Thursday, October 27, 2011

Montlake, Capitol Hill, First Hill, Downtown

An appointment, yesterday, on First Hill meant an 8.5 mile walk from the UW, across the Montlake Bridge, through Montlake, down 24th Avenue E to E Madison to Broadway.

I filled in some streets I had not yet walked in the northern tip of Montlake. This is a lovely area, marred only by the continuous sounds of traffic.

Besides some lovely homes, the western area houses the Seattle Yacht Club, West Montlake Park and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

The eastern area contains McCurdy Park, the Museum of History and Industry, the Arboretum Waterfront Trail and the East Montlake Park, with its totem pole - carved by Haida Chief John Dewey Wallace in Waterfall, Alaska in 1937 -

and its great location on the Montlake Cut.

Proceeding south, I passed bike lockers over the intersection with 520

and the Montlake branch of the Seattle Public Library. I stopped inside to admire this modern architecture and was surprised that the library was so small. I guess it is much bigger than the storefront library it recently replaced.

The Madison Temple Church of God in Christ is at the corner of 23rd Avenue E and E Madison Street.

Just down Madison is the Central Area Chamber of Commerce which looks to be in the De'Charlene Beauty and Barber College.

Further down Madison, I passed a Safeway with residences above, Planned Parenthood,

Mount Zion Baptist Church,

the future site of a small neighborhood park,

Trader Joe's with residence above, a memory care facility in an old mansion,

the Madison Market with residences above,

McGilvra Place Park and Seattle Academy.

After my appointment, I looked around for a bus to take me home and wound up walking down Madison to the bus tunnel on 3rd Avenue. This walk highlighted the diversity of Seattle and the rate at which some neighborhoods abutting the downtown core are changing.

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