City The Demolition in Georgetown
posted by January 24 at 13:34 PMon
It’s been underway for several days now. These were taken yesterday afternoon.
Those thick pipes on the upper floors to the right are cooling pipes, as the building used to be refrigerated.
Now they spill out of it like spaghetti.
The fence along Airport Way has pink roses, white carnations, yellow daises, and plastic orange flowers threaded into it.
Even though demolition has been going on for days, Airport Way was crawling with photographers—amateurs with their cell phones, professionals with real equipment. I asked one of the photographers (not pictured) if he worked for a newspaper. “Yeah, Seattle Times,” he said. Then he walked up to a row of gleaming scooters parked outside Big People Scooters, which is directly across Airport Way from the Rainier Cold Storage building, caught the half-demolished building reflected in one scooter’s rearview mirror, and tried to find an angle to take a photo of the reflection.
The bar at Jules Maes, which is next to Big People Scooters, has a perfect view of the wreckage. A bartender told me that even though Airport Way, the street you have to use to get to Jules Maes, was closed for the first two days of the demolition, Jules Maes “got a lot of business.”
Down the street at All City Coffee, a barista smiled when asked about what she thought of the building coming down. “It’s not at the top of the list of things I’m thinking about right now. Also, I’m just sick of talking about it. I’ve been talking about it all weekend.” I asked what’s at the top of the list of the things she’s thinking about right now. She said she had a biology test in the morning.