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Jan 2 flightlesswing commented on Why We Eat.
Sorry, K. Ray.
Apr 25, 2013 flightlesswing commented on Chow Bio.
i cam say that you sound like a jerk
Apr 12, 2013 flightlesswing commented on Wisdom Tooth Weekend: Songs For Percocet and Pain.
ice! cats! advil! hbo go account! pudding! two pillows! also, go to rainbow and get the strongest arnica they have. start taking it right before you go under and take it all day after surgery and the next day. that plus the ice kept me off the hard stuff - i never had to take more than advil through my whole recovery. you'll be fine.
Mar 12, 2013 flightlesswing commented on The Canterbury Is a Community Gathering Space, Argue Staff and Patrons.
One of the two Canterbury employees present noted that the owner said she didn't think she could attend because she was worried she wouldn't be able to keep it together. I don't think that's the same as "couldn't be bothered to show up" although I would have loved to hear what she had to say. It sounds like the relationship between CHH and the Canterbury is a long and contentious one, but shutting it down to wipe the slate clean isn't a great way to prove that "building vibrant and engaged communities" is what CHH is totally about.
Mar 12, 2013 flightlesswing commented on The Canterbury Is a Community Gathering Space, Argue Staff and Patrons.
Anna, I wish you'd stayed for the Q&A with the CEO of Capitol Hill Housing after. I went to the meeting because the Canterbury's an institution and I thought it deserved some people standing up for it even if it was a lost cause. The comments the CEO made were a lot darker than just "...they didn't pay rent on time for a few months of their 37-year history," which he actually didn't even mention. He kept saying that the decision to close the Canterbury was made four years ago when their most recent 5-year lease was signed, but wouldn't explain why the lease wasn't being renewed other than to say that the building was constructed in the early 1900's and needs some "upgrades". When pressed, he admitted that no one in the apartments above the Canterbury would be displaced by these upgrades and that the Canterbury would be the only business impacted. He also admitted that their desired "upgrades" had nothing to do with building safety or city codes; rather, they just feel that an upgraded space will "help their investment". When we asked whether the Canterbury could go on hiatus during these upgrades and return as a tenant once they were completed, he hesitated and then said that they'd have just as much chance to lease it as any other business, but would not go so far as to offer them first chance at leasing the space.

Earlier in the meeting, he'd done a 30-minute presentation highlighting the dozens of new luxury apartment buildings going up all over the Hill, to the delight of the rest of the board. There was an almost shocking conversation afterward, where one board member tentatively reminded the group that these new developments weren't pleasing everyone on the Hill, and one man summed up the faces of the rest of the board by asking incredulously, "Who wouldn't be happy about all these new buildings?" Someone muttered a response about disappearing street parking and affordable apartments, but the lack of impact at the table was clear.

To essentially evict a 37-year tenant in order to gut their space, paint it white, and offer it to the market (surely it's fated to become yet another sushi restaurant or, as someone upthread noted, a fucking Red Robin - or, at least, the hipster version run by the kids of the Red Robin fortune?) isn't really in line with the CHH mission. CHH does a lot of great work - the property on 12th will probably be awesome - so what's the motivation for this?

Plenty of bars have been displaced and successfully relocated on the hill - Pony, the Cha-Cha, and CC Attle's among them - but with every other building a LEED-certified, green-roofed, wildly expensive "community", where can a place like the Canterbury find a new home?

The presence of six of us (plus another reporter!) was enough to get the board to move from no action, to "We'll have to discuss this at our next executive meeting..." to "We'd better figure out a way to open up a public forum about this" in the space of 90 minutes. If retaining places like the Canterbury (even if you don't care about the Canterbury itself) on the Hill is important to anyone, I'd suggest checking out the next meeting.
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Nov 20, 2012 flightlesswing commented on The Best Show You'll Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend!.
oh my god, i'm dead. i'm dead from watching this. i died.
Nov 14, 2012 flightlesswing commented on Too Much Good Stuff.
oh god short run is the coolest/funnest thing in seattle
Nov 14, 2012 flightlesswing commented on "The well-meaning staff seems to realize that this is not a real restaurant.".
This review totally pales in comparison to the one Joshua Stein at the Observer did on the same awful restaurant. It is the BEST shutdown restaurant review ever, forever: http://observer.com/2012/10/the-crispy-c…
Aug 22, 2012 flightlesswing commented on GIRL ARMY!!!!!.
has anyone noticed how poster giant has already shit all over 1/3 of this project? awesome job, guys!
 

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