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We can’t let Sand Point Way NE have all the lane closure fun, can we?
The Seattle Department of Transportation sent out an advisory this week about upcoming work on the NE 45th St Viaduct that will cause various lane closures from August 5-19.
Structures crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will close one lane at a time on the Northeast 45th Street Viaduct starting next week to repair an expansion joint. They will start on the outside, westbound lane and progress to the opposite side of the roadway. When the eastbound lane is closed, eastbound traffic will be shifted to temporarily use one of the westbound lanes, providing one lane in each direction. The closures will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. from August 5 to August 19.
But on the bright side, it’s good to get this work done before the UW students come back to town, right?
How about we take a timeout from bicycle infrastructure matters, and get back to basics: It’s fun to ride a bike. Especially in the summer. ESPECIALLY to go meet friends for dinner, at a local joint.
Thanks to our own sponsors in the last year, the Ravenna Blog was able to help sponsor another great local thing: The fourth annual Spoke & Food evening of dining and bikes!
From the Spoke & Food website:
Participation is easy. All you need to do is to bike to and from one of our participating host restaurants on the evening of our event. Invite your friends or family to meet you, bring your neighbors, pack up your kids or go at it alone.
Each of our participating host restaurants have agreed to donate 20% of ALL of their patron revenues from the evening of the event directly to the local non-profit that we select each year.
Dine at any of the participating restaurants listed on the Spoke & Food website from 5:30-9:30 PM on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013, and 20% (or more) of your dinner bill will be donated directly to the Bike Works non-profit.
TWENTY different restaurants around Seattle are participating this year, two of which are in our neck of the woods:
5001 25th Ave NE #100;
just south of the Burke-Gilman Trail at 25th Ave NE
6504 20th Ave NE;
inside Ravenna Third Place Books
From the Bike Works About page:
Bike Works is an innovative organization centered around bicycles that combines youth development, community engagement, bicycle recycling and a social enterprise bike shop to help build a sustainable and healthy community.
We’ll be stopping by these locations on the night of the event to check in, and perhaps to nosh.
Ever strolled onto the University of Washington campus, marveled at all the different architecture, and thought, “Gosh, I’d sure love to learn more about these buildings from a knowledgable person, for a modest fee?”
Well, you’re in luck, dear reader! Because the Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF) is doing just such a thing.
Purple and Gold: From Gothic to Modern at the UW Core
Come see how this glorious “University of a Thousand Years” has managed through its first 150. Go back in time to bask in the rich detail of Gothic, Renaissance, and Beaux Arts architecture. Stroll through serene quadrangles, lush gardens and awe-inspiring interiors along the way. Witness some new stars as contemporary buildings change with the needs of this fine institution. Oh, and did we mention it has the most fabulous view of Mount Rainier.
The tours run from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM on July 27, August 31*, September 28*, and October 26* (the last Saturdays of the next four months).
Tickets are $15 ($10 for SAF members, $25 day of IF there are any available). Advance tickets are strongly recommended, and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets, here.
The Seattle Architecture Foundation is a non-profit organization that connects people to the architecture, design and history of Seattle. SAF provides entertaining workshops, dynamic tours, educational seminars and enthusiastic community advocacy.
*A word of caution: All of these starred tour dates are also Husky Football home game dates. You may want to consult the Husky Football season schedule before choosing one of these dates; however, not all the game times are set as of this writing.
On Wednesday nights starting July 10 through August 21, from 6:30-8:30 PM, the University Village presents another season of their annual free summer concerts.
The 2013 Sounds of Summer Concert Series line-up features:
July 10 – The Nowhere Men
July 17 – Mycle Wastman
July 24 – The Dudley Manlove Quartet
July 31 – LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends
August 7 – The Paperboys
August 14 – Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band
August 21 – Hit Explosion
In addition to their favorite bands, concert-goers look forward to gourmet bites from University Village restaurants, the lively Ram beer garden and fun activities in the kid’s play area.
The University Village Sounds of Summer Concert Series is presented by UW Medicine, with major support from Bob Byers Volvo [also a Ravenna Blog sponsor], Mrs. Cook’s, the Ram Restaurant and Brewery and Click 98.9.
Those lost during the shootings at Cafe Racer a year ago will be remembered and celebrated this Thursday, May 30 with music and friends and a great deal of Cafe Racer Love.
Cafe Racer’s Kurt Geissel told us that Orkestar Zirkonium will play a concert at the cafe (5828 Roosevelt Way NE) at 8 PM. An hour later, at 9 PM, Cafe Racer will close early, and everyone will walk over to Cowen Park.
Earlier in the month, the Seattle Weekly and the Seattle Times both published pieces about the shootings, now a year in the rearview mirror. Both, touching portraits of a gathered family hit by violence, but moving forward in love and community.
