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January 20, 2011

How many people read BelltownPeople.com?

Blogging really messes with your head. A lot of the time I feel like an insane person talking to myself in a dark room. Suddenly, I’ll see a little flicker of light and someone will respond. That’s what neighborhood blogging is like. Well, why the hell would I do it? Frankly, because I’ve been able to meet a lot of amazing people in real life. The happy hours are a lot of fun. Meeting neighbors and living in “community” is an important part of my life. Everyone has a story. There’s no one that’s not interesting.

Writing for a neighborhood blog gives me a good excuse to talk to strangers without seeming like a curious freak. “ohhh, hey, what are you guys doing there, I write on BelltownPeople.com” is a lot easier than asking a million questions and getting hit in the neck.

But, I thought I’d open the humble hood to this geocities page (RIP) and show you guys that there’s actually a lot of people reading this blog. “Whaaaaat, an average of 3,000 people a day is not a lot! I work for Microogle and we get like a brazillion page hits an hour”! Well, that might be true, but get this. I’m writing about a slice of a couple streets in a generally small city to begin with. 3,000 hits for a neighborhood the size of a runway seems pretty neat.

Pointless post of the year award – but the point is that you shouldn’t be a stranger. Come on over to one of the happy hours and introduce yourself sometime. If you’re sick of this blog sucking and stinking up the place, we’d love to have you pitch in and share your beaming literary brilliance with the rest of us. Seriously. The idea behind this site was always to create a community board, where lots and lots of voices were being heard, not just one guy who honestly ought to be working harder on his day job.

-Jesse


The Lucky Diner: New Belltown Restaurant

A new casual food option is coming to Belltown and joining the company of a couple recent neighbor friendly Belltown options. First it was Belltown Pub, with a laid back atmosphere and prices that weren’t in the club stratosphere. Next, Local 360 took over the ailing Flying Fish space and has since opened to rave reviews.

We’re happy to see yet another neighborhood eatery being planned for an April 2011 opening; The Lucky Diner. Justin Mevs is the owner, who leased the brand new retail space at the bottom of the AL Humphrey house on 1st & Cedar. We asked him a couple questions;

What’s the vision that you have?The Lucky Diner will be a casual, neighborhood spot, that will be serving fun American comfort food.  I would like it to be a place where local residents feel comfortable throwing on some casual attire and can enjoy some inexpensive good quality food.”

Is it really going to be open 24 hours?Not right away.  The ultimate goal of The Lucky Diner is to provide 24 hour service, but until we are established with late night clientele, we will be open until 10 pm on weekdays, and 4 am on Friday and Saturday nights.”

What made you choose Belltown in terms of a location?I have always loved the belltown neighborhood and community.   I felt that there is a need for a casual neighborhood meeting place.”

Belltown is a neighborhood that’s been changing quite a bit. We’re not opening new clubs, but we are opening a host of new options for neighborhood residents. I guess it’s about time considering this is the densest neighborhood in Seattle. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this great neighborhood continues to evolve.