We’ve focused a lot of attention this month on the effort of local landowners and business people to reinvigorate the intersection of 23rd and Union. The Seattle Times checked in this week with an elder states
manwoman of the corner:
Gail Thompson knew she needed to make a decision. But which one could she live with?
Her choices were to keep running Thompson’s Point of View, the Central District restaurant her husband, Carl, opened in 1986. Or close it.
No one would have blamed Thompson for leaving. She’d just taken over the business in June after Carl died. Profits had run dry. Then there was the matter of location.
To Thompson’s right at 23rd Avenue and East Union Street sat an empty sandwich shop. Across from her: a liquor store. Kitty corner: a vacant lot.
Kids often hung out by her restaurant, dealing drugs, causing trouble and scaring customers away.
There was little reason to think things would improve. But quietly, new life has been pumping into this decaying corner. more…
We wrote about Gail’s decision back in May, here. The Times takes a tour of 23rd and Union starting with Thompson’s and also talks to many of the people we’ve been covering in recent weeks. It’s a good snapshot of the situation and the opportunities. Give it a read to see what the rest of the city is hearing about the intersection.
Our recent coverage is here: