Please stop saving stupid shit. That house is ugly, completely characterless and history is history. Put it in a book and tear it down. Build a porn shop.
I thought you liked weathered, old things, Mr. Poe.
I am Mr. Poe's favorite porn shop. Note my featureless concrete exterior, my blackened windows, and my handwritten "No Miners [sic] Allowed" sign at the door. The stickiness you feel on the handle? That's the "sap of the Cascade" after a good polishing. Demolish me? You might wait till your mum leaves.
Every time I walk by that house to visit my boyfriend, there are a bunch of unsavory characters sitting or walking around it.
I would not be surprised if it were not quite as locked and secured as the owners expected, and I would also not be surprised if they found lots of hard drug paraphernalia inside either.
BLOW THE FUCKING THING DOWN!!! Seattle needs MORE high priced rental units and super high priced condos!!!
Onward to the future!!!!
Right Cato, because preserving an old house will do so much to lower the price of housing in this city. Knocking it down and replacing something that houses 1 with something that houses 30 or 100 or 500 will only lower demand in other areas, decreasing prices.
@6, yeah, how has that increase in supply worked in Seattle for lowering prices? Huh? How has that worked out for you?
#5, you realize those high priced rental units and super high priced condos are getting rented and bought, right?
How many nineteenth-century houses does Seattle have? Nobody knows, which is ridiculous and stupid. What's the oldest house in Seattle? Nobody knows. There are a few contenders, but they all assume that "Seattle" = downtown + First Hill + Capitol Hill, and pretend that Georgetown, South Park, the Rainier Valley, and everything north of the Ship Canal doesn't exist. There is no equivalent of "Lost Boston" or "Lost Chicago", famous works in the preservation movement. We saved the Market and Pioneer Square, 35 years ago, but haven't paid a cent's worth of attention to preservation or even simple historical understanding since then.
Seattle has less sense of itself than fucking Phoenix or San Diego. Capitol Hill hipsters like to sneer at "the suburbs", but Seattle IS a suburb intellectually. It's a non-place, with no history and no culture or personality. We might as well be living in hotels on Mars.
Price is a function of supply AND demand.
#10, screw that. I "demand" a 3 bedroom apartment in Belltown for $250/month with a parking spot, dishwasher, and in-unit washer/dryer.
Get on it, Seattle.
That all sounds pretty good to me - well, except, does it HAVE to be in Belltown?
@Fnarf You sound cranky. Do you need a nap?
Successfully anthropomorphized--until some developer comes along and bashes its brains in.
that was pretty harsh of fnarf, but i fear he is also pretty right...
#15, no he isn't right. If you care to learn about "lost Seattle" this is a good place to start:
Fnarf, the following all work on historic preservation issues:
Seattle Architecture Foundation (great tours, by the way)
Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
Dept. of Neighborhoods/Preservation
Also, UW Libraries has an amazing digital collection of Asahel Curtis photographs documenting Seattle from the 1850's to pre-WWII: http://content.lib.washington.edu/curtisweb/index.html
Ultimately Seattle is a very young city that has grown rapidly through immigration from other parts of the U.S. and the world. So we're not going to have the historic sensibility or cache of a Boston, Charleston or Savannah, or even Chicago. Seattle is a city of the now. It's a young, transitioning, growing, permeable, city. I like to think that our "heritage" is the ability to change and grow and look to the future, if only the nimbys would let us get on with it. Let's face it - that which made Seattle what it is, is now history - fishing, forestry, shipbuilding, the Klondike Gold Rush. Not to mention that most of old-timey Seattle "architecture" isn't worth saving, save for nostalgia - much of it was constructed on the fly, for a rough-and-tumble city. Let's give our nod of appreciation, take stock, and move on.
Perhaps better to take stock first, then give a nod of appreciation. But definitely, move on.
Take stock? Great idea. Who's doing it? Ochsner's book is a decent start, but it's FAR from complete. Seattle DOES have a history, but no one really gives a shit about it.
Cranky? Yes, I am. I have some thoughts about the state of my neighbor's lawn, too; would you like to hear them?
I had some shit to say, but #1 really got it. I think we really need titty bars though, lots of them. To undo all the damage done by that fucking ass brained moratorium, I think we should spend all state arts money on putting naked booby places all over the city, and repeal the bullshit law that says we can't drink in them.
Fnarf, I often agree with you, but this time you've got your head firmly up your ass.
@9, Fnarf says, "There are a few contenders, but they all assume that "Seattle" = downtown + First Hill + Capitol Hill, and pretend that Georgetown, South Park, the Rainier Valley, and everything north of the Ship Canal doesn't exist."
The survey you linked to says, "The boundaries of the survey area are Denny Way on the north, the northern boundaries of the Pioneer Square Preservation District on the south, the waterfront on the west and Interstate-5 on the east."
Sounds like Fnarf's right on this one.
I know that house well. It is fucked and rotting- inside and out.
In 2000, the City of Seattle began a systematic and comprehensive effort to survey and inventory historic resources in the City. To date, surveys and inventories of eight neighborhoods have been completed as well as neighborhood commercial districts and residential properties built prior to 1906.
To date, the following neighborhoods or classes of property are included in the database:
*Neighborhood commercial properties throughout the city
*Residential structures constructed prior to 1906 in all areas except the area that lies east of Lake Union and a line established by Fairview Avenue from Lake Washington Ship Canal South Atlantic Street.
*Downtown Commercial Core
*North Beacon Hill
*South Lake Union
In addition to groups like Historic Seattle, Seattle Architecture Foundation,
Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and Dept. of Neighborhoods/Preservation, there are museums like MOHAI, Nordic Heritage, Northwest African American and Wing Luke that work on preserving and sharing various aspects of local history. Both MOHAI and UW Special Collections have invested significant time and effort in creating local historic photo databases. Special Collections, by the way, is an incredible resource for local history, and their librarians/preservationists are awesome. I worked there for a while in my grad school days and it's pretty amazing what they have. Open to the public, by the way, and very often full of locals researching history. I'm sure that, in addition to the above, there are many local individuals or small groups out there preserving local lore that the general public isn't aware of. I think all these people and organizations would take umbrage at the assertion that "no one cares" about local history.
And tear that house down.
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