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RANDOM LINKS FOR 1/10/14
January 10th, 2014 by Clark Humphrey

fastcoexist.com

  • The Fast Company folks seem to love Northgate’s Thornton Creek mixed use megaproject.
  • A Seattle architect has re-devoted his career toward aiding the homeless and the recently homeless.
  • One-fourth of Amazon’s Kindle ebook sales in 2012 were for books by indie and self-publishers.
  • Amazon’s warehouses, sometimes infamous for pushing workers hard, are getting robotized.
  • Meanwhile, some guy at the Atlantic’s biz-news site Quartz claims that 3D printing and robotized manufacturing, and the one-of-a-kind manufacturing they can enable, could eventually mean “the end of Walmart and mass-market retail as you know it.”
  • Students at Eastside Catholic High School will keep protesting the firing of a beloved, now gay-married, vice principal.
  • Seattle author David Shields is acting in a movie directed by James Franco.
  • City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, and the Stranger writers who relentlessly pushed her candidacy, were named to the Nation‘s “2013 Progressive Honor Roll.”
  • The gang down at Three Imaginary Girls has a roundup of their favorite (mostly) local music of ’13.
  • Ani DiFranco scheduled a women’s songwriting retreat at a former slave plantation. (The place is now a museum, offering a highly sanitized account of America’s slave-owning heritage.) Some Af-Am women protested online. A smart person would have used this hubbub as a positive “teaching moment.” DiFranco and her associates essentially failed at that.
  • Where They Are Now Dept.: NY punk and underground-film bad girl Lydia Lunch now teaches women’s yoga and “empowerment” workshops in Calif.
  • Right-wing front groups, pretending to be “journalists,” have tried to obstruct investigations into right-wing financial misdealings in Wisconsin.
  • Prostitution is fully legal in Canada (including brothel-keeping and solicitation), sez their Supreme Court. It could be the start of a new (or upgraded) tourism shtick. But I’d like it to mean more respect and personal safety for sex workers, there and here.

One Response  
  • Art Marriott AKA "ArtFart" writes:
    January 10th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Fast Company’s piece on Thorton Place seems to be stretching the truth pretty far, or reporting a proprietary brand of “truth” as they’d apparently like it to be rather than what the naked eye would reveal. Certainly the development is a tremendous improvement over Northgate’s old overflow parking lot, but in Seattle’s squeaky-tight housing market some of the units are vacant (probably because even the subsidized apartments still aren’t exactly “affordable” to many) and at least one of the major structures is experiencing severe drainage and settling problems. (It’s on top of a CREEK, for crying out loud…) Furthermore, the “medical center” they’re referring to is Group Health’s Northgate clinic, which is unrelated and predates the Thornton Creek development by over a decade, and yeah, there’s a planned light-rail station, but the kind of “soon” they’re talking about is such that most of the residents of the senior-living section won’t live to see it.


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