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[Subject Prev][Subject Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next] Given the choice of several hundred unemployed seamstresses or several hundred dead seamstresses, I'd choose the former.  ;0)

Monty Hart
Associated Design Consultants, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska
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Rhkratzse(--nospam--at)aol.com wrote:

In a message dated 2/28/01 3:19:38 PM, Ben.Yousefi(--nospam--at)ci.sj.ca.us writes:

<< Does Seattle have an ordinance for the retrofit of URM buildings?
 >>

Well, I don't have any current information but I do know that when I was
practicing there 20+ years ago we tried to get an old 4-story brick
commercial building upgraded seismically and the owner (a Connecticut firm)
said if they city required them to upgrade it they'd just shut down the firm
and throw several hundred seamstresses out of work, which quickly ended any
discussion of that.  The owner of another similar nearby  (Pioneer Square)
building said if the city tried to force him to upgrade his building he'd
lock it and leave it sit.  That worked too (to kill that idea).

Just a little history lesson -- capitalism in action :)

Ralph Hueston Kratz, S.E.
Richmond CA