Friday, May 4, 2012

West Woodland and Fremont

Today's 5.4 mile walk included the adjacent neighborhoods of West Woodland and Fremont. I filled in streets between 3rd and 14th Avenues NW from NW 42nd to 51st Street.

This is a real mix of industrial, residential and commercial. The areas near Leary Way were probably originally mostly industrial (with a few houses mixed in) and still are but it looks as if some of the lots have been converted to commercial to support restaurants, pubs and shops for the increasing population in Ballard. There is a large Fred Meyer complex south of Leary Way, a Cash & Carry foodstore and a Trader Joe's on 14th.

The Burke Gilman Trail shares space with railroad tracks in this industrial area and I saw what looked like quite a few people living in their vehicles nearby.

The area north and east of Leary Way becomes more residential and I walked along some lovely tree-lined streets and heard birds chirping.

I passed a small triangular green space at 45th and Leary, the large Ballard Post Office Carrier Annex,

Ravioli Station restaurant with its Trainwreck mural, D.A. Burns rug and upholstery cleaners with its palm trees,

New Roots Organics,

Maritime Pacific Brewing Company, Hale's Ales, Ballard Grill and AlehouseKitty's Le Bon Ton Roule (with its sign admonishing me to beware of pickpockets and loose women) and its outdoor patio, 
Dish Cafe (where lots of people appeared to be enjoying breakfast), 

Anita's Crepes (with its lovely parking strip landscaping),

Ballard Animal Hospital,

Midnight Blossom and Ballard Bookcase Company (and its free scrap box),

Eden Healing Paradise,

and yard art carved from a tree stump.

This area is home to Pacific Crest School,

Ross Playground and Playfield,

and a few lovingly tended homes and gardens.

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