The Market…

So finally, weeks and weeks later, my internet trouble is all smoothed out and I can resume my rather obsessive on line habit.
I work in the Broadway Market, at one of the few stores that is staying in business through and after the construction that is currently taking place. Although I get sick of explaining this all of the time (customers ask me about 30 times a day), for you all, I will make an exception. From what I understand, the QFC on Republican and Broadway is moving into the market and the building it formerly occupied is getting torn down. And no doubt turned into something souless like condos or a parking lot.
Now, if I know this after only living in the area for about a month and a half, I really don’t know why everyone else can’t catch on. But I digress…
The construction is really depressing me. Of course, the Broadway Market was just a mall, really–not some precious bastion of neighborhood spirit, emblematic of all that is Capitol Hill. It was just a bunch of stores. It was gentrification. But this seems like even more gentrification.
Then again, it is hard for me to imagine a pre-gentrification hill, having only moved to town a few months ago. Seeing little changes like this makes me wonder about all of the big ones I missed, about all of the parts of this city that I will never know.

3 Comments so far

  1. josh (unregistered) on July 27th, 2004 @ 8:26 am

    I’m not particularly sad about the QFCification of the Fred Meyer. I’m glad that Gravity Bar will still be around and won’t miss Mystikal Garden (which used to be a Gap store), and I’ve heard that the old QFC might be reborn as a Whole Foods or PCC.
    Did you know that the gym used to be a theater?

  2. sidereal (unregistered) on July 29th, 2004 @ 6:36 am

    What? The Broadway Market theater turned into a gym? When did that happen?
    The horrors.
    The finest parts of the Market are(were) the theater, the Gravity Bar, the liquor store (thank you, State of Washington), and that little Greek restaurant I forget the name of. . had the best baklava. QFC leaving ought make no one sad, especially if it’s getting replaced by a Whole Foods.

  3. Rachel (unregistered) on July 31st, 2004 @ 11:54 am

    Well, Fred Meyes and a whole bunch of the other stores. Ugh and if I have to tell one more person where the liquor store went I WILL KILL…

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