Friday, February 21, 2014

Columbia City and Seward Park

After taking so many pictures on yesterday's walk, I aimed for a residential area today. My 8.2 mile walk took me to Columbia City and Seward Park. I walked around the edges of prior walks, completing missed streets and enjoying views of Lake Washington.

The area is hilly and includes its share of staircases. Streets closer to the lake have sidewalks and curbs, views and pricier homes. Some other streets have sidewalks but no curbs and some have neither.

Rainier and 50th (which becomes Wilson) are the busiest streets and the commercial centers. I spotted Noah's Grocery on 50th,

a PCC, a pet shop, Cafe Vita, Bent Burgers, a veterinary center, a dental clinic, a law firm, a rolfing and massage business, a hair salon

and a small park-like  triangle on Wilson.

I only walked a short stretch of Rainier today but it was enough to see a landmark district sign, Afrikando Banadir Restaurant (West and East African food), Damascus Learning Center,

the Vietnamese Church of Hope

and the Greater New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

This area is home to Orca K-8 School, the Seattle Kollel (pictured in a prior post), the Essential Birth and Family Center, Unity Pentecostal Temple,

the Lakewood Seward Park Community Club,

Lakewood Playground

and the Columbia Lakewood Community Church.

Along the way, I saw curbside trees that were being maintained by SDOT, a mossy bench at a bus stop,

a chicken coop,

a tree house,

the Brandon Street Orchard,

with its distinctive shed,

Three Little Free Libraries (east of 39th on Hudson, south of Hudson on 46th and east of 47th on Brandon)

and a Blind Date A Book (here is another local linkbox (on 50th south of Snoqualmie).

Discoveries like these make any walk rewarding.

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