Can newspaper people read maps?

Seattle Times Staff:

Man fatally shot in Belltown

A 35-year-old man was shot and killed in Belltown Friday night during an argument.

The man was walking with a woman on the sidewalk along Pine Street near 2nd Avenue about 10:45 p.m. when a man standing near a parked car made a comment to the woman that started an argument among the three, said Seattle police Capt. Richard Belshay.

The there’s this from columnist Robert L. Jamieson, Jr:

Take a look at story behind Belltown gun slaying

LET’S GO TO the scene of the crime.

It’s Friday night, just after 10:45. Yellow police tape ribbons a block of Pine Street at Second and Third.

That’s weird. As a Belltown resident, I’ve never thought of Pine Street as being part of my neighborhood. Pine Street is downtown. So I visited www.Belltown.org to clarify this minor border discrepancy. Here’s their quote:

Belltown is the northern neighborhood of downtown Seattle bounded by Denny Way to the north, Elliott Avenue to the west, Sixth Avenue to the east, and Virginia Street to the south (historically and decades ago, the southern border was Stewart Street).

See! I told you so! Virginia Street to the south! Hahahaha!!!

If you want some visual proof, check out my Google map here. (Is there a way to imbed a Google map in a blog post? Help me out, computer nerds.) It may seem stupid to argue over a few blocks difference. Quite the contrary: borders are a big, big deal, be it Kashmir, Ireland, or the American Southwest.

That said, I say to you, Times and P-I:

I got my eye on you and your shoddy map reading skills.

Comments

  1. 1

    Richard Pope spews:

    So what about U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales coming to Belltown on Wednesday morning and giving his speech at the Westin Hotel at 8:30 a.m.? Abu Gonzo is co-sponsored by the Discovery Institute and TechNet (the high-tech lobbying group that inactive and previously suspended attorney Rick White was formerly the head of). Maybe Abu Gonzo will announce White is his choice to replace John McKay in the U.S. Attorney position. (And perhaps Rick White can announce that he has finally completed enough CLE credits for reinstatement to active membership in the Bar.)

    Okay, the Westin Hotel isn’t in Belltown either — but somebody needs to pay attention and give Abu Gonzo a warm welcome.

  2. 2

    Thomas Trainwinder spews:

    That’s newsworthy?

    You might as well advertise: “We are so irrelevant, we’ll go on for paragraphs and paragraphs about a silly little meaningless error in one sentence in a newspaper — one that has no impact on anybody, any time”.

    With posts like this,HA is heading down toward irrelevance…a lot quicker than even the rightest republicans predicted.

  3. 3

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    Thomas@2: Of course, if Will admitted to this senseless crime in Seattle he’d have to admit the great job Greg I Don’t Give Two Nickels is doing keeping the streets safe.

  4. 4

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    What do you expect from a newspaper that writes a headline implying the 2004 election was affected by fraudulent voter registrations when their own fucking story says ACORN filed the voter registrations after the 2006 election? The ST is getting sloppy. SLOPPY! They’ve become a sorry excuse for of a “newspaper of record.

  5. 5

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @2 Irrelevant? What’s irrelevant about the fact this state’s biggest newspaper can’t get basic facts straight, and doesn’t know WTF they’re talking about? You’d think that after doing business in this town for 120 years, they’d know where Belltown is. HELLOOOOO, Houston we’ve got a problem …

  6. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I’ll tell you what’s irrelevant. TT’s opinion is irrelevant. The Republican Party is irrelevant. The whole fucking herd of wingnut lemmings over at Sucky Politics is irrelevant! You guys are history … toast … a footnote in future textbooks … done.

  7. 7

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    Ah, but it is so-o-o-o much easier to scapegoat an entire neighborhood already known for some drug activity and violence than to own up to the fact that the police cannot control the heart of downtown.

  8. 8

    Thomas Trainwinder spews:

    6 — guess the fact that this irrelevant post has generated very very few comments (even for you who has vomited 3 of the 8 total responses — and my 2 describing its irrelevance) proves my point.

  9. 9

    Zander spews:

    So Tommy, you’re all about lazy and inaccurate reporting.

    I’d feel a little reassured by the dailies if they showed a little insight and understanding of the city the have in their title.

    I get the feeling they aren’t from around here.

  10. 10

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    Thomas Trainwinder:

    Thomas, you have to diss these irrelevant Moonbat!s.

    Irrelevant Moonbat!s – Thomas Trainwinder is a LIBERAL. He’s a good liberal. Once in a while I agree with him. Much more than you irrelevant libtards.

    Isn’t it funny how how Moonbat!s have no memory Thomas Trainwinder?

    Remember, I don’t forget Moonbat!s

  11. 11

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    Thomas I hope you are not one of these Progressive NEW Democrats like Cluelessman, Pelletman and Stupidman.

  12. 12

    Puddybud Who Left The Reservation spews:

    Thomas: Don’t expect Will, Darryl, Carl, or Voice of ASSes Wiping to remember either.

    See how your people turn on you.

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  13. 13

    Tuor spews:

    Pine Street is NOT in Belltown. Is the writer of this article even from Seattle? If so, that’s sad. If not, that’s typical. :P