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Monday, April 23, 2007

Poster of the Day

posted by on April 23 at 7:57 AM

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I spotted this poster last night. It was pasted to the promotional signage that surrounds the hole in the ground on Broadway that will one day be the Brix condo development. I went to the website—dollarvotes.org—expecting the poster to have something to do with the condo, i.e. “If we stop buying these things, maybe they’ll stop building them!” It turns out that dollarvotes.org has nothing to do with condo development.

For the record: I think the Brix—a condo going up on a lot that was 50% parking lot and 50% empty, ugly, cheaply constructed ex-Safeway—is a good thing for Broadway, the right kind of dense, in-fill development. The Brix displaced no one and destroyed nothing.

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I second that. It's the only one though- all the other condos going up have destroyed something- an old house, favorite bar, something. Sad sad sad. I'm moving to the SW.

Posted by catnextdoor | April 23, 2007 8:13 AM
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You going to "SW," as in "Seattle Weekly"? The same Seattle Weekly that put out a special guide to condo developments in Seattle, a guide that took time to fellate each and every developer in town?

Posted by Quoting Oscar Wilde | April 23, 2007 8:54 AM
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I'm never calling the South West SW again, thanks for pointing that out.

Posted by catnextdoor | April 23, 2007 9:50 AM
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It destroys (or at least changes irrevocably) the character and demographics of the neighborhood. Brix is advertising heavily on the eastside – promoting its easy access to I-5 for eastside workers and the “funky, eclectic setting” of Capitol Hill. Unfortunately, it’s pretty unlikely anyone who buys a Brix condo will contribute anything to that funky, eclectic setting. And with each Brix-like condo built, Capitol Hill loses its character. I don’t have a problem with density, Dan, but to suggest that these condos (and Brix, in particular) are benign is absurd.

Posted by Ryan | April 23, 2007 10:10 AM
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Ryan -- I think they won't be adding to the pile of tweaker scabs blowing up and down Broadway. So, there's that.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | April 23, 2007 10:37 AM
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Ballard sucks too.

Posted by Andrew | April 23, 2007 10:47 AM
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Things can't stay the same forever. Change happens. You can ignore it, deny it, or fight it but you can't stop it. Change is inevitable.

Posted by monkey | April 23, 2007 11:02 AM
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How come the only person on this thread who makes any damn sense is named "Monkey?"

Posted by J.R. | April 23, 2007 12:04 PM
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Have y'all read Brave New World? Anything worthwhile (like Capitol Hill) is in short order overrun by people with money who think that anything worthwhile can be bought, that the superficial experience is all there is. Before Cap Hill, it was Fremont. In San Francisco, there's now a Gap at the corner of Haight and Ashbury. Where's the next Seattle neighborhood that will be a center for those creating the culture consumed by the people that will overrun it? Maybe somewhere in South Seattle?

As for that campaign, they seriously fucked up the website itself - it pretty much only contains information about the campaign to get people to visit the website, plus a sentence or two in the "About" page pointing out that buying power is a way of indirectly influencing public policy. No information about how to actually find information about products you buy, suggestions for initial changes you can make in your spending habits, or discussion of whether or not there actually exist many companies worth supporting (buyblue.org is a good place to start).

Posted by Noink | April 23, 2007 12:33 PM
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Shit, nevermind - BuyBlue is dead. I wish I knew why.

Posted by Noink | April 23, 2007 12:35 PM
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I wish people like these "DollarVote" schmucks would stop conflating the idea that "money is influence" with "democracy". Yes, they aren't outright saying that, but they're right on the edge of it. The two are vastly different. Look where its gotten us so far! Massive roads, crap for trains and transit, shoddily built condos, massive amounts of plastic in the world, sweatshops, weak unions and a bloody and pointless war that only increases violent extremism. Yay dollar voting! Looks like the rich people already won.
Schmucks.

Posted by treacle | April 23, 2007 1:26 PM
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"Every dollar is a ballot"... my ass.
Check the link to see what Brazil thinks.

Posted by treacle | April 23, 2007 1:33 PM
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J.R. @ #8: Thanks. Monkeys r smart.

Actually money IS influence and not just for the people who have a lot of it. The people who have to think about what they do with it (those of us who don't have that much) have a lot more power than you might think.

A small example: Moral outrage by his employers didn't get Imus fired. Letters to his sponsers got him fired.

Posted by monkey | April 23, 2007 1:41 PM

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