an extreme night of fast-paced comedy and an improv battle that’s not to be missed!

Happy New Year, Belltown!

With all the holiday hustling and bustling, it can be hard to slow down and enjoy the season. We hope that the businesses and people who live here in Belltown are enjoying this cheerful holiday with all the joy and warmth we can wish them!

It can get pretty crazy here in our downtown neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great place to be! From the clubs to the communities, Belltown is the perfect place to have a good time – there’s always something happening.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to Belltowners young and old!