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October 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm #600881
The lord giveth and the lord taketh away.October 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm #737019
That’s such a shame and just not right. So sorry this happened again when folks are just trying to do something positive for their neighbors. There is a bench at the north end of 55th that has been there for many years without this type of thing happening (to my knowledge) – a great place to stop, sit and enjoy the view. If you know who removed the bench maybe you can send a bill for the cost of the bench to them…October 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm #737020
If you get it back again, is this something we could pour some footings under and insert some j bolts into to secure it? At least they might think twice about spending time to unfasten 2-4 bolts to take it again. And they certainly wouldn’t take it fastened to concrete. (Would they?) I have some threadstock and nuts.
This is the bench somewhere on Genesee, right?October 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm #737021
no, he is probably shaking His head at this selfish act.October 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm #737022
This is such disheartening news! The bench has been such a great place to enjoy one of the best public views in West Seattle, overlooking Mount Rainier and parts of the Sound–Genesee St./49th Ave. SW, top of the stairs.
It’s clear that some nearby neighbors, for reasons that none can comprehend, seem intent on spoiling the enjoyment of the rest of us. Seriously, I can’t imagine why. The bench is enjoyed by kids, dog walkers, nearby neighbors and any passerby who would like to take a load off. It’s not Occupy Genesee Hill, but maybe it should be!October 14, 2011 at 2:04 am #737023
Maybe a web-cam and a notice that the bench is being monitored? Don’t know how to do that myself but I am sure someone on the blog knows how. If donations for the next bench are needed please post them.October 14, 2011 at 2:32 am #737024
What are you all talking about? There is no God. Why else would that bench be stolen again? (Sorry, couldn’t help myself).October 14, 2011 at 6:22 am #737025
Ok fine…my comment was refering to the divine appearance of the soon to be disappeared bench, not any commentary on the existance (or not) of a deity.
Fortunately, some lovely, neighborly person has stationed a couple of Adirondack chairs on the overlook. Thank you random, chair leaving deity!
Polytheism livesOctober 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm #737026
I’d secure those Adirondacks down somehow and keep the bench stealing Grinch at bay!October 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm #737027
West Seattle Rocks! Thank you for the chairs. The chair stealer’s daughter, just saw the new chairs and left for work in a huff. I better pick up some chains at Target today.October 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm #737028
who needs the death of a thousand cuts to get their message across?
West Seattle has the appearance of the never ending bench :)
West Seattle rocks!October 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm #737029
YAY for the Bench Guardians:) keep ’em coming, neighbors!!October 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm #737030
Love it and love West Seattle! This neighborhood (and it’s bench lovers, fairies and guardians) is the best.
Thanks to the wonderful neighbors who brighten our days with such sweet gestures.October 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm #737031
If you have feelings for a bench, you need help.October 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm #737032
Maybe you need to visit the bench, jiggers:) those of us not blessed with a view home cherish such spots.October 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm #737033
Sigh….those Adirondacks have become a pile of kindling in the last couple of hours.
Not even sure what to say. Don’t people have better things to do with their time?
:(October 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm #737034
wow. hard to imagine what motivates such spiteful behavior.October 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm #737035
Unbelievable. Destroyed in broad daylight? The police (and maybe the city?) should be notified of such brazen vandalism. And isn’t that city property? Pretty sure that is the case since the stairs and adjoining property are all where the street would be were it not a dead-end…October 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm #737036
Totally unbelievable and unwarranted – how can these things happen without someone seeing it???
It seems there is knowledge or at least suspicion of who is responsible for these heinous acts; perhaps a group of neighbors confronting said individual with bill in hand for benches/chairs taken or destroyed is in order. And a call to police as well.
And maybe next a stone bench that requires more than one person to move…….October 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm #737037
maybe it’s time to take up a collection for a stone bench.. one too heavy to move.
i will pitch in the first 20October 14, 2011 at 11:15 pm #737038
The last time the bench disappeared it seemed that there was someone who had gone so far as to claim responsibility. And if you leave an item on public land, well, things can happen to it.
That said, if someone actually smashed the chairs, that’s, well, kind of pathetic really.October 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm #737039
Aside from the public vs. private property issue, is it visible to any of the pro-bench folks after dark? I just wonder if a neighbor has had problems with it being a gathering spot of sorts at night and resents its existence.
Edit to add: Oh, and despite the name(!) it wasn’t me, lol; no cryptic message intended.October 15, 2011 at 12:30 am #737040
The use of the dead end has been a source of disagreement between the neighborhood and one particular neighbor.
This latest action has really taken a nasty turn. There were no witnesses to the “crime.” My daughter did see the neighbor’s vehicle there at around the time it occured…all circumstancial, I know. While I was fuming about how to deal with this, my wife, clearly the adult in the family, called the police. She filed a report and that’s about all we can do.
That’s a much better response than some of the ideas I had running around in my head, although much less satisfying.October 15, 2011 at 12:48 am #737041
While that neighbor might have an issue with the bench, it is a street end, it is city property, and he has no right to “disappear” whatever shows up there. The city may have an opinion, but having a bench is no different than standing there taking in the view. So if someone is taking donations for a stouter, less mobile structure (A nice rock, like a basalt column weighing in at 1,500 pounds comes to mind.) I would donate towards this cause celebre.October 15, 2011 at 12:54 am #737042
Bolt the bench down permanently like the ones in Lincoln Park.
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