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You stay classy, Seattle

Wow, a huge blow to Capitol Hill. This is among the reasons I decided to leave Seattle, and to a larger extent why I left Phoenix as well. No fucking sense of history. How can a neighborhood maintain any sense of character when, as soon as they develop character, the people and places that give it that character are chased out by people with more money and no character, who are seeking to adopt the character of the place they're ruining? It's sad and it's rampant in Seattle. During my time there, I watched great neighborhood after great neighborhood get ruined by fucking condo development. Belltown, Fremont, Ballard, and Capitol Hill... All that's left in those places are hints of what used to be there, shivering in the shadows of "funky" "urban" condos with 1/2 million dollar price tags. Bars out, Starbucks in. Who's next? Georgetown? West Seattle? There's really not much left to ruin at this point. Fuck.

Pour some out for the Cha Cha, Bimbo's, Kincora, the old Twilight Exit, the old Pioneer, Twin Teepees, Chubby and Tubby, Leilani Lanes, and whatever else has boarded up in the last couple of years. Sad. Maybe I'll see if Marc can book us to spin records one last time at Kincora next year.

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rockstarbob
Dec. 21st, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
That really seriously breaks my heart. God.
orgasmxaddict
Dec. 21st, 2006 07:18 am (UTC)
i know :(

im so sad.

makes moving out of seattle just a lil bit easier now. there wont be anything left to miss.
nikoel
Dec. 21st, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
The Cha Cha is gonna move at least and the Twilight Exit moved already. There are still some fighters!
vespa59
Dec. 21st, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but it won't be the same. Not that I loved that place to death anyway, but it did have character. You can't just move it all to a new room with fresh paint and call it good. Ask the 9:30 club in DC.
nikoel
Dec. 21st, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
Nothing ever stays the same forever.
vespa59
Dec. 21st, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
But... I want it to!
nikoel
Dec. 21st, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
Hehe. The new Twilight has it's good points and bad and it's definitely not the old Twilight, but I just can't get upset about it's changing. It had to and I'm just glad it's still around. Yes, it sucks that condos are coming in, but that's how shit goes.
dnab
Dec. 22nd, 2006 09:13 am (UTC)
visiting seattle for the holiday week, planning on getting a bimbo's bitchin burrito, since i always passed the place up during my days of living here. i will probably stop in the cha cha for a memorial drink. maybe i'll get two and pour one on the sidewalk for them. i predict odd looks :|
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