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The Corner: 23rd and Union

The Corner: 23rd and Union The Corner was a public art installation and community storytelling project created in collaboration

"At the February meeting, community members broke up into groups to discuss possible solutions to buy the land and to en...
02/26/2015
A Last-Ditch Effort to Preserve the Heart of the Central District

"At the February meeting, community members broke up into groups to discuss possible solutions to buy the land and to envision their ideal scenario of what it might become. Among the ideas for the former idea: getting a grant from the city, starting a Kickstarter campaign, and forming a neighborhood real-estate investment trust, or REIT. Among the latter ideas: having a worker-owned cooperative, a maker space, a farmers market, an urban garden, a community center, a rec center, a shared workspace, clubs, shops, and restaurants."

The Stranger Africatown-Central District
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The intersection of 23rd and Union in the Central District has become the symbolic heart of the fight against gentrification in Seattle. On the northeast corner, you have Uncle Ike's, a shiny new recreational pot shop and accompanying accessories store. On the northwest corner, a gas station and box…

Black In Seattle: Continuing The Conversation
11/08/2013
Black In Seattle: Continuing The Conversation

Black In Seattle: Continuing The Conversation

Wednesday, November 13, 2013Washington Hall153 14th Ave, Seattle 6:00 p.m.FREE In late October, KUOW aired Tonya Mosley’s four-part series “Black in

Could 23rd & Union Become Pot Central In Seattle?
10/01/2013
Could 23rd & Union Become Pot Central In Seattle?

Could 23rd & Union Become Pot Central In Seattle?

Beginning next year, as many as 21 marijuana retail stores could be open for business in Seattle — and that's sparked a contentious debate over where these

The Corner artwork will be part of a group exhibit "Under My Skin" at the Wing Luke Museum from May-November. We're thri...
04/24/2013

The Corner artwork will be part of a group exhibit "Under My Skin" at the Wing Luke Museum from May-November. We're thrilled that this work will be on display again.

07/15/2011

Thanks to everyone who came last night to the Northwest African American Museum. We had a wonderful conversation. It's amazing how The Corner continues to evolve and inspire dialogue and storytelling.

More photos from the opening at the Northwest African American Museum
02/27/2011

More photos from the opening at the Northwest African American Museum

Thanks to everyone who came to the opening of The Corner at Northwest African American Museum. It was wonderful to see s...
02/26/2011
The Corner Artists

Thanks to everyone who came to the opening of The Corner at Northwest African American Museum. It was wonderful to see so many people there. The exhibit is up until July so I hope you'll stop by.

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02/02/2011

We are excited to have re-installed the Corner artwork at the Northwest African American Museum! I hope you can join us to celebrate the artwork and collected stories at The Corner at NAAM - Opening Celebration on February 24.

The Census shows neighborhoods are still segregated around the country. The more things change...
01/14/2011
Census data show 'surprising' segregation - USATODAY.com

The Census shows neighborhoods are still segregated around the country. The more things change...

Despite increased racial and ethnic diversity, U.S. neighborhoods continue to be segregated, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data.

01/07/2011

Mark your calendars: The Corner at the Northwest African American Museum will open at the beginning of February. Opening party February 24. Details to come!

Woah there. And check out the rise in housing prices since 2000. Around 23rd and Cherry prices have more than doubled!
12/17/2010
Mapping America: Every City, Every Block

Woah there. And check out the rise in housing prices since 2000. Around 23rd and Cherry prices have more than doubled!

Browse local data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, which was conducted from 2005 to 2009.

A map of the racial and ethnic makeup of the CD. Fascinating!
12/17/2010
Mapping America: Every City, Every Block

A map of the racial and ethnic makeup of the CD. Fascinating!

Browse local data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, which was conducted from 2005 to 2009.

No new businesses on the corner, but there are holiday lights.
12/07/2010
Holiday lights on a Saturday night at 23rd and Union

No new businesses on the corner, but there are holiday lights.

We reported on the meeting. The invite to come out and help was posted here. Might as well cover some of the results. It's not going to change the world. But it's something. Happy holidays, 23rd and Union style.

