Does urban progress mean the end of the urban artist? In the case of the 619 Western Avenue building - it did.
In 1981 artists living and working in the heart of Seattle's warehouse district discovered a turn of the century gem: an abandoned freight building used to move lumber from old skid row. For many it was a waste of space, but for the artists who took it over, it was a blank canvas.
On October 1st, 2011, though, the largest art colony on the west coast came to an abrupt end. City officials stepped in to make way for the massive tunnel project scheduled to dig directly underneath the already unstable structure. To the dismay and heartache of many, the unique brand of raw creativity that grew in that place was forced to dissipate and the artists forced to rebuild.