Here lies Easy Street Records: The new Chase Bank in Lower Queen Anne (Photo: Gene Balk/The Seattle Times)
Remember when anarchists vandalized a Chase Bank on Capitol Hill a couple years ago?
When the story ran on The Seattle Times website, most online commenters actually seemed to side with the anarchists. “I don’t break windows” one top-rated comment reads, “I moved to a credit union.”
Does Chase have an image problem in Seattle — even more so than the other big banks? Jon Talton a year ago blamed it on lingering anger over the circumstances surrounding Chase’s takeover of Seattle-based WaMu in 2008.
To make matters worse, cherished neighborhood businesses seem to be turning into Chase Banks at an alarming rate: Easy Street Records in Lower Queen Anne, Costas Opa restaurant in Fremont, and Twice Sold Tales bookstore in the University District have all been replaced by Chase branches in the last two years.