The Toyota dealership will be gone very soon. They are building a new facility on Airport Way. Another Amazon tower probably in its place...
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The Dog House was pretty great for strong drinks and a piano bar. But The Hurricane? It was a shell of it's former self and existed pretty much on nostalgia for the 90's and the Dog House. Loooong past it's time to go.
Do you ever say anything positive?
This is actually something I don't understand well about long-standing businesses. If you've been in the same location for awhile, buy the freaking land underneath.
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Seriously, it's all surface parking lots. That whole triangle between Denny, Westlake, and Fifth down to Lenora, and even a little further in places, is practically empty. It's the last place in downtown where you could fire a gun for four blocks and not hit anything. A couple of hundred people are going to have to find new parking places when it's filled in, but there's almost nothing else. Oh, yeah, the Toyota dealer, that's a turnon.
Surface parking belongs in deep suburban malls, not downtowns -- and even deep suburban malls are erecting multistory garages these days.
And the Hurricane never held a patch on the Dog House (which was special).
fuck parking craters. they don't help any city.
About every third post on Slog bemoans what a backwater Seattle is, how we need more density, density, density. And transit. And now that someone wants to build up and get rid of a parking lot, everyone's an Emmett Watson.
I'll miss the Hurricane. It was so nice to have a 24/7 restaurant right next to the cornish dorms.
Mostly, I will miss the tile. The swell circle tiles all over the outside.
This is, however, old news.
I like the Hurricane, it's weird and divey with good cheap diner food. I'm actually glad that SLU isn't a derelict sh!thole anymore, but in a year where we've lost the Funhouse, the Viking, the 2-bit (apparently) , and now the Hurricane, I feel like things are moving a bit too fast.
The prospect of trading crufty old icons for "office space plus a small plates cafe downstairs" really doesn't float my boat at this point.
Patience, children of urban rage. Give it 15 years. Seattle is becoming a real city, finally. Hush now, and take your medicine.
SLU was a wasteland of slightly decrepit one-story warehouses. Now it's a wasteland of construction sites. Soon it will be a wasteland of dull office buildings, "luxury" residential towers, and $12 cocktails. I preferred the warehouses -- of course -- but still I can't really justify them as a good use of the land.
Now if I want to walk around lonely industrial areas I have to go all the way to Georgetown.
First, Hurricane wouldn't be in the situation if you all visited more, unlike talking about how "great it was". My wife worked for a biomed business in the area, I drove around for work so some times we stoped for lunch there or dinner after work. It was always fucking empty. You know why? Because its in a shitty spot, and everyone goes down to Second street where theres more bars with better food.
Yes, the Hurricane may have been the shit back in the day, but now? Nope, its nothing anymore.
And don't fucking act like Amazon is a shitty company because its buying real estate. You know what Amazon did? Helped turn SLU from a drug peddling camp to a campus with thriving businesses. You want to tell Amazon to fuck off from Seattle? Tell that to all the restaurant workers and food trucks in the Area who thrive and depend on the money that Amazon pays their employees.
Do you all want Seattle to be some poor ass run down city where theres nothing but dive bars and greasy food? Then go move to Idaho or some other place like that. Theres plenty of those types of places in areas like Ballard, Freemont, and Capitol Hill.
Point is, while Amazon may not leave some bar that you CLAIM to love but never visit anymore, but Amazon has given the area a boost in the economy, keeping thousands of people employed when other areas were hurting for income (Detroit and almost all of California). Amazon has generated income for people in the area so that they could, in turn, spend money on all of the other local businesses. Seattle is a massive city with a massive amount of locally run places. Do you think that would still exist if no big companies had money? No, this city would be tiny. Just think of this town back in 2000. This city was smaller, there was far less small businesses that people loved, because there was far less money moving around.
Amazon, Microsoft, and the Biomed companies all brought smart people to this town, who would spend money that allowed other people to quit their jobs and start their own small businesses, because there was more money booming in the area, and more chances that taking such a risk would work.
It also brought these smart people who eventually left these big companies, and then started their own small business and start up.
So stop freaking the fuck out because you lost some bar and look at the big pictures. The money from Amazon, Microsoft, Expedia, Boeing, and all of the other big companies around here are what helps float the money around that allows so many small businesses to flourish.
Seattle's too white for that to happen.
if you're going to move to my town and raise the rent, the least you could do is learn its history.
Don't know what all the hate on the food is. It's a damn sight better than Dennys or any of the major chain 24-hour joints. And they make better omelettes than Beth's.
I'm sad to see them go but I know they'll just reopen in another location. Probably the 1st floor of an Amazon building.
But yeah. We need more soulless Bellevue style high rises. Or not..
Who is stupid and clueless enough to work for those
Evil piece of shit fucktards over at AmaSuck.fuck.
I am so pissed at the vile corruption that has come here,
The Walmart "you owe us" attitude that they all roll into town.
Arts communities have been taped , mowed down and leveled.
Family homes have been destroyed along with entire communities. Fuck them.