Sunday, November 27, 2011
Short takes No. 11
Bank of America almost back to normal
Following the presumed arson fire at the BofA ATM earlier this month, the Bank needed to scramble to ensure customer service in Madison Park. The branch itself was out of commission for about seven business days following the fire, finally reopening last Monday. With the replacement ATM successfully installed and operating by Friday, the temporary mobile ATM--which had served a useful purpose during the interim--was driven away by Bank personnel on Saturday.
Bof A Manager Caitlin Bouroncle told us last week that while the branch is back to full service, there may still be a bit of contractor work going on for awhile. When we went by earlier today, it appeared that the place was almost pristine.
An air of entitlement in Madison Park?
It's time for us to give a belated nod to an interesting piece posted on the Crosscut website earlier this month by Madison Park's resident journalistic gadfly, Knute Berger: "If fences make good neighbors, what happens when you take one down?" Berger (aka "Mossback") dissects the current controversy over "access" to Lake Washington at Swingset Park, while ruminating on the nature of Madison Park and its denizens.
Calling the neighborhood "almost too good to be true" in some ways, Berger recites some of the blessings of living here, concluding that Madison Park "feels like a wealthy village that can afford to have the old neighborhood amenities that all neighborhoods used to have." But he sees a darker side as well. "There's also a lot of entitlement in the air," he states, noting that "some people also believe they have a right to a sense of exclusivity here." That attitude, he believes, permeates the debate over the fence, though he admits that not everyone living here shares that exclusivist position. As for himself, he comes down strongly in the anti-exclusivist camp: "Madison Park, tear down that wall."
Those interested in reading the piece might also want to peruse the reader comments for some other perspectives on the neighborhood.
MPC makes the cut
The Madison Park Conservatory, which has consistently received good press since it opened exactly a year ago today, got another culinary send up last week when Seattle Times food critic, Providence Cicero, placed MPC on her list of the favorite Seattle restaurants she's reviewed in 2011. The Conservatory is one of ten eateries making the list, which is available, along with her commentary, here.