This town is undergoing huge changes. It's the occasional visitor or new arrival who will notice this most. We were pioneers in what some look upon as the ruination of Ballard: the construction of condo buildings in what had been an area of single family houses, duplexes and small apartment buildings, light manufacturing, auto repair shops, boat sales and repair shops and so on.
Archie McPhee was in Ballard at the time we bought here but they moved to the U. district. They realized that resistance was futile.
Most of the owners and renters here are young, but there are a few oldsters. I imagine (though don't know for sure) that some condo apartments are being used as AirB&Bs. Our condo gets quite a lot of use from friends and family. We don't and won't rent it out, because really this is not something you do if you don't need the money. We did rent out our parking space for three months, though, mostly because Terry, although a scientist, enjoys wheeling and dealing, and the $700.00 he made were not unwelcome. Do you hear me complaining?
The latest tear-down in Ballard was a warehouse. It is creepy to see a huge empty lot where there was once a building. In its place will be built a new home for the Nordic Heritage Museum.
Seattle has some of the worst public art I have ever seen. Admittedly, I have not been everywhere, and I imagine this sort of stuff is everywhere these days. I really think this expensive and large object is a true expression of the corporate elite's lackof imagination.
Take a simple and graceful artistic expression, expand it to grotesque size and render it in painted metal in washed out colors that look like something you'd paint the wall with. Note how the modest and ephemeral nature of the concept clashes with the size and materials. Will this gift to us, the common folk, compensate us for the corporate crimes Wells Fargo has committed? I guess the proper response from us sheeple is, "Gee, that must have cost a lot of money."
This has been an excellent visit. We did not do anything special but rejoiced in the health and prosperity of our descendants in this dynamic city. It was fun to experience the transition from late spring summer to early fall. The salmon are running in through the locks in great numbers, and that is a very good thing. It's nature we love, isn't it.