Demolition of 100-Year-Old Artists' Building Elicits a Surprising Response

Typically, when it's announced that a century-old building housing artists in an historic inner-city neighborhood will be demolished against the will of its owners and tenants due to a controversial, megabucks, publicly mandated construction project, Seattle activists race to see who can stand in front of the wrecking ball the quickest. Not so with the Western Building, which once housed SW cover boy Neodandi's couture house, and is an active participant in Pioneer Square art walks.

The building, as my high-school journalism teacher, Mike Lindblom, reports, is so rickety that it would most certainly sink once tunneling to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct commences. Yet such circumstances have never seemed to stop the clamor for preservation in the past, especially when the building's really old and houses starving artists.

But in the strange case of the Western Building, response from the property's owners amounts to "It was cool while it lasted," and the artsy tenants have pledged not to put up a fight if suitable alternative housing is identified.

Did April Fools' Day reschedule itself without alerting anyone or what?

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