Friday, March 16, 2012

South Loyal Heights

Today's weather forecast predicted rain so I wanted to walk an area with sidewalks. My husband and I returned to Loyal Heights for a pretty sunny 5.7 mile walk. We walked streets between 15th and 28th Avenues NW from NW 65th to 70th Street.

15th is a busy commercial street and 65th has some commerce. The rest of the area is dominated by schools and housing. This was probably once an area of modest, single family homes of all architectural types but it looks as if redevelopment has added skinny houses and townhouses. There are still some lovely gardens and parking strips.

We saw a Parks Department crew installing new curbs and parking strip plantings along 28th and observed rain gardens and drains marked as draining to the Sound.

We noticed a "henry" car, a street mosaic that indicated the street had once been named Bric Street, palm trees, a mailbox at 25th and 65th, garden art, a house with some colorful artwork and an appetizing aroma as we neared Smokin' Pete's BBQ.

This area is home to Matheia School,

the Buddist Kadampa Meditation Center of Washington with impressive gold figures on its facade,

and Salmon Bay Elementary and Middle School (which, with its playground and ball fields, occupies two city blocks).

and Pool, Salmon Bay Park and a few churches (named and pictured in an earlier post).

The intersection of 65th and 15th is commercial with Top Banana Produce, Jumpin' Jimmy's Java and Zesto's (or what once was Zesto's).

Further north on 65th, we spotted a big hole in the ground (probably a future multifamily dwelling) and Scandinavian Specialties with its colorful "henry" mural.

Salmon Bay School was closed today and we saw children out walking. This felt like a friendly, family neighborhood.

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