11/17/2010
JA Thecornerpartone

The
gas station on 23rd and Union has closed. The Stranger says 'Urban
Decay Officially Consumes All of 23rd and Union.' Merle Richlen owns the gas station lot. Her dad Jack ran Richlen's in the gas station spot for decades (you may remember Kickin' Chicken). Before that, he ran a grocery store across the street, on the Southwest corner of 23rd and Union. Jack Richlen remembers at the link below.

No more gas station at 23rd and Union.
11/17/2010
23rd and Union gas station shuttered

No more gas station at 23rd and Union.

We're still gathering details on what is happening but can report that the Union 76 gas station at 23rd and Union has its pumps taped off and is closed. Thanks to Ian for sending the tip about the darkened service station last night. The shelves of

09/29/2010

We're very excited to be planning an exhibit of The Corner at the Northwest African American Museum in 2011. More details in the coming months....

07/30/2010
'The Corner' Dismantled Under Police Pressure

'The Corner' Dismantled Under Police Pressure

The art installation at 23rd Avenue and Union in Seattle was always meant to be temporary. But in the end, organizers say it was taken down because of pressure from Seattle Police. Police say they were merely passing on complaints from anonymous sources.

Inye (The Corner's photographer) and Jenny (The Corner's creator/radio producer) are going to talk about The Corner proj...
05/28/2010
Northwest Folklife - Seattle, WA

Inye (The Corner's photographer) and Jenny (The Corner's creator/radio producer) are going to talk about The Corner project at Folklife
this Saturday at 1 pm. We're going to show photos of the installation
and Web site and play audio clips. It will be a chance to hear about our process and listen to stories you might have missed. We'll be presenting from 1-2pm at the Narrative stage. (http://www.nwfolklife.org/festival/festival-map) Hope to see you there!

Northwest Folklife

02/25/2010
Webinar: Innovative Media Models from Makers Quest 2.0

Jenny explained how we created The Corner at a "Webinar" recently put on by the National Center for Media Engagement. The other panelist was Kara Oehler who created the amazing Mapping Main Street project. Check it out!

And... watch the page for an announcement about a new project... coming very soon....

Jenny's showing highlights from The Corner at the American Film Institute's Digifest on Thursday... at the Mann Chinese ...
11/03/2009
AFI Digital Content Lab

Jenny's showing highlights from The Corner at the American Film Institute's Digifest on Thursday... at the Mann Chinese Theater in LA. 10:50 am (and it's free!)

Mentors bring AFI DCL productions to life, creating the content and dialogue that advance the digital media industry. AFI DCL mentors have proven track records and are experts in digital creative, storytelling and production.

Inye and Jenny are playing excerpts from the Corner on Thursday. It's part of the Central District Forum's "Which Way Se...
10/20/2009
Which Way Seattle? Series: Geography of Black Seattle in the CD and Beyond « CD Forum: Seattle's Lea

Inye and Jenny are playing excerpts from the Corner on Thursday. It's part of the Central District Forum's "Which Way Seattle?" discussion at Yesler community center. It's FREE and open to the public!

From the event: "We’ll look at the present and future of the CD and how
gentrification has changed the landscape of Seattle’s traditionally
Black neighborhoods.
Join the CD Forum for a community discussion about geographic
boundaries and Black Seattle’s sense of identity around the Central
District and beyond."

Seven years ago, the CD Forum posed the question: How Central Is the Central District for Seattle’s Black Community? Today, we’ll look at the present and future of the CD and how gentrification has changed the landscape of Seattle’s traditionally Black neighborhoods.

The NW African American Museum is featuring The Corner's on its Web site right now!
10/19/2009
NAAM: Northwest African American Museum

The NW African American Museum is featuring The Corner's on its Web site right now!

The Corner was an experiment in community story telling. It was a public radio documentary created with the people who make Seattle’s 23rd and Union part of their lives. During the summer of 2009, community members were asked to call in, listen to stories, and share their own. ...

