Friday, May 31, 2013

Atlantic Neighborhood Judkins Park Area

A desire to check out a new bakery and visit a nursery in the Leschi / Madrona area took a friend and me to the Central District today so we tacked on a 6 mile stroll through the Atlantic neighborhood near Judkins Park. We walked streets from Judkins Park to Martin Luther King Jr. Way S from S Washington Street to the I-90 lid.

S Jackson Street and MLK Jr Way were commercial but the rest of the streets were primarily residential with quite a few churches and a few schools.

This area had many well-kept, older homes

and a number of the streets were lined with lovely older trees.

There were a few newer homes and some modern-looking ones under construction.

Along the way, we spotted Fire Station No. 6,

Washington Middle School,

Thurgood Marshall Elementary School,

Seattle Central Wood Technology Center,

Seattle Girls School,

Standard Brewing,

Greater Mount Baker Baptist Church,

Bethany Church of Christ Holiness (USA),

Church of God Evangelistic Center,

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church,

Tender Mercy Deliverance Center,

Saint Gebriel Eastern Orthodox Church,

Leon Sullivan Health Care Center

and the Judkins Street Cafe.

The neighborhood was pretty quiet on this lovely Spring morning and we enjoyed our walk.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Seaview and Genesee

The day wasn't the clearest but I still enjoyed some great views today as I walked 8.7 miles in the Seaview and Genesee neighborhoods of West Seattle. I filled in streets between Beach Drive and 45th Avenue SW from SW Genesee to Atlas Place SW.

This is a residential area with some great views, especially along Beach Drive and Atlas Place.

Along this stretch of Beach Drive, south of the Emma Schmitz Memorial Outlook, houses are on the water and I saw some really grand estates

as well as some very modest homes.

Beach Drive has bikes painted in both lanes.

A house on a large piece of property had just sold.

I walked north to Jacobson Road (where the beach becomes public) and sat a bench dedicated to the memory of Susie King.

As I got up, a neighbor in the house across from the bench waved at me. I have found West Seattle to be a very friendly place.

After walking up the hill along Jacobson, I noted more lovely homes,

modest homes made lovely by beautiful gardens

and smaller homes being replaced by newer, larger ones.

This area is home to Ercolini Park.

Along the way, I noted streets that became footpaths (Heinze and Brandon),

a "Goats at Play" sign,

some impressive trees,

a sunny vegetable garden,

what looked like a well but was now a bird bath,

quiet streets, beautiful blooms


and signs for

Another great Seattle neighborhood.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Industrial District

It seems that every time I assume that a walk will have very little worth photographing, I'm proven wrong. Today's 5.8 mile walk in the Industrial District was no exception. I filled in streets from Lander to Spokane between Utah Avenue and Airport Way S and was surprised at what I learned about Seattle's past and present.

Walking along the north side of Spokane Street, I enjoyed the history lessons posted on the support pillars and the corresponding art work. Birds were painted on some pillars and the words "Duck-Duck-Goose" were an indication that 27 species of wild ducks and 6 species of wild geese inhabit the Puget Sound Trough Ecoregion. For the Duwamish people, ducks and geese were a source of food. In the 1950's, the waste of the slaughterhouses attracted waterfowl and locals hunted ducks in the middle of SoDo. The abundance of waterfowl gave rise to Pacific Coast Feather, a global market leader in the pillow and down comforter industry.

Other pillars gave the history of the recycling industry and noted that several current businesses recycle everything from architectural salvage to electronics. I did pass Earthwise, Republic Services and Second Use.

I learned that we exported scrap metal to Japan until 1941. In the 1930's, Chinese American's demonstrated against these shipments from Seattle. There was an embargo on exporting metal to Japan but scrap metal was not included. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, we collected scrap metal for the American war effort.

Other pillars gave the history of the metalworking industry

and Seattle's attempt to reshape the landscape.

I was slowed down by traffic lights and railroad crossings.

At the Orient Express Restaurant, I saw what claimed to be FDR's personal railroad car (one source says he slept in the car for one night in the 30's).

This area is home to Fire Station No. 14 and its impressive 73 foot training tower,

The old Rainier Brewery, now the corporate headquarters and roasting plant of Tully's Coffee,

an Elephant Car Wash, Franz's Bakery and Outlet Store,

a light rail maintenance facility,

an entrance to the SoDo Trail (at Forest, west of 6th),

the bus way (where the light seem to favor pedestrians)

and Studio Seven, where I spotted this mural.

Along the way, I spotted some great signs outside a building that seemed to be shared by All Star Auto Glass and Taco del Mar,

an old Washington Highway Department building,

a Sky High Espresso shack,

a mural on a Subway Sandwich shop

and an elegant statue tucked away almost under I-5.

The scenery may not have been the most beautiful but I learned a lot on this walk.