Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lake City West of Lake City Way

Yesterday, my husband and I braved the slush and combined a trip to the post office with a walk in Lake City. Due to the weather, I would say that we didn't see this area of Lake City at its best.

The map of our 4 mile walk makes it look as if we are trying to gerrymander a voting district but we left a few streets for another day because the slush was deep and the puddles were large. We walked most of the streets bordered by NE 127th Street, 23rd Avenue NE, NE 135th Street and Lake City Way NE.

After leaving the post office, we passed the new Lake City Fire Station with its impressive sculpture. We could just about see the tents of Tent City housed next door in the yard of the old fire station. It was quiet and didn't look at all comfortable on such a wet and dreary day.

We could see the playground of Olympic Hills Elementary School and buses running along 30th Avenue NE and Lake City Way.

This is an area of mostly modest housing; some looked well kept, some didn't but the slush and puddles didn't help make a favorable impression. There are some developments of attached housing and some senior housing. Only the major streets have sidewalks. The area does have large trees and is slightly hilly.

We finished our walk back at the post office and noticed that the QFC in the Lake City Shopping Center is closing; I hope that won't be a hardship for the seniors in the adjacent housing.

I'm glad that we'll be coming back to this part of Lake City to walked the streets we missed and hope to view this area on a puddle-free, sunny day.

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