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The Stranger’s Jen Graves on the demise of the Luzon

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Sep. 30, 2009 at 3:13 pm with 13 Comments »
September 30, 2009 3:13 pm

Former News Tribune arts writer Jen Graves pays a virtual visit to her old haunts with this take on the Saturday demolition of the Luzon.

She doesn’t buy the “it just had to happen” line by city officials and calls it the final blow by former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell who maneuvered the demolition of the rest of the block in the 1980s.

“If you didn’t learn this lesson in the ’80s, then apparently you never will: If you make your historic buildings dependent on the market, then you will lose them.” Graves wrote.

The item is rated R due to graphic language and a totally uncalled for reference to a certain News Tribune columnists in the comments section.

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  1. ldozy1234 says:

    Wish she was still on staff at the TNT but her comment said it all

  2. Hey Peter, If Jen wrote about you writing about her writing about the luzon would you then write about her writing about you writing about her writing about the luzon?

  3. So, why doesn’t the Trib have the cahones to write articles like that?
    Maybe if you did, I might still have my subscription.

  4. Rated R. You people are losers.

  5. petercallaghan says:

    Thorax: Did you follow her links back to what we DID write? Since you don’t subscribe you must have missed them when they ran in the Trib.

  6. I, for one, am very glad the Trib in nothing like The Stranger.

  7. scottsch111 says:

    Hey, I thought the TNT, and Mr. Callaghan in particular, covered the Luzon saga just fine. That said, I did enjoy reading Graves’ piece. I don’t remember ever reading that it was Paul Schell, then-developer, who tore down the Luzon’s neighbors and then didn’t build on them. Hm, kind of makes me think of the latest Biz Buzz post about NYK reneging on their Blair Waterway terminal after the Port kicked out all the businesses that were operating on that land …

  8. DrWernerKlopek says:

    So now the News Tribune is pining for the Luzon after it is demolished? How typical. If the “reporters” actually took a stand once in a while maybe we could saved some of these things the News Tribune is pining for. Oh but that would take time away from pursuing “cute” stories such as a water skiing squirrel.

  9. If all the old buildings had been left, down town Tacoma would have a block of old, refurbished and empty buildings today. At least, when Russell leaves Tacoma, they leave behind a beautiful modern building. Empty, but beautiful and modern. It appears that Tacoma does an excellent job of discouraging meaningful business from making a home here.

    I prefer the modern look to the beatup brick look ant time.

  10. “If the “reporters” actually took a stand once in a while maybe we could saved some of these things the News Tribune is pining for.”

    Is this the job of a newspaper reporter?

  11. delfinajones says:

    Pug: The Russell bldg. is a festering sore- what exactly do you find so charming about it?

  12. Gosh, Peter, they’re almost as rough on you as they are on Sarah. You must be doing something right.

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