Today, I ventured into the neighborhood west of the UW campus. Including the distances I walked to and from the walk, I covered 5.1 miles between I-5 and the campus from Campus Parkway to NE 45th Street.
This neighborhood is almost an extension of the campus with lots of rental housing, shops that rely on UW students and staff, and UW-related businesses.
Some streets are well maintained with nice condos, lovely old apartments houses and a few single family homes sandwiched in, others appear to be mostly rentals with uneven sidewalks and unloved buildings. There are a few vacant lots but they are so close to I- 5 that they may be vacant for a while.
Pasadena Place NE runs along I-5; part of the street has houses and there are new condos on one end but most of the street looks to be used as a place to park cars (no meters here).
I passed a row of trees with Tree Removal Requests attached (the plan would be to replace these trees with a more appropriate species).
The walls of an overpass on Campus Parkway looked to have once been covered by a large mural which, sadly, has been graffitied.
NE 45th Street is commercial and houses an Apple Store, a pet supply store, A&C Art Supply, and the famous Blue Moon Tavern.
This neighborhood is home to a P-Patch
adjacent to a funky Metro Facility,
Seattle Vineyard Christian Fellowship, the old Safeco building (now a UW tower), the Metro Movie Theater,
and parking meters that must be fed from 8 AM to 8 PM.