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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

City of Cranes

posted by on August 19 at 14:47 PM


Went for a bike ride, stopped at Gasworks to take a look at the city. There are cranes everywhere. I counted thirty of them before I gave up, took a picture, and rode off.

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But theyre ruining the nativist, anti-development aesthetic that has been pervasive since the last generation was here.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 19, 2008 2:50 PM

This picture does nothing for the topic, and I can't tell if you're complaining or congratulating.

Posted by Non | August 19, 2008 2:51 PM

Bike ride in the middle of a Tuesday afternoon. Get a job, hippie.

Posted by heywhatsit | August 19, 2008 2:53 PM

damn...that's my work neighborhood...dan and I could have had a picnic lunch...

Posted by michael strangeways | August 19, 2008 2:54 PM

Didn't say I went for a ride today.

Posted by Dan Savage | August 19, 2008 2:54 PM

oh...that explains why that picture looks like it was taken in CinemaScope...

Posted by michael strangeways | August 19, 2008 2:56 PM

Well, you get what you ask for.

You guys want 200 projects with 200 cranes to build 4-10 story buildings.

Whereas I'd rather have 10 projects with 10 cranes building 40-100 story buildings, surrounded by greenspace.

Under your plan, everyone gets noise.

Under my plan, few people get noise.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 19, 2008 2:58 PM

When I lived there, we used to say that Seattle was going to be a nice town once they got finished building it. Now I don't recognize the place and they're still not finished. What is it with Seattle and the constant building?

Posted by whatevernevermind | August 19, 2008 3:07 PM

One can't deny that Seattle is dotted with numerous construction cranes but I count, let me squint, zero in this picture. Not the best choice to illustrate whatever point this posting was meant to make.

Posted by DanInSeattle | August 19, 2008 3:09 PM

Most of the cranes were prescheduled into their current locations a year or more ago, before the current slow unraveling, by developers who are today gently shitting their pants at what they got themselves into, wishing they could back out but the banks would take their balls if they tried, hoping to at best break even by the time of completion. And the construction crews are looking around wondering where their next big job will come from, thinking about how to feed their families while going back to school for a different trade.

Posted by tomasyalba | August 19, 2008 3:29 PM

If a man also useth a cameraphone, as he useth a proper camera, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Posted by Epimetheus | August 19, 2008 3:35 PM

@10...Um...dead on.

Posted by StrangerDanger | August 19, 2008 3:38 PM

@10 and 12: That only applies to the condo market. There is still quite a good market out there for developers, for certain types of projects.

Posted by Original Monique | August 19, 2008 3:53 PM
Posted by sea navy | August 19, 2008 4:11 PM

And I still can't afford a unit in any of the buildings going up there.

Posted by Greg | August 19, 2008 4:12 PM

@13, think we disagree about what constitutes "still quite a good" nonresidential construction market in Seattle these days:

Posted by tomasyalba | August 19, 2008 4:21 PM

I can't help but think of the crane in this picture.

It's your future, Seattle, after all the half-built condo towers suddenly go on "temporary hold".

Posted by K | August 19, 2008 4:35 PM

Didn't you know the crane is the new Washington State bird? Wokka wokka wokka!

Posted by D | August 19, 2008 4:56 PM
Posted by yuiop | August 19, 2008 4:57 PM

The other day, I went into this fancy looking store called "radioshack." In this amazing store, they had these things called "digital cameras." Apparently, you can take pictures and then put them directly onto "computers," somehow. After that, you can use some tool or something called "photoshop," to "edit" them. I'm not clear on how the whole thing works. You might want to look into it though.

Posted by Noble | August 19, 2008 5:12 PM

thought about slapping your ass on Sunday by the stadiums when we passed you in our gas burning, carbon footprinting, SUV....but refrained.

Posted by dkl | August 19, 2008 5:23 PM

I can't see one goddamn crane in this picture, nice try you wannabe PT Barnum.

Posted by Guy | August 19, 2008 7:15 PM

At least the cranes don't fall down in Seattle. Viva la Yuppie-fication.

Posted by BitterNewYorker | August 20, 2008 10:38 AM

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