Bellevue and Olive (1945 and 2010)
Picture by Rob Ketcherside
In the "Then" photograph (see feedback — I recommend opening in a new window to view side-by-side), Seattle is semi-celebratory. Nazi Germany surrendered unconditionally only two months ahead of, and Hitler was dead. But war continued to rage with Japan. The enormous headline on the Seattle Occasions on July 10th (date of the photograph) study "YANKS RAID 72 TOKYO AIR FIELDS". The cover photo showed a bomber with bent propellers, smoke billowing black, and firefighters spraying clouds of retardant on its belly: "B-29 Burns on Iwo[jima]". Heroes of the air raid limped house to an unceremonious landing.
I have no reason to think the headline. Air fields, actually? Spring and Summer time of 1945 had been unnaturally hot in Tokyo. The B-29 burning is eye-catching, but Tokyo burning — and the decay of its burnt carcass — is disgusting and horrifying (I am as sickened as you by the World Trade Center photos at the top rated of that page, but I dare you to scroll down). You know about the instantaneous death of Hiroshima (only 27 days right after our picture) and Nagasaki (+three days, they didn’t surrender fast ample), but how familiar are you with the horror of the firestorms that swept Tokyo’s wood buildings? We started out in March with a concentrated napalm bombing of 1 modest square, only a number of miles per side. The experiment showed just how flammable the city truly was, and subsequent bombings have been more productive with a spread out attack which set fires that linked together and destroyed whole areas of the city. Two a long time ago today I joined a insane fitness occasion in Tokyo. Thousands of young kids and youthful elderly set out from central Tokyo to see if they could walk to the mountains 26 miles away with no food or water (my time, about 6:30). It really is been held since 1987, you can join them on the 14th, stroll-ups are welcome. I’m specified this was commenced by evacuees of 1945, to educate the new generation a sense of desperation and the self-self-confidence that results from surviving a terrible journey. It can not be a coincidence that it is held on the weekend closest to the anniversary of the March eight bombings. Among 1941 and 1945, Tokyo’s population dropped from 7 million to three.five million. I am not certain how many fled starving on bleeding feet, and how many have been left behind to the components.
"Now", a somewhat obese gentleman stands out front of The Crescent, unworried about his freedoms and likely no believed of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in his head. (An aside, a few months ago the Crescent had a banner that mentioned "Go Seahwawks" [sic -- the whole point]. That sign will not be forgotten).
"Then", is not that a sailor standing at the corner of Olive and Howell, halfway in the street as if he’s waiting for a ride, out in front of the identical building that now homes the Crescent? Evaluations of The Crescent on Yelp contact it "naughty outdated college" — perhaps this sailor got to know the spot effectively as an escape from the war he should return to and win.
Another headline of page a single of the Seattle Times conjures photos of Metallica’s initial songs video: "First Soldier to Drop 4 Limbs Arrives". Medicine wasn’t the identical factor "Then" as it is "Now". Today, amputee veterans are commonplace because we never lose so several to death. Advantage-Price analysis tells us that dead men and women are worth more than injured men and women (cost significantly less), so I have even a lot more respect for veterans of the countless gulf wars.
Up the block "Then" at the intersection with Denny, a Trackless Trolley is at the curb at a now lengthy-removed bus stop. The streetcars were eliminated only five years earlier than then. Seattle got its finger in the pork barrel of federal dollars in 1939, taking advantage of a loan system to build new infrastructure and pay off existing streetcar debt. Why not just reinvest in present tracks and supply fiscal assistance on having to pay for operations? Due to the fact it wasn’t until the hippy revolutions that we became versed in "reduce, reuse, recycle". If only Seattle had waited a number of more a long time, there would have been no buses left to acquire as all factory lines switched to handle of the Workplace of Production Management, creating military autos. "Then", you can see the grooves in the asphalt wherever the streetcar tracks had been reduce out. You can also see misleading lines from leaky engines or transmissions, leaving a trail of death for our salmon populations.
"Then", a big W is prominent on the wedge-shaped constructing on the left. "Now" it really is The Saint Social Club. The walls of their lounge and site are adorned with photos of matadors, which confuses me since I never don’t forget any in Val Kilmer’s Russia. "Then", yet again, it was a dentist and the W drew consideration to their state-of-the-art Westinghouse X-ray machine. Do you know or care what manufacturer made your dentist’s X-ray? I was at my dentist this morning. Her X-ray is hand-held USB, plugged into a Windows Pc. I am happy to refer you, I get a little kick-back. Allow me know.
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