Saturday, September 8, 2007

My First Trip to Skyway, Kubota Gardens

We got lost on our way to the Kubota Gardens plant sale today.

We drove down what must have been the old interstate highway before I-5 because we saw ancient motels and trailer parks.

I can't believe there are still trailer parks within Seattle city limits. (Actually, we may no longer be in Seattle at this point; I'm not sure.) With the light rail coming in close by, I bet this park is not long for this world.

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Yep. Its demise is already being planned.

Mobile Home Park Update: Seattle has five mobile home parks remaining within its boundaries; a sixth, the Crest Trailer Park, closed last October. DPD has been contacted about changing the use of the Westward mobile home park, located at 9685 M L King Jr Way S., to a construction storage yard, although no permit application has yet been submitted. In addition, we have recently had an inquiry from a potential purchaser of a park in north Seattle just east of Aurora Avenue, the Jensen Trailer Court, located at 937 North 97th St. If either of these parks close, the actual closure is some way off since a 12 month eviction notice would have to be given after approval of a relocation report and plan.




This motel reminds me of an NPR interview I heard this morning, with the guy who wrote the book about what the earth would look like if all the humans disappeared. It wouldn't take long for the weeds to start taking over the buildings, he said.

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It's really pretty out here, wherever here is.

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Signs of life -- exciting.

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Oh, so this is Skyway!

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I've never known exactly where Skyway was. All I know is that it's unincorporated, small, relatively affordable, and there are a lot of shootings here.

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I know it's supposed to be a bad area, but it looks kind of cute to me.

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That burger stand is called "Basket Case"! See -- cute!

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There's the bowling alley where some of the shootings have taken place.

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I'm suspicious of a grocery store with a sign that says "grocery store." Also, there are no cars in front of it. What an intriguing neighborhood!

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It's weirdly rural and serene.

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These cars and houses look just like the ones on Beacon Hill.

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You can see downtown Seattle in the distance.

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And here we are.

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I'll have to check this out sometime. I just want to go to the plant sale right now.

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These look useful. Evergreens that top out at 8 feet.

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We discover that they'll only accept cash and checks, so we have to go find an ATM. Hmm, back to Skyway?

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I bet there'll be an ATM in the bowling alley / casino. (Yep!)

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Skyway looks so quiet. This house is going to have an awesome view of Lake Washington.

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Back to Beacon Hill. Vince's is an old-school Italian restaurant; we ate here our first night in the house.

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The lovely East Duwamish Greenbelt.

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This is the sister house to my house. Same weird bricks, windows, everything. I wonder what the story with that is.

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Today some Crosscut dude was whining about the demise of white men's clubs like the Elks. Beacon Hill actually still has community clubs, like this Somali club.

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Here's my neck of the woods.

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I like what these guys are doing with their yard.

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Our plant sale haul. I've always wanted some bird's nest spruce, but it's like $60 at Rosso. Just $18 at the Kubota sale.

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Now I just have to figure out where to put it.

5 comments:

chuck b. said...

Sovanchams Bunt?

megan said...

I know the intersection with the church well, we turn there to drop down into our view-less valley neighborhood.

Nikchick said...

Wow, you really are in my neck of the woods. I recognize almost all of those photos.

I notice you captured the Ezell's sign in one of your photos. Ezell's is da bomb if you like good fried chicken every now and then.

JvA said...

I love chicken. I especially love fried chicken. I used to go there in college, but I am now afraid to go to Ezell's because I know I am going to love it so much that it won't be just an "every now and again" thing. It's better for me to keep that memory tucked far away.

litlnemo said...

"We drove down what must have been the old interstate highway before I-5 because we saw ancient motels and trailer parks."

I must have missed this post when you first posted it... yes, that is the old Sunset Highway. US-10 once followed this route, through Renton to Issaquah. Then, US-10 switched to the Mercer Island route when the Lacey Murrow floating bridge was built, and MLK (then Empire Way) because the US-10 south alternate route. US-10 was replaced by I-90, eventually, though parts of it remain as US-10 back East.

Then it eventually became SR 900. Since 1992, SR 900 starts at the Boeing Access Road, but it used to start all the way up in Seattle. (As did SR 167, on Rainier.)

So now you know why Sunset Blvd in Renton is called Sunset; it's the old Sunset Highway.