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This article on Amazon’s Seattle development published yesterday in the New York Times, well, it sucked (pardon my French). Of course, it includes plenty of one-liners from corporate and city talkingheads but no real substance or what used to be called ‘journalism’. Honestly, it seems like it was written from a desk in Manhattan. I guess I shouldn’t expect much more these days from newspapers starving for revenue, but with a headline “Seattle’s Downtown is Reshaped” (not to mention two authors!), can’t I at least expect to get a sense of how Seattle is getting reshaped? Some greater historical context, some ideological balance, and maybe even the selection of ‘experts’ worth listening to: this doesn’t seem like too much to ask, even if it means a slightly longer article that took more than a day to write.

In order to get on with my day, I’m compelled to dust off some of Sherman…

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