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August 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm #604471
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?August 18, 2012 at 5:41 pm #767422
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…August 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm #767423
Bench is now disassembled/broken up, placed in the trunk of a blue Honda Civic and is probably headed for the dump. Sigh…August 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm #767424
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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.August 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm #767425
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.August 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm #767426
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.August 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm #767427
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?August 18, 2012 at 8:24 pm #767428
JanS, like GW said, “we can’t let the terrorists win.” And yes, it is public property.August 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm #767429
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.August 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm #767430
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”…August 18, 2012 at 10:35 pm #767431
Where is the overlook, 49th and ??? I might want to take a couple of pics.August 18, 2012 at 11:09 pm #767432
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.August 19, 2012 at 12:39 am #767433August 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm #767434
I am with JayDee
i would be more than happy to donate to a boulder/bench at that site..August 20, 2012 at 12:14 am #767435
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!August 20, 2012 at 12:28 am #767436
B-squaredParticipantAugust 20, 2012 at 1:01 am #767437August 20, 2012 at 1:15 am #767438August 20, 2012 at 3:39 am #767439
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…August 20, 2012 at 5:56 am #767440
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.August 20, 2012 at 6:23 am #767441
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?August 20, 2012 at 7:21 am #767442
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….August 20, 2012 at 7:29 am #767443
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 …August 23, 2012 at 3:48 am #767444
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
:)August 23, 2012 at 4:08 am #767445
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