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Old April 1st, 2012, 10:45 PM   #1861
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I love Asheville. It's everything that's good about Seattle, compressed into about a fifth the size and plopped into the mountains in Western North Carolina. (The coolness of Asheville's downtown is also related, I believe, to its refusal to accept federal funds for urban renewal -- but that's kind of a complex story whose intricacies I recollect only vaguely).
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 01:46 AM   #1862
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It's everything that's good about Seattle? I'm calling BS...
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 07:50 AM   #1863
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 11:19 PM   #1864
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OK so you probably saw my comment in the Amazon thread about the Seattle Times article yesterday. The Seattle Times is doing a 4 part series ripping on Amazon for, so far, not donating to local charities, and for using business practices to drive down prices that publishers do not like. I'm sorry but where is the issue here? The publishers don't have to use Amazon. And what does it matter if Amazon does or doesn't donate to local charities. I can name you 49 other states that would love to have a company like Amazon building its headquarters there. I am extremely disappointed in the Seattle Times for this series.

Sure maybe it would be better if they donated and it would be better if they were more lenient with the publishers with which they work, but there is no need for a 4 day front page series against the company. Amazon has employed how many people directly? And has provided economic activity to how many others via salaries, construction, etc? This series bothers me. Instead of celebrating a rapidly expanding company in a poor economy the paper is trying to smear their name.

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Old April 2nd, 2012, 11:27 PM   #1865
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Agreed. The whole series of articles is extra odd given that the Times is a neighbor of Amazon now. Didn't the Times just sell some real estate to support their ailing business model that would have been worth much less if Amazon wasn't their neighbor?
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 11:31 PM   #1866
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OK so you probably saw my comment in the Amazon thread about the Seattle Times article yesterday. The Seattle Times is doing a 4 part series ripping on Amazon for, so far, not donating to local charities, and for using business practices to drive down prices that publishers do not like. I'm sorry but where is the issue here? The publishers don't have to use Amazon. And what does it matter if Amazon does or doesn't donate to local charities. I can name you 49 other states that would love to have a company like Amazon building its headquarters there. I am extremely disappointed in the Seattle Times for this series.

Sure maybe it would be better if they donated and it would be better if they were more lenient with the publishers with which they work, but there is no need for a 4 day front page series against the company. Amazon has employed how many people directly? And has provided economic activity to how many others via salaries, construction, etc? This series bothers me. Instead of celebrating a rapidly expanding company in a poor economy the paper is trying to smear their name.

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I'd have to agree with you. I don't like a lot of the journalism The Seattle Times has been doing on urban development, etc., lately.
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 05:09 AM   #1867
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Maybe they're just mad that companies like Amazon are making them (print media) irrelevant.
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 06:50 AM   #1868
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Maybe they're just mad that companies like Amazon are making them (print media) irrelevant.
This.

I dont own stock in Amazon, but if I did I would hope the company was reinvesting its cash into growth (which it is) - down the road they will support local charities just give it time. Amazon is a good company when you consider how it pays and treats employees.
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 08:12 AM   #1869
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I couldn't agree more. Companies don't do charity out of charitable interest anyway; they don't have hearts. It's self-interest or corporate interest, as it should be. Now, if Amazon wanted to go to 70 stories with its centerpiece signature tower in the new complex, well then, a nice, loud newsy contribution to something generic like United Way would be very timely.
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 08:40 AM   #1870
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http://www.archicentral.com/scala-to...roup-big-8707/

I think that kind of development would be nice at the Capitol Hill station.
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 03:57 PM   #1871
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 06:01 PM   #1872
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Haha I can see the pearl-clutching on Capitol Hill now...
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 06:57 PM   #1873
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I think that kind of development would be nice at the Capitol Hill station.
With a gondola on top.
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 08:50 PM   #1874
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 09:17 PM   #1875
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Monorail fiasco pt. II?
How do you figure?
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Old April 6th, 2012, 08:36 AM   #1876
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Random fact:

If we ranked density by households per square mile instead of people per square mile, Seattle would be tenth densest city (of the 100 most populous cities).

Of course having the lowest average household size knocks us down to #15 for people per square mile.
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Old April 8th, 2012, 04:35 AM   #1877
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I think that kind of development would be nice at the Capitol Hill station.
a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxMYKtD20SI

Just imagine the steps going down and connecting with the park, with the public roof top offering 360 degree views of the city.
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Old April 8th, 2012, 05:41 AM   #1878
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5:40 AM in Paris, France. After walking around Paris all day yesterday, I'd like to rescind my objections to beige buildings. This city is teeming with them, but the architecture is so much nicer.
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Old April 8th, 2012, 07:19 AM   #1879
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Old April 9th, 2012, 02:02 AM   #1880
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5:40 AM in Paris, France. After walking around Paris all day yesterday, I'd like to rescind my objections to beige buildings. This city is teeming with them, but the architecture is so much nicer.
We need a mix, IMO. Seattle has a decent amount of beige, too much blue-grey, and not enough black or red, IMO. Where is the next Sedgewick James building?
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