capitol hill block party

Photo: Christopher Nelson.

A pretty typical scene from the annual Capitol Hill Block Party

 This news broke yesterday, but due to some technical difficulties, we're catching you up now:

Capitol Hill's Pike–Pine Corridor was just named one of the "Top 12 ArtPlaces" in the U.S., credited for "successfully combining the arts, artists, and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants, and a walkable lifetstyle." The honor comes from national foundation ArtPlace, a collaborative organization for the preservation of the arts, which also named hipstery sites in Brooklyn, San Francisco (Mission District), and Portland (Pearl District and "a portion of downtown") as top art locales.

Capitol Hill's reputation precedes it. Even with the atrocious parking, Seattleites flock here for a night of culture at Hugo House or debauchery at the Unicorn (or midnight movies at the Egyptian, art shows at Sierra Stinson's apartment, a dance party at Velocity...we could go on). Blitz Capitol Hill Art Walks on the second Thursday of every month encourage people to stop by and chat with the local artists, shop and gallery owners around the neighborhood. It's hard to be bored in Capitol Hill.

The remaining 11 winners:

Brooklyn, NY / The intersection of Downtown, Fort Greene, Gowanus, Park Slope and Prospect Heights
Dallas, TX  / The Dallas Arts District, with parts of Deep Ellum and Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA / Central Hollywood
Miami Beach, FL / South Beach
Milwaukee, WI / East Town and a portion of the Lower East Side
New York, NY / Manhattan Valley
Oakland, CA / Downtown, including Chinatown, Old Oakland, and Jack London Square
Philadelphia, PA /Old City
Portland, OR / The Pearl District and a portion of Downtown
San Francisco, CA / The Mission District
Washington, DC / The intersection of Adams Morgan, U Street, and Dupont Circle