Time has taken its toll on our beloved Market. Its wires are frayed, its pipes are crumbling, its heating and cooling systems are wheezing. - Mayor Big Greg.
There are leaky windows, leaky roofs, and leaky plumbing. We need to upgrade the electrical and the fire protection systems. - Citizens for the Pike Place Market campaign.
When you hear this, do you wonder - well, why didn't they fix those things as they worsened? How did they let it get to this point?
So now, with yesterday's City Council OK, they will finally fix them with a big-ass, all-at-once tax levy, asking voters this fall to suddenly come up with $73 million for infrastructure repairs at the century-old Pike Place Market.
If it's needed, I'll likely vote for it, even if Jan Drago yesterday did call the Market "the soul of the city" (retire that barfable columnist cliche!). Its inert overseers aside, the PPM needs some TLC.
But does the Market really have to spend its charity money to sell this to the Market-loving public? The Market Foundation, as we earlier revealed, has grown a political arm to promote the levy and has so far sucked off $165,000 that would otherwise go to aid the poor, homeless and medically uninsured.
The charity's campaign is now poised to spend $400,000(!) massaging up a yes vote. And according to its latest disclosure filing, last Thursday, the campaign is now paying for the services of an accounting firm and a mega-law firm, K&L Gates.
Bean counters and attorneys, true souls of the city.