The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

June 23, 2010

A Stroll Through the Neighborhood on a Somewhat Sunny Summer Day

Filed under: Seattle — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 1:53 am

Much has been made of the relative crumminess in the weather department of the Spring that we have just finished relegating to the history books as we proceed into Summer.  In particular, the local weathermen have made frequent emphasis of the fact that we have yet to reach a temperature of 75 degrees at Sea-Tac Airport.  This seems like a bit of an arbitrary number really, but since we’re already nearly two weeks past the previous latest 75 degree temperature, apparently that means we’ve been getting shortchanged in the weather department or something like that.  Maybe it’s suppose to be some sign of the apocalypse, or doom-bringing climate change, or something equally calamitous, but although it’s true that we have yet to encounter a really warm day this year, there have been a few reasonably nice ones scattered around.  Yesterday was one of the nicer ones (relatively speaking) we’ve had, and with Summer officially here, I thought it might be a good day to go out for a little walk around Pioneer Square on my lunch break and snap a few pictures.

Sure, the neighborhood has its fair share of nightclubs and other loud entertainment, but in reality most of the time it’s a relatively quiet place.  As you can see, nobody would dream of making any significant noise before 7:30am…

Um….  Wait.  Scratch that.  (Mental note:  Sleep in.)

Speaking of the World Cup, apparently it’s kind of a big deal around here (having the Sounders as a neighbor probably has something to do with that.)  Sure there’s plenty of restaurants and bars one can watch the games in should they be so inclined, but a local group has devised this impromptu outdoor viewing area in an alley near Occidental Park, and used it to broadcast many of the games.  As you can see, it seems to be a popular spot.

Over in Occidental park, interspersed between one of the random art pieces that seems to pop up in the area every so often were these discarded signs, devised for some unknown purpose.

Over at King Street Station where there’s been ongoing construction for a while now, we see a somewhat rare glimpse of the exposed innards of an escalator from which much of the surrounding brickwork has been removed.  Not being all that familiar with what’s going on here, I can’t tell for sure if this is coming or going, but based on the apparent condition I’m going to guess the latter.

I don’t think it’s a big loss though; there seems to be no shortage of bricks to go around in the area.  In fact, quite a few of them still carry the remnants of some interesting ghost ads. This one on the back side of the FX McCrory Building, seems to be one of the more interesting (and surprisingly well-preserved) instances, but there’s a lot more.  At some point I need to try to get pictures of a few more.

Finally, at the corner of First and King we see this patch of new asphalt, which belies the mess on this spot just a week ago when the water main broke.  I actually think this might be the first new pavement that this part of First Avenue has seen since the Kennedy Administration.  The sidewalks aren’t in any better shape, but apparently those are historic (read: uneven as heck) so they have a convenient excuse to leave them that way.  I overheard one of the Underground Tours going by back when I worked at our old First and Yesler location saying that the sidewalks in the area are more than 100 years old.  I’d believe it too.  To avoid turning this into too much of a rant, I’ll just say that there are some things that age far more gracefully than others, and concrete isn’t one of them.

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1 Comment »

  1. They are definitely going to rip those escalators out. They haven’t been used for as long as I can remember (early 90’s). If you give a darn, here’s more demolition pictures from inside:

    http://www.slideshare.net/allieger/king-street-staion-3rd-floor-walls-demolition?from=ss_embed

    Comment by Colin — June 23, 2010 @ 1:31 pm


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