City South Lake Union
posted by October 1 at 16:00 PMon
We were warned that building the Commons—a huge park in South Lake Union—would lead to developers running riot through the neighborhood, throwing up pricey condos, pushing out low-income residents, and threatening the social services and small businesses located in the area. Most of the small businesses that were “saved” by the anti-Commons crowd are long gone. But, hey, we didn’t build that park, so at least the neighborhood saved from developers and their pricey condos and—wait, what’s that you say, Seattle PI?
The gourmet coffee house and the boutique pet-supply shop have sprung up for people moving into the new condominiums and upscale apartment buildings in the South Lake Union area.
But at least for a few more months, there’s still one place for lower-income people who still live in the neighborhood.
After learning last week that city funding for the Cascade People’s Center is not being renewed, program director Myla Becker said the center will have to shut down at the end of the year.
For those keeping score: We didn’t build a park in South Lake Union—a once in a city’s lifetime opportunity—and the condos came anyway, developers profited anyway, small businesses were pushed out anyway, and social services were pushed out anyway. And there’s no public space, no park, nothin’.
Post # 45,609 in my “Still Bitter About the Commons” series.