Sketched March 26, 2013 I may be crafty with pen and paper, but my handyman skills are pretty limited. That’s probably why I hadn’t heard of Second Use, a Seattle mecca for do-it-yourselfers who prefer to buy used materials for their home- improvement projects. Jay Cook, who was browsing window frames when I met him,…More
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Here’s a new entry of my “artspotting” series: a detail of a mural you may have seen from the light rail or if you found yourself near the Sodo busway and South Holgate Street, as I did a couple of weeks ago. It was created in 2008 by Kristen Ramirez and a long…More
Sketched Feb. 14, 2012 Ugly Sodo? Mike Peringer didn’t like that passing reference from one of my earlier columns. No surprise, as he is the president of the Sodo Business Association and proud of what’s going on in his part of town, including the prospect of a new NBA arena. Peringer said Sodo has been transforming…More
Sketched Oct. 26, 1:44 p.m. I don’t use the Viaduct for my regular commute, so I can’t say I missed driving on it last week, when it closed for several days during the first phase of its demolition. Did the hyped “Viadoom” slow you down? What really stuck with me on a visit to the demolition zone…More
Sketched Oct 26, 1:10 p.m. [Click sketch to view larger] With forecasts of a snowy winter ahead, I’ve been curious about the city’s preparedness this year. When I moved here in 2006, everyone told me “it never really snows in Seattle.” But it snowed that winter, and the next two. In December of 2008, back-to-back…More
July 13, 10:54 a.m. Cargo ship Maersk Kawasaki is being loaded at Port of Seattle’s Terminal 18. The staggering line of port cranes at Harbor Island draws my attention every time I drive by. They hulk like giant mechanical dinosaurs wrangling colorful Lego blocks. I’ve always thought the longshoremen who operate them must enjoy one…More
May 26, 1:09 p.m. It’s real and it’s running. I saw and sketched light rail train 102A yesterday afternoon. They were doing tests up to Stadium station. Tests through the bus tunnel are also planned before July 18, when the line will open to the public. This one was stopped on the track long enough for…More