City Tension at the Center
posted by July 25 at 11:50 AMon
There’s a feature by Brendan Kiley in the paper that disappears from streets today about the remaking of Seattle Center, and it’s not boring. How do you write a piece about Seattle Center and make it not boring? You dig up some history about the place’s cursed past, you get someone at One Reel to leak you documents, and you present all the major players—the deputy director, the renovation committee, the SIFF cinema guy, the Central Park-obsessed David Brewster, the people at Bumbershoot who are afraid of what more lawn will do to their festival, the environmental engineers (referred to as Willy Wonka Mystery Box people)—in all their weird complexities. But it’s not just about the texture of the fight. Kiley also finds a way to advocate what he thinks is the best solution.
The story was linked to on Slog last week, with reference to the taffy shop at the Center House not being mentioned, so you might have already read it. But if you haven’t—well, enjoy.