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Peggy Sturdivant

At Large in Ballard: Corner of past and future

By Peggy Sturdivant

At 10:40 a.m. on the Saturday morning of the last weekend of summer at the corner of Ballard Avenue NW and NW Vernon two walking tours of Ballard almost shared the same corner. One group crossed to the west side of the street and moved north. I was left in the middle trying to lock my bicycle to a post at the corner.

Susan Reinhard was leading a tour of the Ballard Avenue Historic District heading southeast. The Urbanist Walking Tour led by Caelen Ball had started to the south and was headed north of Market to look at newer buildings with the perspective of a third generation Ballardite, structural engineer and self-declared urbanite.

A day earlier I had been unaware of the blog, The However a regular contributor Sara Oberklaid, an Urban Planner originally from Australia had ‘tweeted’ a photograph of one of my Park(ing) Day spots. Her photo led me the announcement of an Urbanist Walking Tour with Caelen Ball for the following morning, “Ballard: A Walk Through Time.”

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