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Old February 20th, 2013, 10:15 PM   #121
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That's excellent. I've been walking past that site since living just north of it 25 years ago...it's freaking time.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 11:00 PM   #122
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Is it really just me .. or is every one of these projects pretty much the exact same building with different swatches of color painted/nailed/screwed on to make them look snazzy? Probably just me.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 11:10 PM   #123
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Is it really just me .. or is every one of these projects pretty much the exact same building with different swatches of color painted/nailed/screwed on to make them look snazzy? Probably just me.
It's the Weber Thompson colorforms playset.

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Old February 21st, 2013, 07:32 AM   #124
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Hahaha. I suppose that's true, but how is it that different from any other urban architecture? Most old buildings were pretty simple if you stripped away the ornamentation.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 12:27 AM   #125
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Is it really just me .. or is every one of these projects pretty much the exact same building with different swatches of color painted/nailed/screwed on to make them look snazzy? Probably just me.
They are all the same. The only thing "retro" about this one is the slight angle on the roof corner and the angles on the canopy supports at street level. It is a good design for still being like all the others but... it's still very much like all the others.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 12:29 AM   #126
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It's the Weber Thompson colorforms playset.

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I had a Ninja Turtles colorform when I was a kid. Loved that thing.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 12:57 AM   #127
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I hate to criticize infill density - its better than a parking lot, but wow, that's a giant "mid-century modern breadbox. The lot size configuration combined with the zoning and architecture create a very monolithic, very horizontal structure.

The one-sidedness of the street will also make for a tough spot for retail there - except for the two years when the sonics are in town. Be cool to have a temp. beer garden in the ground floor there since the retail is likely to be 1/2 vacant anyway
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Old February 24th, 2013, 07:58 PM   #128
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There is no retail in Seattle that is likely to be half-empty on a scale if more than a few months.
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Old February 24th, 2013, 08:19 PM   #129
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In my neck of the woods (LQA, Belltown, Downtown) quite a bit has been vacant for longer than that, whether a year or several years. The frequency obviously relates to how good the street is.

Every time we build retail where it shouldn't be, we not only add that space, but weaken the stronger streets.

Retail at this location doesn't both me. It's on the way home for a lot of people, LQA has some "feeder" streets that have little or no retail, and events will help more than they hurt (before a game is great for restaurants and bad for other retail, during a game is often terrible for everyone).
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Old February 24th, 2013, 10:30 PM   #130
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306 Queen Anne Ave N

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Old March 25th, 2013, 04:52 AM   #131
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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:37 PM   #132
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Anyone make their way up to the top of the hill? The Trader Joes project has to have made some progress by now.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 12:05 AM   #133
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I never think to take a picture, but the hole is massive. I haven't been close enough recently to see if they've added formwork for a foundation yet, they may still just be moving dirt around. Crazy neighbor that always had crazy rants on a 4'x6' sign in his yard about how terrible this project will be now has a new shorter crazy sign about deliveries or parking, and the legal action he's taking.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 12:40 AM   #134
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I never think to take a picture, but the hole is massive. I haven't been close enough recently to see if they've added formwork for a foundation yet, they may still just be moving dirt around. Crazy neighbor that always had crazy rants on a 4'x6' sign in his yard about how terrible this project will be now has a new shorter crazy sign about deliveries or parking, and the legal action he's taking.
I wonder what his Seattle Times commenter name is.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 01:48 AM   #135
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 12:05 AM   #136
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Here you go Boulder. Trader Joe's site at Queen Anne Ave and Howe:

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Old April 9th, 2013, 08:11 PM   #137
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The developers are so short sighted with this "self storage" architecture trend, just so damn cheap looking and does little for the community. sigh/.
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Old April 15th, 2013, 07:02 PM   #138
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Old April 15th, 2013, 07:08 PM   #139
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Thanks for pics Ruff!
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