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On organization called CHOICE (Capitol Hill Organization Insuring Cultural Equity) is working on saving the block of 1650 East Olive Way which is home to the B & O Espresso and Cafe as well as two four-plex apartments. It's been proposed that the block be torn down to make way for an apartment complex atop some retail. No one is surprised anymore when this happens, but that doesn't mean we're not still pissed. Or, put more eloquently on the CHOICE website:
"To what degree is redevelopment appropriate and best for the community if it eliminates historical, architectural or cultural connections to our past? How much is enough when it directly jeopardizes and impacts the very core a neighborhood identifies with? Worthy of note is the B & O Espresso and Café, which was one of the first establishments offering espresso in Seattle, and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary at this location. This in itself establishes deep cultural ties to the neighborhood. Eliminating this building would destroy the unique character and cultural identity of this retail core."
If you want to support the B & O, visit this website and sign the petition--there's even a place to add comments. Then go get some coffee and breakfast from the B & O to show your support in person. For Jesse Froehling's hearty endorsement, check out his Soak It Up review here.