When critics talk about how crappy they think Seattle's waterfront is, they often point to Bremerton and Tacoma as close-to-home examples of municipalities who've done

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The Bremerton Complex

Seattle's watefront has already got what Bremerton's got -- and then some.

When critics talk about how crappy they think Seattle's waterfront is, they often point to Bremerton and Tacoma as close-to-home examples of municipalities who've done right by their shorelines. After spending a lovely weekend in Bremerton, I'm calling bullshit on the Bremerton half of this assault. Bremerton's waterfront, with a brand new convention center, hotel, Anthony's Homeport, condo-complex-to-be and boardwalk-to-be, is great -- for Bremerton. What's been done down there has been replicated on Seattle's watefront and then some with the Bell Harbor Conference Center and the Marriott and condos across the street. What Seattle's waterfront needs is a handful of destination hangouts and shops for locals -- not tourists. Whether the completion of the current aquarium renovation or knocking down the Viaduct will breed such development is an open question. But we've already got what Bremerton's got; and such comparisons are apples and onions to begin with. I will say that Bremerton's downtown has an old-school Midwestern river town grit that's pretty tough to come by around here and worth checking out, highlighted by the Eagles Club on Washington Ave.

 
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