Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Rainier Cold Storage Stock House, RIP

Here's a report from Seattle:

There's a nice little piece over at Crosscut this morning about Georgetown's Rainier Cold Storage Stock House (and the demise of), but just like the neighborhood opposition to the building's demolition, it's too little too late. To be fair, the building's owners broke their way through many walls (a much beloved building that defines a neighborhood, an official Seattle Landmark) with the wrecking ball of public safety: it's going to collapse onto Airport Way, they said. Demolish away, they were told. Demolish away they did and not enough people knew or cared beforehand to do much of anything to stop it.

Seattlest researched and wrote an article on the landowner's plans to remove Georgetown's crown jewel late last year in the hopes that some public consciousness of the impending demo would save the building. Unfortunately, the resulting article sucked and never saw the light of day.

A hundred years ago when exploiting cheap labor was, if not a novelty at least not yet down to a science in America, and fortunes could be made by supplying that cheap labor with cheap beer, a monument was erected in the Georgetown neighborhood. A brewery for the ages. Not that cutesy Tully’s thing, the real one, farther south along Airport Way. Six blocks of brick magnificence, the great west wall stands tall. It used to represent America’s vast thirst for intoxication and capitalism’s will to slake it, but now it’s the bulwark that protects Georgetown from the developing hordes that constantly, insatiably, chew up Seattle’s old buildings in favor of crudely-designed office buildings and cheap condominiums.

Tears, Dust, Rubble, and the Future in Georgetown

Here's a report from Seattle:

We hope this isn't a growing trend. From the Croc to the Sunset Bowl to all of Seattle's bars, it seems as though any place of which beer is an integral component is endangered with stifling regulation or closure or even the wrecking ball. The very latest, of course, is a portion of the old Georgetown brewery just a scant few days after the 104th anniversary of Georgetownian incorporation.

Of course we're sad to see the Stock House go but you can't argue with an uncooperative foundation that's sinking below you. We're happy the rest of the complex is staying, though Sabey really needs to get on with fixing the place up --see the bricks above and focus before it's too late. Still, a lesson to all: perhaps cold storage is not the best adaptive reuse for a historic building.

Lift a glass: A Seattle landmark bites the dust

Cynthia Rose writes:

Jan. 19 was just an ordinary Puget Sound Saturday; the rainy drive to a specialty bookstore in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood, a latte fetched from right next door, and the strains of eclectic music in the air. Then, from across the road, an interruption that's becoming familiar: another demolition, spewing bricks and concrete into the street. The shock only lasts for seconds, because it's been elaborately previewed on a developer's Web site, in public meetings, and with extensive PR that hammered home familiar themes of renewal and preservation.

Which is surreal considering that the building being torn apart is an official Seattle landmark: the Rainier Cold Storage and Ice/Seattle Brewing and Malting Company. In 1893, as a merger of three earlier Seattle breweries, it would bring Rainier Beer to prominence and evolve into the sixth-largest brewing facility in the world. Now, mechanical claws are devouring the brewery's Stock House section — whose towering fa├žade completes the south end of the 855-foot-long building. Developer Sabey Corp. — a growing presence in the Georgetown area — bought the landmark in October 2006. On its Web site, the company says that after the purchase they learned that the Stock House portion of the complex had a seriously compromised structural integrity. Several aspects of its history as a cold storage and "ice house" facility had led, they say, to degradation that required immediate demolition.

The idea that a developer would make such a purchase without first investigating its full structural state would seem unlikely. But according to the blog written mostly by Sabey Senior Vice President of Investments Jim Harmon (who was on site Saturday in a state of elation that contrasted strongly with that of most onlookers), "we certainly didn't buy the property with this in mind."

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Stormy Daniels Feb. 2007 Interview



http://www.lukeford.net Luke Ford interviews Stormy Daniels outside Sardo's Bar in Burbank, CA.

Kelly Caramel Interview



http://www.lukeford.net Luke Ford interviews Kelly Caramel at Star World Modeling in April 2007

Stephanie Crane Interview, June 13, 2007



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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Brad Hardy Interview



http://www.lukeford.net Luke Ford interviews Brad Hardy, Feb. 2008

De'Bella Interview I



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Jenny Hendrix Interview



http://www.lukeford.net Luke Ford interviews Jenny Hendrix June 12, 2007

De'Bella Interview



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Courtney Cummz Interview Sept. 2007 II



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Rena Riffel Interview II



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Kate Linder (star of The Young and the Restless) Interview II



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Kate Linder (star of The Young and the Restless) Interview



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Rena Riffel Interview II



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Rena Riffel Interview



http://www.lukeford.net/Images/photos4/photos/080121.htm Sexy actress Rena Riffel (Showgirls, Dante's Cove) talks to Luke Ford.

