Thursday, June 11, 2009

What Unsightly, Block-Long Hole in the Ground?

Although technically not in Belltown, the dead project at 2nd & Stewart formerly known as the One is a source of fascination to me. For more than a year, it floated in construction limbo, a big empty hole surrounded by a flimsy, portable chainlink fence. Obviously, the developer was in denial. But since I started writing about it (yeah, ME), many changes have taken place. First, they had this big crane come in and lift out the former construction offices. That was moderately spectacular. Now they're getting rid of the flimsy chainlink fence in favor of a more uniform, painted plywood look. Observe:

Though it's not exactly visually appealing, it does mask a myriad of sins. There's obviously one thing this developer believes: if the public can't see it, it no longer exists. I have to say, it's pretty effective:

As you can see, it's just a wall. That's all. What lies beyond it is none of my concern.

More wall. I'm bored, hungry and a little sleepy. I want food and beer. Let's just go around this last corner and...

Wait a second! The wall is hiding an unsightly, block-long hole in the ground! The people must be told! They can't cover up something as ugly as this and get away with it! Call the mayor! Call the governor! Hell, call the president! Give them a piece of your mind! They can't fool us with a plywood fence! Tell them all about it! The tree of liberty! The blood of patriots! And so forth!


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