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The Seattle Sketcher

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

Topic: South Lake Union

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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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July 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM

South Lake Union’s past won’t be entirely blocked by development

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Sketched July 8, 2014

I’ve had my eye on the Troy Laundry building in South Lake Union since I started working at The Seattle Times, which is just around the corner, almost eight years ago.

I used to sketch it from my window at the old Times building. And I’ve often walked by on my way to lunch or to check the food trucks that congregate in the area.

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March 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Seattle’s streetcar drawing riders

Sketched, March 13, 2012 When the South Lake Union streetcar opened in late 2007, I wondered who would ride those brightly colored cars.The dormant neighborhood of warehouses and light industry didn’t strike me as a destination. But since Amazon opened its campus here, I’ve seen more people riding the 1.3-mile line. Amazon employee Guhan Venkatesan, who lives…

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