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Monday, November 27, 2017

Can we stop progress? Probably not

I was watching Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown, the episode was about Seattle.

They were taking about all the changes in Seattle due to the tech industry. If we think we have a lot of construction in Miami, it is worse there. They are building in Seattle to accommodate all the new tech guys and girls and rents and property values are going up and old neighborhoods are being taken over by new development. Amazon owns a lot of land there and they are part of the redevelopment.

The last segment of the show was an interview with musician Mark Lanegan who is from the Seattle area, but he's been living in Los Angeles for 20 years. Mark had an interesting way about him and his music and performance is really great, he reminds me of Jim Morrison of the doors.

Anyway, Anthony asked Mark about the changes in Seattle and he wondered if Mark ever missed the old days and if he laments the changes in Seattle and Mark said that it was part of life. He said you could miss your grade school or high school days, but they are gone. He missed people he used to know, but they are gone and that's life, what are you going to do.

And that got me thinking. Do we need to fight what people call progress? I mean it really hit me what Mark said. What is the point of fighting the movement of time? Are we going to stop these developers? They are steam rolling ahead.

It's something to think about.

I told the story once before. I met a guy once whose family owned the land where Jaguar is now and where the Kwik Stop is. It was all pine trees and forest. His family sold the land and they built the Kress 5&10 there. Remember that? We all have good memories of Kress, but at one time, that forest was destroyed to build the Kress. People back then, I think he said it was the 1930s probably didn't like the destruction of the forest.

It's history just repeating itself over and over.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good perspective and thinking perhaps you are correct.

November 27, 2017 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One error I keep seeing in defining most new residential single family homes construction is to call them White Boxy houses. The correct term is Brutalist Architecture which occurred in the 50's through 70's however it was used primarily for governmental and institutional structures. The rebirth of Brutalism in residential housing (especially in Coconut Grove which I believe is a microcosm of America) represents what is happening in our culture, society and politics. We may consider to become complacent to such change but what it destroys and represents needs more thought.

November 27, 2017 9:13 AM  
Blogger Alfredo said...

Finally, we agree!

November 28, 2017 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Wendy Zane said...

I just returned from Seattle this morning (as I am from there) and yes the city was dominated by cranes, however what they did that was beautiful is that they were all lit up in Holiday Themes, Seahawks & University of Washington decor so it looked spectacular at sundown, which currently is at 4:23pm. That is one way to make lemonade out of lemons!

November 28, 2017 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it ironic, that most people who live in the Grove will politically label themselves "Progressive" but seem to possess little tolerance for change in their community.

November 29, 2017 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Progressives will never tolerate destruction of progressive symbols.

November 29, 2017 9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly it's destroying more than buildings and beautiful fruit bareing trees and foliage. It's destroying families and communities, churches small business owners means to feed their families. Coconut Grove was a Black mans reservation(reparation)now you want it back get rid of the residents by any means necessary. SHAME SHAME SHAME AMERICA CITY OF MIAMI

December 02, 2017 7:17 AM  

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