First Hill Crime & Safety Focus Group July 12th

Please join Seattle University Dept. of Criminal Justice, the Seattle Police Dept. and your neighbors for a discussion regarding crime and safety issues in the First Hill neighborhood on Wednesday July 12th at 6:30 pm at Seattle University in Pigott 102.

Seattle University is partnering with the Seattle Police Department, conducting qualitative research on community crime concerns so that SU researchers can collaborate with SPD leadership in improving the city’s community policing initiative. Outreach to diverse communities in Seattle is a key part of this initiative and is essential for understanding how to address unique crime concerns throughout the city.

About the focus groups:
> Discussions are semi-structured and led by Seattle University Criminal Justice graduate students
> Focus groups typically last about one hour
> Content of the discussion will be collected by a note-taker but no names or identifiers will be collected
> Participants are encouraged to stay for the duration of the meeting, but are free to leave at any time

For questions regarding the focus groups, please contact Susan Nembhard (Master’s of Criminal Justice student and East Precinct research analyst) at

For questions regarding Seattle University’s partnership with SPD and about any ethical concerns you may have, please contact Dr. Jacqueline Helfgott (principal investigator) at or Dr. William Parkin at


First Hill Park Redesign is Entering Phase 2!

We know it’s been a while since there have been any updates about the redesign of First Hill Park. Fret not! There will be a public meeting about the 2nd phase of the design development on

Tuesday, February 28th 
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Stimson-Green Mansion (1204 Minor Avenue) 

By the end of phase 2, we plan to be 65% done with the overall design and construction documents. Phase 3 should begin at the beginning of May, with construction expected to start in January of 2018.

As usual, if you have any questions or comments, please contact

Get Involved in Your Community, Join a FHIA Committee!

The First Hill Improvement Association seeks volunteers to join our committees. This is a great chance to roll up your sleeves and get involved with us as we work to make on the neighborhood’s most pressing issues.

Committee topics include:
> Urban Design + Public Space
> Transportation
> Clean, Healthy, + Safe Neighborhood
> Economic Development + Retail

Committees typically meet monthly and are comprised of local residents, businesses, and major institutions. Meetings often include guest speakers from various developers, city agencies, and other community groups.

No special expertise is necessary, and membership is open. We’d love to have you!

For more information contact FHIA Director Alex Hudson at

Mark Your Calendars: December 3 is First Hill Streetcar Safety Day

From SDOT’s press release:

Join SDOT on Thursday, December 3 from 11 AM to 3 PM to tour stationary streetcars and learn how to stay safe whether you drive, bike or walk near the streetcar. A lot of you have seen the streetcars around town during testing. While we’ve shared safety tips over the last few months, now it’s time to make sure the public understands how to stay safe around the operating streetcars.

Safety Day kicks-off at 11 AM on Thursday with Metro streetcar operators onboard stationary streetcars at the Broadway & Denny, 14th & Washington, and Occidental & Jackson stations. You’re invited to come aboard to check out the new streetcars, ask questions about how they work, and learn streetcar safety tips.

If you can’t make it to Safety Day, here are few things you need to know:

  • Streetcars are quiet. They may sound warning bells and horns when necessary.
  • There are no fences or barriers separating streetcars from other cars, bikes or pedestrians.
  • Drivers, be prepared to stop behind streetcars.
  • Streetcars cannot swerve to avoid obstacles – they run on tracks.
  • Streetcars sometimes have their own traffic signals and can cross the street when other vehicles cannot.
  • Bikers, cross streetcar tracks at a right angle to avoid falling. The track groove is just slightly wider than the typical bike tire.

First Hill Streetcar Operations

First Hill Streetcar will connect the diverse and vibrant neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, First Hill, the Central District, Little Saigon, Chinatown-International District, and Pioneer Square. The 2.5 mile addition to the Seattle Streetcar system will serve more than 3,000 daily riders with reliable and frequent service, including 10 minute frequencies during peak periods and 12-minute frequencies mid-day. Service will operate from 5 AM to 1 AM Monday through Saturday. On Sundays and holidays, service will operate between 10 AM to 8 PM. Passengers can pay the fare with an ORCA card, or by purchasing a ticket at ticket machines located at every station.

More on the Seattle Streetcar

The City of Seattle is building a modern streetcar system that will provide new mobility options, support economic growth, and strengthen connections in the urban core. Find out more about the Seattle Streetcar at to receive Streetcar news and updates. SDOT will announce a start date for service once further streetcar testing is completed.

Take Seattle University’s Seattle Public Safety Survey

Seattle University is administering the citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. The survey is accessible at from October 15th through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Chinese, English, Korean, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Please circulate this email to your friends, family, co-workers and community members and feel free to post the below blurb on your social media. Attached are two flyers advertising the survey, which we encourage you to also share, print, and post at your work, religious institution, community center, apartment building, or other communal locations. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today.
If you would like to work with a Seattle University researcher to setup outreach and assist in the facilitation of the survey to your communities or organizations, or you would like more information about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact Matthew Thomas at Seattle University,

First Hill Public Safety Survey Results

In September 2014 the First Hill Improvement Association wished to engage the First Hill resident, worker, and visitor community in an assessment of their public safety perceptions. The purpose of this survey is to gauge public perceptions of neighborhood safety, identify concerning areas and behaviors in First Hill, to understand the communities relationship with law enforcement, and for use in advocating for improvements to public safety.

A ten question online survey was designed by the Clean, Safe, and Healthy Neighborhood working group and disseminated broadly throughout the community. The survey was distributed via the community newsletter,, on social media, and by our stakeholder partners on their communication networks.

The survey was completed by 160 unique respondents, who represent a variety of stakeholder types. Open ended question responses were categorized by like type for ease of analysis and understanding. Though the sample size is relatively small compared to the neighborhood population, these figures can be used to generally understand community perceptions, experiences, and ideas for creating a safe and inviting neighborhood for all.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this important community survey.

Read the survey results here.


October Public Meeting – October 14

The next meeting of the First Hill Improvement Association will be on Tuesday October 14, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. The location is:

Harborview Medical Center – R&T Auditorium, 300 9th Ave. 

We are pleased to be offering a comprehensive look at public safety in our community. We will hear presentations, and have lots of opportunity for Q&A, on the following topics.

  • Safe Community. Captain Pierre Davis of the East Precinct and Captain Chris Fowler of the West Precinct will present on public safety issues in our community, and what is being done to address them. A long Q&A will follow their short presentations, so you’ll get a chance to elevate any concerns you may have about public safety on First Hill.
  • Safe Streets: Dongho Chang of SDOT’s “Designing Safe Streets” program will provide an update on the work accomplished and analysis performed following the pedestrian fatality at 9th & James. A long Q&A will follow his presentation, so you’ll get a chance to ask questions and elevate any concerns you may have about pedestrian safety on First Hill.

Please take a moment to complete the public safety survey, results of which will be shared at the meeting.

We hope you’ll able to join us for this neighborhood update. Stay tuned for details, and invite your neighbors!

Additional details

  • Attendees will need to pay for parking in lots P1 or P2. Lot rates are $5 for 1-2 hours, $7 for 2-4 hours at $7. Street parking near Harborview Medical Center is free after 6pm.