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Where's the dice game moving?

Posted by Ashy Larry | September 24, 2008 5:09 PM

Erica Dear, do you ever get out to Columbia City? There's quite a few restaurants there. It's always nice to have more, of course, but you make it sound like all there is is a Burger King.

I do agree that this will be a good project for the neighborhood. I'm quite enthused.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM

Open space only accessible to the residents is more defensible space. It's a big middle finger to Le Corbusier.

Posted by Greg | September 24, 2008 5:12 PM

What's gonna happen to the Chinese subwoofer shop in the Columbia Plaza?

Posted by wha? | September 24, 2008 5:15 PM

re: ugly-ass Bank of America "unfortunately" not sold as part of the development...when working w/in the design-only playground of your mind please don't forget that some of the butt-ass ugly buildings serve a function that's needed in a neighborhood. You sound kind of insensitive to the long history of low income neighborhoods not having banks and fighting for them when you focus so much on how the building looks and suggest that because of design the function should be eliminated.

Posted by function&form | September 24, 2008 5:17 PM

what will happen to the farmers market?

Posted by Boyd main | September 24, 2008 5:24 PM

Very good point @5. I was thinking the same thing. Also, let's not forget that "ugly-ass Bank of America" was originally an "ugly-ass" Seafirst building, meaning it was borne of a strong local banking institution. Of course they ultimately gave in to the BofA monster, but it still means something to long-time residents. Besides, and I guess I'm the only one who has this sentiment, I kinda like the mid-60s Seafirst/BofA buildings, like this one and the one down Madison from Chop Suey. They're charming in their homeliness.

Posted by laterite | September 24, 2008 5:36 PM

I took out a $100 from that bank to loan a "friend." Never saw that again....

Posted by Scottie Yahtzee | September 24, 2008 5:41 PM

One comment in this post struck out about how great it was that the development included all underground parking.

Why does this city let any development have surface parking in the 21st century? Anybody in retail in an urban area should be trained to see parking lots as unused shelf space priced out at the same square footage as the building and unprofitable.

Big box and groceries still want surface parking, but they need their addictions tamed to reality.

The only other time surface parking seems to show up is when a developer, not the eventual end-user, does the design. Because it's cheaper for the developer even if unwanted by the end-user. That is a perfect reason for city design regulations to step in and say "no."

Surface parking is a blight.

Posted by StC | September 24, 2008 5:45 PM

yeah, surface parking is a blight. Make units have one space or less or provide 1/3 of units with spaces and charge the occupiers of those spaces the extra amount it costs to create them,

Posted by matt daves | September 24, 2008 5:57 PM

I'm sure the Columbia City Farmer's Market will be just as successful and vibrant in an underground parking garage.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | September 24, 2008 6:04 PM

"I'm sure the Columbia City Farmer's Market will be just as successful and vibrant in an underground parking garage."

What?!?!? Are you suggesting that cars should be relocated to accommodate some hippy love-in?

Are you a Communist?

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | September 24, 2008 6:34 PM

Columbia City yups are shaking in their crocs over the loss of the farmers market's space.

Posted by Brian | September 24, 2008 9:49 PM

I've heard the city's going to shut down Edmunds St on market days.

Posted by Martin H. Duke | September 24, 2008 10:40 PM

Wouldn't a single 40-100 story building cause a lot less destruction and noise than 10 4-10 story buildings?

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 24, 2008 11:37 PM

I think that Bank of America is nice, actually, it's a good example of well-preserved SeaFirst vernacular style. It will blend in well with the angular nature of this new development as well.

Posted by Matthew Rutledge | September 25, 2008 6:25 AM

wouldn't a single 400-1000 story building cause a lot less destruction and noise than 10 40-100 story buildings?

Posted by jrrrl | September 25, 2008 7:57 AM

goody! Replacing an ugly-ass, low density building with a slightly less ugly-ass mid-density building!

Progress is cool!

Posted by michael strangeways | September 25, 2008 9:05 AM

Where's the taco truck gonna sit?

Posted by dan | September 25, 2008 9:18 AM

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