My mind immediately conjured up the worst possible scenario. Some jerk is going to sweep in here, buy this lot, tear this down, and build another glass condo on this block. It's just too perfect not to and that's exactly what's happening directly around the corner on four different sites. I couldn't sleep all night even after taking two Ambien. I woke up completely wrecked and I'm going back to Plantworks today to talk to the owner. I have to know the current situation of this shop, and I hope to find out that the business owner either also owns the building or has a long term lease. But the bigger question is - Is this the state we are all living in now? Has the real estate boom actually created a new psychological disorder? It certainly isn't without cause. On my way to the grocery this morning, every store on the west side of Third Avenue between 10th and 11th Street had been closed and replaced with nail/spa salons or some other unnecessary business. The deli was gone, the very bad Taco Bell was gone, the art supply store was gone, and the nasty old alki-pub that I'd never been into was gone (but I was glad it was there!). On the way back from the grocery, the entire corner of Fourth Avenue and 10th Street had been leveled where at least six different small businesses once stood. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what's going up on that lot. When I got home I fixed myself a large martini. It was 11:30 in the morning and there was really nothing else to do.
So that's my current neurosis. I'll update when I find out anything about Plantworks.