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The activities alleged to have occurred at Angie's are bluer than its felt.
In a move eerily reminiscent of the City Attorney's Office's effort to

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Cocoa Beware: Carr's Office Targets Longtime African-American Watering Hole for a Shuttin' Down

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The activities alleged to have occurred at Angie's are bluer than its felt.
In a move eerily reminiscent of the City Attorney's Office's effort to shut down the Blue Moon, only with a different median skin tone of the target's clientele, Tom Carr and his henchmen have now taken dead aim at Angie's, a lively watering hole that's one of the last reminders of Columbia City's historic Afrocentrism. But whereas the Moon fought the City Attorney tooth and nail over whether or not to sign a Good Neighbor Agreement, Angie's willingly signed such an agreement, and is now being targeted for shutdown because of alleged violations.

In a Sept. 9 letter to the State Liquor Board, Assistant City Attorney John McGoodwin, writing on behalf of Carr, urged the LCB to yank Angie's license. "[Angie's owner] has not abided by the conditions of the GNA: Checking the identification of all individuals purchasing alcohol; and fostering public safety, security and quiet enjoyment in the surrounding neighborhood," McGoodwin wrote. The letter also referred to police reports detailing violence and drug dealing at the Rainier Ave. bar, which was the only one to have made both the Top 10 "best" and "most intimidating" lists in my best-selling debut novel, Seattle's Best Dive Bars: Drinking & Diving in the Emerald City. (In fact, the P-I's Casey McNerthney is convinced the city is using my "ten most intimidating" list as a cheat sheet.)

In an act of unintentional prescience, almost a year ago today, I wrote the following about Angie's in the pages of Seattle Weekly: "If Angie's were to go, Columbia City wouldn't just lose a slice of its soul, it'd lose the whole damn thing." The same could have been said about the Blue Moon and the U-District, and in fact public opinion swung so strongly in the Moon's favor that Carr and his sentries, with a stern assist from Mayor Nickels (let's not forget the good things he did), stood down. I'd be lying if I said I felt a similar groundswell coming to Angie's aid, but it'd sure be something if it did.

 
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