commented on Is Trump Mania Responsible for the Online Harassment Campaign Against Two University of Washington Professors?
It would be easier to take this article from this paper seriously if there weren't writers and editors here at the Stranger who didn't engage in deliberate misrepresentation of the very professors they claim to support.
I still take these threats seriously and understand there is a huge gulf between threats of rape and repeatedly misrepresenting the professional views of others, but this paper doesn't have a great record. Change starts at home and all that.
commented on Who Killed Teatro ZinZanni?
@12 It was covered in the article:
I asked Maria Barrientos of Washington Holdings whether it would be possible for ZinZanni to stay. She says that "the purchase and sale agreement with the Opera stipulates that we would purchase the site free of all tenants. We don't yet know when construction would begin, but assuming we do close on the site, we would begin subsurface pre-development site work immediately, which requires us to have unobstructed access to the entire site."
According to Barrientos, the first 18 months of pre-development involves "drilling under the site in a number of locations to evaluate soil and subsurface conditions at a host of depths. The eastern half of the block, in particular, has not been adequately studied as the existing improvements, consisting of the Teatro Zinzanni tent and their associated modular structures, sit on the land in this area."
In addition to environmental testing, Barrientos says they need to "verify below-grade utility locations, many of which are unknown, as they were installed before the city started mapping locations," and also shut off water and electricity to the area during this process.
This is pretty standard stuff if you're buying property to develop. I saw this happen at work when my employer decided to buy a property it had been leasing for a long time. Especially the drilling.