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February 14, 2005

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Bear Creek Cabinet Tearout [before]

Bear Creek Cabinet Tearout [after]
In Seattle, "the east side" refers to those monied neighborhoods which run together up and down the east side of Lake Washington. The small ranch homes on large lots of the 1950s and -60s' first wave of suburbanization are being leveled, replaced by windowed barns of often obscene proportion and grotesque dimension which leave little room for yard or garden. This is the land of conspicuous consumption, late model gas guzzlers filling the 3 and 4 car garages. During the day, the tremendous tacky McMansions sit empty while service vehicles--cable, construction, cabinetmakers, etc.--line the streets. One Real Change vendor (who grew up over there) characterizes East Siders as latter day Calvinists--Christian conservatives who consider the poor to be victims of their own sloth and sinfulness. This is Bush country. Selfishness reigns supreme. This kitchen in a gated community was being remodeled because the homeowners craved a new configuration of cabinet drawers. We pulled the old set, which was solid and in perfectly good condition. The ReStore benefits from such frivolous remodels, but it's still somewhat icky to see. Back at the Mother Ship, Cabinet Set sold next day for $1,200