Lesser Seattle and Other Thoughts

I grew up reading Emmett Watson (a key part of Seattle’s literary history), and decided to revisit some of his writings. Currently, I’m working my way through Emmett Watson: “My Life In Print” (affiliate link). This book has a whole section about his, somewhat tongue-in-cheek writings about a somewhat fictional organization: the Society for Lesser Seattle. The Read More …

High density, population growth, economics and Seattle area development

Working in construction, I think about development a lot. Things like density, traffic, quality of life, and affordability. And my personal interests add concerns about bicycle friendliness, walk-ability, accessibility, with sustainability.  The issue of density has come up a bit lately.  We like our single family homes. Yet it’s not the most stable model. First, Read More …

Lynndale’s last days

Sitting in the old gym last night listening to another concert, I felt a sense of finality. This building, built in 1957 and remarkably unchanged since, is doomed. Within a month, this building will be gone. Making way for the new. Memories haunt these halls. Though I never was a student here, my son’s whole Read More …

Some significant changes in Lynnwood

My town has seen some rapid changes these last few months. Several major projects are in process, both public and private. These are bringing much needed growth to the area. Costco’s long delayed new store on the old Lynnwood high school site finally launched; moving really fast. I’m glad the City is being thoughtful with Read More …

Lynnwood’s Corner of 195th & 36th

I’ve noticed that the old Manor Hardware building has been fenced in for some time. It’s been dilapidated and decaying for some time, so the thought of something happening here pleases me. This spot does hold some significant history for good ol’ Lynnwood. Built in 1915, it harkens back to the Alderwood Manor/Pre-Lynnwood days. I didn’t see any public notifications for this property, but Read More …

A Seattle Saturday

This past Saturday, I gave a friend a lift out to Mercer Island. On my return trip, I saw I-5 was backed up, so opted to take surface streets starting at James street. It was fun to see how my old neighborhoods have changed. There’s tons of construction going on downtown, and throughout Seattle. I Read More …