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    Mr. X
    Participant

    We have a new bench on the 49th Street overlook. Thanks to whomever placed it – will be great to rest and look out over the water. Any wagers as to how long it will last before El Jackasso shows up with his sledgehammer?

    #767422

    Mr. X
    Participant

    Guess what? Bench has already been taken. Lasted maybe an hour. Thinking of starting a fundraiser for a nice 15’x3’x3′ piece of granite…

    #767423

    Mr. X
    Participant

    Bench is now disassembled/broken up, placed in the trunk of a blue Honda Civic and is probably headed for the dump. Sigh…

    #767424

    2 Much Whine
    Participant

    Perhaps your first post was viewed as a challenge. It came across as a bit aggressive. Sorry the bench is gone. Maybe next time it will last longer without a neener, neener, neener post on the blog.

    #767425

    JanS
    Participant

    Has anyone contacted the city re: this bench? I’m wondering what said person destroying the bench would do if the city put one there. And if he broke that one up, would he be charged with a crime.

    I’m thinking you all should give up on the bench thing. Want to sit and see the view? Take a portable chair with you. He can’t stop you from doing that.

    I can’t imagine going through life like this person does. The unhappiness that exudes from him is amazing, and I don’t know him. Mean people suck.

    #767426

    johnnyblegs
    Member

    Why not some big heavy flat top rocks instead of a seemingly easily removable bench? The perp has a lot of time on their hands.

    Is this private or public property? If public why not petition the city for a bench? If private then there seems other actions should be taken, especially since this is the umpteenth time I’ve seen a post related to this.

    #767427

    JanS
    Participant

    as far as I know, it’s public property. what’s that old saying about the definition of insanity? Doing something over and over and over, expecting different results?

    #767428

    Mr. X
    Participant

    JanS, like GW said, “we can’t let the terrorists win.” And yes, it is public property.

    #767429

    shed22
    Participant

    I love that spot, especially after the hill climb from the south end of 49th. We’re graced with views galore in West Seattle . . . but that one is particularly nice for neighbors like me without a living room view of the Sound.

    I remember reading the previous posts on this contested spot. Some neighbors welcome a bench, some clearly do not. Not sure what the underlying reasons for the hostilities are but surely there are better ways to respond than through destruction.

    As a nearby neighbor who appreciates the public donation and sentiment, I am willing to listen to opinions on why it is regarded as a nuisance and/or problem. I am sure others here are, as well.

    #767430

    JayDee
    Participant

    I am willing to donate for a large rock…suitable for sitting on. Removing that would take a bit more time. I see a table at the entrance to the Farmers Market…”support the bench”…

    #767431

    katman
    Participant

    Where is the overlook, 49th and ??? I might want to take a couple of pics.

    #767432

    B-squared
    Participant

    Having just enjoyed the view from the bench early this morning, I am having difficulty seeing any downside to neighbors sitting for a bit enjoying a very public bit of space with a fantastic view.

    For those who wish to check out the location, it can be reached via stairs from SW Genesee and 49th St. SW. Or it can be reached from 49th St SW, a block north of Genesee. The view is of Mt. Rainier on a clear day, and Puget Sound. This small patch of grass is not on anyone’s property or directly in front of anyone’s home. It is the end of the street.

    #767433

    katman
    Participant

    Thanks B-Squared

    #767434

    JoB
    Participant

    I am with JayDee

    i would be more than happy to donate to a boulder/bench at that site..

    #767435

    Hawkeye
    Participant

    How incredibly sad and annoying for the very thoughtful and kind neighbors who live in this area to have grown-up bullies try to ruin this little community bright spot. I saw a couple seated on the bench having coffee and reading the paper there just yesterday morning and thought what a treasure it was to be able to enjoy a summer morning like that, in a gorgeous place that anyone is welcome to share!

    No stretch of my imagination can comprehend how some can be so mean-spirited such that, rather than enjoying and applauding the efforts of neighbors who tidy the little and incredibly scenic public space and put in a bench for all to enjoy, try instead to wreck it for everyone else–so I’ll leave that to the professional therapists. But, I am heartened that, while bullies have always been around and sadly always will be stealing and smashing and just trying inexplicably to ruin things, those sad little people will never hurt the hearts and spirit of everyone else. I love my good neighbors and look forward to seeing another bench, and then probably then another and maybe a giant piece of granite somewhere down the road. And lots of good neighbors coming together and enjoying this gem of a spot.

    In fact, looks like a great night to have a pot luck on the hill. Hope to see you there!

    #767436

    B-squared
    Participant

    Yeah, what Hawkeye said!!! I think i may have a solution ….

    http://www.seconduse.com/item/279202

    saw this today and had to smile…. :)

    #767437

    JanS
    Participant

    B-squared…what a great idea….that makes me smile, too…

    #767438

    miws
    Participant

    Very well put, Hawkeye.

    B-squared, that is cool!

    #767439

    Genesee Hill
    Participant

    That is too bad about the viewpoint bench(es).

    For anyone unaware of this location, I suggest a relatively short walk. Start at 49th SW and SW Oregon Street. Head directly north up 49th. The hill is deceptively steep. Cross SW Genessee. Be careful. Some motorists do not know what an un-marked crosswalk is. Walk up the concrete stairs.

    Let us all know if that short two block walk got your heart a thumping…

    Though, remember. Someone who lives in close proximity to the top of the stairs may be somewhat, shall I say, un-social. Keep walking fast for another block. This is cardio fitness training at its most intense. And only three blocks…

    #767440

    shed22
    Participant

    For those following G.Hill’s directions, linger a little along the deceptive steep … there are some wonderful front yard gardens to be admired. A few months back I was overwhelmed by a shock of Euphorbia. Well done, there. It was an inspiration.

    #767441

    WSB
    Keymaster

    Next time somebody places a bench, maybe consider letting us know BEFORE you go. We would be happy to provide some media attention BEFORE it gets taken away, cut up, whatever. Hell, if the weather’s nice, I’d be happy to hang out a while and see what happens. I have three hours of battery power and my own wi-fi. But so far, we never seem to hear about this until AFTER the fact. Have you tried a hidden camera?

    #767442

    JanS
    Participant

    maybe we could have a marathon sit in…someone sitting there at all times for the day , in shifts…so there’s never a time that it’s unoccupied…..until nightfall , anyway, and then, well, if it disappears over night, I would think whoever it is removing it has a real problem, and too much time on their hands..they need a hobby, a life….

    #767443

    justadumbguy
    Participant

    I certainly have a big enough errrrrr posterior to hold down a bench for an hour or three … count me in for a marathon ‘sit on’ ’tis only a few blocks from my place …

    #767444

    Lolo
    Member

    I’m kind of dating myself here but…does anyone remember the movie “The Gods Must Be Crazy?” Remember the rhino that would come and stomp out fires? That’s what this whole situation brings to mind… stomp stomp stomp stomp stomp

    :)

    #767445

    The Velvet Bulldog
    Participant

    Love the idea of a sit-in. But how’s about everyone brings their own chairs and then takes them with when their “shift” is over? Voila–view enjoyed, nothing there to smash and grab.

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