Monthly Archives: August 2008

Will Belltown soon become Belltown?

Since most of it was regraded a century ago, the area we now call Belltown has always been on the way to some fantastic destiny. The current vision has been clear since the 80s: Belltown should be a dense spinoff … Continue reading

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Housing boom, interrupted

Some are making lemonade from the housing bust’s lemons. The New York Times had an interesting story today on cities buying up foreclosed property to prevent blight from seeping into their towns. Boston, Minneapolis, San Diego and others are busy … Continue reading

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Dead trees on Burke-Gilman likely injected with herbicide

Seven mature trees along the Burke-Gilman trail were likely injected with herbicide and are dead or dying, Seattle Parks and Recreation announced this morning in a press release. Staff on a routine maintenance visit found three silver poplars and four … Continue reading

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Ode to the corner store

Greater Downtown seems awash in supermarkets these days, including new stores at Eighth & Madison, Third & Pike, Westlake & Denny, and Fifth North & Mercer. You’re always near one…except in poor ol’ north Belltown. We’re truly the gap in … Continue reading

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SLU coffee shop wants giant Allen statue

Image from the campaign’s Web site South Lake Union’s copiously irreverent Kapow! Coffee is collecting signatures to erect a 300-foot statue in mock tribute to SLU uber developer and Microsoft founder Paul Allen. As reported in the Seattle Times today, … Continue reading

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News flash: Seattleites pay more at PCC

Most readers probably won’t be too surprised to hear that food at PCC costs more than it does at Safeway. Buyers there put the premium on local, organic and whole foods and those just cost more than the Kraft Mac … Continue reading

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They love you, Portland, they really do

Portland, you make it look so easy Portland’s historic Heathman Hotel already knew a thing or two about sustainability. As I rode the elevator up to my room there last year, the doorman noticed me admiring the Brazilian rosewood paneling. … Continue reading

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MODA: hot or not?

Moda model in 2006 So MODA is now going rental. After starting out as a smoking hot, trendy urban condominium that “sold out” within a week in 2006, many buyers are jumping the ship like rats. The developers of this … Continue reading

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New bicyclist is a convert

It took moving – and cleaning out a storage locker – for this pedestrian to think about bicycling again. I thought of biking as something other people did, people with farther to go, in great shape, and more skilled with … Continue reading

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They’ve gotta go: Seattle toilets back on Ebay

Seattle’s five automated toilets are back on Ebay. And this time, they’re priced for quick movement: The highest one (Capitol Hill’s) is now at $1,025 and the lowest (the waterfront’s) is at $449 with a little over seven days to … Continue reading

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