Nov 14, 2014
commented on The Best New Work of Architecture in South Seattle Isn't for the Living but the Storage of Stuff
That building is a disaster and shows how eff'd up Charles' bona fides are in regards to the so-called "urbanist" label he so proudly wears on his sleeve.
For crissakes, you have to be kidding that you think that is a good looking building.
As pointed out above, the building is a design disaster -- and how the hell that monstrosity made it through Design Review is a testament to how mismanaged by DPD that program is. Clearly the DR Board that looked at that project is incompetent or at a minimum just doesn't give a shit about the urban environs they are creating for poor people in the "most racially diverse zipcode in the US".
And simply this project is the worst form of "urban" usage one could envisage for an area that perhaps could be a real urban hub. And that shit should have been the theme for Charles opine - not the design of the building.
So instead, where the City has targeted density and "urbanism", we instead build a paean to excess consumerism, hording and tiny houses. (which also shows how screwed up the land use code is and just how whack the unfettered-development/no-zoning-rules mantra spewed by the likes of "Smart" Growth Seattle really is, since this stupid idea is a great free-market idea to them).
But what the heck, maybe Charles will be the next ex-Stranger writer so we don't have to be subjected to such a steady stream of ridiculous pontification...
Nov 3, 2014
commented on Lunchtime!
yeah, but Portland doesn't have DENSITY and fucking out-of-control RENTS. and i bet sandwiches down there aren't $9.50...