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I've wondered about that ceiling You can see the real thing through the gaps in the drop-tile. It'll be beautiful. Don't know why they ever covered it up.

Posted by pox | March 7, 2008 11:16 AM

yeah, taking the train can be so depressing having to look at that shitty drop ceiling that has no right being there.

Posted by seattle98104 | March 7, 2008 11:25 AM

Maybe they'll fix the clock someday, too.

Posted by DOUG. | March 7, 2008 11:29 AM

The whole thing needs to be scraped from the face of Seattle and replaced with a functional, Neo-Brutalist terminal with lots of stark angles and exposed concrete.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | March 7, 2008 11:31 AM

"When will this city take rail transportation seriously?"

When the US and Canada sign the treaty at the Olympics to build the Vancouver BC to San Diego CA high-speed passenger rail line along the I-5 corridor.

Oh, you were being ironic?

I was being serious.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 7, 2008 11:32 AM

Oh, God: there are glimmers here and there when you walk through the train station of how grand it used to be. Some bozo bureaucrats decided to cover everything up in the 1960s or so, but underneath that cheap veneer is the grand train station of yore. It has *so* much potential to be a beautiful train station again, something for any Stalinist to be envious of.

Posted by Simac | March 7, 2008 11:33 AM

To anyone who says Seattle doesn't do transit like a big city, I ask you: Do any of them have a trolley as cute as our trolley? Do any have train station as cute as our train station? Have any of them ever taken a look at our adorable little tunnel? I mean really looked. It's precious. Fucking precious.

Posted by elenchos | March 7, 2008 11:36 AM

Here's how to fix this mess once and for all: First, we'll exhume the corpses of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and bring them back to life. Then, we'll all march into the next Seattle City Council meeting brandishing Kalashnikov rifles and red flags and shouting "Nick Licata, you can't hide, we charge you with genocide!"

Then we'll burn the motherfucker down and then blow it up.

Voila! Problem solved.

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | March 7, 2008 11:52 AM

Hi Slog writers,
I don't think your RSS feed is working today--I haven't gotten any of the new posts since the one about the McLeod house being open yesterday.

I am sad at work and forced to think about my actual tasks! Or to come to the website, which increases my chances of being nabbed for slacking!

Posted by Trish | March 7, 2008 12:14 PM

@5 That would be amazing. Rail is so fucked up in this country (Bellingham to Seattle and back is $50) There's only a few trains a day and freight has priority on the tracks. Always worth the extra $7-8 dollars over the bus, but it could be a lot better.

Posted by Jake | March 7, 2008 1:10 PM

We'll never have the high speed rail some countries do, but I'm actually pretty optimistic we could at least get a cool B.C./PDX train.

Besides finishing to King Street remodel, which is basically UNDOING some of the most depressingly destructive "improvements" from the 70s I've even seen done to a building (which happens to sit in a perfect location downtown as well), most importantly, getting the feds to actually enforce the passenger train right of ways.

Posted by Dougsf | March 7, 2008 1:22 PM

"Rail is so fucked up in this country >(Bellingham to Seattle and back is $50)"

um, what? 25 bucks each way sounds about right

Posted by jelky | March 7, 2008 1:24 PM

King Street Station was bought for ten bucks?

Fuck, I paid half that for my falafel sandwich an hour ago a few blocks away from the station.


Posted by mackro mackro | March 7, 2008 1:51 PM

Charles, the renovation has gone in fits and starts because the building was, up until this month, owned by a private party: The BNSF. The city, state and Amtrak had done as much as they could do to a private building using public funds.

The BNSF dragged its heels in the turnover process, because they were getting concessions from the city on things they wanted done elsewhere. That's called negotiation, and its quite common in capitalist societies.

Now that the building will in public ownership, the funds that have been held in reserve will now be made available, and the renovation will be made complete, including removing the 50's (not 70's) era false ceilings and walls.

And that's just about all the City of Seattle as an entity can do "take rail transportation seriously". Maybe you could have one of your graduate students explain the difference between local, state and federal programs sometime.

"Regime of stupdidity", indeed.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | March 7, 2008 1:53 PM

The King Street Station renovation is a great project. What was your point, exactly, Charles?

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