Thursday, May 10, 2012

Madison Valley (Madrona/Harrison Denny Blaine)

Today, my husband and I took a 4.1 mile walk in an area I would call Madison Valley but the City Clerk's Office calls Harrison Denny Blaine and Madrona. We walked streets from MLK Jr. Way to 32nd Avenue E between E Pine and E Thomas.

MLK Jr. Way is a busy street but the rest of the streets were quiet this morning. This is a residential neighborhood that slopes down from all directions to a low point near 30th between John and Denny where a park-like area has been constructed to handle flood waters. There are even signs warning against entering the area during rain storms.
This is a nice area that varies from street to street. On most streets, all the homes are well kept, on others a few homes are in need of paint jobs and gardens need tending. Many of the streets house duplexes which were probably built in the 40's or 50's.

We passed the Harrison Ridge Greenbelt along 32nd (another future healthy forest site) and noted that its retaining wall was built as part of the WPA in 1939-1940.

We saw William Grose Park, palm trees,

a new utility pole being erected,

a man hole cover made in India,

and vegetable gardens.

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