Seattle Weekly (May 7, 2013): Cafe Racer, Gun Violence, and the Power of Song
Following the shooting, [Racer Sessions] grappled with whether or not to hold the usual Sunday-night session. “Ultimately we decided that there’s no way in hell we’d cancel it,” says Icasiano. “On a Sunday night, there’s nothing we would rather be doing than hanging out and playing music at Racer. We just figured we do music, so we should do that to help.”
Seattle Times (May 11, 2013): A year later: Cafe Racer lives on.
“Knowing that so many people are there for you, it’s mind-boggling,” [Leonard Meuse] said. “Powerful.”
Moving forward? It’s simple, he said. But not easy. His advice:
“Love. Love more than you can. The more you love, the more you put out, the more it’s going to come in.”
Want to know more about Cafe Racer in general? HistoryLink.org’s Peter Bletcha published this essay on “Seattle’s Famously Quirky Dive” in October 2012.
Ravenna Blog posts about Cafe Racer from last year:
Shooting at Cafe Racer in Roosevelt (UPDATES) - May 30, 2012
Our post from the day of the shootings. Most recent updates were listed at the top of the post.
Cafe Racer community remembers, and celebrates (PHOTOS) - May 31, 2012
The night after the shootings, members of the Cafe Racer family met at the cafe to mourn together, and to remember their lost friends. And to make music together.
Video and impressions of Thursday night’s “Walk for Love” - June 1, 2012
Jens Wazel and Lucia Neare of Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders organized a “Walk for Love” that started at Cowen Park and wound its way through the neighborhoods around Cafe Racer, before finally stopping at the cafe. Respects were paid at the houses of those killed who were locals as the walk proceeded. Participants carried bells that gently rang during the procession.
Just as we were writing up the rollover collision this morning at 12th Ave NE and NE 75th St, followers on twitter started reporting from seven to nine Seattle Police patrol cars heading up east NE 75th St.
Sent at 11:25 AM:
@ravennablog 7 cruisers headed at top speed eastbound on 75th. :-/
— Sarah (@raintea) April 3, 2013
They were responding to a robbery at Key Bank at 35th Avenue NE and NE 73rd St. Again.
That makes the 5th bank robbery along 35th Ave NE in 6 months. 3 of them at Key Bank. Yes, there’s a guard on duty. ow.ly/jIokY
— WedgwoodCommCouncil (@WedgwoodCC) April 3, 2013
Good news is: A suspect was arrested in the University District, near 9th Avenue NE and NE 42nd Street.
View Key Bank robbery in a larger map
— Lacia Lynne Bailey (@GoatGuild) 2013年4月3日
UPDATE (12:01 PM): Update from the Seattle Police Department Blotter:
Just after 11:15 am, a masked man walked into the Key Bank at 73rd Avenue NE and NE 35th Street demanded money, and fled the bank.
Eighteen minutes later, police had tracked the suspect to the University District (using high-tech gadgets AND old-fashioned sleuthing!) and arrested him near NE 42nd and 9th Avenue NE after a brief foot chase.
Officers will likely be around the Wedgwood and University District scenes for some time as they search for evidence.
Suspect was described as a masked, white male, age 20-30, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, and black and yellow shoes. He displayed a small gun at the bank before taking off.
On Friday, January 11, I was invited to a tour of the University of Washington Station (UW Station). While the station is still under construction, it is over the halfway mark, and both on-time and under-budget.
WHY tour the UW Station, which will be two stops away from Ravenna’s closest station, in Roosevelt? Turns out, the designs for underground portions of both stations are similar (though the UW Station is at a larger scale):
Click the picture above for a larger version of the graphic.
Prior to heading down into the station, everyone on the tour had to don the collection of safety gear pictured above.
Start of the tour view, looking north across the top of the UW Station. Husky Stadium is on the right.
Out of the elevator, down on the platform level. We walked north along the northbound side of the platform to the presentation area.
The group standing on the platform at the base of the north-facing escalator (not yet installed; same with all escalators), listening to King County Councilmember and Sound Transit Board Member Larry Phillips talk about the station.
Platform level again, taken to the right of the previous picture, looking down the southbound side.
And the other side, on the northbound trains side.
You can currently find a little sky from nine stories down on the train platform.
drops the mic sets the mic down carefully.
Gaggle of Sound Transit folks, plus Seattle Transit Blog’s Bruce Nourish at the far right.
Cienna Madrid of The Stranger takes notes while Ellen Banner, photojournalist for the Seattle Times, takes some shots.
Media getting more info on the station construction progress from University Link Executive Project Director Joe Gildner.
YOU ARE HERE.
Next stop, the area above the platform level, where the first set of escalators meet. This shot is taken from the south end of the station, looking back north towards the south-facing platform escalator (middle) and the two escalators which will carry people up and down from ground level.
Scaffolding was removed from much of the station, the exception being the southernmost portion. Bit of a Steampunk Mines of Moria vibe, with metal columns extending in every direction.
