Georgetown's creative class has spent the past four years on pins and needles, anxiously awaiting what real estate developer Sabey Corporation might do with the old Rainier Brewery space it bought in 2006. For a neighborhood with soul, the fear has always been of the soul-less. A fear that a clever prankster tweaked to great effect over the weekend.
The sign above was photographed on a fence leading into a paved area that used to be Rainier's Cold Storage facility. The first person to spot it was a poster on Georgetown's message board on Saturday, who reacted the way any anti-corporate resident might have:
Seriously, if this is not a joke, we will want to get in front of it. A huge influx of traffic and litter that is purely dedicated to funneling money from our beloved local businesses into the pockets of the most effective job-exporting, sweat shop supporters that the US has ever known. That company has killed more jobs, made more small communities into their own little fiefdom than any other I am aware of.
I sincerely hope it is a joke. Most likely, it is. If not, I will be the first to donate my time to stopping it.
Good news, worried message-boarder! The sign may have looked real, but Sabey says it wasn't.
The bad news? As Blogging Georgetown points out, small stores in dense urban areas are suddenly en vogue at Walmart. So you may not be safe from the gaze of that dreaded yellow smiley face just yet.