In the shadows of soaring Capitol Hill rents so high even Stranger employees are being forced off the Hill, Capitol Hill Housing’s Michael Seiwerath taps out this CityArts essay somehow mixing a meditation on the state of the neighborhood with observations from a piss-soaked floor of a Belltown bar in celebration of the newly ground-broken 12th Ave Arts project.
It’s a good read.
CityArts: Young Waiters in Old Buildings
The other day I was standing outside of Oddfellows Café on Capitol Hill talking to a recent transplant from small-town Pennsylvania.
“You know the difference between my hometown and Seattle?” he asked. “The age of the waiters. Where I’m from, waiters are way over 60 years old. Here they’re all in their 20s.”
Seattle does not make many babies; kids move here. And they seem to be attracted to the neighborhoods with old buildings. You find them on Ballard Avenue, Airport Way, Pike/Pine, in Columbia City and Pioneer Square. They’re spending their time in old Ford assembly plants, breweries, vaudeville theatres and assayer’s offices.