Sunday, July 27, 2008

Pave Paradise ...Put up A Modern Abortion

OK.....I'll spare you the super-rant.....and move on to .....
why Rich Assholes think that they have to destroy something to save it.....
I was wondering what was up with folks going in and out of the Foremost Building....
lately...Dan wrote this
fine develop it. But WHY???? do you think you have to destroy a beauty to build an nameless faceless modern monstrosity.....there are many many empty lots in the Foreign Zone.....why not infill.
I really wanna type a bunch of nasty words here.....but I promised Kevin I'd keep my posts at least PG13......
Can you say Irony.....and Lying Liars......
from the Tribune article:
Tacoma’s time has come, Liebman said.

“It’s a key part of the Puget Sound megalopolis,” he said. “I thought it would be kind of neat to retain some of the character of the old building stock and turn it into something modern and beautiful. Tacoma’s old building stock is better than Seattle’s.”

Liebman noted the obvious – real estate is cheaper in Tacoma than in Seattle – but added in salesmanese, “I don’t think you have to sell Tacoma as being cheaper. I’d prefer to say it’s better in some way. There’s less hassle. It’s easier to get around. It’s easier to park.”


Lets deconstruct, shall we?
Kind of neat to retain some of the character of the old building.....Liebman! When you completely obliterate "the character of the old building" you have destroyed the old building.
What's the obsession with Modern??? Faceless Off-The-Shelf Modern. Your design ain't no Frank Gehry! Your design is boring crap that is as exciting as any strip mall Walgreens/McDonalds/Papa John's Pizza architecture.....

Tacoma’s old building stock is better than Seattle’s........So we want to come down there and ruin it for you....Liebman....Maybe no one else notices your cute double-speak...or maybe the people you talk to are liars or wimps......but I have a blog and I'm not afraid to use it!

And, Here's my personal favorite rationalization:real estate is cheaper in Tacoma than in Seattle...it’s better in some way. There’s less hassle. It’s easier to get around. It’s easier to park.
Here We Go Again......Tacoma is Seattle's cheaper sluttier sister, right? Tacoma sleeps around. She's a cheap date. She's not pretty....she's just do-able. And you could date the slut, and act like a friend.....but you can get what you want, quickly, at a cheap price.
Slap up some crap modern building, destroy another piece of Tacoma's Soulful Beauty, and then move on to the next slut....er...um....slum.....city that is down and out and dusty.....
(notice how slut and slum are similar??)


Why in H E Double Hockey sticks are so many afraid of their own power here?
We Are Beautiful!
What, did you foreigners think we are toooo stupid to notice that where we live is quite lovely??? Maybe if you "rich do-gooders" would stop using us for what we have......
Slam Bam, Thank You Ma'am......
and actually asked us what WE want.....instead of always coming
around and giving us what you got.....and then leaving town.....

some recent pics this spring in the Foremost/Merkle n'hood.....












3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like the Foremost Building but I guess what he is doing is better than tearing it down. For the price he paid for almost the whole square block he could have torn the thing down and started new. Of course there may be issues with that becuase the main drain to the Foss Waterway runs right under the property.

Christine said...

I can see updating the building, but to completely change everything about it is a travesty. Can this developer just look down the street to how the UW created the spaces it needed while retaining the character and beauty of the original architecture.

propriatrix said...

Yes, there are PLENTY of examples of good saving of the old stuff....when I see Investors...red flags spin in my head!
These guys can do much better. And should.