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Buy a Seat Save a Cinema

I took these photos at the beginning of March.  Buy a seat, save a cinema.  I thought at first that it was a statement akin to buy a sandwich, save a restaurant.  But I was curious enough to look into it a little further.  In fact the owner of the cinema had been selling seats for $100 to raise money to keep the business in operation.  That was only part of the saga that ended with the cinema closing earlier this month.  The Seattle Times reports on the closure and the cinema’s protracted struggle with the city here.  The Cinema has its say here with a detailed post-mortem.

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Always a welcome sight

I don’t read Seattle’s free alternative weekly The Stranger much these days.  I did, however, pick up the latest edition while waiting for a takeout order the other day.  And it seems much the same as when I first picked it up back in 1995: same style, thematic content, and even some of the same writers.  My waning interest in The Stranger, then, is definitely a case of it’s not you, it’s me.  I mention this because this week The Stranger actually did peak my interest with an Ode to Manny’s.

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Omaha - Kansas City - Denver - Seattle

Omaha, Kansas City, Denver, Seattle: Beebe and Runyan Furniture hit all the high spots.  According to the City of Seattle, they likely occupied this location in what was formerly known as the Denny Triangle from the mid-1950s to the 1970s, which might explain why the red paint still looks relatively fresh.  The building itself was built in 1910 as a warehouse with ground floor storefronts beneath an “overhanging classical cornice” since “lost.”  From about 1936 to at least 1955, the building was occupied by the Northwestern Furniture Sales Company.

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Waiting for the Interurban

Last weekend the New York Times Travel section featured Seattle in their 36 hours section.  I like Seattle as much as the next person, probably more.  But considering that the New York Times gets to do 36 hours somewhere or another just 52 times a year, I’m surprised to see Seattle up on deck, again—that’s the third time in five years.  There’s a lot of other great cities out there.

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"Iconic"

I read about the whole Will the last person leaving Seattle turn the lights out thing years ago in Roger Sale’s 1976 book Seattle Past to Present.  Between January 1970 and December 1971, Boeing laid off 65,000 people, almost two-thirds of its workforce.  Sale wrote:

Seattle made the national news … and the tale most often told outside of the bleak unemployment figures was one of billboards and bumper stickers that asked the last person leaving Seattle please to turn out the lights.

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She's got her Walkman on

Get Directions from Google maps and Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood is just 10 to 12 miles from Ballard, depending on the route.  I have to say it feels much further.  But Columbia City is a cool place and you can’t always chose where your friends live.  Take Rainier Ave, the scenic route.  Make a day of it, there’s plenty to see, including this very cool mural.  I’ve had a look online and drawn a complete blank on this one.  No photos, no discussion.  Nothing.

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September 2010

No.  I’m not talking about that bloody great big hunk of concrete beneath the Aurora Bridge.  Hard to imagine the original troll disappearing without a major uproar and a lot of dynamite.   I’m talking about the Troll in this neat little sculpture that used to sit above the entrance to Rain City Video in Fremont.  The store closed last year and the sculpture has disappeared, along with the mural on the wall. 

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