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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sonic Boom Records in Fremont is Closing

posted by on February 13 at 11:20 AM

The store’s last day is Monday, February 18th.

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Posted by Levislade | February 13, 2008 11:23 AM
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I'm relieved that Jive Time is still alive, but losing SB leaves a dark hole in the belly of Fremont.

Any idea what will take it's place in those two locations (CD and vinyl annex)?

Posted by Jeff | February 13, 2008 11:29 AM
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I'm thinking a T-Mobile store and an AT&T Wireless store? Maybe a Border's? Viva la middlebrow!

Posted by Levislade | February 13, 2008 11:40 AM
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where will nipper go on Saturdays?

Posted by kevin jones | February 13, 2008 4:15 PM
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A little slow, Stranger.

The Herald-Outlook had mentioned the closing last week.

Posted by stinkbug | February 13, 2008 4:29 PM
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@5 Well, we actually mentioned the closing last month (Jan 9th--http://lineout.thestranger.com/2008/01/sonic_boom_in_fremont_is_closing). This was just a quick post to remind readers that they only have a couple days left to shop there.

Posted by Megan Seling | February 13, 2008 4:57 PM
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Fremont sucks now (and has for a while) - thanks developers and condo buyers!

Posted by Eric | February 13, 2008 5:43 PM
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Didn't they recently expand? There's always Ballard which is cooler in a nerdy sort of way.

Posted by Lloyd Cooney | February 13, 2008 5:54 PM
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Stop blaming condo buyers.

If you want density, which leads to mass transit and the environmentally friendly prevention of sprawl, you need a housing alternative between apartments and stand-alone single family homes. Should every apartment dweller remain trapped in a rental, move from an apartment to a stand-alone home in the suburbs, or save up for a half-million-dollar stand-alone home in the city? Those would be the only choices if we didn't have condos.

Does anyone criticize the quality of life in New York or San Francisco because of all of the homes you can own in tightly packed buildings? No, because it's that very neighborhood density that makes a vital urban neighborhood life possible. All you hipsters dream about living in those cities packed full of condos, so you can go to all the cool clubs under them.

Fremont was only affordable to quirky artists when the economy sucked. Same for Belltown and Ballard. As an in-city neighborhood, it should never have been expected to stay frozen in time as the economy improved. That's a fantasy.

I have been a Sonic Boom customer since their first little Fremont store and am sad to see them go. But it's ridiculous to blame the wrong causes for the upscaling and eventual suckage of a neighborhood. It was the economy, stupid. (And possibly all that BitTorrent file sharing of music, which, by the way, I don't participate in...I still pay for my music.) The only way to keep developers from taking advantage of rising land values is to go in there and buy the land yourself...too bad most hipsters suck at business skills.

Posted by Ken | February 14, 2008 4:49 PM
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Ooooor, they could lower the f$cking price of houses!

Half a million dollars? You have GOT to be kidding.

Houses on the street of dreams used to be half a million dollars and now you are asking the same price for places that are fixer uppers at best?

Not everyone got rich at microsoft and if you want people to quit moving here and messing up traffic you need to let the people that grew up here when you could drive from Auburn to Seattle in 28 minutes buy a freakin house. Otherwise we are all going to end up moving somewhere else and you'll be stuck with all those out of state license plates on 405 and getting crushed in the viaduct collapse!

Posted by Mo | February 14, 2008 11:03 PM

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