Tony Painter contacted me all the way from Iraq, where he’s a civilian contractor, to give his two cents’ worth on Brick City (among other topics). You’ll be hearing more from Tony in the future; he’s a local guy and I’ve asked him to send updates every once in a while about life as a contractor in Iraq.
But for now, here’s his take on Brick City:
It’s ridiculous that the neighboring biz owners are blaming any lack of business of Fri/Sat nights on a few teenagers hanging out in front of one of the very few places they can go to socialize. They should be looking at what they are lacking in services as to why they are not being patronized, not shifting the blame to what they must view as the ‘scary youth’ across the street. The streets of downtown nightlife areas are supposed to be filled with people enjoying themselves and the accompanying bit of noise comes with the territory. I speak now towards the people choosing to live in that area – it’s a choice and they should know what they are getting in to. It’s a lot better than when Drakes will still operating down there! Pacific between 7th and 9th used to get really crazy!…and that’s a good thing, not something evil.
He later added this:
Yes, you may post my comments about the Brick City issue. Full disclosure – I used to be one of the promoters for the ‘Paradox’ club that was on Puyallup Avenue (now Barefoot Studios I think) that Club Impact also operated out of…and having said that, I can see how that particular location was maybe better suited to our type of business, as there were not any neighbors to bother with noise or outside activity. In fact, at the time, the old Bubble Room kitty corner to us used to appreciate the extra biz they drew from the over 21 crowd who patronized some of our bigger shows but couldn’t drink on our premises since it was an all ages event. We even sent the entertainers over there for meals. My comment still holds though – downtown areas area supposed to be vibrant at night and you have to take the good with the (perceived) bad that accompanies crowds of people out enjoying themselves.