Isn’t It Time to Landmark the Coliseum?

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Four years ago Michael Herschensohn was published on asking one of the same questions I am asking today.

Today, a landmark designation for the Coliseum, or KeyArena as newcomers might call it, is a certainty. But as a relative Seattle newcomer myself, I beg the question, why wasn’t it landmarked before? My guess is the recession, plus a dash of politics, had something to do with it.

Let’s hypothesize for a minute, that the Coliseum is landmarked this year – now what? Seattle Center is motivated to keep the Coliseum as an entertainment venue and ideally attract a professional basketball team and unrealistically attract a professional hockey team. Seattle Center is inclined to keep their revenue stream alive and well for themselves. I understand Seattle Center’s intentions, but I view them as solely self-serving.

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Evofit: Evolution of the Gym

There is an unexpected short lived benefit of living in a city that has a backlog of properties anticipating redevelopment. Vacant buildings in the heart of neighborhoods are asking for lower short term rents because they are either waiting for construction costs to go down, permitting to go through, or funding. Kylie Kirkland and Sue Austin, the founders of Evofit, were able to score such a location in the heart of West Seattle and build out their dream gym.

Kylie and Sue over the past five years built a community of likeminded women that learned to follow them where ever they could find space. Evofit’s “gym” has evolved from cafe space, community centers, a church basement, parks, and a sublet Crossfit box.

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