When I first moved to Seattle (almost 7 1/2 years ago now…wow) I lived downtown in an apartment building at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Pine Street, just one short block from Pike Place Market. I thought I had arrived. Well, after being offered dangerous illegal substances (at a discount price mind you) just minutes before receiving a ticket for Jay-walking, I decided maybe I hadn’t arrived. I lived across the street from a needle exchange and one of Seattle’s most notorious “entertainment” establishments. I lasted 4 months in that apartment before moving to one of Seattle’s great urban neighborhoods, where I truly realized I’d made the right decision to live here.
Anyway, I met Scott & our friend the Slatrat from Anchorage for dinner in Pike Place Market last week and sauntered past my old building. The needle exchange is gone, a sparkling new high-end condo highrise has replaced it with some swanky shops below. I almost felt a twinge of sadness to see such a drastic change. In some ways it was a part of the biggest change I’ve ever made in my life to date. Good and bad, the whole experience has made me a stronger – and maybe even better person. I hope my building mates and landlord (Edgar) are all doing well, we all came together on and around 9/11 as a form of comfort as many of us did not have family around during that frightening time.
The city has changed so much in my seven+ years, I can’t imagine how native Seattlites feel. Thanks 2nd & Pine Apartments for staying the same, you are still a pretty building in the middle of a concrete jungle!