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Articles by Ronald Holden


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Seattle’s densest residential block

Construction continues on the building out my back door, on the corner of 3rd and Cedar, at the north end of Belltown. That’s a 27-story, 298-unit project that will create Seattle’s most densely populated single…


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Ooh-la-la: Parisian baguettes!

Nantes may well be Seattle’s French sister city, but–face it–Nantes doesn’t have the glamor of Paris. So it’s no big surprise that the old Boulangerie Nantaise bakery in Belltown should hang a new shingle proclaiming…


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A hotel for Belltown

A year or so from now, there’s going to be a fancy, 97-room hotel at the corner of Second and Virginia, to occupy the renovated interior of the Palladian apartments. One wonders what the developers…


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Goodbye, David Nelson

David Nelson, who wrote a long-running online column, InsideBelltown, for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s website, is leaving the neighborhood. He made the announcement today (here: http://bit.ly/HtdCiz), posting a picture of a moving van in front of…


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Building Belltown one module at a time

Funny how plenty of people adore boats and RVs, with their cramped quarters, how they can’t wait to spend time in their tiny, rustic cabins, yet they disdain house trailers. And don’t get them started…


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The Whisky Bar: Scotch waters run deep

  Yes, in its new location The Whisky Bar has a bigger kitchen and does more than put out a few Scotch eggs. There’s now a real happy hour. And an exceptional list of beers…


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Black Bamboo: Not Really Ready

Hurts to say this, because we want to see small restaurants succeed. But Black Bamboo Palace, the Chinese restaurant that opened last week at 3rd & Bell, needs to rethink a lot of its menu…


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New building on KOMO parking lot

  A new 14-story building with 161 residential units plus retail is under construction on the triangular KOMO TV parking lot at 4th and Denny. Fisher Broadcasting, owners of KOMO, sold the property for $3.9…


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New Random Bar

First-time bar owners Michael Maione and his wife, Jean Wallace, are getting a rapid lesson in the Belltown scene. Maione, who grew up in Seattle, lived and worked in Florida for a number of years,…