via silver platters and queenanneview.com
If the designers of the new bridge use enough care in color selection, they could have Pantone pontoons.
There is another “random” but serious thing going on that I think you might want to blog about. As you might know, the King County Library System has taken over all the non-Seattle libraries in the county, when cities voted to annex into it. Here in Renton, that vote was real close, and then KCLS announced that it was not only going to move our library out of its much-loved and unique location athwart the Cedar River, but that the new building would be 30% smaller.
We patrons were outraged, got up enough signatures for a ballot and voted 3 to 1 to keep it where it is. Which would have been fine except that just about a week back, KCLS unfurled a plan to redo the existing building 30% or so smaller, replacing library space with patios. We’ve already got enough patios, and the gist of the matter is that KCLS is not listening to its patrons, though we have up to now made our needs loud and clear. Other towns are getting new libraries, but they are getting bigger ones than what they had. It makes no sense for Renton to get a smaller one–we are still growing, last I checked.
I’m going to be out of town for the weekend, but there are some people you can get in touch with–Beth Asher and David Keyes; start by Googling and hope they get their website back up soon. I will provide any more info I have as it becomes available. Other sources, the Renton Reporter and Renton Patch. Anyway, something is rotten in the heart of KCLS, and it needs to be exposed. You could do a good job on this with even one post. [Yes, we are going after other media…]
As longtime residents of northeast Seattle, we could certainly see the end coming for Claire’s. We ate there a few months after the Petosa family sold it and never again went back–the prices had jumped and the quality and portion sizes had undergone an almost shocking change for the worse. The owner of the building (who we know–he was our son’s Scoutmaster) used to tell us he wanted the restaurant to stay regardless of what he did with the rest of the property because he and his wife liked to eat there. I suspect they were put off by the new regime as much as we were.
As to the Italian Spaghetti House…that’s a huge loss, both to the community and to us personally. My bride to be and I ate there on many a date, they were the go-to place for take-out pizza and their food (for the prices) was uniformly great. Since they were nearly next door to Frank Colacurcio’s Talents West office (and not far down Lake City Way from Rick’s) it’s hard to avoid speculating on whether there was some sort of association, familial or otherwise, that got them into trouble. This is particularly true considering that the “offical” reason they gave for closing was that they couldn’t obtain a hard-booze license–and now the property is home to a mega-liquor store.
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