Monday, March 25, 2013

Industrial Disctrict

Today's 8.1 mile walk in the Industrial District is not one I'm likely to repeat. It had its points of interest but the area supports shipping and heavy industry and I vied with trucks for walking space. The truck drivers all seemed to notice a pedestrian but the area was dusty and had lots of pot holes.

There were signs of development and tidy streets with newer buildings and sidewalks

co-exist with railroad tracks.

I saw quite a few moving trains and heard train whistles blowing.

This is not a residential area but I did see two houses, one boarded up and the other, almost next door to it, looking pristine.

Along the way, I passed pot holes big enough to swallow small cars,

a Big Brothers Big Sisters Donation Center, what looked like a taxi dispatch center, a Starbucks Drive-Thru just south of a Costco on 4th Avenue S,

a City Light facility,

a colorful expresso stand in an unlikely place,

murals on the UFCW 21 (a voice for working America) building

and the Georgetown Morgue,

birds painted on the supports of the Spokane Street Viaduct,

a very large Charlie's Produce trucking center,

a Seattle Fire Department facility (may be a temporary location), a Pacific Sheet Metal facility,

what looked like a homeless encampment under the 1st Avenue S viaduct and a street being cleaned nearby.

I also observed a sign proposing to develop a large facility at Hudson and 1st, a sign above  a large warehouse advertising Sears Contract and Commercial Sales (Show Room/Design Center/Will Call), Dirt Depot (Seattle's Premier Dirt Networking), a sign for an Urban Enoteca (their website indicates they host weddings and events)

and signs of Spring.

Not my favorite walk but not without some rewards.


  1. We walked around Georgetown, which abuts your industrial area walk. Georgetown is quite interesting and looks up-and-coming (although I understand the toxic legacy of the industry in the area has long term negative health effects!

    1. I agree, Georgetown has a lot to offer including some great arts venues and events. When I walked its residential and retail core, I was impressed but when I walked its more industrial areas, I wished that I had worn a nose and mouth mask to help filter the particulates in the air.