Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Here's a Theory

Consider this: Nobody lives on

Ah, 6th! Belltown's parking lot. Nothing much happens on you.

You don't have much traffic, graffiti or crazy people. In fact, nobody lives on you in Belltown. Not a single person. That's probably because there's nowhere to live. There are a couple of office buildings along the way. This is the Blanchard Plaza at 6th & Blachard:

I find it kind of interesting. Directly across the street stands another office building whose entire exterior is apparently composed on small bathroom tiles. It's kind of boring to look at, so I didn't take any pictures of it.

"But wait," you say, "What about the Archstone at 6th & Wall? That's on 6th! People live there!"

Right, but The Archstone (formerly the Grosvenor) is on Wall. That's its official address. Lots of people live on 6th downtown, but nobody - absolutely no one - lives on the Belltown portion of it. Incidentally, as the Grosvenor this building was noted for its overwhelmingly elderly population. With the change in name and a rather hopeful poster campaign, it seems that they're looking for more youthful tenants. I say good luck. Making the Grosvenor/Archstone young 'n' hip is about as much of a challenge as making 3rd Avenue non-ghetto.

As long as we're talking about population density by street, I'd have to say that it's a toss-up between Western and 2nd for most densely populated, followed by 1st and 4th, then 5th, lowly 3rd and lastly, by 6th.

So if somebody tries to sell you a condo on 6th in Belltown, you're probably getting ripped off.

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