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RV Dude on “Hillman City Business Association Restarting, Seeking Volunteers”:

Three out of the four corners of Hillman’s main intersection (RAS/Orcas) are occupied by religious enterprises. These ‘storefronts’ typically gravitate to where rents are low, of course.

The *good* thing about them is that their presence encourages the buildings’ owners to maintain the premises. The bad thing is that, except for the believers who occupy the chairs and pews, no one else frequents the area.

Unfortunately, the fourth corner is occupied by a group of small businesses that cater to a specialized demographic, and do *not* seem to keep an attractive appearance for customers, so people aren’t drawn to them, either.

The first challenge for any neighborhood improvement group will be to make that important corner attractive to casual passers-by, and to give drivers and strollers a reason to stop and look around. That’s how CC managed its Renaissance. Churches and wig shops are not that good reason. I’m hoping the new ‘pub’ on RAS might be a start, though.

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8 comments on “Comment of the Week Goes To…

  1. The storefront churches are a huge turnoff. Especially the one that is screaming “jesus is the only way!” So tacky.

  2. Christ is something the southend needs in a big way. Not just for the gang youth, but for the pro-communist middle class, as well. People who forget history so quickly open their hearts to the diabolic.

    I say keep the churches, especially the Christian ones, and add more.

  3. Do the landlords get out of paying property tax on buildings that are being used as churches? If so, getting rid of that exemption might be a good way to get them out.

  4. Personally, I’d settle for some more “pro-communist middle class”. Their parties are much more fun ;-)

  5. I can’t afford to go to church.
    How much Jesus do you get for your 10%?
    If someone makes more than you do they earn more Jesus?
    Do they get a better spot in line at the “Pearly gates”?

    (What Would Charlie Sheen Do?)

  6. “Wooden Jesus where are you from
    Korea or Canada or maybe Taiwan
    I didn’t know it was the Holy Land
    But I believed from the minute
    The check left my hand, and I pray

    Can I be saved, I spent all my money
    On a future grave
    Wooden Jesus I’ll cut you in
    On twenty percent of my future sin

    Porcelain Mary her majesties pure
    Looking for virgin territory
    Coat hanger halos don’t come cheap
    From television shepherds with living room
    Sheep, and I pray

    Can I be saved, I spent all my money
    On a future grave
    Wooden Jesus I’ll cut you in
    On twenty percent of my future sin”

  7. I heard a chicken-and-waffles place is opening across from the Orcas Landing. This is complete hearsay, but it is what I heard. Anyone? Also, more people have been coming into Orcas lately, so perhaps that will help up interest in the area.

    I have no problem with the churches on Rainier; arguably doing more important things for the community at large (providing a place to congregate, worship, food banks, etc) than many businesses.

  8. @#2
    Nothing like pulling the old “commie” card. You’re right, that’s exactly where this country is headed, into the hands of the hidden pinkies within us all. I think you are the one that needs to brush up on some history.

    Funny thing is, most Christian denominations (most definitely Catholicism) are effectively communist in structure. Think real hard about it. Communal, shared amongst all in the congregation, etc.

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