Above Board

In November I wrote a story about Westsound Bank. Sitting in Dave Johnson’s office I continued to glance across the street to see the vacant buildings with the boarded windows.
It reminded me of neighborhoods we used to drive through going to my grandmother’s house in Los Angeles. In a lot of those areas if the buildings didn’t have rod iron on the windows, they had plywood. It was a real sign of blight.
One Christmas morning I saw a scene that sold me on the cliche that for some people Christmas is the loneliest day of the year. We were driving through one of those rod iron-or-boards neighborhoods, where many spent their nights asleep in building corners. Passing one street I saw standing on the sidewalk a man who we immediately assumed was well into his daily job of finding ways to obtain alcohol. I’m not trying to be glib here, because it was a sad sight. He had a well-worn suitcoat. His back was to us. His pants were around his ankles.

So when I see a line of buildings with boarded up windows, that’s one of the images I think of. The Woolworth’s and other vacant buildings could be demolished as early as May 1.
While I can never make guarantees for how other people will behave, my sense is the chances of that L.A. scene repeating itself in Bremerton diminish with the disappearance of those buildings.
Good thing.
It will also be progress toward the construction of a downtown park.

In other news, a passenger-only ferry bill passed in the Legislature Wednesday.

And City Councilwoman Wendy Priest makes the case that buildings on Highland Avenue don’t need to be 60-feet high.

2 thoughts on “Above Board

  1. Yes.

    But I shant share.

    All I can say is sometimes when something doesn’t get done the right way the first time, it takes a long time to get it corrected. Overcooked food, for instance. 😉

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