VIDEO: New showcase for the West Seattle Junction, and beyond

Just released by the West Seattle Junction Association – that new video inviting you to “experience the magic of West Seattle.” WSJA commissioned it with funding from a Port of Seattle grant; Ryan Cory photographed and directed it; many West Seattle businesses – and some of our area’s most glorious scenery – star in it.

21 Replies to "VIDEO: New showcase for the West Seattle Junction, and beyond"

  • Junction Lady August 26, 2020 (2:54 pm)

    Good vibes!

  • HS August 26, 2020 (3:54 pm)

    I love it!! Made me feel proud of my neighborhood. 

  • bob martin August 26, 2020 (4:33 pm)

    So much for any racial diversity.  You know people of color own business’ in the junction right? what’s the point of the slow roll past the BLM artwork in the junction without any focus on these business’  that being said, this video was VERY well done. Sorry, not trying to be a bummer. but if you are going to focus on the artwork, you have to focus on the owners too.. right?  

    • Nicole August 26, 2020 (6:49 pm)

      The owner of one of the shops is a female POC (Lika Love) and she was not able to find time to coordinate with the filmmaker. 

    • mok4315 August 26, 2020 (8:17 pm)

      Agreed. Great American Diner, Maharaja, Kamei…It’s a very well done video, but they could have tried a little harder to find minority owners to interview. 

      • Truth August 26, 2020 (9:40 pm)

        Put down the torches. Many folks were asked and only a few could meet the production schedule.  Nothing racial going on here.  Several folks were not comfortable being on camera too and declined.  Don’t make this something it isn’t.

        • mok4315 August 27, 2020 (12:06 am)

          No torches meant. If those working on the video truly did take the time to try to include all business owners, that’s great. I don’t think anyone would imply that they intentionally excluded minority business owners. But I do think that we should all make a better effort to include BIPOC communities.Again, no offense meant to Ryan Cory and crew. It was a beautifully shot video. 

          • Anne August 27, 2020 (8:15 am)

            But it’s exactly what you & another poster intimated.

        • Jort August 27, 2020 (1:28 pm)

          Oh, shoot. It must have just not worked out this time … again. You can make excuses or you can make it work, and “scheduling conflicts” doesn’t sound like people tried hard enough to make it work. Whether or not something is “nefarious” or intentional is beside the point. Clearly POC representation was not a priority for this project, or they would have made it happen. 

    • Me August 27, 2020 (7:27 pm)

      100% agree. Even if people could not make the production schedule (and said schedule could not be moved) perhaps highlighting those businesses storefronts would have been appropriate. And for those of you challenging those of us commenting….it opened with an explanation of why we are District 1 and highlighting Native Americans and then showcased businesses owned by Whites (except for Lika Love). And yet made sure to zone in on Black Lives Matter street sign. I cringed a few times and believe it could have been a stronger representation of diversity. Or, is this actually spot on and we say a lot but represent little?

  • BRN August 26, 2020 (5:22 pm)

    Well done!

  • Sandi K August 26, 2020 (5:30 pm)

    Excellent Video. Sharing what is great about West Side – best side!  Thank you!

  • Craig August 26, 2020 (7:24 pm)

    Loved seeing all the faces and places that make living here so wonderful. 

  • Denise August 26, 2020 (9:37 pm)

    Wonderful video  loved it.  Developers hands off! 

  • 1994 August 26, 2020 (10:38 pm)

    Now, if only the WS bridge were operational to get people in and out of WS….2022 can’t get here soon enough.

  • ScubaFrog August 27, 2020 (11:31 am)

    It would be GREAT if this brought some business here locally.  I buy locally, and love local businesses.  That said, it would be great if durkan and the powers that be could perhaps bump up the light rail schedule, with what our community’s faced, and  with what we may face re the bridge.  I’m hyped on our businesses, and want our local economy happy and healthy fiscally and otherwise.

  • Sarah August 27, 2020 (11:38 am)

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE it.  Captures our spirit well!

  • Mara Haveson August 27, 2020 (6:45 pm)


  • Admiral Mom August 27, 2020 (8:45 pm)

    I noticed the lack of diversity and I am glad (and a little surprised) others noticed it too. That’s a start. Like some here said, it’s a nicely made video. Serves its purpose. To show how white West Seattle thinks it is

  • Anon August 28, 2020 (2:15 pm)

    Where can I get that west Seattle island shirt he is wearing? 

  • Donna DeRousie September 7, 2020 (10:06 pm)

    I have had a retail business in the Junction for 10.5 years and didn’t even know this video was being made until I saw it in its completion.

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