Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Weekly walk report, December 19

Graffiti near the intersection of 28th Ave NE and NE 130th Street.

Our Monday weekly walk included 11 community members —our largest group yet. Some took the opportunity to bring their kids out for a walk, others to enjoy the company of their neighbors. The added treat this week was seeing homes in our neighborhood decorated with holiday lights.

Pile of litter gathered by UGM residents

Last Thursday residents of the Union Gospel Mission participated in a neighborhood trash pickup, dramatically decreasing the amount of litter collected by Douglas Park Cooperative members during our weekly walk. During our Monday walk we stopped by the Union Gospel Mission and thanked residents of the neighborhood homeless shelter for their efforts in helping maintain the neighborhood we share. The impressive pile of trash they collected during their walk was waiting for pickup by the City of Seattle directly across from the shelter.

During the Monday walk we noted graffiti on a leaning 'Street End" sign near 28th Ave NE and NE 130th Street. The graffiti on the signs was reported to Seattle Public Utilities.

An abandoned vehicle was also noted and reported.

A downed "Adopt a Street" sign and a tree branch reported weeks ago were still on the SE corner of NE 125th Street and 25th Avenue NE.

You can see all reported items and their status in our issue tracking spreadsheet. It is available in the tab above or at this link.

Our weekly walks build community, offer free exercise and allows us to note things in our neighborhood that we can report to proper authorities.

We meet Monday's at 7 p.m. at Virgil Flaim Park, SE corner of 26th Avenue NE and NE 125th Street.

We also walk on Thursdays, meeting at 6:45 at NE 130th Street and 25th Avenue NE.

The walks also help us to better understand the issues that affect our community and lessen the fear that can build when you don't really understand your own neighborhood. Join us!

Neighborhood photo, then and now

The old Fire Station 39 has gone through many changes over the years. An unremarkable building, it was built in the 1950s to serve the outer reaches of a city that was fast spreading north. The Lake City fire station was a utilitarian building that provided a home for Engine 39, a reserve engine and the firefighters that manned the rigs, keeping lives and property safe.

The station was recently replaced with the more modern Station 39 next door. And the older building has now been converted to use as a temporary winter shelter run by the Union Gospel Mission.

This is part of an occasional series that features old photos from our community. If you have an old photo you would like to share send it to us and we will post it!

A photo of Seattle Fire Station 39 from 1953. (Seattle Municipal Archives)

The former Station 39, currently the Union Gospel Mission winter shelter shown earlier this week.