Shelf Life Community Story Project
Amplifying community voices, learning from neighborhood stories, and interrupting narratives of erasure in Seattle's Central District.

My House is Dying

Photo by Jill Freidberg

Photo by Jill Freidberg

Cappy Kotz

Cappy Kotz has lived in the Central Area for 30 years and has operated Cappy's Boxing Gym in the neighborhood for over 15 years. 

If Jackson ends up being like East Union, which I'm guessing it will, I don't personally feel like I wanna live here anymore. I can't imagine walking around in either one of those places and feel like I'm belonging to a neighborhood. I also feel like there's not really much point in me cultivating my house as an individual home, cause I don't think anyone would want it as an individual home. They're more and more filling in my block. I think there's four of our houses left. So you know that's kind of weird too to feel like, wow, my relationship with my house is changing. I mean it would be different if I was passing the house on the other people who wanted to come and enjoy the house, but I'm guessing that's probably not gonna happen. There's a number of houses in that area that happened to. I  knew people who poured a lot of money into their house, and they were so proud of it, and you know they were neighbors and next thing you know they decided to sell and they didn't even take anything out of the house they just...

So I'm guess my house is dying, and it's a great house. I love that house, and it's been kind of this public house, all of our boxers have come through that house. It's been a really important part of our business. And to just think it could be the it for it.