Stormy Daniels Feb. 2007



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Aarielle Alexis Interview July 2007



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Sunny Lane Interview



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Taylor Wane Attacks Me Aug. 22, 2007



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Tori Black Interview Sept. 2007



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Monday, January 21, 2008

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http://www.lukeford.net Luke Ford interviews Veronica Rayne, Jack Vegas in the summer of 2007.

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Carmen Minor Interview II Oct. 2, 2007



http://www.lukeford.net Luke Ford interviews Carmen Minor outside Sardo's Bar in Burbank, CA.

Courtney Cummz Interview Sept. 2007



http://www.lukeford.net Luke Ford interviews Courtney Cummz on set.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Shyla Stylez Interview



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Rebecca Linares



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Actor Kurt Lockwood Repeatedly Shoves Journalist Gram Ponante



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Sheila Marie Interview II



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Sheila Marie Interview



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Carmen Minor Interview Oct. 2, 2007



http://www.lukeford.net Luke Ford interviews Carmen Minor outside Sardo's Bar in Burbank, CA.

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http://www.lukeford.net Luke Ford interviews Maria Menendez July 25, 2007

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http://www.lukeford.net Luke Ford interviews Jersey Jaxin, Phoebe Jones, McKenzie Michelle at Sardo's Bar in Burbank, CA in the Spring of 2007.

Jersey Jaxin, Phoebe Jones, McKenzie Michelle



http://www.lukeford.net Luke Ford interviews Jersey Jaxin, Phoebe Jones, McKenzie Michelle at Sardo's Bar in Burbank, CA in the Spring of 2007.

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Kimberly Kane Interview Feb. 2007



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Jordan Blue Interview



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Jandi Lin, Jack Lawrence Interview Oct. 10, 2007



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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Demolition of Rainier Cold Storage Stock House

From SeattlePI.com: Part of the brick facade of the old Rainier Cold Storage building crashes down as the Stock House, built in 1903, is demolished on Saturday in Seattle. Part of the Georgetown landmark was approved for emergency demolition by the City of Seattle because the structure was sinking. Many in Georgetown were upset at the demolition, which they fear will turn their corner of Seattle into another Belltown.
(January 19, 2008)

Mindy Main Interview



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Faith Leon Interview



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Bree Olson On Set June 12, 2007



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Ashlynn Brooke Interview



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Skid Row Policing Panel Discussion



http://www.lukeford.net/ Manhattan Institute conference discusses skid row policing Jan. 17, 2008 at Manhattan Institute conference on LA's better cities initiative.

Skid Row Policing Panel Discussion



http://www.lukeford.net/ Heather Mac Donald and co Jan. 17, 2008 at Manhattan Institute conference on LA's better cities initiative.

UCLA Professor Mark A. R. Kleiman



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Heather Mac Donald Jan. 15, 2008 IV



http://www.lukeford.net The David Horowitz Freedom Center presents Heather Mac Donald from the Manhattan Institute. She discusses the politics of illegal immigration.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Criminologist George Kelling



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Ginger Lee Interview June 3, 2007



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LAPD Chief William Bratton II



Chief Bratton addresses the Manhattan Institute conference on skid row policing Jan. 18, 2008.

Heather Mac Donald Jan. 15, 2008 III



http://www.lukeford.net The David Horowitz Freedom Center presents Heather Mac Donald from the Manhattan Institute. She talks about the politics of illegal immigration.

LAPD Chief William Bratton IV



LAPD Chief Bratton (profiled in latest issue of Playboy) addresses the Manhattan Institute conference on skid row policing Jan. 18, 2008.

LAPD Captain Andrew Smith



http://www.lukeford.net/ On a panel at the downtown Marriott, LAPD Captain Andrew Smith discusses skid row policing Jan. 17, 2008 at Manhattan Institute conference on L.A.'s better cities initiative.

Bree Olson On Set June 12, 2007



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LAPD Chief William Bratton III



LAPD Chief Bratton addresses the Manhattan Institute conference on skid row policing Jan. 18, 2008.

Skid Row Policing Panel Discussion III



http://www.lukeford.net/ Manhattan Institute conference discusses skid row policing Jan. 17, 2008 at Manhattan Institute conference on LA's better cities initiative.

Skid Row Policing Panel Discussion II



http://www.lukeford.net/ Manhattan Insitute conference discusses skid row policing Jan. 17, 2008 at Manhattan Institute conference on LA's better cities initiative.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Heather Mac Donald Jan. 15, 2008 V



http://www.lukeford.net/profiles/profiles/heather_macdonald.htm

Heather Mac Donald discusses the politics of illegal immigration.

Monday, January 14, 2008

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