Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Brighton and Dunlap

Today was rainy but that could not dim the brightness of the colorful temples I saw as I walked 8.9 miles in the Brighton and Dunlap neighborhoods. Attempting to fill in all the streets I had missed to the east of Martin Luther King Jr Way S,

I was impressed by the Wat Lao Dhammacetiyaram,

the Cao Dai Temple Duong Nhon Seattle

and the Chua Duoc Su Temple with its distinctive roofline (currently under construction but with a garden filled with statuary).

Christian churches were also represented in this area; I passed the Unity Church of God in Christ (which houses the Tiny Tots Development Center),

the ACMI Church,

the Paradise Baptist Church,

the Rosehill Baptist Church and Iglesia ni Cristo (pictured in a prior post).

MLK Jr Way, Renton Avenue, Othello and Cloverdale are busy streets. Comparing this area to the  tidy New Holly planned community across, MLK JR Way, I noted:

a mix of older and newer homes to the east. I observed a large, new apartment building (named The Station), with dancing sculptures out front, near the Othello Light Rail Station (pictured in a prior post),

Lilac Meadows where it appeared that homes were probably built around existing homes 10-20 years ago,

other streets where it appeared that town homes had recently been constructed around existing homes and a land use action sign proposing to build 8 single family homes with attached garages.

Along the way, I spotted the Victory corner grocery store,

the M.L.K. Mini Market,

Genius Academy,

a taco truck,

an old shed begging to have its picture taken,

the Oromo Cultural Center, the lovely looking Othello playground (pictured in a prior post),

the Rainier Beach Light Rail Station with its public art and 20 bike lockers,

a hilly section of the Chief Sealth Trail,

some nice gardens

and thoughtful verses at the base of the Othello stations artwork.

"Pressed beneath his sole
I drink old rain through my feet
Yellow tassel sprouts" (Kathleen Alcala)

"who we are
is not what we wear or eat
It's deeper but just as transparent" (Alan Chong Lau)

"come set the table
grits rice collards pens and books
shoes under each chair" (Colleen J. McElroy)

"Strict Miss Gallagher
Who taught us about justice
Stung us with her love." (Suzanne Bottelli)

This walk was another learning experience.

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