2014 was a year of change, controversy, and loss of long-time community fixtures. However, it was also a year of good news for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Here, we look back on our top 10 stories of the year, ranked in order of their effect:
Hudson Building burgled, vandalized
The burned-out Hudson Building in the International District continues to suffer indignities as it waits for rehabilitation. Last month, the owner of one of the building’s businesses — closed since the Dec. 24 fire — reported the burglary of $10,000 to $20,000 worth of herbs being stored in the Yuan Sheng Hang herbal shop.
Loans available for businesses impacted by Chinatown fire
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest working capital federal loans to small businesses economically impacted by the Hudson Building fire in Seattle’s International District. The SBA declared the fire a disaster following an April 1 request from Gov. Jay Inslee.
Woos: The Louisa will be back
By Sue Misao Northwest Asian Weekly If everything goes according to plan, the burned Hudson Building in the International District will not only be saved, but also reconstructed to retain its historic façade, according to the Woos, the owners of the building.
EDITORIAL: New year offers cultural opportunities
As the Year of the Horse comes galloping in, people around the world will be celebrating with family and friends, food, fun, festivities, and fireworks. Right here in the International District, the celebrations will fill the streets with colorful parades, dances, costumes, martial arts demonstrations, games, contests, and artistry.
Hudson building still too unsafe to evaluate
The long-term future of the Hudson Building that caught on fire on Dec. 24 is still unknown because it is not safe for inspectors to go inside, according to the Seattle Department of Planning and Building. On Jan. 14, the department received a formal report from the structural engineering firm of Swenson Say Faget, hired […]
EDITORIAL: The fire’s out, come on in!
For most people, the Christmas Eve fire in the International District’s Hudson Building seems like a long time ago.