Tin Umbrella Suggests Hillman City’s Coming Up

Tin Umbrella

Tin Umbrella, 5600 Rainier Avenue S.

Mer and I moved from Columbia City to Hillman City in October 2011. The neighborhood just south of Columbia City, it’s still more diverse than Columbia City and (as of this writing) has none of the huge, ugly condo projects going up that are starting to turn our more famous neighborhood to the north into a yuppie you-know what.

So, we were delighted to learn of a new brewpub, Spinnaker Bay, which opened up a few months ago. It is a woman founded, built, owned and run brewery at 5817 Rainier Ave S. We also saw our friends John Helmiere and Ben Hunter team up to move their respective projects, Valley and Mountain and Community Arts Create into the space at Orcas and Rainier.

So, when we heard about Tin Umbrella, a new Hillman City cafe that would have an Ethiopian slant and deliver coffee via bicycle, we realized the momentum was picking up quickly. So Saturday (7.27.13) Mer put Ella into the stroller and headed west about three blocks to the cafe for the Grand Opening featuring Mayor Mike McGinn.

Paul & Mayor McGinn 7.27.13 (Photo: Meredith Nelson)I taped the speeches owner Joya Iverson, Seattle City Council President Sally Clark and Mayor McGinn gave at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Click here: 7:31)

I also talked to the Mayor about seeing him at poetry readings in town. (Click here: :36)

I asked Councilmember Clark about how we might stop oil trains from going through our fair city and avoiding the tragedy that happened in Quebec recently. (Click here: 2:25)

I just have to say I have listened to the Mayor’s speech a couple of times now and really like what he had to say. He’s the only Mayoral candidate I know to come to Hillman City and his comments about the culture here in Seattle were right on. I told him each time he attends a poetry reading, his poll numbers go up. (At least with me.)

Mer, Ella, Paul

Mer, Ella, Paul

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB in Seattle and the Cascadia Poetry Festival. He wrote a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger.) He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets, has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois and other places & writes an American Sentence every day. www.PaulENelson.com
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