#HumansOfBelltown #97


Q1. Why are you in Belltown?

A. I came here ONE time, and I saw how mixed up everybody was. How much culture was here. How much music was here. How easy it was to access music. If you had no money to your name, but you had tickets to the show, you could walk to it. You don't need a ride. You don't need to bum a ride. Here, you could be a dishwasher, and see the greatest bands! If you had a ticket. Or knew the door guy. I chose to stay, because I found family here. I have family, but it's small, and they're far away. Here, I'm surrounded by family every day. You can't walk down the street without slappin a five, or giving a hug, or a kiss.

Q2. What's your favorite thing about #Belltown?

A. I kind of LIKE the fight. The fight of keeping it Belltown. It's a chore. It's hard work. But people show up. It's a real sense of community here. More than any place that I've ever lived. And I've lived some desolate places. A town with three hundred people, and half of that was an old folks home. But my favorite? It's the nightlife. You see me. And LOOK at this. Can't beat this shit. Smiling faces.

Q3. What's your message for the Mayor and Council about Belltown?

A. Don't give up on it. Don't cast us aside. Don't break up our family. We're a community that sticks together. Why not share some of the city with a community that already lives here? Who's gonna pour your beer, or cook your meal? Who's gonna listen to your woes, when you come to the bar, to release? Don't repeat the past. Belltown has been torn down, and the culture ripped out, so many times. But this could be the final nail in the coffin. Eventually, no one's gonna want to come down here.

And save the god damn Showbox, for cryin' out loud! ALL the greats have played there. This should be a no-brainer.