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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Category: Transportation
August 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

At 79, noted scientist still rows to work and for play

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Sketched Aug. 4, 2014

When the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center relocated from First Hill to South Lake Union in the late 1990s, Dr. Rainer Storb, one of its most prominent scientists, started to commute to work by rowing. Now 79 years old, he still does.

A little after 6 in the morning, Storb leaves his Madison Park condo on Lake Washington and rows his way through the Montlake Cut and Portage Bay until he reaches an old wooden cabin near E.East Garfield Street where he stores his boat.

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Comments | More in Boats, Portraits, Recreation, Sports, Transportation, Waterscapes | Topics: South Lake Union

October 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

End of the line for old bus station

Sketched Sept. 26, 2013 The days of the downtown Greyhound Bus Terminal are numbered. The entire city block where one of Seattle’s oldest transportation hubs has stood since 1927 is slated for redevelopment next year. Will we miss it? The significance of the building may be lost at first sight. The majority of the original brick…

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Comments | More in Buildings, History, Transportation | Topics: Downtown

August 9, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Trolley car revives historic Issaquah railway

Trolley volunteer Barbara Justice operates the vintage streetcar during a test of the new traffic signals installed at Front Street. —ooo— I never thought I would ride a Portuguese trolley anywhere but in Lisbon, where I lived for a few months in the late ’90s. —ooo— Sketched July 30, 2013 Some cities love trolleys more than others. While Seattle…

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Comments | More in History, Portraits, Transportation | Topics: Issaquah

June 28, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Could we make identifying taxis less taxing?

Abdi Dahir coordinates the flow of Yellow Cab taxis at King Street Station. The morning Amtrak Cascades from Vancouver, B.C., is about to arrive. —ooo— Sketched June 26, 2013 Some are painted a solid color: Yellow, orange or green. Others come in two hues, like blue and yellow. You’d think as an artist I would like such a colorful…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: Downtown

March 15, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Can old waterfront streetcars get back on track?

Sketched Feb. 27 and March 5, 2013 I’ve yet to talk to a person in Seattle who didn’t love the George Benson waterfront streetcars. Since 2005, they’ve been stored at a facility in Sodo where Metro kindly let this newspaper artist roam around. As I was sizing up the cavernous room, I stumbled upon a “RIDER ALERT”…

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Comments | More in Public transportation, Transportation | Topics: Downtown, Downtown waterfront

March 9, 2012 at 10:11 PM

They keep the old Monorail rolling

The first 200 people who ride the monorail on March 24 will receive a replica of the 1962 ALWEG commemorative medallion created for the World’s Fair. See my sketch of one of the original souvenirs below, left, and find more information about the monorail’s 50th anniversary at seattlemonorail.com. Sketched Jan. 23, 24 and Feb. 13 More

Comments | More in History, Public transportation, Transportation | Topics: Monorail, Seattle Center

September 4, 2011 at 10:31 PM

A day under the viaduct

Sketched Aug. 30 “An elevated freeway right on the waterfront? What a waste of space.” That’s what my little tourist brain thought about the Alaskan Way Viaduct when I first visited Seattle in 1995, more than a decade before I moved here for good. But now I understand why the viaduct is there. When it was built in…

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Comments | Topics: Downtown waterfront, Viaduct

February 11, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Lost in the Uptown Triangle

Sketched Feb. 9, 1:53 p.m. Traffic zooms by on Aurora Avenue, Denny Way and Broad Street, but inside the city blocks isolated by these major thoroughfares, all activity seems to stop. I walked around the sleepy hotel buildings and empty parking lots in the shadow of the Space Needle this week and wondered why. John Coney…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: Highway 99

December 17, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Light rail reaches airport, no longer a train to nowhere

9:20 a.m. [Click on sketches to view larger] Taking public transportation to go cover a transportation event is one of my favorite things to do. After my usual commute from Snohomish County to downtown Seattle by bus, I took light rail to Tukwila this morning to join other Seattle media taking a preview…

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