Tuesday, March 23, 2010

So Long, Real Change!

They've been good neighbors, but it's time for Real Change to move along. What with the economic crisis and the surge in homeless and all, their longtime headquarters here at 2nd & Blanchard are getting a bit cramped. They're moving to Pioneer Square, which makes a lot of sense, because that's where most major homeless shelters and missions are. In all this time, I know that Real Change's heart is in the right place, but I'm not sure how effective they really are. I mean, there are people who have been selling the paper for 10 years. Isn't it only supposed to be an interim gig? Anyhow, they're still around for a while yet; their grand opening in Pioneer Square is May 24th. What will become of the space? Who knows, but I pray to gawd that it won't become a bar. A restaurant, OK, but please no bar. There are already two out-of-control bars on the block (the V-Bar, of course, and See Sound Lounge). We don't need to add to that number. But let's wish Real Change luck in their future new digs!


Anonymous said...

I vote for used bookstore. Used bookstore!

ruffhauser said...

I've wondered about that "temporary" thing too. There are two guys I see selling Real Change in the same spot every morning. I'm on my way to work at 7:15am and I think to myself, "Geez, if these guys can get up at this hour and start selling, can't they do something else that would pay more and enable them to to get off the street?"