Blog (hugeasscity): "What the Corner Really Needs"
10/17/2009
What The Corner Really Needs | I Heart SEA

Blog (hugeasscity): "What the Corner Really Needs"

[ How many rockstar reporters can you spot at McGinn's 23rd and Union press conference? ] For eleven years I have lived two blocks from the notorious intersection of 23rd and Union where Mike McGinn recently held a press conference on public safety. We

Hi all - Just want to let you know a behind the scenes report "The Making of The Corner" is online now at transom.org. Y...
10/12/2009
Transom Special Feature: The Making of “The Corner”

Hi all - Just want to let you know a behind the scenes report "The Making of The Corner" is online now at transom.org. You can discuss + ask Jenny questions about the project!

The corner of Twenty–Third Avenue and East Union Street is near the geographical center of Seattle. For decades it’s been a hub for Seattle’s Black community. But that’s changing. Like other neighborhoods in the city, the Central District is in flux. ...

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PART ONE.. pg.1
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WeirdWood wasn't Wood at first, but he said the wrong thing one too many times and had to leave the old him on that porch at 853 22nd St. Seattle, Washington. Along with a hidden treasure buried in the backyard.
The first thing he didn't see was the joint he had been hitting on when his mouth got the best of him.
The first thing he did see was this old tattered crow looking at him. He had seen it eating the faces of rats that the cat, Andy at the house at 853 22nd St. would kill and leave for it.. "Well what now?" he who would be Wood asked the scraggly crow. It squaked back at him, "'23, 23" as it casually took flight towards a trio of tall trees a few blocks over behind the Midtown plaza on The Corner: 23rd and Union all he who was not Wood had in his pocket was 6 dollars and his cellphone (no charger). He had begun walking the way the crow knows - down to 23nd and U.
At 22nd and U, Not yet Wood found himself on the steps of the Bad Sheppard Church of the Holy Something or Other. It was the temporary U Line Bus Stop while the long term ongoing construction was dragging down Union street like a slow festering vein on an arm waiting to be amputated by the quick generous knife of Gentrification.
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The tree above the church's of the Bad Sheppard leaves rustled overhead as a jet plane on its way to SeaTac drowned out all thought.
A pair of crows, one the ragged BG set claimer, the other a very wize alert older bird, clucked about, wary of every transplant to their hood as they walked by on their ways to tech firm holes like Amazon and F**k Buckets, never looking up from their tiny glass squares they held in their hand to see black birds smarter than you would think staring at them from the Trees.
The older bird hopped down and quickly snactched a half of a Artisan bagel with sockeye salmon and locally sourced cream cheese smeared on it that blue haired dread locked guy with the word DJ Technohippy written on his shirt had thrown inside the "food waste only" bin at the temporary bus stop.
He was too engrossed in his phone and false concept of self to notice The Crow.
A black man without any legs in a green wheel chair rolled up to the white guy who became Wood and asked for 75 cents.
White Guy "I only have 13 dollars"
Black Guy " I only need 75 cents."
White Guy "What can you get for 75 cents in this state?"
Black Guy "New Amsterdam red berry vodka" and started towards the Midtown Liquor with Future Wood in tow.. He paid no heed to crosswalks or stoplights (very unseattle like) as he propelled his wheelchair out in front of traffic. He exclaimed to the Wood behind him "I just hold my drink up at em" as the cars screeced to a halt to avoid the unlikily pair or perhaps transfixed by a half of a man rolling with a solo cup of drank held aloft like a flag of defiancy to the throng of people who had began to choke the black fellas neighborhood like a series of vines entangling a universe interwoven with rats...each rat/person probably believing he/ she was King Rat.
INSERT SUB STORY SECTION HERE..
CALLED TALES FROM THE BUS STOP.
RECOUNTING DIFFERENT EVENTS WHICH OCCUR WHILE WEIRDWOOD SITS AT STOP. COUNTRY N***A AND DANIEL SAUNDERS ARE FIRST TWO CHARACTERS INTRODUCED IN THIS STORYLINE.


