Monday, September 24, 2007

Starbucks in South Park?

KUOW's doing a series about Seattle's Duwamish area, which includes the neighborhoods of Georgetown and South Park, this week. In this morning's installment, An Immigrant's History of South Park, local residents' complaints about the area were similar to mine about Beacon Hill (though we do have banks):

LIKE MOST LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES, SOUTH PARK SUFFERS FROM A LACK OF BASIC SERVICES. THERE'S NO POST OFFICE, NO BANK, NO DRUGSTORE.


But, yeah, they have it much worse. Check out this "South Park Business Association" anchor link on the "All About South Park" website. (Yep -- it's blank.)

In fact, most of the rest of the city doesn't even know that South Park exists.

EVER HEARD OF SOUTH PARK?

WOMAN 1: "Yes."

THE NEIGHBORHOOD?

WOMAN 1: "No."

MAN 1: "The TV Show?"

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN THERE?

WOMAN 2: "Ummm, I don't think so."


Personally, I love Muy Macho and this cool basalt sculpture and Second Use and their pretty new library and all that, but it really is true that most of Seattle has never even heard of South Park.

So I was surprised at the end of the story to hear this quote:

"Then Starbucks is coming down here, on the corner, there's a rumor about that, and Washington Mutual. I mean, there's progress right there."


Wow. Is little South Park really going to get a Starbucks before Beacon Hill does? Will Beacon Hill be the last neighborhood in Seattle without a Starbucks? The last neighborhood in urban America?

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