The buoys are coming to Lake Union

The buoys are coming to Lake Union

After some controversy, the buoys are finally coming to Lake Union. Five temporary buoys (down from eight) will be installed just before Memorial Day and removed after Labor Day. As Kristen M. Clark of Crosscut reports today:

“[T]he city of Seattle will install in Lake Union a straight line of five buoys equipped with flashing warning lights that will alert boaters, kayakers and other watercraft of seaplanes’ impending takeoffs and landings, the Seattle Office of Planning & Community Development (OCPD) told Crosscut.… More

Possible Water Taxi for SLU to Renton coming in 2020

Possible Water Taxi for SLU to Renton coming in 2020

As the region’s transportation woes worsen, some are dreaming of bringing back a version of the “Mosquito Fleet,” boats that ferried goods and people around Lake Union, Lake Washington, and Puget Sound between the 1880’s and 1930’s. (They got their name because they were so numerous.)

A step in that direction was a recent test run of a ferry between SLU and Renton sponsored by SECO Develop Inc.… More

Stage Struck: Films featuring Lake Union

Stage Struck: Films featuring Lake Union

Not everyone gets to live on a movie set. Here, living around Lake Union we do, both literally and metaphorically.

In the literal sense, going up on the top deck of the building where I live in Eastlake, I can gaze down on the lake where Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles paddled a water cycle in 10 Things I Hate About You, the 1999 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, many years before playing the Joker in The Dark Knight killed Ledger.… More

A little marine biology that caught our eye

A little marine biology that caught our eye

Eastlaker Craig MacGowan’s name popped up at the top of Danny Westneat’s Sunday Seattle Times column about a Garfield High School marine biology field trip forced to go rogue due to some bureaucratic red tape. MacGowan, a celebrated science teacher, long retired, also occasionally gives popular science talks about Lake Union for Eastlake Community Council public meetings.… More

The new firehouse has art, sustainability features, but no fire pole

The new firehouse has art, sustainability features, but no fire pole

After a couple of years of construction at Tenth Avenue and Roanoke St., the new Firehouse 22 opened its doors to the public Saturday afternoon for two hours, and although it was an ordinary gray and misty day, it was like a rare snow day seeing so many neighbors out walking to and from the event.… More

Historic Wallingford opens to a packed house

Historic Wallingford opens to a packed house

Most of the seats were already taken before the launch party of the Historic Wallingford neighborhood organization at the Good Shepard Center had even started Saturday afternoon, Jan. 6. By the time it did start, it was standing room only.… More

Beautiful snow picture has not one but two surprises

Beautiful snow picture has not one but two surprises

A couple of days ago someone put up some exciting, if ominous, news on the Eastlake Social Club Facebook page: “Two bald eagles actively hunting lakeside today. They don’t limit themselves to wild animals so it is a good idea to bring small pets inside.” But there was no photo, so it was difficult to judge how true that post was.… More

A quasi-annual walk around Lake Union

A quasi-annual walk around Lake Union

After pie for breakfast and Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch a walk around Lake Union seemed a good idea. We started by dropping off some books at our local Little Free Library then headed down the hill. A long block of new construction at Fairview and Hamlin was a surprise to see finished. … More

Eastlake’s Own Seattle Chess School Reinvigorates,  Inspires Community

Eastlake’s Own Seattle Chess School Reinvigorates, Inspires Community

Many people walk by, stop and do a double take. There are young people sitting at tables, looking serious, deep in thought. In front of them is a chess board: an unusual sight in the era of smart phones and virtual reality, but a welcoming one nonetheless.… More

Dick Wagner, 1933-2017:  Champion of Lake Union

Dick Wagner, 1933-2017: Champion of Lake Union

Eastlake and Lake Union lost a dear friend and great champion with the April 20 death of Dick Wagner.  The Seattle Times obituary by Claudia Rowe tells how it all started:  Wagner grew up in New Jersey and was trained as an architect. … More