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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

“Historic” Ballard Denny’s

posted by on June 24 at 11:55 AM

Now history.

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I actually expected more gloating.

Posted by Dawgson | June 24, 2008 12:10 PM

I'm far more concerned about the UW IHOP at 44th one block west of University Ave.

Strange thing, while I remember the building, I can't recall ever going there, even though I lived in the neighborhood and used to visit there from Vancouver BC ...

So, guess I won't miss it.

Cool design tho.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 24, 2008 12:18 PM

More things in this world need to be smothered in either cheese or gravy.

Posted by bree | June 24, 2008 12:30 PM

If there had been any plausible hope of a serious restoration and a new restaurant opening in the space, I'd be more bummed.  As it is...

Posted by lostboy | June 24, 2008 12:34 PM

Oh, Boy! More high dollar condos that we don't need.

Posted by Sad Comment | June 24, 2008 12:36 PM

It was sorta shocking to see it razed this morning after it was there last night.

With that space open, it struck me how wonderful a park or something would be to be is the "gateway to Ballard" so to speak because that intersection is crazy busy.

But alas, that's living in a city.

Posted by Non | June 24, 2008 12:40 PM


I'd kill for a Grand Slam breakfast right now.

Posted by michael strangeways | June 24, 2008 12:42 PM

In other news, Deano's was being torn down when I went to Safeway yesterday. Wahoo!

Posted by NaFun | June 24, 2008 12:44 PM

way to go jack!

that thing was a friggin abortion waiting to be demolished.

Posted by holz | June 24, 2008 12:44 PM


Yeah, because nothing says "Welcome to the (neighbor)hood" like crack addicts sketching out in a urban park...


Of course the developers are intentionally flooding the "high end" real estate market with unwanted units so that the surplus inventory will force prices down and generate huge losses for those same developers... That's exactly how supply and demand work in a free market! (Are you posting form an urban park by any chance?)

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | June 24, 2008 12:56 PM

Bout time.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 24, 2008 1:08 PM

Ah, yes the old "free market" routine. If only the world really worked that way, unfortunately, many a bad decision hides behind those very words.

And, no I am not in a "urban park" because according to you if I was I would have already pawned my computer for drugs by now. Are you by chance on the top floor of some luxury penthouse looking down upon all of us commoners?

Posted by Sad Comment | June 24, 2008 1:09 PM


More or less, yes. Come up and see me sometime. (Take a bath first though... commoners smell funny... kinda like desperation...)

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | June 24, 2008 1:15 PM

how many times have I heard "if you only knew how the world really worked" when the basic principle of economic theory are denied in favor of some kind of constant malevolent aristocratic scheme.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 24, 2008 1:22 PM

The "free" market is crack addicts way of justifying stealing your stuff for themselves.

Parks, on the other hand, are fun.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 24, 2008 1:30 PM

I remember when I was saying all the money being thrown into the Internet bubble was a defect in the way markets worked. Everybody wanted to lecture me on basic economic principles.

Faith in markets is unfalsifiable: if the condo developers make money, that proves markets work. If they don't make money then it was a "bubble" or an "aberration". Or just dumb investors. Anything but admitting that half the time markets don't work.

Posted by elenchos | June 24, 2008 1:31 PM

predicted next tear-downs:
-the shanty cafe
-the block with the 5 point
-the sloop
i give it 5 years, max. and yes, these are some of my favorite places in seattle.

Posted by pretentious | June 24, 2008 1:36 PM

elenchos, markets don't work in achieving ends that you'd like to see.

markets work in lining up buyers with sellers in a medium that is less obstructed by values of other people.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 24, 2008 1:36 PM

@2 you mean the IHOP that has been gone for over a year now?

Posted by jess | June 24, 2008 1:39 PM


Perhaps if we started by removing the government tax breaks and subsidies from the equation we might really begin to see a "free market."

But usually terms like "free market" are thrown around by people that refuse to make responsible decisions instead of self serving ones.

Posted by Sad Comment | June 24, 2008 1:43 PM

@20, I'm all for removing subsidies and tax breaks from the equation.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 24, 2008 2:00 PM

Me too.

Posted by Sad Comment | June 24, 2008 2:34 PM

Oh, just tear it all down. It doesn't really matter. We all die in the end, don't we? As Kansas helpfully points out, "Nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky"

Hopefully, it will be replaced by something that promises "A new level of upscale living in the heart of Ballard". That would make me very happy. I love upscale living.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | June 24, 2008 3:13 PM

@19 - yes.

@18, 20, 21 - glad to hear you're supporting Obama.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 24, 2008 4:48 PM

so what. none of you ever went there and read the paper over coffee silently. at least it was a diner in seattle, not that there are any others. you don't know what you want because you want what you don't know. condos = so what. it's not about the buildings, it's about the PEOPLE.

Posted by so what | June 24, 2008 5:16 PM

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