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Friday, August 31, 2007

The Price of Progress

posted by on August 31 at 16:56 PM

This sign:


…is no longer there. Most of the building had come down when I walked past Seventh and Madison this afternoon.

Coming soon: another office tower. The ghost signs of Seattle are fewer and fewer.

Photo via Creative Commons.

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The ghost signs of Seattle are fewer and fewer.

you and knute would make an awesome love child.

Posted by not knute berger | August 31, 2007 5:03 PM

It's amusing how the consequences of not building The Commons and the Monorail continue to create change just as Dan and I predicted.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 31, 2007 5:07 PM


Posted by Dan Savage | August 31, 2007 5:22 PM

For those interested, be sure to check out Tom Dobrowolsky's research on ghost signs:

(Hi, Tom!)

Posted by mmbb | August 31, 2007 5:44 PM

Have you seen the repainted "Olive Tower" ghost sign at Boren & Olive Way?

It's fucking rock and roll!

Posted by Hey wait | August 31, 2007 5:44 PM

When the last brick building is pulled down for cheap condos, we'll all remember everything The Stranger did to stop rampant, breakneck development in Seattle.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 31, 2007 6:19 PM

Who cares.

(Note: No question mark.)

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 31, 2007 6:21 PM

Of course, by "cheap" I mean cheaply built, and overpriced.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 31, 2007 6:21 PM

Argh!! Holy Toledo. Just the other day, I was thinking about when I lived in that Sprite building. And then! da dum cha! I spent a couple of years on the "13th Floor" in Olive Tower! Fuck, and the luminaries of the Seattle scene that I encountererd in the laundry facilities of each building, whoa... members of Fastbacks, The Briefs, Zac Pennington. Okay, neato.

but seriously, i've bucked my anti-bumbershoot stance and attended (by accident/circumstance) the pre-festivities today. I'll have a full report later, but as a teaser, it includes an interview with butterfly guitar man (as featured in a slog folklife post), a sighting of Rainbow Lady - and then a sighting of her pimped out mobile!, a strange banner above a stage saying 'esurance' - i mean i love a made up word, but that sounds like a vita-drink for geriatrics, and lastly a peek into the gallery for Flatstock (It. Is. Brilliant.- none of the posters were up, and the massive bareness was reminiscient of those bland reception desk pics that J Graves posted recently, CHECK it Out before the busyness happens and namecheck guyburwell. Again--- more details of this thrilling day to come at a most applicable post-time.

oh, and the QFC is closed! ~ghostly~ perfect place to eat carrots, drink 40s and scarp a bracelet off of late night concert leavers.

Posted by Garrett | August 31, 2007 6:31 PM

Nothing lasts.

Posted by Jason Josephes | August 31, 2007 6:53 PM

Are you really mourning the loss of an advertisement
(No question mark because my keyboard is broken)

Posted by Patrick | August 31, 2007 6:59 PM

note: on our tour of the Bumbershit grounds, we slipped into Twice Sold Tales. The Mercer St. branch of this fine and steady seattle establishment is my favorite of the 3 i know of.

On their bulletin board is an article about the hub-bub surrounding Junie B. Jones. Since it somewhat nails down my raison d'Ítre, I hereby call death to groot, and onto my new blog!

Posted by June Bee | August 31, 2007 8:02 PM

If only the Stranger had come out strongly against development. That could have put a stop to all this new construction over the last ten years. The Stranger is that powerful.

Posted by Come Off It | August 31, 2007 8:19 PM

First the Wonder Bread sign and now a Sprite painting. How will I know what crappy non-nutritious food to buy. This city is going straight down the toilet.

Posted by Giffy | August 31, 2007 8:30 PM

I drove by when the wrecking ball had knocked down the top 1 1/2 stories, the (thick!) brick walls torn away to reveal interior spaces where people once lived. Given the chance, that building would have stood another 100 years.

I once fell in love with a worn old Capitol Hill beauty from 1916.

Posted by Sean | August 31, 2007 9:31 PM

@14: May I suggest Paxil?

Posted by Sean | August 31, 2007 9:37 PM

You have got to be kidding! A sprite ad on the side of a shitty brick building? Boo-Fucking-Hoo. Progress is not that bad of a thing, you backwards knuckle dragging soy drinking Seattlites. It's about time we have light rail and the only reason it hadn't been done yet is because everyone was too busy examing their navels for fuz. I mean shit, who cares above ground, below ground, just get us some fuckin decent public transport!
Oh no, but progress is bad. We can't have urban density. No no no. Let's just cut down all the forests and build fucking track houses all the way to Mt Rainier and up the slopes.

Posted by FuckSprite | September 1, 2007 12:17 AM

ECB, I keep sendin in updates about how they're tearing down the rainer cold storage in Gtown, yet noone at the Stranger seems remotely interested. You want ghost signs? Look no further - altho' at least they're asking their community what they'd like to see...

Posted by yerbamatty | September 1, 2007 2:03 AM

They're not demolishing the entire Rainier Cold property in Gtown. One building, a large buildings yes, will be coming down.

Posted by SP | September 1, 2007 10:38 AM

To be fair to ECB, she's sighing, not complaining.

Has no one ever missed where they used to live, even if he or she is much happier at the new place now? I didn't take ECB's emotion to be anything more than that.

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | September 1, 2007 4:43 PM

As someone who lives one block from that shitty building, I'm glad to see it go. What kind of an idiot would look at that photo and think, "Wow, I wish we weren't becoming a wealthier, bigger and more dynamic city in which people are willing to throw down millions of their own dollars to improve the city's downtown." Hey, if you want to live in a city that's poor and nothing ever changes, move to Little Rock or Detroit or Omaha. Most cities in the world would celebrate the demolition of an old hellhole about to be replaced by a skyscraper. It's okay to be nostalgic, but don't forget that nostalgia for a poorer Seattle of the past is a luxury most people in this city don't have.

Posted by Andrew | September 3, 2007 9:25 AM

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