If the New York Times were looking to get Paul Allen as an investor, yesterday's article on South Lake Union wouldn't be a bad start--if it could get its pictures right. The paper spilled some ink on Allentown as part of its ongoing "Surfacing" series, which profiles up-and-coming neighborhoods and scenes around the world. It's hard to take issue with the story, as it mostly just states facts (Paul Allen bought lots of land, Amazon will be moving there, etc.), though it may feel a little premature, given how many of the signature developments have yet to be built or occupied.
But, one could absolutely take issue with the story's accompanying photograph, for it depicts Queen Anne, Lower Queen Anne, and Westlake--viewed from the East--but almost none of South Lake Union! Only slivers of that burgeoning biotechopolis manage to sneak within the left margin of that photographic mishap--the Northern tip of South Lake Union park and maybe two blocks of buildings. All the things the article covers--the SLUT, Amazon, Vivace, REI--are off-screen.
As if everyone didn't know that South Lake Union ends at Aloha Street on the North and Aurora on the East! (It's in Wikipedia, for crying out loud.) If the Times wants to sing the praises of Lower Queen Anne, by all means, it should go ahead. After all, this world offers too few thrills that compare with a night at Ozzie's. All we're asking is that the carpet matches the drapes.