The last online story I read about Tabella in the Stranger featured a big old banner ad from ... you guessed it ... Tabella! Wonder how much the club owners pay the Stranger in advertising. Much more than Erica's salary, I'm guessing.
Fuck 'em. Close 'em down if they can't be decent neighbors.
NDII: Wow. You mean papers sell ads? And then sometimes reporters write about advertisers? How DARE they! Thank you so much for that incredibly incisive observation. I will immediately stop covering any company or politician that advertises with the Stranger. You have shown me the light.
I live right behind Slices. I really don't mind it and they are actually pretty good neighbors. It's the kids that then leave Slices and come over to Whale Tail park aka my front lawn, late at night which piss me off.
Thank you so much for going to the Celtic Swell on Saturday night instead of Friday.
I somehow got roped into playing there the previous night, we sucked, and I'm much happier to be reading about someone else's lousy performance than my own!
Glad to see EH is spreading his love on this topic as well. Maybe he should start his own idea bank and run for office?
erica: i was having a late dinner with a friend that same night, down the street at cactus. our little stroll by the water afterward included a soundtrack from the guitar wielding hippie at the celtic swell.
dude busted out the all-time cheesiest Grunge Years (TM) anthem, hunger strike by temple of the dog, followed by two terrible soundgarden and pearl jam covers.
my neighborhood never ceases to amuse me.
if you want the quiet sounds of rural life... don't live in the city. to expect silence makes you the bad neighbor.
to think that because you can afford a place on alki that no one else should be allowed to enjoy it in the way they want to is equally ridiculous.
Your irrational dislike of the mayor has made your "advocacy journalism" more unbearable than usual.
This is what I can gather from your screed about the "mayor's war on nightlife" in this case:
Neighbors complain or have concerns about new businesses opening in the area and the city responds. What thugs! What goons! To actual respond to neighbors concerns!
The result of this "war on nightlife?" Celtic Swell appears to be booming, and Slices is still in business a year later - not bad in an industry with a high rate of 1st year failures.
And is Slices closing before 10:00 because of the city's requirements, or because of some other business considerations. Hell if we know, because in your form of journalism, your either didn't ask for the facts, or didn't bother to include them. For that matter, are they selling beer or not?
I highly doubt that Tabella's annual advertising spending with the Stranger is anywhere near what Erica earns as a writer. Futhermore, the notion that there is a correlation between the two is even funnier. I bet that the writing staff and the advertising division don't even have that much interaction.
maybe if we embraced drunkeness and looked down on the childish behavior instead we could get a little culture in this paranoid, intolerant country.
on the other hand, a "good neighbor" agreement sounds pretty tame... why couldn't they just do that?
on the other other hand though, what's with these nimby'ers thinking they live in smalltown america? you'd think you wanted to live in a place like seattle for a little culture. ooo wine with pizza how exotic...
Someone sounds a little defensive. Just count the number of club ads in the paper and online. You criticize the influence of big biz on mainstream news outlets, but by gosh it just couldn't happen at the Stranger! Classic. Maybe the publisher can volunteer the percentage of revenue the paper gets from clubs. Do tell!
good neighbor agreements sound funny to me. people wanting extra protection beyond the law... isn't that what the laws are for? i certainly wouldn't force a business to sign one. it might be nice of them to agree to it, or at least listen to the concerns. but the law was set to regulate this behavior. if neighbors don't like it, change the law.
I don't disagree with you. Anyone can see that the Stranger is filled with ads for clubs / bars / venues... that's not a surprise. I'd imagine their local advertising revunue is 50 -75% from this category.
However, what you are insinuating is that there is a correlation betweeen the content of the paper and the advertsing revenue, which is a bit far fetched if you ask me.
If the Stranger just acted as a mouthpiece for it's advertisers, wouldn't we be reading a lot more articles advocating legalized prostitution?
"It is not, in short, a quiet place."
Perhaps you should visit Alki more than once a year. Try October-February.
bbking: I have been to Alki in the winter. That's not when people complain about the music/noise/potential liquor violations because of outdoor patios. They complain in the summer when the doors and windows are open, and when people are sitting out on patios.
The issue at Alki goes way beyond "nightlife." The issue is whether the residents of a community can have a say in how their community is developed. Does all the power rest in the hands of the developers hoping to make money or does the community have a voice? The stranger is siding with the money-making developers as long as they are developing nightlife.
And another issue is whether zoning regulations mean a damn thing in this city? And another issue is whether restaurants can close their kitchens at 10 pm and turn into bars, 21-over only please, rocking out the neighborhood as if they owned the beach and to hell with anyone trying to sleep, in spite of the fact that the neighbors were there first and bars are not allowed at Alki except through special permits that would mitigate some of the negative impacts? Where's the real journalistic reporting? Did anyone bother to find out whether restaurant-bars at Alki have conditional use permits? Did anyone bother to scratch the surface to find out what's really going on? The fact that someone visited Alki one night and found it to be pretty quiet is NOT a news story. The fact that a reporter, without researching the facts, accuses the neighbors of "targeting small businesses," is what's really laughable. No, wait. It's disgusting. There's a story there, but your reporter missed it all together. And that gives the Stranger zero credibility.
The Stranger: Putting the yellow back in
journalism, since 1991.
The "Good Neighbor Agreements" are a way for the city to unilaterally force new regulations on businesses without having to go through that pesky law-making business. They're "voluntary" in the sense that protection money to the mafia is "voluntary".
"Nice liquor license you got here. It'd be terrible if something were to happen to it..."
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