commented on Get to Know #LOVETHEHILL
Real answer, @8:
The term "bridge and tunnel" is in reference to Manhattan being an island, and dates from a time when all Cultured New Yorkers™ were presumed to reside on that island, in contrast to the Philistines who would drive in from Queens/Jersey/Nassau or wealthy Westchester to get their kicks on the weekend. The term was also applied to cultural events that, while held in Manhattan venues, were presumed to be of interest only to uncouth outsiders.
Now that the implied island epicenter has become more closely associated with obscene wealth in the absence of taste, the shorthand is probably due for an update.
commented on We Asked 12 People at SIFF's Opening Gala: Which Film Are You Most Excited to See?
@5: You could have seen it at the Northwest Film Forum a month ago. Or anytime at home via a $4 streaming rental directly from Hertzfeldt.
But SIFF wouldn't be SIFF if it didn't spin widely distributed content as some sort of miraculous curatorial revelation!
Anyway, World of Tomorrow is amazing. You'll want to watch it repeatedly.
commented on Ryan Boudinot Is in Talks with Fantagraphics Books to Launch a Literary Imprint
I recall once publishing a peer's short story that was nearly identical to the above Boudinot writing sample in tone, content, and clumsy attempts at ironic-detachment body horror...
It was a space filler in my high school arts paper and the author was 14.
Four controversy-manufacturing articles in, would anyone care to provide evidence that this self-fellating Boudinot fellow has even an ounce of talent or artistic maturity to stand on?
commented on The Morning News: City to Build Park on Slumlord Land, UW Investigating Frat for Yelling Racial Slurs at Protesters
I've been wondering for years why the city hadn't seized the Sisley properties long ago. Between the compounding arrears and the well-demonstrated threats to public health and indifference to public safety, the city would have been well within its legal rights to do so. No "future open space" justification required.
If such a seizure had happened during the Nickels era, it would have prevented much of the heightened emotional tenor that undermined the later rezone process, which resulted in the overwhelming majority of future Roosevelt growth being quarantined right next to the highway -- an objectively horrible place for apartments, not to mention farther from the upgraded-to-$500-million subway station.
It was more important to spite Sisley than to achieve a rational urban outcome with our massive infrastructural investment. And now it seems we'll be getting even less city than even the prior lousy compromise would have allowed. Worst of all worlds.
I'm glad Sisley will finally be relegated to an unpleasant historical footnote, but this outcome is more evidence of a city run by city-haters. The superlative Cowen/Ravenna Park is three ridiculously short blocks away. What the hell is the mayor thinking?
commented on A Last-Ditch Effort to Preserve the Heart of the Central District
Oh, yikes. I missed Toby's typically asinine reply.
Yes, Toby, when you compare the municipality of Seattle proper to consolidated European metropolitan governments that include large swaths of rural land outside of the populated urbanized areas, you can look cockeyed at the statistics and pretend that Seattle is denser than Prague.
But if you spent all of a day on the ground in Prague itself, you would realize that every place covered by its urban transport system is about an order of magnitude denser than your Mayberry-Fremont fantasy of what mass-transit-amenable cities look like.
I cannot wait until you and your Lesser Seattle associates -- so excruciatingly self-righteous in your hypocrisy and willful ignorance -- slip into the dustbin of irrelevance.