SunsetHillGuy

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  • in reply to: Vera's closed? #83923

    SunsetHillGuy
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    I’ve been told they’ve closed as a result of the higher minimum wage.

    in reply to: Zayda Buddy's closing on Sunday #83174

    SunsetHillGuy
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    so the Ballard Twice Sold Tales posted this:

    http://booksellersvsbestsellers.blogspot.com/2015/12/twice-sold-tales-in-ballard-endures.html

    Several people have inquired about opening a new coffee shop in the Bauhaus space, but it seems the landlord can’t negotiate with them until he’s in control of the space. And that’s tied up in a bankruptcy, or will be, is my understanding.

    in reply to: Zayda Buddy's closing on Sunday #83118

    SunsetHillGuy
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    well I got this reply on Facebook from Twice sold Tales/Ballard:

    Well, with luck, we can stay. For right now, I’m continuing to be in business, although once the coffee shop closes entry will only be through the door on 20th.

    in reply to: Zayda Buddy's closing on Sunday #83117

    SunsetHillGuy
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    sorry to see Twice Sold & Zayda’s go. I used to frequent them more often when I had reasons to be in Downtown Ballard.

    Twice Sold has moved around a lot. as I recall this version of it has been in Wallingford & the U District as well.


    SunsetHillGuy
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    I wonder if it will be the SHGM or just another one from them? I know there was talk a couple years ago of the building they’re in being redone & they were looking for a temporary site if it happened.

    in reply to: Re-Use vs. Recycle A CD Player? #82839

    SunsetHillGuy
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    I think the colleges prefer old computers and such, not so sure about CD players.

    in reply to: 17th Ave NW and NW Dock Pl Greenway changes #82662

    SunsetHillGuy
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    I doubt the Post Office will install a second box when the Post Office has been removing boxes off the streets for the last 6-8 years. I had a fight with them over a box they took away from outside my old job and was informed it wouldn’t be coming back even though it was heavily used by the office building. I was told they made a policy of getting rid of at least 50% of street boxes at that time.

    in reply to: 17th Ave NW and NW Dock Pl Greenway changes #82633

    SunsetHillGuy
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    bikes head on with cars in front of the post office? really? I admit I was confused before about the island there but now i’m just dumbfounded.

    and move the box to 57th? sure why not and then probably remove what little parking there is for the post office too.

    really no matter what it all sounds bad.

    in reply to: measuring = sale? #82328

    SunsetHillGuy
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    I’ll say a sale is likely being thought about. The owner likely won’t tell you if a place is for sale because they’re probably waiting to see what the offers are and to finalize the details once they decide which offers they like best. When you start seeing people in suits walking around with the owner then you know the place has been listed and bids are be formed. best thing to do is ask the people in the orange vests doing the measuring, they are under no obligation to keep quiet.

    in reply to: $1,000 for 190 sq ft Micro Apartment in Ballard #81804

    SunsetHillGuy
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    I agree a lot with the cost being outrageous, I work in the rental industry and remember 20 years ago when the top market price for a decent 1 bed was $555, now it’s closer to $1800, over $2000 in some areas.

    there are still a few bargains here & there but you have to look carefully. I had a 1055 sq ft 2 bed priced at $1600 sit open for over a month last year and it was listed on craigslist with the Property Management company I use.

    sad thing is all too many of these places are now owned by corporations and not actual mom & pop people like they used to be. for most of these companies it’s all about the bottom line and squeezing as much out of people as they can get not providing a reasonable place to stay at an affordable price that is actually in line with what the lower middle class earns.

    I will probably move out of Ballard someday down the line just because I don’t foresee myself being able to afford the cost of living forever and my family has been in this neighborhood for over a century. so I’ll turn out the lights for you all because isn’t going to get any better any time soon sadly.

    in reply to: Morning Driving Time To Cap Hill? #81775

    SunsetHillGuy
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    it takes about 30 minutes pretty much any time of day, my GF has a place over there & it almost always takes 30 minutes to get to capitol hill.

    she usually goes 85th to I% and gets off at Roanoke (exit 168A) and heads up that way since she’s usually going to Broadway.

    in reply to: "Stolen" shopping carts. #81669

    SunsetHillGuy
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    A lot of places have the locking carts, QFC on Broadway and Uwajimaya downtown have them for sure. there’s a electric field that a cashier or someone else can override that causes covers to drop down over the wheels to prevent the carts from going any further.