Another view of the scaffolding.
Past all the scaffolding, at the southern end of the station, we reached an overlook of the tunnels leading to and from the Capitol Hill Station. Northbound is on the left, southbound is on the right.
Close-up of the southbound/Capitol Hill Station tunnel entrance.
Close-up of the northbound tunnel exit.
And my favorite picture of the set.
Notice the pinkish-red cross in the center of the wall. Bruce Gray,Sound Transit Media Relations, told me that that cross is the spot where a tunnel boring machine, starting from the Roosevelt Station construction site, will enter the University of Washington Station (northbound side), connecting the Northgate Link to the University Link.
The cement block partial wall that you can see on the left side of the photo will continue over and meet up with a similar bit of wall on the other side. This wall will be in place as the UW Station
Climbing back out into the daylight.
For more pictures and information from this tour, please visit:
- Montlaker: UW Station starting to take shape
- Seattle Transit Blog: Nine Stories Beneath the Ground (the back of my head is visible in a few of these shots, thanks Bruce)
- The Stranger: A Photojourney: Nine stories underground, the University District Station [sic]
Many thanks to Sound Transit’s Bruce Gray for the invite.
I was sad to see Forza Coffee leave its space on 25th Ave NE (there is still a location in Green Lake, should you miss it, too), but I will admit that I got a little excited when I learned what would be talking its place: A Vietnamese sandwich shop* called Plume (5101 25th Ave NE Suite 4).
It all started about two years ago, when Ton Nguyen visited Vietnam on vacation. There, he fell in love with banh mi: baguettes most commonly stuffed with pickled carrots and daikon radishes, fresh cucumber, a protein (such as pork, tofu or egg), held together with mayo and topped with cilantro. He’d have one for breakfast (with fried egg), then have another for lunch, and have yet another for dinner.
When Nguyen came back home to NE Seattle, he wanted more, and he wanted to share. In more than one location. Plume Kirkland opened in late May 2012, with a menu consisting of six different sandwiches (now eight), six different spring rolls, a noodle salad and various beverages, including ca phe sua da, the coffee (dark roast, finely-ground Vietnamese beans) brewed directly over a glass containing sweet condensed milk. But where to put Plume Number 2? When the Forza space became available, the building’s owners (who happen to be the owners of Plume Number 1′s building in Kirkland) told Nguyen about the space: Similar in size and layout to the current store, with restaurant fixtures already installed. And not too far from his house. Perfect.
On my visit to the Kirkland location today, I ordered Plume’s most popular sandwich (grilled pork), one of the new ones (meatball), and a coffee. I also tried the tofu spring rolls.
I found the bread to be pleasantly soft, yet sturdy enough to hold onto the sandwiches’ ingredients; crucial details for this most beloved of street foods. The pickled carrots and daikon radishes leaned more toward the sweet end, with a gentle tang from the vinegar. The grilled pork had been sliced into fat matchstick strips. And the meatballs (made of both ground chicken and pork, steamed to keep them light, and then slow cooked in a light cream tomato sauce), were just the right size to stay in the sandwich yet not crowd out the bahn mi’s signature toppings.
The tofu spring rolls come as an order of two, cut in half. They were large enough that I would see someone ordering these as a “salad for the hands” and calling it a light lunch on its own.
Wall decal at the Kirkland location.
The bahn mi menu board. Each sandwich is available in both sizes, 8- and 12-inches long. Sliced jalapenos are available as a topping, should you be heat-inclined.
To-go bags, ready to go. Nguyen sees potential for Husky fans walking down 25th stopping in for game day banh mi at the new Plume location.
Above, Plume owner Ton Nguyen wraps up my leftovers to go. He plans to open the new location in December. Interested diners can sign up for opening week specials on the Plume Seattle website.
*A thousand thanks to Scott, my neighborhood banh mi informant.
A full Seattle Fire response filled the streets near the intersection of 25th Ave NE and NE Blakeley St shortly before noon on Wednesday, July 4.
Photo above taken from the east side of 25th Ave NE looking north. Photo courtesy Thomas Field.
A small fire had started in a cooking flue extending from the roof of the multi-story, multi-use building at the northwest corner of the intersection.
Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department shared the details (via email):
At 11:45 a.m. a 911 call came in to the Fire Alarm Center reporting smoke coming from the roof of a building in the 5100 block of 25th Avenue NE. Dispatchers sent a full-response which involved 6 engines, 2 ladder trucks and a medic unit, an aid unit and other apparatus.
University District’s Ladder Company 9 arrived first and ran an aerial to the roof to investigate the source of the smoke. Firefighters used thermal imagers to detect the fire was confined to a flue at the roof. Crew used water from their pump cans which are basically large fire extinguishers to knock down the fire.
After some investigation, firefighters learned that residue had built up in the flue and caught fire. The owners of the flue were advised to clean the pipe regularly.