Where Nature Lives

Hummingbird by Larry Hubbell August 2015 exhibitThis photo along with more than a dozen other framed bird photos is part of an exhibit at Fuel Coffee in Montlake during the month of August 2015. The exhibit is entitled, “Where Nature Lives” by photographer and artist Larry Hubbell of the Union Bay Watch blog.

All of the photos are from western Washington and all but two are from around Union Bay near the University of Washington, Montlake and Laurelhurst neighborhoods of northeast Seattle.

Larry Hubbell will be at Fuel Coffee from 1 to 4 PM on Sunday, August 2nd, if you would like to stop by and discuss birds, nature or photography.

All of the photos will remain on exhibit through the end of the month, at which time purchasers can take home their selections.

Fuel Coffee is located south of the Montlake Bridge:
2300 24th Ave E.
Seattle, WA 98112

Open hours of Fuel Coffee Montlake:
Mon-Fri: 6 am – 6 pm
Sat-Sun: 7 am – 6 pm

Have a great day on Union Bay…where nature lives in the city!

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The Future of 35th Ave NE in Wedgwood

Some of the commercial buildings in Wedgwood are very old and could be ripe for redevelopment.

What is the future of 35th Ave NE?  This arterial corridor through northeast Seattle has businesses clustered mainly at the intersections of NE 65th, 75th, 85th and 95th Streets.  As buildings age and are replaced, we want to have a say in how new buildings look and what the commercial offerings will be.  In a grass-roots process, the future of 35th Ave NE has been considered.  Proposed zoning changes may require that in the future, new commercial buildings on 35th Ave NE must have a pedestrian-friendly street environment with storefronts at sidewalk level.

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Go Klondike Legacy Day

The Seattle unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park preserves the story of the 1897 stampede to the Yukon gold fields and Seattle’s crucial role in this event.  On Friday, July 17, 2015, you can join in with activities to commemorate the Gold Rush.

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The Theodora in Northeast Seattle

The Theodora is on 35th Ave NE nearest to the corner of NE 68th Street.

The Theodora is on 35th Ave NE nearest to the corner of NE 68th Street.

The Theodora building in northeast Seattle, located on 35th Ave NE closest to the corner of NE 68th Street, is going through a transition to new use.  The Theodora Home was formerly low-income housing operated by the Volunteers of America, which had been on the site in a series of buildings since 1914.  The present Theodora, built in 1965, has been sold to a private developer who will renovate it as a regular apartment complex.

The sale of the Theodora was finalized in March 2015 and the building has been designated as a historic landmark under Seattle’s historic preservation program.  The nomination report, describing the building and its design, can be read here.

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The Landscape in Our Pacific Northwest History

The history of the exploration of our Pacific Northwest region is built upon its landscape, including rivers, mountains, natural resources and the use patterns of traditional cultures.  Two recently-released books tell stories of local history, fur traders, explorers, geology and the sites which have been preserved.

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Under the Midnight Sun at the Klondike Gold Rush Museum in Seattle

The Gold Rush of 1897 was an event which rocketed Seattle out of an economic depression because the city advertised itself as the launch point to the Yukon.  Forever after, the economies of the City of Seattle and the North Country, including Alaska, have been linked.

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Old Houses in Seattle History

Around Seattle’s neighborhoods there are old houses which embody the history of the city’s development and growth.  In Seattle’s fast-growing years of the 1880’s it seemed that carpenters were everywhere and today we can still see examples of early, carpenter-built wood-frame houses.

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