How passionate are people about Olympia? So passionate that four of the top five stories from last week were about Olympia, or something related to the city and its downtown.
Here’s the list:
1. Olympia’s first strip club closes over unpaid taxes, city says: Sex sells, as the saying goes, and if it’s not a story about sex, then I guess the next best thing, as far as readers are concerned, is a story about a strip club called Desire Gentlemen’s Club closing. This story generated more than 11,000 page views.
2. JBLM brigade will demolish building in downtown Olympia: The state of the isthmus — that strip of property between Budd Inlet and Capitol Lake in downtown Olympia — continues to be a hot topic, so this story about the brigade knocking down one of those vacant buildings on the isthmus was a popular read.
3. Olympia activist Long Haired David Fawver hospitalized following altercation: Fawver and another man began shoving each other and fell through the front window of downtown’s Cafe Love, according to the story.
4. Thurston County’s top 10 delinquent taxpayers owe the state millions: Readers poured over the list and some followed up with this question: Why did the strip club have to close when it owed a fraction of what the other businesses owed? We’d like to know the answer to that question as well.
5. A new destination for downtown Olympia: A long-awaited redevelopment project has finally opened in downtown, bringing a bank, a brew pub and 19 market-rate apartments to Legion Way and Franklin Street.