When they left the bus stop to put some distance between Country N***a and themselves Wood asked T if he was hungry and began to push his wheelchair toward Mama Sans when the answer was "man whatchu think, WW?"
Mama Sans was a small magical kiosk in the center of the Midtown Plaza. It was a tiny place but her cooking abilities were legendary with the locals. Wood ordered them both a hamburger and sat down to wait....and in through the door strolled Country N***a.
His caveman era workboots clomped across the floor like a modern day Debo. He walked towards T paying no mind that his wheelchair took up the small aisle space as he pushed his way towards the counter... Mama Sans eyes grew wide as she handed Wood back his change..hiding the bills from The Large Black Nightmare whos presence had turned the eatery foul. "get help" she mouthed using her eyes and telepathic Dragon Power..
So out the door towards Pimp Row Wood went.
Pimp Row was the area in the Midtown Center where for decades the locals of The Central District of Seattle been holdin it down, repping they block, serving at they spot. It had a very public history for drug activity arrests and violence..including the murder of TWO owners of the same resturant (which eventually fell victim to an arsonist and was replaced by Uncle Ikes glass store. The corner at 23rd and Union had risen to fame in native rapper Sir Mix a Lots Posses on Broadway line about where the crack heads were. A line of expensive rimmed cars usually sat in the shade under the trees that lined the parking lot. As Wood walked up windows went down. Seattles second most predominant cloud structure filled the space between the car and W. as the thick smell of Kush wafted out from inside the rides.
He slowed his roll and held his hands out in the Masonic Traveller in need pose. The G's saw he wasn't packing and a goateed thin sharp eyed fella walked towards him.. "waas up, padna?"
Wood remembered his studies of the local gang and said " From the triple pointed trident to the six sided star......." causing several of the gang bangers now to come forward...
"Good Afternoon Gentlemen." They nodded at Wood. "There is a rather unsavory creature causing undue distress to the proprietoress of yon Waffle palace." Blank Stares met his proclamation. "Said individual is also encroaching upon the pint sized Don in the wheelchair, getting all up in his face with no regards for personal space." This was met with unhappy but confused mutterings.. "inna ni**as personal space??!." came from the back of the crowd.
"You saying some muthafukka is in TBs s**t and fu**in wit Mama San?" asked RD. "Yes." answered Weird. A nod was given and the group of men broke off towards the kiosk.
"So what up with'chu?" RD asks the weird white kid that stood before him. A quick run down of being kicked out of his friends house for telling them their kid was lazy and fat and now being homeless and meeting TB and sitting at the Bus Stop smoking a joint and the Daniel Saunders incident made RD chuckle... "Well, WeirdWood you out here with us now..how you know about King David and the trident and star..?" "I've learned a lot of things about Seattle." after a quick rundown of some of the things in Woods Book RD whistled lowly under his breath.. "Damn Homey, you be knowing...too much already about the Unspoken. Don't say those names too loud or the camera mics on the streetlight might pick up on you." Wood looked to The Sky. "So where you see yourself in all this now this is your block too, Lil Homie?" Wood was still looking at the streetlights and the boxes that sat atop them. "There are 3 types of N***as out here on this block. Dealers, Stealers, and Killers. You dont look like a Thief, aint got no dope and say Daniel Saunders bowed at your feet and called you an angel...Sh*t N***a.. how'd you like to do some work for us?" Wood nodded Yes and began to walk with RD towards the Kiosk where TB, Country N***a, a couple of cheeseburgers and about 6 local Pimp Row denizens where waiting..
Two crows followed along as Wood walked towards the Mom and Pops
His caffeine addiction was second only to his w**d addiction. The crows came to light upon the sign for Garys Laundry Mat where everything became "nice and sparkling clean" again. Inside its softly scented walls all were equally dirty. Example after example of the finer qualities of Seattle were played out time and time again. All races, genders and income brackets needed clean drawers and Garys Super Hot dryers and reasonably priced Tide (YES ITS REALLY TIDE the sign read) drew them in from the Central District like worms to a co**se.
The surprising thing about Garys was that you could leave your clothes in the dryer on a busy day and chances are they would be folded on the table when you got back as opposed to say..stolen like some places. Often times it was trendy to pay it forward and give someone your remaining quarters before they left. There was a shelf of half full laundry soap and other items in case you needed just a cup of soap to was the dirt of the day away.. It was here later while waiting for his stupid HiVis clothing for Rhino work he would be presented many opportunities to " Do the Right Thing" but for now he was simply trying to find a can of cola in overpriced Seattle for under a buck..
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