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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

More on New Broadway Condos

Posted by on March 22 at 14:23 PM

I think the picture makes my point perfectly (and does so even better in the color version, which shows the generic green-glass office-park-style windows and taupe pressed concrete facade; unfortunately, I don’t have a color copy, but similar buildings in Portland can be seen here and here). The design is blocky, ugly, and out of character with the surrounding buildings. I have no problem with the height of the building - six stories isn’t that tall - but I do have a problem with dropping generic Pearl District-style lofts into the north end of Broadway, where they’ll be an embarrassing anachronism in 10 or 20 years, when we’re kicking ourselves for letting developers model everything in Seattle after Vulcan headquarters . (The brick Dan likes so much is only on the back side, not facing Broadway.)

And what’s so bad about a courtyard? The Press Apartments on Pine Street have one, and it hasn’t become a “bathroom and bedroom for the homeless.” For that matter, what’s so awful about the homeless? If you want to live in a city and have forced interactions with strangers - the “hustle and bustle of street life” that attracts Dan to cities like New York- those strangers are going to have to include the homeless.

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I'm just about finally burnt out on homeless people, especially white 28 year-olds acting like fucking high school brats.

If only the Pearl District would move to Seattle - Pearl example 1 looks fine to me.

Pearl example 2 looks like what we usually get in Seattle.

And what's wrong with Vulcan HQ, or Qwest or Safeco fields? They're hardly the worst buildings in Seattle. At least they make a statement.

Though I'd rather have PacBell park - it's not just functional, but witty.

And yeah, the homeless have to go. Why not build them some nice housing way down in SoDo, and locate their needle exchanges and other services there?

The "statement" made by Safeco is "unimaginative Dockers conservative automatons like you can stuff this fake retro bullshit into the hole in your soul left behind when you destroyed the real past, which you can have no understanding of ever". The statement made by Qwest is "Power speaks to power, pay up and shut up". Neither building has a microgram of flair or originality or spirit.

I thought the statement made by Qwest was "Five Stadium Debts To Rule Them All, Three Stadiums To Play In, One City To Pay For Them All, and No Vote To Build Them."

Good one, Will!

If Paul Allen is Sauron, who is Sauroman (sic)???

After looking at the architectural drawings, I have to concede that they don't fit with the character of the neighborhood, but I wouldn't exactly call them ugly.

The problem with Courtyards (and other half assed attempts at "urban landscaping") is that they don't get used and become a barrier to pedestrians who might visit the storefronts on a whim. The point of making the building abut the sidewalk is to make the building (and therefore the neighborhood) more friendly to foot traffic. Get rid of parking lots and put stores in close proximity to housing and people will stop driving their cars.

Then and only then, Jesus will return.

I don't know about you, but I'm all up for designs that make Broadway look like a faggy Dwell magazine spread.

anti-homelessness is the new cool. cops and developers are the new hipsters. neocon bigotry the new counterculture.

What's so awful about the homeless, you ask? You want to sit next to a bunch of drunks and crazies who smell like piss and death, Erica, you be my guest.

No one stereotypes the homeless worse than homeless advocates.

Some people are down on their luck and need a break - and a safe, clean place to stay.

But how can it be safe and clean when the other "homeless" populate it too: hobos, drunks, deinstitutionalized crazies, addicts, the dregs of humanity.

Yo liberal hipsters: wake up to the truly radical. Not everbody deserves your pity.

But hobos, drunks, deinstitutionalized crazies, addicts, and the dregs of humanity still exist? What do you do with them?

Most homeless do not fit in those categories and do not jostle you for change on Broadway. You've probably never seen them. The stereotyping of the homeless is not being done not by homeless advocates but by message-board blowhards like you lot.

Wow - I used to hang out at with Allied Arts types for Beer and Culture and I never even heard of this Design Review Board there.

Yes, it would be more practical than hanging out with blog comment blowhards like FNARF.

Maybe I should have added them as a category of the homeless?

With suburban flight, the urban centers became the dumping grounds / service areas for the more noxious categories of the homeless.

My only point was that if we're going to reclaim the urban centers as a great place to live and hang out, we're going to have to think about moving them elsewhere.

Maybe out to the suburbs?

Nice site

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