How the Seattle Center arena rose from the SoDo ashes

Nineteen months ago, the women of the Seattle City Council were viciously attacked for a vote that effectively killed the SoDo arena. Now, they’ve paved the way for a KeyArena rebirth.

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You could use the word irony.

It is the city’s female elected leaders and staffers who will deliver an arena to Seattle.

They are the same leaders who endured a violent, misogynistic, onslaught over a vote on another arena across town. They are the same leaders, who spent countless hours on weekends, and behind closed doors studying the proposal.

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Councilmember Debora Juarez tries to downplay the word "irony," as she sits in her council office now, saying the past several months have also been about something else.

"I’m about delivering and getting shit done," Juarez said.

The latter was a common colloquialism as the straight-shooting council member talked about the last 18 months at City Hall and what could be her defining piece of legislation.

In a nearly hour-long, blunt, on-the-record conversation, Juarez talked about how the city was first approached and got serious about a KeyArena renovation again. She also talked about what she perceived as shortcomings in the SoDo arena effort and how investors failed to speak up when council members were threatened over their vote last year.