In the 20-odd years I've lived here I've watched The Ave. transform from shabby chic to soul-less wasteland. It made another huge leap in that direction this month.
This is not a whine about something neutral like a Starbucks going in, either. Frankly, gentrification, Yuppification -- all of that would be welcome at this point. I'm talking about something butt-ugly with Aurora Avenue-style, garish red-white-and-blue signage and whole wall of sidewalk-to-ceiling black security gates. This store on the corner of 50th looks like it should be an all-night convenience dive across the street from the King County jail, but it's apparently a PC repair place.
Check out the before-and-after images on Seattle Metroblogging.