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At Large In Ballard: Notice of Violation

By Peggy Sturdivant

I am one of the orange vest volunteers conducting a street survey of property parcels in Ballard. There are over 60 of us working house-to-house and block-to-block to review pre-1965 structures to see what’s still standing, and in what condition. Thanks to a Small & Simple grant from the Department of Neighborhoods the Ballard Historical Society has consultants who have created an app and trained us to be able to survey and enter architectural information.

Since we were going to be on the streets anyway Project Lead Davidya Kasperzyk asked the GIS consultant Matt Stevenson of CoreGis to add a data collection category for exceptional trees. For developed property the city defines exceptional trees as those of significant size or that have historical, ecological or aesthetic value. The significant size varies depending on the type. Since we’re observing from the sidewalk we make our best guess on significance based on size: documenting trees that are still standing as part of a survey of historic structures is a bonus for the city. Or should be.

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