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  • Pioneer Square has a view now

    Pioneer Square has a view now

    Sep 20, 2019 at 7:56 am

    We went out for dinner the other evening, and once the sun was no longer blasting directly in our eyes – yay for precession of the equinoxes – we were treated to a hell of a sight.

    See, the Alaskan Way Viaduct has blocked any real view of the Puget Sound from ground level since the 1950s. But it’s going away. Near Pioneer Square, it’s gone. I can look right at the water.

    Until they start building up that juicy real estate, of course. But I’ll enjoy it while I can.

  • Sweep Leaves Not Lives

    Sweep Leaves Not Lives

    Aug 10, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Seattle’s homeless sweeps are contentious to say the least.

    From The Seattle Times, on July 9th:

    Seattle removed 75% more homeless encampments in the first four months of this year than during the same period in 2018, even with this February’s record snowstorm slowing clean-ups.

    John Curley pointed out the NIMBY — “Not In My Backyard” — aspect:

    What they’re doing is they’re trying to push them out of view. So they’re sending them back behind railroad tracks, back behind buildings, back away from the general view.

    Mostly I’m curious who’d be so offended by this wall art that they’d remove part of its message.

  • Seattle's Chinatown Gate

    Seattle's Chinatown Gate

    Jul 1, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Colors are a lot brighter in my new neighborhood. The gate was dedicated in 2008 to celebrate the neighborhood’s history.

    That link also helps understand why “International District” and not just “Chinatown”:

    It is perhaps the only area in the continental United States where Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, African Americans, Vietnamese, Koreans, and Cambodians, settled together and built one neighborhood.