It’s weird to be back on the Hill for the first time since the shootings. The Stranger just published their minute by minute account online, and the headlines of both the P-I and the Times banner news of the dead.

Walking by Rainbow Grocery on the way to eat from Group Health, I glanced inside and saw an old acquaintance from Bloomington who worked at Madison Market for many years: he must certainly have known the two young men who also worked there who died in the shooting.

The neighborhood feels like it did after 9/11, and something like it did during WTO, but not excited or argumentative or full of any sort of promise. It’s a shocked and grieving feeling. I have seen half a dozen folks pause and gape at the headlines blaring from the newspaper boxes.