    I’ve found carts in the past and taken them back to stores if they were close enough by. It is nice to see Safeway actually retrieving them.

    in reply to: two commercial burglaries 24 hours #81551

    SunsetHillGuy
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    interesting since both businesses are owned by same person, sounds like someone who knows the places well

    in reply to: burger king and shell gas station going #81423

    SunsetHillGuy
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    spoke with the people at the Shell station yesterday, they’ll be there until Dec 31 at least. seems they’re on a month-to-month agreement now, something Burger King declined to do which is why they closed up early.


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    So i actually walked past both the 15th Ave site & the Market St site today. was surprised to notice the 15th ave site (future encampment?) has an old abandoned structure on it and a lot of room in the back. my guess is the main reason for the market street & Interbay locales is that they’re both former substations and therefore already city property so easier for the city to just set up camp there if they so desire.

    another thing I learned is recently the smoke/vape shop next to the Sloop now houses a medical M.J. shop in the back, this really makes that site even better!! (sarcasm).

    I’ve tried to follow the NextDoor debate but it’s pretty long. Main point I’m glad to see brought up is the one about mental health, that’s were the real focus should be. I’ve known some individuals in the past who struggled with this and many simply refused the help that was available, some wound up being homeless for a time, some had family intervene. There’s no easy answer for it all but I don’t see how just putting up encampments which from what I am hearing are not exactly well run.


    SunsetHillGuy
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    GI – well many homeless already inhabit many of the bushes around the Locks and across from the 7-11 there so why not just put the encampment closer to that if you want to show off the “true nature of our city”?

    you may also live closer to the site now but I used to live on Market between 30th & 32nd for almost 20 years so I’m quite familiar with the locale. considering how many fancy apartments & townhouses there are now in that area maybe this is Murray’s way of trying to pay back the developers for their “affordable housing” ;)


    SunsetHillGuy
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    oh and this should make all the renters of the VFW hall really excited too, that place is always busy with receptions and parties.


    SunsetHillGuy
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    so they’re going to take over the former City Light substation next to the Sloop? really?

    yes it’s been a homeless/vagrant area as long as I can recall and used to walk past it all the time when I lived by the Locks but I had hoped the city would try to clean it up not encourage more of the same!!

    in reply to: Where did everyone go? #81169

    SunsetHillGuy
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    I’m here

    just been busy with life, mostly being out of town lately. Hope to actually stay put once July gets here

    as for NextDoor, I am on there but don’t see much there as I seem to not be able to access all the neighborhoods I’d like to because they aren’t close enough to me, how Whitter Heights among others is not close to Sunset Hill or North Beach I don’t know.

    in reply to: Looking for the man who shot out my back window #80751

    SunsetHillGuy
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    Not sure about the size of the hole but I remember several years ago there were some kids shooting marbles into windows where I lived by the locks. took a while for the police to figure out what they had been using to put holes in the windows since the marbles usually broke and looked like part of the damage afterwards.

    in reply to: spring Studio Sale this weekend! #80598

    SunsetHillGuy
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    PMed you

    hope the sale goes well!!

    in reply to: burger king and shell gas station going #80528

    SunsetHillGuy
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    This news has been out there for a while. I will be sad to see BK go as I’ve gotten to know some of the employees there rather well and am concerned about where they’ll go. Yes it’s not the best burger in town (Red Mill or Dicks are way better) but it’s sad to see it replaced by yet another high rise building that won’t house anything new and charge more than anyone can really afford.

    here’s the best details on it:

    https://www.seattleinprogress.com/project/3018687

    in reply to: New Soren apartments at 24th and 58th #80402

    SunsetHillGuy
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    how big are they? square footage?

    that’s awfully expensive, I know a couple people who work for some of these newer Apartment complexes (not Soren) and they choose not to rent from them due to price even with an employee discount

    in reply to: quilting loft closing #80185

    SunsetHillGuy
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    That really is a bummer, my friend’s daughter worked there for a few years while she was in high school. sad to see all these places go :(

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